Issue #298 January 27, 2016

Icy Reflections

laments swirling around the old neighborhood rink

by Eric Rasmussen

My kids are seven and five, so they don’t know any better. I like to take them sledding at Mitscher Park, the neighborhood park just a block south of our house. There’s no technical sledding hill in the acre-ish field. It is essentially a big divot in the middle of the grid of houses south of Hamilton Avenue, west of Rudolph Road, and east of State Street ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

Dark Winter Light

the cold curiosities we find hiding in the night

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

It’s so bright outside. In the middle of the night. I clicked off the little lamp on my nightstand, and now the bedroom windows are blooming with light. The shades are shut, but still it comes through. I think of movies where alien ships land in the backyard. But this is different.

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Issue #296 December 23, 2015

From the Visitor's Section

seeing a collegiate basketball game in person is where it’s at

by Luc Anthony

Walking into Zorn Arena on a recent mild El Niño December evening, I looked for a spot to watch the Blugolds women’s basketball game. Not being a student, that particular section was a must-avoid – as was the long line of enthusiastic students waiting to get inside for a non-conference game. The area near the benches ...

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Issue #296 December 23, 2015

Monroe, Wisconsin

in the very beginning, I got there first

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Somewhere in my parent’s house, deep in a box in the basement, there’s a newspaper clipping. A grey and white photo and its caption. It shows a young woman on the very first day of 1976. She looks tired. She looks like she wasn’t really ready for a newspaper photographer to show up at the door, ask her to smile ...

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Issue #296 December 23, 2015

On the Cover | December 23, 2015

learn more about the issue's cover art by Tom Weniger

“Nuthatch on the Duncan” by Tom Weniger “The Marsh Rainbow Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Arching gracefully over beautiful Duncan Creek, it was built in 1916 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Just downstream from here, Duncan Creek ...

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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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