Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Forming a Friendship

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Devil of a Story

UW-Stout professor illustrates century-old local fairytale

Emily Kinzel

For long-time residents, the folklore behind the Devil’s Punchbowl in Menomonie is old as time. Rumors of hauntings, gnomes, and enchantments in this outdoor recreational area are well-known ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Tireless Task

history buff continues decades-long writing project about Uniroyal

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ring the doorbell of Jack Zais on a Friday in December and you’ll hear a muffled Christmas tune on the other side of the front door. He welcomes guests into the tidy blue living area where 13 of the books ...

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Issue #345 Nov. 15, 2017

Sandwiches

short fiction from Barstow & Grand

Ryan Purdy

Lucy had just fallen asleep when her ears picked up the unmistakable din of her husband and Rick caterwauling up the drive. Despite the late hour, the two belted out the Willie and Waylon tune, "I Can Get Off on You," her husband singing Waylon's baritone, and Rick taking Willie's tenor ...

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Issue #345 Nov. 15, 2017

Facing Down Monsters

Eau Claire native explores his own experiences in fictionalized murder tale

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Monsters in the Hallway, released Oct. 27, is based on events from author Jim Kosmo’s childhood in Eau Claire in the 1950s and ’60s. The predominant storylines of his book open windows into his life ...

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Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017

A Taste of Literature

Kitchens of the Great Midwest author headed to book fest

Emily Kinzel

J. Ryan Stradal has a true knack for the literary arts. His first novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, earned a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2015. This novel is filled with foodie culture ...

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Issue #342 Oct. 4, 2017

River Reads

Chippewa Valley Book Festival features fiction, food, and fun

Emily Kinzel

Hey there bookworms! The 18th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival is almost here. Starting Monday, Oct. 16, and running through Thursday Oct. 26, the festival will feature 30 authors ...

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Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

Dining on Wobegon

have dinner with Prairie Home Companion writer Holly Harden

V1 Staff

At Forage this month, A Prairie Home Companion writer and cookbook author Holly Harden will join guests for a special dinner to benefit the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. “Suppertime in Lake Wobegon” will feature ...

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Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

Writing History

veteran journalist Buckli will be honored for career covering ski jumping

by Doug Pearson

For decades, Ron Buckli has been writing sports stories for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. A former football coach and longtime runner, Buckli has kept us informed about prep football and foot races ...

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Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

In It Together

couple’s book of devotionals aimed at stronger marriages

Lindsey Quinnies

When you meet Matt and Suzie Kendziera, you can instantly sense that they share a genuinely unique connection. After 19 years of marriage, the Eau Claire pair are still as excited to share their lives together ...

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