On the Cover | Oct. 3, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Kathy Schmiedeskamp

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018

“In the last year I have been focusing on my photography. I have discovered art in ephemeral botanicals. I can spend hours looking at the colors and patterns on the leaves and flowers. Each one is a work of art. My husband and I have recently joined the Chippewa Valley Photo Club ...

Opening Shot | Oct. 3, 2018

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018  |  photos by Branden Nall

The 30th Annual International Fall Festival spread across downtown Eau Claire’s Barstow Street on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival places an emphasis on Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food, and music. The Elk Mound High School Marching Band (above) was part of the annual parade.

5 of the Spookiest Places in the Chippewa Valley

paranormal investigator Chad Lewis offers his list of top scary spots.

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018  |  Chad Lewis

With that spirit in mind, I have put together my top list of spooky places in the Chippewa Valley. These places provide you with the opportunity to experience a Halloween filled with strange...

A Samhain Celebration

pumpkin-carving, mask-making, and honoring the dead

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Taylor Smith

The Broom and Crow will welcome people of all faiths to explore and celebrate Samhain (pronounced “sow-wen”) on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Hot Coffee Trends From a Local Coffee Fanatic

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Jen Ekblad

In my world, coffee is not just a beverage – it is a way of life. My go-to is an iced caramel macchiato with nonfat milk. But lately I have been intrigued by a few hot trends popping up on social media and at our local coffee shops ...

Autumn’s Up

It’s a pumpkin spice world. We’re just living in it.

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Yes, I agree with you. There are far too many pumpkin spice-flavored novelty food items in our grocery stores, many of which barely make sense. Pumpkin spice coffee? That’s expected. Pumpkin spice breakfast cereal? Fine. Pumpkin spice Triscuit crackers?

Football Is Changing. Will Fans Change With It?

concussion concerns, offensive focus are examples of sport’s evolution

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Luc Anthony

Clay Matthews is, perhaps, the second-best-known current Green Bay Packer. While he may never achieve Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement, he will be considered one of the better Packers of the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy era ...

The Apple That Shall Not Be Named

the latest fruit from the University of Minnesota may not be a bad apple, but it’s got a bad name

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Laura Buchholz

Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time for the latest fruit to fall out of the chute from the University of Minnesota’s apple lab.

Be Beautifully Different

Tangled Up In Hue teams up with UCP for fundraiser

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Measha Vieth

Local arts and gift shop Tangled Up in Hue is partnering with nonprofit organization United Cerebral Palsy of West Central WI (UCP of WCW) to spread awareness of people of all ages

Workshop Your Spoken Word at the Heyde

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Haley Wright

On Oct. 18, beginning at 7pm, the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association will host a spoken word open mic event with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, a Minneapolis-based two-time National Poetry Slam champion ...

Barstow & Grand #2

local poetry and lit mag unleashes its second issue

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher

The official release of the second issue of Barstow & Grand, a locally produced poetry and literature magazine, will be Oct. 16 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. Beginning at 7pm, authors will read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the journal ...

Pages on a Park

Chippewa Falls authors commemorate Irvine Park and it’s 112-year history

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018  |  Rayna DeJongh

After a year of researching newspaper articles, collecting historic images, and interviewing locals, Chippewa Falls authors Donna Bourget, Anne Keller ,and Jim Schuh have disclosed the rich landscape ...