Video Game Nostalgia Leads to Father-Son Business

Tue. Oct. 31st, 2017  |  Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Some people want their two front teeth for Christmas. Stuart Sandler of Eau Claire wanted a Pitfall! shadowbox. “I’m a child of the ’80s. I grew up during the height of Atari and Nintendo (the first NES), and I loved the game Pitfall,” he reminisced. “I wanted to be like David Crane, the guy who programmed the game.”

City Council Vote Grabs National Headlines

Council rule impacting nursing moms, kids stirs controversy

Fri. Oct. 27th, 2017  |  by Lauren Fisher

After months of positive press coverage concerning Eau Claire’s economic and cultural growth, we find ourselves in the beam of national attention once again – but for something far more divisive. Through The Associated Press, hundreds of outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post ...

"Snowflakes as Big as Donuts" – First Snowfall, 2017

Fri. Oct. 27th, 2017

From David Brier, just outside of Menomonie ... "The flakes were so big. I was quick to grab my iPhone and capture snowflakes so big, they practically required their own ZIP codes. It was the first snow of this season on October 27 ..."

Fragments of Cartoon Logic

Fri. Oct. 27th, 2017  |  Tim Brennan

When we were children and Lydia / would come over in the morning, / she would cry and not want to talk / about her father’s hands on her.

Fearful Thinking

a small collection of scary thoughts

Mon. Oct. 23rd, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

I used to imagine people picking up the brooms my mother left behind at every house in which we had ever lived, maybe wondering why they were there, leaning up against a counter or standing silent in the closet ...

He Was Wrong, but That's All Right

Brewers, Twins exceed expectations of subpar performance in recently ended season

Mon. Oct. 23rd, 2017  |  Luc Anthony

When you make predictions, you ideally want your prediction to be proven correct; this is a point of personal pride, perhaps an indicator of clairvoyance or a badge of expertise ...


Mon. Oct. 23rd, 2017  |  Max Garland

Many nights it held us aloft. / We knew each other’s weight as surely / as we knew each other’s lightness ...

A Taste of Literature

Kitchens of the Great Midwest author headed to book fest

Mon. Oct. 23rd, 2017  |  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 ...