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 ...
Issue #300 February 24, 2016
whenever they tour, Peoria comic and friends make it a point to stop in Eau Claire
In my hometown of Peoria, Ill., I’ve logged dozens of hours on stage at the Jukebox Comedy Club. I started doing standup there the week I turned 17. In addition to performing across the Midwest, I’ve continued to do comedy locally not just at the Jukebox, but also in a friend’s basement, a brewery, a karaoke saloon, a coffeeshop, a biker festival ...
Issue #298 January 27, 2016
laments swirling around the old neighborhood rink
My kids are seven and five, so they don’t know any better. I like to take them sledding at Mitscher Park, the neighborhood park just a block south of our house. There’s no technical sledding hill in the acre-ish field. It is essentially a big divot in the middle of the grid of houses south of Hamilton Avenue, west of Rudolph Road, and east of State Street ...
Issue #295 December 9, 2015
Ken Szymanski, design by Serena Wagner
An hour before the Packers-Vikings game a couple weeks ago, carrying a load of laundry, I slip and take a loud and nasty fall down our basement stairs. Groaning and crawling around at the bottom, I hold my shoulder, my forearm, my wrist. My wife Sarah comes rushing down in a panic: “Do you think you broke anything?” ...
Issue #294 November 25, 2015
I’m always the youngest one at camp. In fact, I’ve never hunted with anyone less than 30 years older than me. Our usual crew consists of my dad, “Uncle” Rich (owner and builder of the cabin), and others. Our backgrounds range from librarian to English professor to city official to writer. Generally, we arrive when ...