Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Merging Into the Fast Lane?

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 ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

In Defense of the Video Store

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 ...

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Chronic Senioritis

planning Senior Skip Day gives high school students a taste of ‘real world’ complexity

Eric Rasmussen

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 ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

How to Win the Eastside Hill Thrift Sale

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 ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Oddball? No, V Ball

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 ...

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Crocuses in Snow

in Wisconsin, the arrival of spring can be a slow process

Katie Venit

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 ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Getting out of the Burrow

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 ...

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Issue #322 December 14, 2016

The Couple That Shops Together

Christmas shopping with our mates isn’t always the wisest decision, but we do it anyway

Dan Ingersoll

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 ...

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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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