Issue #329 March 22, 2017
in Wisconsin, the arrival of spring can be a slow process
Sometime around Easter, the cherry trees lining both sides of my mother’s street in Maryland create a gauzy cathedral, easing her from winter into summer. When I was little, I would waltz ...
Issue #324 January 11, 2017
why we should fight the urge to withdraw during the Chippewa Valley’s cold season
Katie Venit, photos by Timothy Mather
I become more introverted in the winter. Something about the cold makes me want to badger up in a burrow until the sun comes back. Which was fine for Wisconsin’s early miners and, you know ...
Issue #323 December 28, 2016
for Eau Claire to really hit it big, app-driven ride-sharing service would be a must
How do you know when you have grown up? Perhaps you attain a job title, you marry, you have children, or a gray hair appears on your head. Perhaps there is ...
Issue #322 December 14, 2016
Christmas shopping with our mates isn’t always the wisest decision, but we do it anyway
After 39 years of marriage, my wife and I know better than to shop together – most of the time. Once a year or so she makes the proposal: “Honey, I know you don’t want to do this, but do you think just ...
Issue #319 November 2, 2016
I don’t waste an opportunity to experience the Northern Lights
Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin
A little over a year ago in this space, I wrote about my transformative experience viewing and photographing the northern lights in our area. Since then, I’ve observed the aurora borealis quite a few times, both from here and points further north ...
Issue #318 October 19, 2016
there is nothing to fear but …
Shhhhh. Listen to this. My story is brief. You’re lucky it’s brief, though, because you’ll be scared out of your mind. If, at some point, you need to toss this magazine aside and run for daylight, there’d be ...
Issue #316 September 21, 2016
on a historical hunt, books uncovered, records spun, and a resurrection gone awry
BJ Hollars, photos by BJ Hollars
Let me tell you how I first met Fannie Ingram Schwahn. How I was browsing the local antique store a few summers back when there, buried amid the flotsam and jetsam, I came upon a wedding ...
Issue #314 August 24, 2016
social connections forged in a small city are priceless
Once upon a time I lived in a place far, far away, filled with so many people that one could walk the streets in total anonymity, never bumping into a friend at the grocery store, never seeing a particular stranger ...
Issue #313 August 10, 2016
pro suggestions on biker shorts, picking up after your dog, and ... unicycles?
Jim Jeffries, photos by Andrea Paulseth
I have been biking and walking the Chippewa River Trail since before it was even created, which is some trick, let me tell you. In all of that time, I have witnessed several calamities that could have been easily avoided ...
Issue #312 July 27, 2016
cuts to UW System will come back to bite local job creators
by Kathleen Vinehout
Issue #311 July 13, 2016
in a time of incivility and anger, we can fulfill our need to connect with others
Issue #310 June 29, 2016
kubb has been changing lives in the Valley for over 10 years
Eric Anderson, design by Serena Wagner
I have lost count of the number of times people have told me kubb has changed their lives. It happens more often now, but it started within my first year of moving to Eau Claire ...
Issue #308 June 15, 2016
after 25 years, the Fairfax Pool in Eau Claire is still a summertime hot spot for sunshine, water, and nachos
Eric Rasmussen, design by Serena Wagner
The importance of the year 1991 in Eau Claire history cannot be overstated. People built buildings. And roads. Controversy regarding all sorts of stuff rankled the residents of the Chippewa Valley ...
Issue #307 June 1, 2016
After one year in Eau Claire, I wanted to leave. After 30 years, I’m happy I stayed.
Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner
My wife Jayne and I moved our family to Eau Claire 30 years ago this spring. We both recently turned 60 years of age. That means we have lived half of our lives in Eau Claire ...
Issue #306 May 18, 2016
the Valley’s strong Scandinavian heritage makes Norway’s Syttende Mai holiday worth celebrating
Luc Anthony, design by Serena Wagner
You are reading this magazine. Therefore, since you are likely a Chippewa Valley resident, you know someone who is Norwegian. Along with Packer fandom and Friday fish fries ...
Issue #305 May 4, 2016
roller derby is an exercise in empowerment – for fans as well as competitors
Laura Lash, photos by Luong Huynh
As we enter the sports center, the matchup has already begun. The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls are hosting the Keweenaw Roller Girls from ...
Issue #304 April 20, 2016
in a Wisconsin spring, the early bird gets the best show
Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin
I looked up from my breakfast bowl, which was filled to the brim with milk-soaked Frosted Mini-Wheats, and noticed through the sliding glass door which faces east from our house ...
Issue #303 April 6, 2016
house show a reminder that life on the road is a challenge
Ken Szymanski, illustrated by Serena Wagner
Living-room concert? Canadian singer-songwriter? 7 o’clock Sunday night? While that sounded great, I gave my standard answer: I’ll try.
Issue #302 March 23, 2016
springtime in Eau Claire is for get-up-and-growing
Hope Greene, illustrated by Serena Wagner
My children both sing more in the winter than they do in the spring. Spring seems to be for screaming; that shrieky life-shout swirling in a bubbly sound-stew out of the playground ...
Issue #301 March 9, 2016
an urban development expert outlined 10 downtown trends, and you can see all of them in Eau Claire
Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth
From where we sit, the redevelopment of downtown Eau Claire looks like it’s on the path toward success. Cranes crisscross the sky, new buildings are rising, old ones are being rehabilitated, and government and private leaders and the public at large are pulling toward the common goal of cementing the center of our city ...