Issue #295 December 9, 2015

The Sappiest Time of the Year

keeping it real on the Christmas tree scene

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

OK people, before we get off on the wrong foot here, let’s make one thing clear: I love real Christmas trees. I truly enjoy having a real pine tree in the house as winter begins and snowflakes gently float past the windows like gossamer angel feathers, nestling upon the sleeping earth and gathering into soft little pillows ...

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

Opening Shot | December 9, 2015

photos by Kelsey Smith

BIG & BRIGHT. On Friday night, Dec. 4, Downtown Eau Claire Inc. hosted its “Let it Glow!” celebration, unveiling the city’s holiday light display in Phoenix Park, which added to last year’s twinkle-tastic illumination levels. The night included fun family activities and more ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

One Accident at a Time

navigating Wisconsin’s roads, bumping from one car to the next

by Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

I hit the brakes too late and slide right into the back of their minivan, pushing the whole family out into the snowy intersection. It was all my fault. Years later, I’m so thankful that no other cars were trying to pass through the crossroads. We were the only ones around. The dad got out and proceed to be very unhappy with me ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Date Night at the Grocery Store

skimming the free samples and falling in love

by Pan Thao

I must confess I have a slight obsession with grocery shopping. Writing up the list, weighing apples on the scale, attempting to pry open the produce bags, deciding what new flavor of yogurt to try – yes, I love it all. When I was little, my parents would pack all six of us kids into the minivan, and we’d take a family vacation ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Bound for the Big Leagues

announcer for Brewers, Bucks got his start in the Chippewa Valley

by Luc Anthony

Many of us would have loved to make careers out of what we did for fun as children. Occasionally, such dreams work out. For example, I would bet a surprising number of us played “announcer” to games in our yards and schools. Craig Coshun was one of those kids – and talking about sports on TV is what he gets to do for a living ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

On the Cover | November 25, 2015

photos by Aaron Huff

“It was Christmas Eve when this photo was born. A few friends of mine and I went driving through the woods with our cameras. We didn’t have anything in particular we wanted to photograph, we just wanted to be inspired, and that I was when I saw my friend Sami’s back against this ginormous tree ..."

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

How a New England vegetarian adapted to her Wisconsin in-laws’ hunting lifestyle

how a New England vegetarian adapted to her Wisconsin in-laws’ hunting lifestyle

by Laura Lash

Awaking in the middle of the night to watch Alternative Nation on MTV, my teenaged self was obsessed with the Boston band Letters to Cleo. Their song “Awake” featured lyrics like, “You’re awake and I’m asleep and / we are so complete that way. / You’re asleep and I’m awake and / everything’s so great.” ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

The Quiet Rolls In

sitting in the trees right before dark, and listening

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Things calm down right before dark. Out in the woods. Yes, things are already pretty calm, but when you’ve been out in the woods all day, kind of just sitting around, you tune in to the gentle bustle of the wilderness. The small but explosive chatter of animals the size of your fist. The clattering of dark tree branches and ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Note from the Editor | November. 11, 2015

by Nick Meyer

In this issue, you’ll find a story about the effort to revitalize the former Green Tree Inn, transforming it into the new Oxbow Hotel – a boutique, independent lodging establishment with 30 rooms, a restaurant, bar, and more. It’s a project I’ve been deeply involved in for quite some time. You can read the latest news ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

On the Cover | November 11, 2015

"Painted with heavy acrylics and oils as a part of the “Weeping Tree Series,” this piece was inspired by the fever that kicks in for many at the start of hunting season. The leaves change, the air gets cooler, and the whitetails begin the rut. As a sensitive soul, Katie uses nature and human emotion ..."

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Probable Gobble

an unsolicited tour through my holiday dinner

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

My dad occasionally shoots turkeys, but I’ve never eaten one of them. I’m not against eating wild turkey, I’ve just never been at the house when they’ve cooked one. Turkey hunting is something my dad took up well after I’d left home, so I’ve never tried it. He’s got the big tail feathers up on the wall in the sun room ...

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