Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017

My Father, My Hero

veteran’s gallantry at a distant time in a distant war still resonates with his son

Timothy Dolan

As we plan our Veteran’s Day ceremony at Menomonie Middle School, I am almost giddy having just confirmed with my father, David Dolan – former Marine and Vietnam veteran ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

The Star Wars Guy

Episodes from the life of a lifelong fan who embraced his inner Vader

Ken Szymanski

Episode I - After school one day, a colleague came into my classroom with a question: “You’re the Star Wars Guy, right?”

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

'You Just Got Momm'd!'

What does it take to staff a music fest’s ‘Mom Booth’? A talkative personality, some good advice, and lots of Band-Aids.

Maureen Mcraith

Full disclosure, I pretty much “barged” my way into the “Mom Booth” at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in June using my connections. As a ticket holder, I was intrigued when I saw that one ...

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Life in the Slow Lane

taking a breather from life’s hectic flow allows for more face-to-face time

Jane Jeffries

I’ll admit that I’m old enough to remember the full-service gas station. My mom would drive up to the pump at the DX Station and roll down her window. A man in denim overalls ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

For Brian, Today

what I learned from the too-short life of a friend

Doug Mell

I first met Brian Leaf in 1980 when he was a scrawny, mouthy, irreverent and totally irrepressible part-time employee for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where I began my 30-year career in journalism ...

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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 #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 #312 July 27, 2016

Embracing Teamwork in Music

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

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 #308 June 15, 2016

Spinning Local

when you're building a new radio station, the question "what is local music?" is critical

Scott Morfitt

For the last couple of months, I’ve been humbled to work on launching a radio station, Blugold Radio 99.9 FM. This station is a marvelous gift from Midwest Family Broadcasting ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

9 Ways to up Your Thrift Sale Game

it's quality over quantity; sometimes a little extra work can pay off big time if you're having a rummage sale

Laura Buchholz

Summer is a great time to enjoy the best of what life has to offer: sunshine, ice cream, beaches, sleeping with the windows open, and, of course, the most important thing: Rummaging ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Four Years, One Shot

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

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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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

A Long Wait For Cake

patience is key for those whose birthday is on the rarest of all days: February 29

Allison Puestow

We all love our birthdays. Even if you’re the kind of person who hates getting older and constantly lies about your age, you still love and celebrate your birthday. And why not? It’s the day when you become the center of attention and get showered with cake and presents. But for someone like me, birthdays don’t come every year ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Date Night at the Grocery Store

skimming the free samples and falling in love

Pan Thao

I must confess I have a slight obsession with grocery shopping. Writing up the list, weighing apples on the scale, attempting to pry open the produce bags, deciding what new flavor of yogurt to try – yes, I love it all. When I was little, my parents would pack all six of us kids into the minivan, and we’d take a family vacation ...

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