Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Spinning Local

when you're building a new radio station, the question "what is local music?" is critical

Scott Morfitt

For the last couple of months, I’ve been humbled to work on launching a radio station, Blugold Radio 99.9 FM. This station is a marvelous gift from Midwest Family Broadcasting ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

On the Cover | June 15, 2016

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jody Balow

painter by Judy Balow

“This painting was done with oil paint and a variety of palette knives. The canvas is covered with a dark gray acrylic gesso (primer). This provides depth as some of the dark comes through the layers of paint ..."

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Pool Identity: The making of an Eau Claire icon

after 25 years, the Fairfax Pool in Eau Claire is still a summertime hot spot for sunshine, water, and nachos

Eric Rasmussen, design by Serena Wagner

The importance of the year 1991 in Eau Claire history cannot be overstated. People built buildings. And roads. Controversy regarding all sorts of stuff rankled the residents of the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Second-Hand War Stories

how I sold a chunk of my childhood for seventy bucks

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

Like many men my age, as a boy, I was required by federal law to love Star Wars. For those of you who are too young to remember these laws, it’s time for a history lesson ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

9 Ways to up Your Thrift Sale Game

it's quality over quantity; sometimes a little extra work can pay off big time if you're having a rummage sale

Laura Buchholz

Summer is a great time to enjoy the best of what life has to offer: sunshine, ice cream, beaches, sleeping with the windows open, and, of course, the most important thing: Rummaging ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Sticking It Out

After one year in Eau Claire, I wanted to leave. After 30 years, I’m happy I stayed.

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

My wife Jayne and I moved our family to Eau Claire 30 years ago this spring. We both recently turned 60 years of age. That means we have lived half of our lives in Eau Claire ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

On the Cover | June 1, 2016

learn more about this issue's cover art by Marc Anderson

artwork by Marc Anderson

“It is important for artists to flex different muscles – from time to time –stylistically, with mediums, and subject matter. This heron was a fun departure from the more serious illustration ..."

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Bygone Derby Days

my racing days are long over, but their lessons linger

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

I achieved one of the few truly great victories in my life back when I was but a foolish youngster, mesmerized by the high speed, high risk, highly splinter-ridden world of Pinewood Derby Car Racing ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Syttende Why?

the Valley’s strong Scandinavian heritage makes Norway’s Syttende Mai holiday worth celebrating

Luc Anthony, design by Serena Wagner

You are reading this magazine. Therefore, since you are likely a Chippewa Valley resident, you know someone who is Norwegian. Along with Packer fandom and Friday fish fries ...

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Issue #305 May 4, 2016

Opening Shot | May 4, 2016

photos by Andrea Paulseth

HAIR DO. Hosted by The Lismore in downtown Eau Claire on April 28, The Great Hair Ball was a one-of-a-kind hair show and competition where local stylists showcased their creativity while presenting fabulous follicles on live models and competing for prizes within several music-inspired categories.

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