Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

My Father, My Hero

veteran’s gallantry at a distant time in a distant war still resonates with his son

Timothy Dolan

As we plan our Veteran’s Day ceremony at Menomonie Middle School, I am almost giddy having just confirmed with my father, David Dolan – former Marine and Vietnam veteran ...

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Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

Booked on a Feeling

an ode to local libraries and the people who love them

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

It smelled weird, I can tell you that. Today the Internet has labeled this particular odor “old book smell,” and book lovers love it. But when I was young, it was just weird. ...

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Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

On the Cover | Nov. 1, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from April Moriah

“I was born and raised here in downtown, Eau Claire. Every time I go somewhere I have a rush of memories connected to my location, as most Eau Clairians do. Over the years, my work has always been primarily unorganized and spontaneous, but when I ..."

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

Fearful Thinking

a small collection of scary thoughts

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

I used to imagine people picking up the brooms my mother left behind at every house in which we had ever lived, maybe wondering why they were there, leaning up against a counter or standing silent in the closet ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

Opening Shot | Oct. 18, 2017

photos by Andrea Paulseth

OVER THE RAINBOW. The unveiling of the River Lights at Phoenix Park took place on Thursday evening, Oct. 12. The lights are scheduled to be lit every night from sunset until 11pm and to turn back on at 5am until sunrise for an early-morning display ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

The Star Wars Guy

Episodes from the life of a lifelong fan who embraced his inner Vader

Ken Szymanski

Episode I - After school one day, a colleague came into my classroom with a question: “You’re the Star Wars Guy, right?”

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

Ideally, local news outlets are genuinely local – that is to say they’re independently owned outfits closely tied to the community from top to bottom. They develop local management perspectives, make decisions locally, and maintain the strongest ratio of revenue kept in the markets they cover ...

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Issue #342 Oct. 4, 2017

Store Is Hell

lessons learned from grocery adventures

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

It has come to my attention that many of my most vivid childhood memories happened in a grocery store. Grocery stores just seem to hold a special significance in my life. Is that weird?

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Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017

It's Coming in the Air

when everything is about the change

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The forest smells different today. It smells like it’s dying. Because it’s beginning to die. The grass is dried out and it’s giving up, turning yellow, fading away. Right now it’s warm under the sun, but tonight the stars and clouds will creep across the sky, pushing a chill across the cornfields ...

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Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017

Sandpipers in the Gallery

art appreciation can require changing your perspective – literally and figuratively

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘I like to look at a piece far away, I like to look at it close up, and the last thing I look at after a piece has grabbed me is the title,” said Amy, as we pendulate in front of a painting like two sandpipers in the ...

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