Big Day Reflections

Chippewa Valley locals offer insight in planning a great wedding

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Randy Lee

Without experience in the wedding planning process, it can be overwhelming to muddle through choices from colors to cake flavors.Some details are set in stone from the beginning, but when deciding ...

Chain of Reasoning

Why do we take things that don’t belong to us?

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019  |  Mike Paulus, design by Taylor McCumber

Back in third or maybe fourth grade, I had a chain. It was about 30 feet long. Small links, maybe one inch each. I went outside and played with it when I got bored ...

Unique Uniformity

the NBA’s foray into creative jersey design inspires ideas for prep hoop teams

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019  |  Luc Anthony

If you have caught part of a Bucks or Timberwolves game over the past year-plus – or even just some highlights – you may have come away a bit confused. Home teams wearing colored uniforms and road teams in white ...

Are You Ready for Best Night?

celebrating the Valley’s best for one night only

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The second annual Best Night celebration of all things that make the Chippewa Valley super duper cool will take place Feb. 9. Guests will enter via the red carpet or cut straight through to the vinyl stylings ...

The Art of Slow Cooking

Karl’s Bar-B-Q Express gives catering success a Chippewa Falls home

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Diana Peterson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Karl Hartkemeyer isn’t just a barbecue chef; he’s a barbecue artist. While attending school for engineering, he became a restaurant cook to pay for his schooling. Hartkemeyer honed his culinary skills ...

EllieMay Kay Benefit Gig

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Measha Vieth

Nashville country artist EllieMay Kay is coming back to her roots for a Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity benefit concert. Known for her true country style with a mix of 70s classic rock instruments ...

Opening Davey J’s Garage

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Emilee Wentland

Spontaneity commonly sparks quirky haircuts, weekend getaways, and – in the case of UW-Eau Claire English Professor David Jones – a creative space for original, independent music. After his lease ...

Rallying for the Valley

more than 100 Chippewa Valley residents will bend lawmakers’ ears on Jan. 30

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

More than 100 Chippewa Valley residents will caravan to the state Capitol on Jan. 30 as part of the 25th annual Chippewa Valley Rally, a unique gathering that offers an opportunity to speak directly ...

Still Tangled After All These Years

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Back in 2009, Jamie Kyser and Erin Klaus opened a downtown art collective called Tangled Up in Hue, a communal space where members of the Valley’s burgeoning artistic scene – from potters to painters ...

Educational Events Mark Ager’s 150th

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Barbara Arnold

Two February presentations at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will discuss immigrant identity as part of the 150th birthday of Waldemar Ager. A Norwegian immigrant, Ager moved from Chicago ...

Wheel of Misfortune

tripping her way into the puzzle of retirement

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Jane Linton

Thirteen below zero, with wind chills lower still, as I scrape scraps from the hearty casserole we’ve just eaten into the disposal. The recipe claims it’s just what we need to keep the cold outside ...

On the Cover | Jan. 23, 2019

learn more about this issue's cover art from Andrew Ritchie

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019

“With this piece I wanted to visit the post-apocalyptic literature and art of the 70s & 80s, but put an updated spin on it by changing out the typical characters.”

Opening Shot | Jan. 23, 2019

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  photos by Taylor Smith

EMBERS TO REMEMBER. A bonfire on a frigid day was well-received at the 133rd Silver Mine Invitational ski competition, held Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, just outside of Eau Claire. The Silver Mine complex celebrated its 50th anniversary of hosting the event, as locals enjoyed the ski jumpers, food, drink, and more.

Rock Fest Releases 2019 Lineup

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019  |  Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Jefferson Starship lyrics might be the least rock n roll way to describe Rock Fest, but “we built this city on rock n roll” is – all things considered – a pretty fair sum-up of what goes down on Cadott’s ...

Spoken Word Showcase Starting Up

Tue. Jan. 22nd, 2019  |  Tori Johnson

A new showcase for those whose talents fall into the category of spoken word is starting soon, and it’s destined for great things. Presented by Clear Water Comedy and hosted at The Plus, Loud Secrets Open Mic will begin on Feb. 4 ...

Affordable Housing Slated for Cannery District

plan would create as many as 121 apartments

Tue. Jan. 22nd, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

One component to addressing the Chippewa Valley’s identified shortage of affordable housing may come in the form of a new apartment building in the Cannery District on Eau Claire’s near west side ...