Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

On the Cover | Sept. 6, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Jean Arneson

“Irvine Park Revisited – The Duck Pond” is one of a series of seven oil paintings of Irvine Park in Jean’s hometown of Chippewa Falls. (Northwestern Bank – owner.) The Chippewa Valley provides the perfect canvas for her original oil paintings ...

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Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

An Old Story and a New Story

we can’t pretend the Chippewa Valley is free of bigotry and racism, but we can decide to be on the right side of history

David Shih, illustrated by Janae Breunig

In 1999, when my wife and I moved to Eau Claire, we arrived knowing almost nothing about the city we now call home. We joked about the inordinate number of large fiberglass animals seemingly lurking around every corner ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

On the Cover | Aug. 23, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Debra Ferries

“My paintings are an expression of my relationship with nature. I have always found inspiration in the beauty and chaos found in the natural world. I find myself drawn to the organic forms found in nature and often choose to paint with a vibrant color palette. I work with acrylic, oil, watercolor ..."

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Opening Shot | Aug. 23, 2017

photos by Andrea Paulseth

CELESTIAL PHENOMENON. On Aug. 21 the rain clouds parted so that Eau Claire could enjoy a view of this year’s remarkable solar eclipse. From our vantage point, about 84 percent of the sun was covered by the moon. Above: Several fans of the sun got in the spirit at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire’s eclipse block party.

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

War and Peace With Animal Neighbors

living in the countryside is relaxing, except when it comes to critters’ destructive tendencies

Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin

I live on a dead-end township road adjacent to the Eau Claire River. As such, animal sightings are to be expected, and are, for the most part at least, welcomed. But lately, it feels as if the animals are conspiring and coordinating their efforts to push us out ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

About August

a quick look at summer’s final third

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

I’ve been seeing them all summer long. Each morning, I get up and stumble into the kitchen to grab a glass of water at the kitchen sink. I look out the window ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

On the Hook

the adventure of fake fishing in a church parking lot

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

It may surprise many of you to learn that I attended local Catholic schools from kindergarten all the way through my senior year of high school. Or maybe that doesn’t surprise you, maybe that makes ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

So You Wanna Be a Fan?

if you don’t have a hometown favorite, the rules for picking a favorite pro sports franchise are not so simple

Luc Anthony

Odds are that you are a Wisconsin sports fan. You like the Packers, the Badgers, and probably the Brewers and the Bucks. Yet, you like hockey. The Badgers have a respected program, but with there is no National Hockey League ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

'You Just Got Momm'd!'

What does it take to staff a music fest’s ‘Mom Booth’? A talkative personality, some good advice, and lots of Band-Aids.

Maureen Mcraith

Full disclosure, I pretty much “barged” my way into the “Mom Booth” at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in June using my connections. As a ticket holder, I was intrigued when I saw that one ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Opening Shot | July 26, 2017

photos by Mike O'Brien

The House of Rock on Water Street closed its doors after 17 years of live local music with a massive “Last Call” show – a two-night affair (July 21 and 22) with 27 bands giving the venue a proper send-off. Above: Guitarist Matt Florence performs with The Nicotines, who reunited to rock one last time on the House of Rock stage.

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Heat Lightning

staring at the horizon all summer long

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The heat lightning was sorcery to us. Some kind of rare devilry quietly bursting across the midnight horizon, raving over the dark, distant pine trees. It just didn’t stop. Hundreds of electric blossoms, pink and white, flaring up inside a mountain of clouds ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Turf Transformations

artificial playing fields are experiencing a renaissance in football – and even baseball

Luc Anthony

As the summer of 2017 progresses, I find myself visiting a new website: the Luther College “Valley Cam” – if you are a regular reader of this column, you know I am a proud alum of the school ...

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