Issue #263 September 18, 2014

Neighborly Maintenance

wherein V1’s community-minded leader, despite his best intentions, frequently fails at the neighbor game

by Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

As it turns out, I’m not the neighbor I wish I was. And considering my role at the helm of Volume One – certainly a community-minded organization – what I’m about to confide is actually kind of embarrassing. My only solace is that some ...

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Football Fever 2014

Big Expectations

annual survey of Valley sports media finds optimism for Packers, Badgers, and beyond

by Luc Anthony

How big is football nowadays? Big enough that NBC moved the Primetime Emmys from their traditional Sunday evening timeslot to a Monday, to make room for a preseason Sunday Night Football telecast. In other words, a game that does not ...

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Issue #262 September 4, 2014

Get On Board

sometimes life is a downhill battle

by Mike Paulus

The hill on 14th Street always made me nervous – which is odd. It’s not very tall. And also, it’s not very steep. It’s just a gradual slope through a residential Eau Claire neighborhood. And at the time in question, its blacktop surface ...

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Issue #262 September 4, 2014

On the Cover | Sept. 4, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Wendy Ike

“My work reflects a passion for horses with large brush strokes and vivid colors. Motion and expression is what gets noticed and is reflected in my horse paintings and landscapes. ‘Fire and Fury’ is one of my favorites as it is named after my ..."

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Squirrel City, USA

exploring Eau Claire’s tree-bound rodent population

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

Some people love squirrels. Some people hate them. Some think they’re cute while others see only big, fat rats with enormous, hairy tails puffed up with enough germs and bacteria to kill a Triceratops. They are rodents after all ...

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Stop the Ride

what doesn’t kill you makes you queasy

by Ken Szymanski, illustrated by Serena Wagner

As the Tilt-A-Whirl is about is about to unleash its madness, the announcer offers this reassurance: “If at any time you want to exit the ride, give the ‘two thumbs down’ signal, and the operator will bring the ride to a stop ...

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

On the Cover | August 21, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Lauralee Stenzel

“I usually work on Arches cold pressed paper, but for ‘The Watchman’ I chose Arches hot pressed paper. I showed the effect of changing light on the color of the rooster’s feathers using a variety of dark valued pencils.  The background ..."

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Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Fun By the Truckload

amazing childhood memories about uncomfortable transportation

by Mike Paulus

At one time, my entire family could fit into the cab of my dad’s mid-’80s Ford F-150 pickup truck. My dad, my mom, my sister, and myself – all of us nestled in, side by side on the truck’s vinyl-clad bench seat.

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Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Don’t think auto racing is worth watching? A visit to the track can change that.

by Luc Anthony

Wisconsin is home to plenty of sports fandom subcultures. We have our kubb hotspot in Eau Claire, and you have to imagine there would be an audience for organized curling and speed skating leagues ...

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Issue #259 July 24, 2014

A Double-Edged Sword

finding that magical place where you can love what you love

by Mike Paulus

I do not own a sword. And to be honest, if I possessed enough disposable income to buy and display a truly fantastic dragon-slayin’ blade, I probably wouldn’t. I’m just not a buy-a-sword-and-hang-it-on-the-wall-over-my-family-room-couch kinda guy.

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Issue #259 July 24, 2014

Why Art?

arts funding is crucial to the future of Wisconsin

by Kathleen Vinehout

“Art has the power to fill spaces in our souls that nothing else can,” said Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Art Gallery in Stockholm. I recently had an opportunity to learn about art and its impact on Wisconsin ...

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Issue #259 July 24, 2014

On the Cover | July 24, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Jane Foos

“I bike and run the Chippewa River State Trail frequently and find great inspiration in its quiet beauty. Bear Lake: Mile 28, and Bear Creek Bridge are two of eight scenes I created representing popular sections of the bike trail. Working from ..."

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Issue #258 July 10, 2014

Twenty Minutes

Driving in Eau Claire is not that complicated. Usually.

by Mike Paulus

People, listen to me. It takes, at most, 20 minutes to drive anywhere in the city or Eau Claire. It’s true. If you leave 20 minutes before you need to be somewhere – and follow our fair city’s fine traffic laws – you will always make ...

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Issue #258 July 10, 2014

Thirty for Thirty

the time my mom got hit by a pitch – and other memories of three decades in the major league stands

by Luc Anthony

Earlier this month, while at my latest Twins game at Target Field, an usher decided to make a friendly gesture. See, my significant other was attending her first-ever Twins home game ...

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