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FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Tom Giffey, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

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The Rear End

Tractors and Pinstriped Overalls

thinking about the things my grandfather did

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Mackenzie Kavanagh

My grandpa on my Mom’s side fixed up old tractors until cancer took him away. That was almost 20 years ago. He and my grandma lived in a Wisconsin farmhouse on a road bearing their name ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Aug. 8, 2018

learn more about V1's cover art from Jill Van Sickle

After earning her degree in Fine Arts from UW-River Falls, Jill went on to become a full-time professional artist. Her work is primarily focused on nature, and its intent is to give the viewer a moment ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Aug. 8, 2018

photos by Taylor Smith

TROLLING ON HALF MOON LAKE. Hosted by Hope in the Valley and Mayo Clinic Health System, the annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival promotes teamwork as it raises funds for cancer services. The 2018 installment took place Aug. 4 ...

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Ben Shaw records, releases new album in Eau Claire

Bonni Knight

From the beginning, Ben Shaw has understood the power of music. He was drawn from New York to Eau Claire to attend UW-Eau Claire, which, during the ’90s, was one of only two universities in the country offering a degree in music therapy. A self-proclaimed Dead Head ...

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Visual Art
Local Lit


John Hildebrand

My children learned to swim in a tea-colored river with a lazy current and sandy bottom but also hidden drop-offs that changed every year and made me a nervous wreck. Once a summer, though, we’d pack a picnic lunch ...

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Local Look

Party in the Pines

Festival in the Pines adds more fun, fundraisers

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The 36th annual Festival in the Pines will take place in Carson Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. The festival is back for another year of food, and fun, including craft booths featuring unique handmade items. New this year will be ...

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Food / Drink

A Delicious Puerto Rican Meal to Help Heal

Julia van Allen

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly a year ago, the island of Puerto Rico needs aid to rebuild the businesses, roads, and homes that were destroyed by the vicious storm. Local organizers and impromptu activists chef Molly Barnes and Jake Lindgren are determined to help.

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The Basics of Beer

lagers, ales, and everything you need to know about your typical cold one

Lauren Fisher

Wisconsin is a beer-loving state, for better or for worse, and with history older than Leinenkugel’s and new breweries coming up every year, the Chippewa Valley is definitely a hub within a hub ...

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Cheese Experts Sound Off

get to know some of the best cheese in the Valley from the local people that put in the work

Lauren Fisher

Get to know some of the best cheese in the Valley from the local people that put in the work ...

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A Great Hop-Pertunity

Elk Mound farm takes hops from bed to brewer

Tori Johnson

It’s a long journey to get the beer we love to drink ready to serve. Some folks in Elk Mound have taken on a role in that journey, starting their part of this process in the soil. Scott and Jody Alnes began their own hop farm ...

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Beer Crust or Bust

Beer Hall Pizza unites pizza & beer lovers for unique eats

Hillary Bell

Beer and pizza is at least in the top five for best food and drink pairing, if not the top three. You probably wouldn’t think that it could get any better than that … But a newly designed pizza has come to tell ...

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