Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Crocuses in Snow

in Wisconsin, the arrival of spring can be a slow process

Katie Venit

Sometime around Easter, the cherry trees lining both sides of my mother’s street in Maryland create a gauzy cathedral, easing her from winter into summer. When I was little, I would waltz ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

For Brian, Today

what I learned from the too-short life of a friend

Doug Mell

I first met Brian Leaf in 1980 when he was a scrawny, mouthy, irreverent and totally irrepressible part-time employee for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where I began my 30-year career in journalism ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Once More to the Sledding Hill

winter’s not done with us, so I’m not done with it

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

You could reach down into it, your bare hand vanishing, leaving a perfect, almost cartoonish outline at the surface. Four fingers, a thumb, and your palm. It was icy and soft against your blushing skin ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Puddle Jump

learning from unexpected winter warmth

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Here in February, the sun’s been pushing a cosmic blob of heat against Wisconsin like a sponge, scrubbing away much of the scuzzy snow and ice we’ve been tiptoeing around for weeks. It’s been melting away our cold wintry scowl, softening our cheeks into a smile ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Out of His League

columnist learns lessons about teamwork and hustle in tryout for Chippewa Valley Predators

Luc Anthony

How many times have you been watching a football game, saw a defender whiff on a tackle, and said out loud, “That guy’s terrible, I could do better than that.” ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Opening Shot | Feb. 22, 2017

photos by Chaia Kochendorferlseth

JOUST ANOTHER BIKE RACE? Competitors snag a shiny ring – just one challenge found in the 9th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Hustle held Feb. 9 in Menomonie. Bikers raced around scenic Lake Menomin in this friendly alleycat-style bike race. A portion of the proceeds went to the Dunn County Humane Society.

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

The Facewash

walking with worry in the wintertime

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I was in the second grade, and my walk home from school was often fraught with peril. Not real peril, but scary peril all the same. When I think about my current mental health, and when I take a good ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

All for the Money

Chargers’ impending move to LA exposes NFL’s true motive – and that could ultimately impact the Green Bay Packers

Luc Anthony

The year is 2026, and the NFL, at one of their ownership meetings, creates a new policy for all teams, taking effect immediately: each franchise must have a maximum of 10 investors. The Green Bay Packers, being owned by thousands of fans, are in violation, so the league works ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Opening Shot | Jan. 25, 2017

photos by Michael Lundebrek

IN THE KNOW, IN THE SNOW. Area sledding hills may be sloppy and slushy but on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department and Eau Claire Fire and Rescue hosted a day of snowy fun at Pinehurst Winter Safety Day with games, sports, free refreshments, and more.

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Black Ice & Other Problems

winter driving can be dangerous (because it’s dangerous)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’m a little neurotic when it comes to driving long distances. I worry. I worry about how good of a driver I am. I worry about other drivers and mistakes they might make. I worry about animals ...

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