Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Confluence Project momentum is building, and we’re now halfway there. But could we be dropping the ball?

by Nick Meyer

For more than two years we’ve followed the initial progress on the biggest development proposal in the history of Eau Claire – the wobbly three-legged stool known as the Confluence Project. We’ve all watched it teeter back and forth ...

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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

This Is What We Know About the Cold

exploring this thing that's so central to our wintertime life

by Mike Paulus

Old Man Winter came to us early this year. Fast and quiet beneath a starlit sky, he slipped down the streets of our city, dragging his skinny ice-capped fingers across our windowsills, his diamond-hard eyes scanning for cracks ...

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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

Big Local Chuckles

thanks to a unique open mic experience at The Plus, the local standup comedy scene is beautiful, growing

by Cullen Ryan

I climbed out of bed with a splitting headache, no clean socks, and shoes so beat up they’ll mainly be tape and glue until my next payday. But today is a great day – I get to see live comedy ...

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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

On the Cover | Nov. 27, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jen Clausen

“I wanted to create a funny and paradoxical situation evocative of Midwestern culture. I decided on incorporating whitetail deer because hunting season has long been ingrained into the natural heritage of our area and was drawing increasingly ..."

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Holiday Handbook 2014

Don’t Be Ashamed to Start Early

kicking the season off on Nov. 1 doesn’t deserve this much derision

by Eric Christenson

As I’m writing this, it’s Halloween. Tonight is all about spooks, scares, and donkey sauce (I’m going out dressed as Guy Fieri). But first thing tomorrow morning, as far as I’m concerned, the holiday season shifts into full swing.

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Breaking Trees

sometimes the best part of the forest is the dead part

by Mike Paulus

November is a great month for pushing over dead trees, perhaps the best. I spent years wandering the wooded acres of northern Wisconsin, tracing my dad’s footsteps along deer trails and over hillsides covered in shiny brown oak leaves ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

When Losing Feels Like Winning

Royals’ World Series bid reminiscent of Brewers’ legendary (and losing) 1982 campaign

by Luc Anthony

Brewers fans in the area probably felt conflicted watching this autumn’s World Series. There was Ned Yost, the former Milwaukee manager who managed to get canned with two weeks remaining in the 2008 playoff push, leading the Kansas City Royals ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Shopping Our Way to a Better Place

during the holidays, we all play a role in crafting both the aesthetics and economics of our commercial cores

The holidays. They’re here – well, sort of. We all love to complain about the commercial holiday machine gearing up just hours after Halloween draws to a close, and even though it can be a bit much, in general it’s good for a lot of local people ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

On the Cover | Nov. 13, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Travis Dewitz

“A John Deere combine kicks up dust as it rushes to harvest fields full of soybeans. This photo is from my ‘Portrait of the Wisconsin Farm’ series, one of many personal series that I work on. Some of my series are all photographed in a short ..."

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Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Carve It Out

spotlighting local pride via the humble jack-o-lantern

by Mike Paulus, photos by Jesse Johnson

There is power in pumpkins. A few weeks back, a Volume One reader was looking for something local to carve into this year’s jack-o-lantern, and they had a hard time coming up with any kind of iconic imagery ...

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Issue #266 October 30, 2014

On the Cover | Oct. 30, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Laura Middlesworth

“This piece is part one of two created for an album recently released by local band Dames. The guys – Dan, James, and Evan – were most interested in a one-of-a-kind piece to use for the album’s cover and let me run with a casual mention ..."

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Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Ghost Stories

why I’m not afraid of a good frightful tale

by Mike Paulus

Ghost stories are not common in my family. Sure, a number of different family members have lived in an old farmhouse where things have ... happened. Weird things. Shaking beds. Screen doors flinging themselves open ...

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Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Falling Out of Love with Football?

abuse and concussion scandals are clouding our affection for the gridiron game

by Luc Anthony

I’m in a complicated relationship with football. One recent Sunday afternoon, I turned on the Packers-Bears game, part of the usual weekend routine: watch the NFL, almost regardless of the teams on the TV. I occasionally caught a few ...

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Issue #265 October 16, 2014

On the Cover | Oct. 16, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Levi Gilbert

"The Wolf Ranger is a digital painting created in Photoshop. Levi implements traditional painting techniques when working digitally and often combines traditional and digital media to create his artwork. Inspired by fiction, film, and folklore ..."

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Issue #264 October 2, 2014

The Best of Me

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a doozy!

by Mike Paulus

The votes are in, the polls are closed, and the tallies have been ... tallied. So it’s with great pleasure and excitement that I present to you the results of my 2014 Best of the Mike Paulus Poll wherein I polled only myself. Strenuously.

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Issue #263 September 18, 2014

What Happened to Our Neighbor-stores?

a dwindling handful of properties deep within our neighborhoods still allow commercial use

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

So I was out for jovial walk with the family one evening, and while we merrily strolled through the neighborhood, I was struck (as I often am) by an all-encompassing urge. I wanted a tasty coffee-based beverage. Unfortunately, we were upon ...

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