Thursday, Aug. 7th, 2014

Sconnie Style Gaming

Fact! After a great deal of complex research, local scientists have finally proven that Wisconsinites love cribbage. And people, you don’t argue with local scientists. This sturdy hardwood board is the perfect setting for your next game. Check it out!

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Wednesday, Aug. 6th, 2014

Chippewa Valley Museum delves deep with new blog series

The Chippewa Valley Museum is bringing an entirely new dimension to their upcoming exhibit Changing Currents: Reinventing the Chippewa Valley with their new Changing Currents blog (here and here). Each month leading up to the December grand opening of the exhibit, there will be a series of posts previewing a piece of Chippewa Valley history to be explored in each of the exhibit’s six sections – all of it intended to give readers a sneak peak of what’s to come. Posts will cover a variety of topics, ranging from trading rights to natural disasters, and each one promises to be uniquely surprising and compelling.

John Vanek, editor at the Chippewa Valley Museum, said the goal of the blog is to engage locals in the history of our community and to get people excited about the new exhibit. “The stories we’ve selected are ones that we think are interesting in and of themselves,” he said. “They’re the kind of history stories that are fun to read.”

The stories told are those of real people throughout the history of our region, about how they lived their fascinating, dramatic, and relatable lives (not so unlike our own). And who knows? Maybe in a hundred years, future Chippewa Vallians will be reading about your story in a museum exhibit.

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Monday, Aug. 4th, 2014

10 Wisconsin questions from Yahoo Answers

Just like an über self-consious, middle school version of yourself, there will always be a part of all Wisconsinites secretly wondering what other people are saying about us. And just like the rumor mill did in middle-school, the internet makes it all too easy to find out. As a service to all our state’s citizens, I trolled through Yahoo Answers and pulled a sampling of Wisconsin related-questions and highlights from the answers. Take a deep breath and read for yourself ...

1) “What is it like to live in Wisconsin?”

A: “We live on beer, cheese and deer sausage. If that's not your cup of tea, stay where you are.” | “Highest bar to church ratio in the U.S.” | “Like Wisconsin but would not want to live there. It is just too darn cold”

2) “Why do people think Wisconsin is so weird?”

A: “It's because Wisconsin is so close to Canada. And Canadians are definitely weird.” | “You have had a few serial killers come from over there. Guys who like to eat people and do things with their skin. Maybe that's where it comes from.” | “Honey, I live in Wisconsin and it IS weird”

3) “Why isn’t the Upper Peninsula of Michigan part of Wisconsin”

A: “It’s a fair question to ask.”

4) “Was Wisconsin ever its own country?”

A: “No.” | “Nope.” | “You may be confusing it with Texas…”

5) “What does a Wisconsin accent sound like?”

A: “Yooper dialect” | “Watch the movie Fargo.” | “I hate to say it, but the Midwest has the ugliest sounding accent.” | “Calling leftovers in a casserole with mushroom soup poured over it 'hotdish.'”

6) “How do people dress in Wisconsin?”

A: “Except for the wedges of cheese on their heads, people in Wisconsin dress normally.”| “You thinking we would wear overalls?” | “Everyone dresses like a lumberjack.”

Keep reading for 4 more questions ...

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Sunday, Aug. 3rd, 2014

Sunday Event Picks (August 3)

Today in Chippewa Falls: The Indianhead Swap Meet & Car Show. Details below!
Today in Chippewa Falls: The Indianhead Swap Meet & Car Show. Details below!

From early in the morning and into the night – a lot of fine quality events occurring on Sunday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do. Our picks are below. Check out the rest of Sunday here.

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Saturday, Aug. 2nd, 2014

Saturday Event Picks (August 2)

Head down to Wilson Park today in downtown Eau Claire for Chalkfest 2014. Details below!
Head down to Wilson Park today in downtown Eau Claire for Chalkfest 2014. Details below!

From early in the morning and into the night – a lot of fine quality events occurring on Saturday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do. Our picks are below. Check out the rest of Saturday here.

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