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The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 18th, 2016

Stream On: Crazy interactive river map

Eric Koeppel

The Department of the Interior recently released Streamer, a nifty online tool for tracing streams and rivers in the U.S. The tool allows users to locate the sources of streams and find out where they go. Pretty cool, huh?

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. May. 19th, 2014

Wisconsin is still feta than you at cheese

Eric Koeppel

Cue "We Are The Champions" and roll out the cheese wheel because according to a post from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin is still the nation's largest cheese producer. The USDA's 2013 Dairy Products Summary shows that Wisconsin ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Mar. 5th, 2014

Stoutonia blows out 99 candles

Eric Koeppel

March 17 marks the beginning of Stoutonia's 100th year in publication. UW-Stout's student-run news source began as a classroom project in 1915, back when the school was called the Stout Institute, and it quickly grew into a public platform for ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jan. 27th, 2014

Be Cool and Fight Obesity ... With Shivering

Eric Koeppel

For some, there’s nothing better than escaping the frigid, sometimes sub-zero temperatures of the Wisconsin winter and cranking the thermostat to a cozy 70 degrees. But have you ever considered the health benefits of keeping ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jan. 24th, 2014

Ask a Local Musician: Ian Jacoby

Eric Koeppel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Here's the next in a series of interviews we did with some of the Chippewa Valley’s longtime musicians regarding the local music scene, what they like about it, and what we fans can do to improve it. This week’s interview features Ian Jacoby ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 14th, 2014

Ask a Local Musician: Adrian Klenz

Eric Koeppel

Here's the first in a series of interviews we did with some of the Chippewa Valley’s longtime musicians regarding the local music scene, what they like about it, and what we fans can do to improve it. This week’s interview features Adrian Klenz ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 27th, 2013

The leaves. They are a-changin'. Early.

Eric Koeppel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If a tree gets stressed out from over a year of unusual weather patterns and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? No, of course not, but its leaves do start to change earlier than normal according to this WPR article.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Aug. 22nd, 2013

The Ramada Saga Continues

Eric Koeppel

Don’t worry, you’re not trapped in some sort of Groundhog Day style time loop; the Ramada on S. Barstow St. really is up for sale again already. If you missed our last post about the downtown hotel, allow me to catch you up to speed. The former ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Aug. 16th, 2013

A heartbreaking local 'Missed Connection'

Eric Koeppel

It’s not every day that you find a touching, heart-felt post on Eau Claire’s Missed Connections Craigslist page, but a post from Wednesday (August 14) about a woman and her canine in Phoenix Park is one worth reading.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Aug. 15th, 2013

Wisconsin legislators propose crowdfunding bill

Eric Koeppel

On Tuesday three state legislators unveiled a proposed crowdfunding bill that will make selling shares to investors online easier and more effective for Wisconsin businesses, according to this article from The Business Journal ...

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Pro Tips: Local Study Nooks

Emily Albrent, Eric Koeppel

By UWEC expert studier Emily Albrent and Stout expert studier Eric Koeppel

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Biesterveld Album Features Ensemble Cast

Eric Koeppel

Over the past few months Eau Claire-based musician Jim Ulwelling has been recording This Old Town, a compilation of his folk-rock tunes from his B Squat Woody and the Bicycle Kids days back in the ’90s. The solo project, which he ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Aug. 7th, 2013

13 years of Wisconsin fish frys

Eric Koeppel

What’s better than a good old Wisconsin fish fry? Nothing. There is literally nothing better than stuffing grilled whitefish, tartar sauce, fries, and coleslaw into your belly on a Friday night. And in the most recent edition of Wisconsin ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Aug. 2nd, 2013

Wistorical facts you probably didn’t know

Eric Koeppel

Scrambling for some end of summer sightseeing destination ideas? Well, scramble no more fellow Wisconsinites. This list of “10 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Wisconsin” posted on TravelWisconsin.com provides travel suggestions o’ plenty, not...

Thu. Jul. 25th, 2013

Volcano Choir releases "Byegone" video, Extended Family playlist

Eric Koeppel

Gettin’ antsy for the new Volcano Choir record? Luck for you the band recently put out an Extended Family Spotify playlist and a brand spankin' new video for "Byegone" that should help to tide you over until September 3rd.

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jul. 19th, 2013

A Frosty Glass of Victory

Eric Koeppel

Over 2,500 beers were submitted by breweries and home-brewers world wide to this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship. And after long hours of drinking, discussing, and probably some karaoke, the judges have announced this year’s list of the ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 17th, 2013

Blind Boys of ... Wisconsin?

Eric Koeppel

Well, the forth-coming Volcano Choir album (due September third) is not the only thing Justin Vernon fans have to look forward to this fall. Vernon recently took a seat in the producer’s chair at his April Base studio for the recording of the new ...

Tue. Jul. 16th, 2013

Wisconsin ranked 47th in arts spending

Eric Koeppel

According to the State Art Agency Legislative Appropriations Preview, Fiscal Year 2014 from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Wisconsin is ranked 47th in the nation in per capita support of its state arts agency ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jul. 12th, 2013

Blue Moon, exposed

Eric Koeppel

Any Wisconsinite will tell you that Blue Moon ice cream is a staple in the world of frozen dairy treats. But where does it come from? And how is it made? Ice cream scholars have spent decades searching for answers, but this intriguing article on Whoo

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 11th, 2013

Bon Iver tune best song about Wisconsin?

Eric Koeppel

Esquire recently posted a list of “The Best Songs About the 50 States,” a handpicked compilation of anthems for each of the 50 states. And guess what the pick for Wisconsin was? Darn right, it’s “Minnesota, WI” by Eau Claire’s own Bon Iver.

Fri. Jul. 5th, 2013

Eau Claire Coalition Assemble!

Eric Koeppel

How does a comic book about four superheroes based on each of the primary downtown Eau Claire districts sound? You’re right; it does sound fantastic! And Gnome City Productions, a new enterprise started by Eli Bremer, is trying to make it happen ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 27th, 2013

Eau Claire ranked 92nd smartest city in America?

Eric Koeppel

From “most holiday spirit” to “best cities for cheapskates” it seems like Eau Claire has been in a lot of lists lately, hasn’t it? Well, here’s another one. Using their online brain-performance program, Lumosity, Lumos Labs conducted a study to ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2013

Eau Claire bashed on podcast

Eric Koeppel

That’s right; check out this Facebook post from The State Theatre, who hosted insult comic Lisa Lampanelli’s show earlier this month … “Lisa Lampanelli hates Eau Claire … but she cashed the check, so at least she likes our money!"

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

Moooving On Up

Eric Koeppel

Wisconsin Public TV likes local cooking show

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 17th, 2013

Bad news for Hollywisco

Eric Koeppel

That’s right, this week the Legislative Joint Finance Committee voted to eliminate Wisconsin’s Film Production Services and Investment Credit. Got that? Good. The tax credit was originally put in place to benefit the statewide film, commercial ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 13th, 2013

Local artist scores Threadless t-shirt design win

Eric Koeppel

Threadless, a community-based apparel website, recently ended a bike-themed design contest to benefit the World Bicycle Relief organization. And after 84,052 votes on the 272 submitted designs, the winner is (dun-da-da-dunnn) the ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 11th, 2013

Madison's Thong Cape Scooter Man

Eric Koeppel

Yes, you read the title correctly. And no, unfortunately Thong Cape Scooter Man is not just some rejected Marvel Comics superhero. In fact, TCSM is an actual guy who lives an apparently very comfortable lifestyle scooting around our state capital. 

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 10th, 2013

Islands of Sconnie dialect

Eric Koeppel

Have you ever referred to the night before Halloween as “Devil’s Night,” called drive-through liquor stores “brew thrus,” or ordered a “hoagie” at your local sub shop?  If so, you must not be from Wisconsin. 

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jun. 7th, 2013

Wisco Histo you can't resist, yo!

Eric Koeppel

Ever wonder what hairstyles Wisconsinites were sporting in the 1920s? Or what Colfax looked like after the tornado of ’58? Take a look at this Wisconsin historical blog to peruse old photos, maps ...

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

A Grand Day to Bike

Eric Koeppel, photos by Leah Dunbar

4th annual Nature Valley Grand Prix zips into Menomonie

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

No laughing matter?

Eric Koeppel

Look out Simba, rumor has it that the hyenas are in town! The Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls added two hyenas to its summer line-up last week according to this Chippewa Herald article.