Mike Paulus


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Wed. Jan. 11th, 2017

Serious Laughter

Mike Paulus

Twin Cities group to host ambitious comedy retreat in the Chippewa Valley

Tue. Dec. 27th, 2016

Winter Clothes

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

you get a little more when you wear a little less

Tue. Dec. 27th, 2016

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild Offers Winter Retreat

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is back at it, starting off 2017 with a Winter Writer’s Weekend at The Oxbow Hotel in snowy downtown Eau Claire, Feb. 4-5. Guild director/UW-Eau Claire professor BJ Hollars says it’s a two-day retreat designed to help people create ...

Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

Wreck the Halls

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

pretty sure Father Christmas doesn’t want us to do housework

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Dec. 8th, 2016

LOOK: Chippewa Riverfront Project Takes Shape

Mike Paulus

Whoa! Take a look at the progress on the Chippewa Riverfront project in Chippewa Falls. This photo, taken December 1, provides a good look at the full scope of the project and the dramatic changes taking place ...

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2016

Like Out of Nowhere

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

remember when we forgot the feel of snow?

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Counting With Your Feet

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

losing the rhythm but staying on track

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Miss Direction

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

hey, not all those who wander are lost (almost)

Fri. Oct. 21st, 2016

Halloween Scenes

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

stories of yore from Octobers in Eau Claire

Wed. Oct. 19th, 2016

Skin-Crawling Local Tales

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

an extra-spooky take on Volume One's storytelling series

Tue. Oct. 4th, 2016

The Best of Me (2016)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was something else

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Dixit: Have a Blast With Some Deep Thinking

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dixit is a game that gets me and my kids thinking in new ways – right there at the kitchen table, it can trick you into abstract thought through beautiful pictures and rousing, competitive play ...

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016


Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

still feeling the rhythm of my old band classes

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

Little Bits of Grace

Mike Paulus, Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new Michael Perry book compiles best Roughneck Grace columns

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Sep. 15th, 2016

Watch Bon Iver Perform New Music on The Tonight Show

Mike Paulus

Bon Iver appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night (Sept. 14) and played 8 (circle) from their new album 22, A million – set to release on Sept. 30. This was the second time the track was heard live by audiences ...

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Trailing Off

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

chasing shadows along an old Wisconsin railway

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Bon Iver Mural Appears in the Heart of Eau Claire

Mike Paulus, photos by Eric Christenson

Appearing this week on the side on The State Theatre, right on S. Farwell Street – running through the heart of downtown Eau Claire – you can see a large mural in progress. Eagled-eyed Bon Iver fans will recognize the artwork and symbols – echoing images released by the band on social media over the last week (and in this teaser video).

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jul. 29th, 2016

Star Tribune Travel Section Profiles Eau Claire

Mike Paulus

This Sunday (July 31) the Star Tribune’s travel section will feature a front page spread on one of the Midwest’s day trip hotspots: Eau Claire. ‘Tis true. Hot on the heels of the city’s profile in Time Magazine ...

Thu. Jul. 28th, 2016

Swat in Hell

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

something really bugs me about summer in Wisconsin

Fri. Jul. 15th, 2016

Anting and Raving

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

when ants get organized, retreat is the only option

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 30th, 2016

Time Magazine Features Eau Claire

Mike Paulus

In this week’s issue of Time Magazine – hitting newsstands soon but online now – you’ll find a robust story on ... Eau Claire. Yep, the iconic magazine is featuring our little chunk of Wisconsin, covering the city’s recent economic and cultural developments.

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

Strawberry Moon

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

when rare events build common ground

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

You, at Night in the Summer

Mike Paulus, design by Janae Breunig

echoing across your neighborhood skies all season long

Fri. May. 20th, 2016

Bygone Derby Days

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

my racing days are long over, but their lessons linger

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. May. 13th, 2016

7 Cheesy Wisconsin Cheese Stats

Brian Sheridan, Mike Paulus

If you haven’t been on the edge of all your Wisconsin agricultural news, then you’re missing out some cheesy new numbers published by Wisconsin AgConnection. In short we're shredding it ...

Fri. May. 6th, 2016

Public Private

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

finding a secluded space in the middle of the city

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016

Snowflakes and Cereal

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

cold mornings are still bright mornings

Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016

The Spurn Lane

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

lessons learned on the cold, harsh highway of life

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Why the River

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

local waterways show us strange things in the spring

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Worth Its Weight in Cold

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

this winter still has a lesson or two to teach

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Sleeping Queens: play your cards to awaken napping nobles

Mike Paulus, photos by Serena Wagner

This is the one game both of my kids (6 and 9) almost always want to play. They’re sometimes finicky when it comes to games, cycling through short phases of what they like, but Sleeping Queens ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Feb. 19th, 2016

Passenger Rail Photos From Eau Claire in the mid 1950s

Mike Paulus, photos by John Anderson

We caught sight of these terrific passenger rail photos on the You Know You are From Eau Claire When... Facebook page. They were taken by John Anderson, who grew up in Eau Claire in the '50s and 60's before leaving in 1967 ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Feb. 17th, 2016

Taste of the Valley to Return This Summer

Mike Paulus, photos by Nick Meyer

"On Sunday, June 5th, Phoenix Park will be transformed into a festival grounds celebrating the culinary arts. Festgoers will be treated to local musical entertainment throughout the day and the kiddos ..."

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

We Use Shovels Here

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

snowblowers are for people with no sense of place

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

So Very Cold: You may have noticed that wintertime is now

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

It was 19 degrees this morning, so I opted to put on a thick flannel shirt instead of a coat. “A coat?” I thought. “Let’s not go crazy here. I mean, it’s only going to get warmer as the day goes on, right?” So I left my coat hanging there by the door ...

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Looking Ahead 2016

Eric Christenson, Mike Paulus, Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2016 will be huge for the Chippewa Valley – here’s some stuff we’re looking forward to covering

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Dark Winter Light

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

the cold curiosities we find hiding in the night