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Opening Letters

Three Bold Ideas for State Street

the city is talking about roundabouts, but we can try something even wilder

Laura Buchholz

State Street will likely be closed for a time next summer and fall, and the time to start making your contingency plans is now. As a homeowner on the majestic artery itself, the thought of State Street torn up for months ...

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The Rear End

Unleash the Extension Cords

’tis the season for judging your neighbor’s holiday decor

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

The holiday yard over-decorator has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years. Their plastic-packed yards, while revered by some, are largely considered gaudy and gratuitous. “Why turn your yard into a spectacle?” people ask ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Dec. 12, 2018

learn more about our current cover art from Heidi Johnson

“The Universe is an exploration of energy, line, physicality, spirituality, and physics. It is inspired by my belief that only the spiritual realm existed before the spark of spacetime ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Dec. 12, 2018

photos by Taylor Smith

THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE RIPS IT UP. On Friday, Nov. 30, the Clearwater Winter Parade kicked off with a fireworks display from the Grand Avenue bridge followed by the parade on Grand Avenue and First Avenue. This year’s theme was “How Sweet It Is.”

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Music

A Fugue Good Men

Orenda Fugue’s latest is a thank you to a supportive, friendly music scene

Tori Johnson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire band Orenda Fugue will perform its new album, Revel, at a free show at the Mousetrap on Dec. 15. We’re Wolves will start the evening off around 9pm, followed with a performance ...

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Triple Play

three EPs make up Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers’ new record

Broc Seigneurie

If you’ve been paying attention to the music scene around Eau Claire, chances are you’ve heard of Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers. The power trio rose from the ashes of local rock act Granite Rose ...

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Mudd Meets Midwest

Puddle of Mudd to perform at The Metro

Lauren Fisher

Twenty-eight-year veterans of the grunge metal scene Puddle of Mudd will perform at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire on Dec. 30. The Missouri-born band has been jamming since the release of its first album ...

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Stage

Drama, Comedy, and Dragons

UWEC production explores family tragedy, role-playing

Haley Wright

She Kills Monsters, a dramatic comedy produced by the UW-Eau Claire Music and Theatre Arts Department, will debut at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Dec. 11 and run through Dec. 16 ...

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Words

The Joy of Writing

Sound and Stories series returns with some holiday magic

Rayna DeJongh

Chippewa Valley Writer’s Guild Sound and Stories Series is back with Joy to the World at the Pablo Arts Center, Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7pm. The sold-out show will feature a collaboration of sounds from The Ukulele Klub ...

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Visual Art

At the Table and on the Walls

Pablo exhibit features work by female artists from the Chippewa Valley

Abby Norton

The Pablo Center at the Confluence is currently hosting “A Seat at the Table,” an exhibit composed of art created by women in the Chippewa Valley. Featured artists include Lori Chilefone, CJ Connor, Christina Loew ...

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Library Seeks Entries for Artswest40

Barbara Arnold

Chippewa Valley artists have no excuse not to submit their creations to ArtsWest, the annual juried art show sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: In celebration of the show’s 40th year ...

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Local Lit

Sciurus Carolinesis

Max Garland

It’s hopeless how she loves this life. // The gray squirrel digs a small moon’s // worth of craters in the yard. // Some she fills, some leaves open ...

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Local Look

Rolling Out a Tire Museum

Banbury Place will house gallery dedicated to Uniroyal history

Tom Giffey, photos by Chippewa Valley Museum

What was once one of the largest tire factories in the United States – the 2 million-square-foot former Uniroyal Goodrich plant on the banks of the Eau Claire River – will finally have a dedicated museum space showcasing its 100-year history ...

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Blue Angels Will Return in 2020

Tom Giffey

The 2020 Chippewa Valley Air Show is a go, and it’s got a commitment from the U.S. Navy’s legendary Blue Angels demonstration squadron. The F-18 flight team, which performed at last summer’s Chippewa Valley Air Show as well ...

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Give Your Input for 10-Year Plan

V1 Staff

An Eau Claire community group dedicated to “engaging citizens for the common good” is ready to start planning for the region’s next decade. To begin that process, Clear Vision Eau Claire is asking residents ...

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Wintry Fun in Dunn

Winterdaze presents ‘Up North Christmas, Eh?’

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Downtown Menomonie Inc. will host the 15th annual Winterdaze Parade Dec. 16. It all starts at 4pm with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will provide a photo opportunity for families. Small farm ...

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Food / Drink

Microgreens With Macro Potential

local chiropractor raises tiny, nutritious plants

Justine Childs

When my friend Dr. Dan Czedlatdko told me he was growing microgreens I had one thought: What the heck are microgreens? While in Arizona early this year, Dr. Dan came across microgreens. Upon exploring further, he discovered that a study done ...

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Special Sections

How diverse are we?

a look at the Chippewa Valley's racial and ethnic makeup

Tom Giffey, design by Taylor McCumber

Figures for the racial and ethnic background of Chippewa Valley residents are relatively easy to track down, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. They show a region that is growing more diverse, but ...

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The Profound Value of Community

Eau Claire woman uses her voice to support the local Latino population

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It was only three months ago that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from Illinois moved into Wisconsin, arresting 83 people in 14 counties between Sept. 21-24 – just four days.

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Intersectional Advocacy

UWEC is the most LGBTQ-friendly campus in the state thanks to its Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UW-Eau Claire is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the country. You might’ve seen the headlines. Campus Pride, a national nonprofit, gave the university ...

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All Students Are Welcome

Black Student Alliance opens Black Cultural Center at UWEC

Nealy Corcoran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After more than a year of effort, UW-Eau Claire opened a Black Cultural Center in November inside Centennial Hall.

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A Heart for Family, Community

Councilman Michael Xiong gives back to the city that welcomed him as a refugee 34 years ago

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Eight daughters aged 6-27, a grandson, and a loving wife are the reason why Michael Xiong, who has served on the Eau Claire City Council as an at-large representative since 2013, will not pursue a third term of service come April.

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