Issue #337 July 26, 2017
With significant media attention in recent months from throughout the Midwest and beyond, is this “new” Eau Claire the real deal, or is it all an unsustainable flash in the pan?
Issue #336 July 12, 2017
arrival of ride-sharing services signifies city’s growth, but it’s not the only tipping point
Luc Anthony, illustrated by Mackenzie Kavanagh
A few months ago in this Opening Letter space, I wrote about what seemed the determining factor in Eau Claire’s ascendance to big-city status: the moment when Uber would choose to establish itself in the city ...
Issue #335 June 28, 2017
if reading is addictive, then the public library is a pusher
Last summer I had this conversation with my daughter ...
Issue #334 June 14, 2017
you can have your Netflix algorithms; I’ll rely on a clerk named Keith
BJ Hollars, illustrated by Janae Breunig
I walk into the video store on a Tuesday in May, and there, stretched before me, is the exact same scene I’ve enjoyed for decades: shelves chock full of eye-catching DVDs amid bins of microwave popcorn, yardsticks’ worth of licorice, and goo-candy ...
Issue #333 May 31, 2017
planning Senior Skip Day gives high school students a taste of ‘real world’ complexity
For proof of how local young people have grown during their years in the Eau Claire Area School District, we only need to look at one piece of evidence: the planning of the annual Senior Skip Day ...
Issue #331 May 2, 2017
a step-by-step, yard-by-yard guide to treasure hunting
Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth
2. Wear comfortable shoes, for you do not live in the Eastside Hill, and you will get lost and spend hours searching for your car in the hot sun. You will be reminded of Sir Henry Morton Stanley searching the Congo for Dr. Livingstone except you are carrying someone else’s Crock-Pot ...
Issue #330 April 19, 2017
I always wondered what the fuss was about the Viennese Ball – now I understand
by Katie Vagnino, photos by Luong Huynh
‘So, what’s the deal with the Vietnamese Ball?” “VIENNESE Ball. It’s the Viennese Ball.” At the time, this made no more or less sense to me. This was back in the spring of 2014, when I was teaching my second semester at UW-Eau Claire, and had heard rumblings about some kind of adult prom ...
Issue #330 April 5, 2017
when I was in fifth grade, my brother’s muscle car was the coolest ride in town
At age 17, circa 1981, my brother Don set his sights on a Midnight Blue 1964 Chevelle SS Malibu.
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 ...