Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Why the River

local waterways show us strange things in the spring

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’m pretty sure we saw a full size bed floating down the Chippewa River last week. My wife and I had just driven onto the Madison Street bridge when she immediately saw it. And since I have the eagle-eyed eyesight of a very old, very handsome, very blind eagle who can no longer fend for itself ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

It's Sausage Season

baseball stadium hot dogs, brats are on culinary highlight reel

by Luc Anthony

If you are going to write a column on sports food, it is best to write immediately following a slice of pizza. My stomach properly satiated, I can now opine on the gastronomy of athletic entertainment – apropos for the Eat Scene edition of Volume One ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Four Years, One Shot

team manager’s on-court performance offers lesson about sportsmanship

by Scott Berseth

A basketball game was played on a Thursday night, and like many played across the state of Wisconsin, this one began with the arrival of a yellow bus. You see, if the other team doesn’t show then it’s a practice, and tonight we want to play ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Life and Vegetables

springtime in Eau Claire is for get-up-and-growing

by Hope Greene, illustrated by Serena Wagner

My children both sing more in the winter than they do in the spring. Spring seems to be for screaming; that shrieky life-shout swirling in a bubbly sound-stew out of the playground ...

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Issue #301 March 9, 2016

Worth Its Weight in Cold

this winter still has a lesson or two to teach

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

I took my kids to a playground near our house on a Saturday towards the end of February. In most seasons, the playground is a little dead on Saturday afternoons, and we’ve usually got everything ...

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Issue #301 March 9, 2016

10 National Development Trends Found in Downtown Eau Claire

an urban development expert outlined 10 downtown trends, and you can see all of them in Eau Claire

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

From where we sit, the redevelopment of downtown Eau Claire looks like it’s on the path toward success. Cranes crisscross the sky, new buildings are rising, old ones are being rehabilitated, and government and private leaders and the public at large are pulling toward the common goal of cementing the center of our city ...

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Issue #301 March 9, 2016

On the Cover | March 9, 2016

learn more about our cover art from Cheyanne January

“This piece embodies the phenomenon of existence in the endless cycle of life. It started by reading the Edvard Munch quote: ‘From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.’ From ..."

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Sinking to New Levels

some men have greatness thrust upon them in the bathroom

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

My bathroom tried to kill me last week. And by “kill me” I mean “bludgeon me right in the face.” And by “bathroom” I mean “an old cast iron sink basin.” And by “tried” I mean “I narrowly escaped a trip to the ER.” And by “to” I mean “to.” Basically ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

A Long Wait For Cake

patience is key for those whose birthday is on the rarest of all days: February 29

by Allison Puestow

We all love our birthdays. Even if you’re the kind of person who hates getting older and constantly lies about your age, you still love and celebrate your birthday. And why not? It’s the day when you become the center of attention and get showered with cake and presents. But for someone like me, birthdays don’t come every year ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Small City, Big Laughs

whenever they tour, Peoria comic and friends make it a point to stop in Eau Claire

by Drift Roberts

In my hometown of Peoria, Ill., I’ve logged dozens of hours on stage at the Jukebox Comedy Club. I started doing standup there the week I turned 17. In addition to performing across the Midwest, I’ve continued to do comedy locally not just at the Jukebox, but also in a friend’s basement, a brewery, a karaoke saloon, a coffeeshop, a biker festival ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

We Use Shovels Here

snowblowers are for people with no sense of place

by Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

Well, it took a while, but the Chippewa Valley has finally gotten what I consider to be real shovelin’ snow. That is to say, we’ve finally gotten snow that probably won’t melt on its own within a day or two, excusing me from having to physically remove it from my driveway. The most recent “snow event,” as the city is fond of saying ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

A Winter Surge for the Valley's Cultural Landscape

by Nick Meyer

Hot on the heels of the Banbury Art Crawl, which was Feb. 5-6, the Chippewa Valley’s arts and culture scene is about to step it up even further this February. And that’s above and beyond the usual list of music, theater, comedy, literature, and art events that take place at venues across the valley every week. This surge is in large part due to a few major developments ...

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