River Road in December

Thomas Smith

Tree-strobing drive on a sunny-cold / afternoon near Solstice. Along the iced river / bare birch and oak trunks kick the sun / continually ahead, as in that football ...

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Giving the Gift of Literacy

Give a Kid a Book program brightens season with reading

Tom Giffey

The seasonal charitable effort by the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is summed up pretty well in its name: Give a Kid a Book. Of course, this program ...

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Issue #321 November 30, 2016

Mystery Solved

Eau Claire author’s research may have had role in arrest of Wetterling killer

Tom Giffey

When he self-published his book about the infamous Jacob Wetterling abduction early last year, Eau Claire author Robert Dudley had no way of knowing that the next 18 months would bring resolution ...

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Issue #321 November 30, 2016

15 Years, 500 Works of Art

retired UW-Stout professor fills gallery with drawings

Natalie Rosenkranz

Imagine yourself standing in a room filled with over 300 paintings, prints, and drawings. Now, imagine that just one artist created all of the artwork in that room. 80-year-old Charlie Wimmer is that artist ...

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Issue #321 November 30, 2016

Artsy Address

three women collaborate on new art gallery, 200 Main

Darrion Behrendt, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At the corner of Graham Avenue and Main Street you will find 200 Main Gallery & Studios. It’s a seemingly nondescript building with tall, thin windows and stucco siding, but if you take a step inside ...

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Next to Nothing

by Richard Terrill

it’s the thing I want second most / the house next to the empty lot / the driftwood shelter on the world’s last undeveloped beach / an efficiency apartment on the international space station ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

Ducking Fame

Mike Perry

Once, for a split second in 2002, I thought I was famous. My ego first began to swell when I did a book signing in Nashville and more than thirty people showed up. Yessir, I thought to myself as I drove away from the bookstore that evening, the Mike train is rolling ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

P • PL Just Like Us

former locals’ new MPLS band spits out intricate psych-rock cassette

Hannah Mumm

Freak funk has new face, and it’s strangely familiar. Back in February, five Midwestern musicians merged to form P • PL. The band is based in the Twin Cities, but some of its roots lie in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

The Giants of Midgard let it rip on new album Beware

Laura Lash, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Giants of Midgard are about to release their new album Beware, a hyper-local telltale collection of songs with creative and comical titles. The band originated in 2013 with Jodi Hanson on vocals and ...

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