When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

Mon. Oct. 16th, 2017  |  Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

Ideally, local news outlets are genuinely local – that is to say they’re independently owned outfits closely tied to the community from top to bottom. They develop local management perspectives, make decisions locally, and maintain the strongest ratio of revenue kept in the markets they cover ...

A Healing Journey

issues, approaches, and timing to post-partum rehab

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Laura Lash

There is a growing awareness in the U.S. for childbearing women to seek help in adjusting to their post-baby body. This is not to be confused with the celebrity magazine headlines of “How I Got My Body Back” The goal is not to return ...

Reading to a Baby Adds Up

sharing 1,000 books before kindergarten encourages future literacy

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser

Your baby may not be old enough for their own library card, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy books. Everyone is welcome at your local public library ...

Store Is Hell

lessons learned from grocery adventures

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

It has come to my attention that many of my most vivid childhood memories happened in a grocery store. Grocery stores just seem to hold a special significance in my life. Is that weird?

There's No Escaping History

Schlegelmilch House becomes spooky Halloween puzzle

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Think back to the early 2000s: You have questionable highlights and you’re on your Dell computer, viciously pounding on the arrow keys on your keyboard. There’s a timer in the upper right-hand corner ...

Beer the Walking Dead

drag yourself out on the town for EC’s Zombie Crawl

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Don’t get too ahead of yourself. It isn’t quite the Christmas season, but it is time to haul out fake spider webs, drink gallons of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and watch those classic 1980s slasher movies ...

Cool Air, Fresh Art

let annual fall art tour ease you into autumn

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Marie Anthony

For some, autumn’s arrival comes by way of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. For others, it’s the day they can comfortably pull of that fabulous pair of riding boots. While I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love ...

Rolling out a Pétanque Scene

French game now has permanent home in Eau Claire’s Wilson Park

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If Anne-Marie Bittner, a French national, plays her pétanque balls right, she stands to bring awareness of and participation in this fun French game ...

River Reads

Chippewa Valley Book Festival features fiction, food, and fun

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Hey there bookworms! The 18th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival is almost here. Starting Monday, Oct. 16, and running through Thursday Oct. 26, the festival will feature 30 authors ...

Master Singers Celebrate Silver

2017-18 season marks 25th anniversary of the renowned local choral group

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Many musical happenings take place in our lovely Eau Claire, however this year marks the Silver Anniversary of the Master Singers. Happy 25 years guys! Director and Conductor Gary Schwartzhoff ...

Stanton Stands Tall

Stout grad continues to leave mark in Nashville

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  by UW-Stout News

As a young man Johnny Stanton hoped to make a living someday playing music. Stanton cut his musical teeth in middle school garage bands in Eau Claire with classmate Justin Vernon ...

Can't Keep a Good Song Down

releasing She Do Voodoo’s unpublished album

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Andrew Patrie, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sometimes we get lucky: we find a $20 bill in a jeans pocket, the doctor tells us test results came back negative, or we are allowed a second chance to make good on a youthful dream ...

Finding That Someone

Sarah Lou Richards releases fourth studio album

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

UW-Eau Claire graduate Sarah Lou Richards is releasing not her first, not her second, not even her third, but her fourth album of spellbinding folk pop tunes. Now based in Nashville ...

Hope Fades for Pagoda

fundraising plans to restore landmark end, museum intends to salvage only top of structure

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A fundraising effort to restore the architectural icon that once topped Woo’s Pagoda restaurant in Eau Claire has fallen short, likely signaling the end of ...

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Sweatier

making peace with exercise on the other side of 40

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  Caroline Akervik

Wherever you go in Eau Claire these lovely autumn days, you see them: exercisers. It seems to be sort of an Eau Claire thing, along with music festivals, awesome cheese, and brew pubs ...

Opening Shot | Oct. 4, 2017

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017  |  photos by Andrea Paulseth

THE NETS ARE COMING. Construction on the $10 million Menard Family YMCA Tennis Center in Eau Claire is well underway at the corner of Menomonie Street and Carson Park Drive ...