Issue #314 August 24, 2016

The Magic Network

social connections forged in a small city are priceless

by Katie Venit

Once upon a time I lived in a place far, far away, filled with so many people that one could walk the streets in total anonymity, never bumping into a friend at the grocery store, never seeing a particular stranger ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

On the Cover | August 24, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Mark Lone

The ‘Luna Moth’ piece is a very special piece to me, as the day I was working on this my grandmother Arlys Lone passed away of natural causes. When I heard the news, I kept drawing to try to keep my mind off feeling grief. I couldn’t stop thinking about ..."

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Overgrown

August is a time for tangled branches and rebellion

by Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

Maybe it’s because we never had sidewalks. Or a curb or a gutter. Everyone’s lawns just rolled right up the blacktop, no fancy concrete to separate the two ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

The Bambino Would Be Proud

Eau Claire's Babe Ruth program excels, sending two teams to World Series

by Luc Anthony

These are the salad days of Eau Claire baseball. We had the glory years of the Eau Claire Braves and the thousands who attended that era’s CRBL games, and that was a high standard to match, yet the sport still known ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

On the Cover | August 10, 2016

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Grace Fechner

artwork by Grace Fechner

"This piece is from my ‘Connection’ series, which was inspired by a story in National Geographic about the traditional costumes worn by people of various villages in France. Each villager had a costume that celebrated ..."

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

10 Hot Tips for Using Local Trails

pro suggestions on biker shorts, picking up after your dog, and ... unicycles?

by Jim Jefferies, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I have been biking and walking the Chippewa River Trail since before it was even created, which is some trick, let me tell you. In all of that time, I have witnessed several calamities that could have been easily avoided ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Swat in Hell

something really bugs me about summer in Wisconsin

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I have hairy forearms. You wouldn’t stare at them if you were seated next to me at a restaurant or anything, but close inspection, you’d discover I maintain a robust, masculine forest or arm follicles. The same is true for my legs. So if I’m sporting a T-shirt-n-shorts combo ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Embracing Teamwork in Music

Nobody’s good at everything. So why do we expect musicians to be?

by Ed Hudgins

I am thankful we are all wired differently, that we all come to the table with a variety of skills, abilities, and experiences. This makes life much richer, don’t you think? Diversity, when embraced and celebrated ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

On the Cover | July 27, 2016

learn about this issue's cover art from Denise Walser-Kolar

“This work is the fourth painting in a series of 25, inspired by the work of Joris Hoefnagel. All of the subjects are meaningful to me. The blue jay feather was floating in my birdbath. I found the dead cicada at my parent’s house. The cardinal egg was from a nest that was ..."

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Anting and Raving

when ants get organized, retreat is the only option

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I was super-freaked by the sheer variety of these ants. The diversity. Small ones. Big ones. Really big ones. Fat ones. Cute ones. Black ones. Brown ones. Reddish ones. And a certain kind of ant I only saw once or twice but will never forget because they were black like the absolute absence of joy ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Triple-A Talent

recently retired baseball player now helping Chippewa Valley youth

by Luc Anthony

If you have a young son playing organized baseball in the Chippewa Valley, he may be receiving instruction from a coach who has been around the game. And by “been around,” I mean beyond the local circuit: Rather, around North American professional baseball ...

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