Issue #320 November 16, 2016

On the Cover | Nov. 16, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Ellen B. Nelson

“‘Raven-ous’ is a mixed media art work inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. I generally work and am more comfortable with fiber art, embroidery, art quilting, and sewing. However, I wanted to stretch my borders in order to bring back ..."

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Successful Similarities?

rising cities Eau Claire and Buffalo, N.Y., follow similar paths

Barbara Tzetzo Gosch

While creating a “sweet” American Dream story about my Albanian immigrant family’s candy business – which grew to become the largest in western New York – I had an “aha!” moment ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Miss Direction

hey, not all those who wander are lost (almost)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

My wife is so good with directions it frightens me. On the other hand, I’m so bad with directions it frightens her. If you were to superglue a blindfold onto my wife’s eyeballs, throw her into a helicopter, fly her into the heart of the Amazonian jungles ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

On the Cover | Nov. 2, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Alecia Acker

V1 Staff

“I was inspired to create this piece in the fall of 2015 as a focal piece for my Artist’s Premier in November. The inspiration for the piece came to me while out on a run near Mount Tom in Eau Claire. I have always had a connection with nature ..."

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Turn Your Eyes to the Skies

I don’t waste an opportunity to experience the Northern Lights

Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin

A little over a year ago in this space, I wrote about my transformative experience viewing and photographing the northern lights in our area. Since then, I’ve observed the aurora borealis quite a few times, both from here and points further north ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Halloween Scenes

stories of yore from Octobers in Eau Claire

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

A boy in 1980s Eau Claire is so excited by his He-Man Halloween costume he can’t stop looking at it. It includes a stiff plastic mask with a thin elastic string tied around the back, with holes for each eye and each nostril ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Lights Out

there is nothing to fear but …

Ken Szymanski

Shhhhh. Listen to this. My story is brief. You’re lucky it’s brief, though, because you’ll be scared out of your mind. If, at some point, you need to toss this magazine aside and run for daylight, there’d be ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Clown Theory

this year’s clown phobia is rooted in something serious

Steve Russell, photos by Travis Dewitz

Everybody loves clowns, right? They do tricks, they twist balloons, juggle, do magic, and make people laugh. Good, right? So when, how, and why did it all go bad?

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Issue #317 October 5, 2016

The Best of Me (2016)

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was something else

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The votes are in, the polls have been slammed shut, and the tallies have been tilly-tallied. So it is with great pleasure and excitement that I present to you the results of my 2016 Best of the Mike Paulus Poll.

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016


still feeling the rhythm of my old band classes

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

Deep in Northwestern Wisconsin, you will find the tiny town of Webster. Just outside of Webster, out in the woods, there is a house. In the basement of this house ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

A Box of Clues

on a historical hunt, books uncovered, records spun, and a resurrection gone awry

BJ Hollars, photos by BJ Hollars

Let me tell you how I first met Fannie Ingram Schwahn. How I was browsing the local antique store a few summers back when there, buried amid the flotsam and jetsam, I came upon a wedding ...

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