Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Turn Your Eyes to the Skies

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 ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Lights Out

there is nothing to fear but …

Ken Szymanski

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 ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

A Box of Clues

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 ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

The Magic Network

social connections forged in a small city are priceless

Katie Venit

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 ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

10 Hot Tips for Using Local Trails

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 ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

It's Not Just a Game

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 ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Pool Identity: The making of an Eau Claire icon

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 ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Sticking It Out

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 ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Syttende Why?

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 ...

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Issue #305 May 4, 2016

Vicarious Roller Grrrl

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 ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

Morning Glory

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 ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Life and Vegetables

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 ...

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Issue #301 March 9, 2016

10 National Development Trends Found in Downtown Eau Claire

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 ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Small City, Big Laughs

whenever they tour, Peoria comic and friends make it a point to stop in Eau Claire

Drift Roberts

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 ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

Icy Reflections

laments swirling around the old neighborhood rink

Eric Rasmussen

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 ...

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