Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Rain Will Fall and Take It Away

on the river banks, below the streets, under the trees

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

You could call it a waterfall in that it’s literally falling water. But I told my kids to stay out of it all the same, especially the hole at the bottom where the water had collected into a milky puddle ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Who ARE These Guys?

traditionally low-profile teams have risen to top of the NBA, NHL

Luc Anthony

The month of June brings the championship series of two of the four or five major pro sports leagues in America: the NBA Finals, and the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final. As with any league, there are legendary franchises ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

In Defense of the Video Store

you can have your Netflix algorithms; I’ll rely on a clerk named Keith

BJ Hollars, illustrated by Janae Breunig

I walk into the video store on a Tuesday in May, and there, stretched before me, is the exact same scene I’ve enjoyed for decades: shelves chock full of eye-catching DVDs amid bins of microwave popcorn, yardsticks’ worth of licorice, and goo-candy ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

The Potential of a Party

Nick Meyer

The neighborhood block party can be a simple yet powerful community-building tool. On page 46 we have the story of “Bluegrass on Badger,” a neighbor-created event with music, games, a food truck, and more in late May on Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill. It became an instant breakout success ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

On the Cover | June 14, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Jen Schultz

"In general, I want my work to have a little humor and a bit of an unsettling quality as well, kind of like a nervous laugh. There may be a theme or certain feeling I work from, but the meaning of the piece is up for interpretation by the viewer ..."

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Shrub Me the Wrong Way

What can one do when confronted with offensive hedgery?

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

When my wife and I moved into our little house on Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill, the place came with a few things in need of fixing up. The windows needed new paint. The attic needed extra insulation ...

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Chronic Senioritis

planning Senior Skip Day gives high school students a taste of ‘real world’ complexity

Eric Rasmussen

For proof of how local young people have grown during their years in the Eau Claire Area School District, we only need to look at one piece of evidence: the planning of the annual Senior Skip Day ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Carni-Fall

running down some county fair flashbacks

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

I can’t remember exactly why we ran across the carnival grounds that afternoon, but I doubt it was my idea. I rarely feel the need to travel faster than a light trot, yet there I was, chasing my cousins ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

From Project Runway to March Madness

when you’re married to a superfan, sports are part of your life – whether you like it or not

Luc Anthony, Marie Anthony

I’ll be honest. This sports thing doesn’t come easy to me. My heart is happiest with Tim Gunn “make it work moments” and strawberry-peach margaritas. If two years ago someone told me there would come a day I’d be watching ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Opening Shot | May 17, 2017

photos by Andrea Paulseth

IT’S HIP TO ZIP. A pair of happy zip-liners try out the new motorized zip-line at Action City in Eau Claire. Open as of Saturday, May 6, the ride is 130 feet high and 700 feet long. The amusement center also opened up a new outdoor go-kart track on the same day.

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

House of Rock: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

celebrating our creative economy while examining the loss of a mainstay music venue

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig, photos by Kelsey Smith

However, somewhat simultaneously, music fans in the area are processing last week’s announcement that a mainstay live venue for the last 17 years, The House of Rock on Water Street in Eau Claire, will permanently close its doors in July ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Gust Cause

the answer is not blowing in the wind

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

One thing I didn’t expect when I moved into Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill neighborhood was all the wind. Because sometimes I can be kinda dumb. Maybe I should have expected things to be a little gustier when living in a place with “hill” right in the title ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

How to Win the Eastside Hill Thrift Sale

a step-by-step, yard-by-yard guide to treasure hunting

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2. Wear comfortable shoes, for you do not live in the Eastside Hill, and you will get lost and spend hours searching for your car in the hot sun. You will be reminded of Sir Henry Morton Stanley searching the Congo for Dr. Livingstone except you are carrying someone else’s Crock-Pot ...

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