Issue #305 May 4, 2016

Vicarious Roller Grrrl

roller derby is an exercise in empowerment – for fans as well as competitors

by Laura Lash, photos by Luong Huynh

As we enter the sports center, the matchup has already begun. The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls are hosting the Keweenaw Roller Girls from ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

Hot Talent on Ice

Memorial’s Ty Emberson is the Valley’s latest high-profile hockey star, and the best may be yet to come

by Luc Anthony

The Eau Claire metro area is known for the following exports on a national level: Leinie’s and Bon Iver. Sure, occasionally there are other things – municipal residential ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

Snowflakes and Cereal

cold mornings are still bright mornings

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Sunlight filled the backyard. We were going to have a good day. Probably. The sky swelled with electricity, a wall of screaming blue yanked up behind a mess of tree branches towering ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

Morning Glory

in a Wisconsin spring, the early bird gets the best show

by Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin

I looked up from my breakfast bowl, which was filled to the brim with milk-soaked Frosted Mini-Wheats, and noticed through the sliding glass door which faces east from our house ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

On the Cover | April 20, 2016

learn more about our cover art from Jesse Aylsworth

“‘Manipulating the Spectrum’ was a reaction to a large 4’ x 8’ diptych that I had been painting on intensely for three months. After I finished that painting, I stretched, primed, and painted this canvas over the course of one weekend ..."

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Issue #303 April 6, 2016

The Spurn Lane

lessons learned on the cold, harsh highway of life

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Like most people who have just narrowly avoided a car accident with one or more idiot drivers, I got huffy. Very huffy. The people I wanted to yell at were well on their way down the road, happily clueless to the rage they’d induced. I felt so helpless ...

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Issue #303 April 6, 2016

On the Cover | April 6, 2016

learn more about our cover art from Christopher Bartlett

“Weston Valley was taken in the middle of December before the snow had fallen. An overcast day perfectly complimented the fading autumn colors. The trees would lose their leaves shortly thereafter.”

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Why the River

local waterways show us strange things in the spring

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’m pretty sure we saw a full size bed floating down the Chippewa River last week. My wife and I had just driven onto the Madison Street bridge when she immediately saw it. And since I have the eagle-eyed eyesight of a very old, very handsome, very blind eagle who can no longer fend for itself ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

It's Sausage Season

baseball stadium hot dogs, brats are on culinary highlight reel

by Luc Anthony

If you are going to write a column on sports food, it is best to write immediately following a slice of pizza. My stomach properly satiated, I can now opine on the gastronomy of athletic entertainment – apropos for the Eat Scene edition of Volume One ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Four Years, One Shot

team manager’s on-court performance offers lesson about sportsmanship

by Scott Berseth

A basketball game was played on a Thursday night, and like many played across the state of Wisconsin, this one began with the arrival of a yellow bus. You see, if the other team doesn’t show then it’s a practice, and tonight we want to play ...

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