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Tue. Feb. 17th, 2015

SLEDDERBOARD

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

today I grant you permission to use a new word

Wed. Feb. 4th, 2015

Hands Down

Mike Paulus

there’s a price for grabbing onto life

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015

Local snow carvers win U.S. Nationals three-peat

Mike Paulus

Last weekend at the United States National Snow Carving Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis., Eau Claire artists Steve Bateman and Jason Anhorn teamed up with Wauwatosa artist David Andrews to win First Place … for the third year in a row.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jan. 22nd, 2015

The Full-on Fiasco on Half Moon Lake (1964)

Mike Paulus

Thank you, internet! Above is just one of the many fantastic color photographs posted by John A. Anderson over on the You Know You are From Eau Claire When... Facebook group. He says, "Camera pointed east, back toward Half Moon Beach area. Sunday..."

Tue. Jan. 20th, 2015

The River's Breath

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Here in the dead of winter, why do our rivers smoke?

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jan. 15th, 2015

The Menards Jingle (Sung By the Man Who Wrote It)

Mike Paulus

After posting about the City Pages's look at the history of the Menards jingle (here and here), Jeni Grouws left a comment about her father – Bob Holtan – the lyric writer for the home improvement-hawking jingle. We reached out to Jeni, who then ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 14th, 2015

Eau Claire: 5th whizzin’ cold city in America

Mike Paulus

You've no doubt seen this little trivia tidbit floating around the internet in the past few weeks, posted to Facebook by your aunt or touted on the local news: Eau Claire is ranked as the 5th “coldest city in America.”

Fri. Jan. 9th, 2015

From Jaxson to Ellie: The Valley's Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

Mike Paulus

It’s always to fun to see what people are naming their kids these days, so we can learn about cool new monikers – or scoff at the latest in trendy vowel swapping. So what local names ruled in 2014? Check it out: Mayo Clinic Health System reports ...

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015

Prediction Infliction

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

an uneducated guess at what we’ll be talking about in 2015

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 7th, 2015

Who sang the Menards jingle?

Mike Paulus

After running a blog post on the history of the Menards Jingle, City Pages was contacted by the lady who actually sang the jingle was another singer back in the early '80s.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 6th, 2015

Wisconsin grocery stores howling for growlers

Mike Paulus

The recent explosion in Wisconsin's craft brewing scene has brought about a number of changes in how we consume beer, introducing Wisconsinites to a number of trends that are quickly becoming the new norm. One such change to the frothy landscape ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jan. 2nd, 2015

Local Chef (and kids) to appear on Food Network

Mike Paulus

Eau Claire chef and single mom Laurel Robertson has run her own catering business – Dinner's On – for ten years, and she's been the Executive Chef and General Manager at Fired Up Pizza Company for three years, but on Sunday she'll be grabbing ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 31st, 2014

Fantastic fantasy-style map of Wisconsin

Mike Paulus

Posted a few days ago by imgur user mbingcrosby, this map shows Wisconsin as it might be imagined by J. R. R. Tolkien or George R. R. Martin, or a similar titan of fantasy fiction (with multiple "R" initials).

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 24th, 2014

Local holiday cover tunes (2014 edition)

Mike Paulus

As you read this, Volume One is proud to be hosting 2014's collection of classic Christmas tunes covered by a bunch of local and formerly local musicians. The new songs (as well as music from years past) is available for your listening pleasure ...

Mon. Dec. 22nd, 2014

Me and Santa Claus

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

rough patches in my relationship with the jolly ol’ elf

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Dec. 22nd, 2014

The Wisconsin-Made Festivus Pole

Mike Paulus

We're well into the holiday season, and you know what that means. Festivus is fast approaching. It seems to come sooner every year, right? Before you know it, boom, it’s the 23rd and another Festivus is upon us. You’re probably knee deep in ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Dec. 19th, 2014

Saturday: Here We Go A-Parading

Mike Paulus

Eau Claire’s Clearwater Winter Parade is shaping up for Saturday, Dec. 20, running 5–6pm. This year’s parade will start near the County Courthouse on Grand Avenue, then proceed down First Avenue and past Owen Park. Following the parade ...

Thu. Dec. 11th, 2014

Hating Homemade Christmas

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

the classic struggle of crafting your own Christmas gifts

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Dec. 5th, 2014

The holidays heat up in the Chippewa Valley

Mike Paulus

If you’re of the holly-jolly persuasion, it’s a good time to be living in the Chippewa Valley – this weekend especially. Over in Chippewa Falls, Irvine Park’s massive Christmas Village light display (featuring over 60,000 lights, my little elves) ...

Fri. Nov. 14th, 2014

Breaking Trees

Mike Paulus

sometimes the best part of the forest is the dead part

Fri. Oct. 31st, 2014

Carve It Out

Mike Paulus, photos by Jesse Johnson

spotlighting local pride via the humble jack-o-lantern

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Oct. 23rd, 2014

UFO Wisconsin’s interactive UFO map of Wisconsin

Mike Paulus

With Halloween fast approaching many of us turn our attention to stories of things that are, shall we say, more than natural. And while many of you relish in tales of ghouls and monsters, let's not forget that other box of paranormal treats ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Oct. 22nd, 2014

Check out the ol' downtown bus station

Mike Paulus

Hey, remember when the ol' Greyhound bus station used to snuggle up to The State Theatre (where they showed movies – not plays – and had a bowling alley in the basement)? And remember when the Moose Lodge was just plopped ...

Fri. Oct. 17th, 2014

Ghost Stories

Mike Paulus

why I’m not afraid of a good frightful tale

Tue. Sep. 30th, 2014

The Best of Me

Mike Paulus

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a doozy!

Thu. Sep. 18th, 2014

What Happened to Our Neighbor-stores?

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

a dwindling handful of properties deep within our neighborhoods still allow commercial use

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 10th, 2014

Here's Looking at Eau Claire

Mike Paulus

Prolific local photographer and Eau Claire native Travis Dewitz has spent countless hours preserving the city of Eau Claire on (digital) film. Within his many personal photo series, you’ll find an extensive collection of images documenting ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 9th, 2014

South Barstow Street Demolition: Before & After

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now that the buildings which occupied the block of South Barstow Street closest to the Eau Claire River have been completely demolished, we thought you might be interested in seeing the change it's made to the look of downtown Eau Claire.

Thu. Sep. 4th, 2014

Get On Board

Mike Paulus

sometimes life is a downhill battle

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 26th, 2014

The United States ... ranked by beer

Mike Paulus

This one website ranked the States of the Union according to their regional beer offerings (and beery culture), and while there's no reason to take it seriously, they ranked Wisconsin at ...

Tue. Aug. 5th, 2014

Fun By the Truckload

Mike Paulus

amazing childhood memories about uncomfortable transportation

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 23rd, 2014

UPDATE: Another Sculpture Tour Eau Claire theft

Mike Paulus

Unfortunately, another sculpture has been stolen from Sculpture Tour Eau Claire. The $11,000 sculpture taken in May of 2013 (from its pedestal in front of Stella Blues on Madison Street) is yet to be recovered. A $1500 reward is offered for ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 23rd, 2014

Milwaukee's amazing Riverwest 24 bike race

Mike Paulus

Check out this cool video about Riverwest 24 – a bike race that's so much more than a bike race. Held annually in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, the race sends competitors through an urban course, challenging riders to complete as many laps ...

Tue. Jul. 22nd, 2014

A Double-Edged Sword

Mike Paulus

finding that magical place where you can love what you love

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jul. 22nd, 2014

Michael Perry's crop talk

Mike Paulus

Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsin Life tapped the Chippewa Valley's Michael Perry to muse on crops (or the lack thereof). The segment aired on Monday, July 21.

Tue. Jul. 8th, 2014

Twenty Minutes

Mike Paulus

Driving in Eau Claire is not that complicated. Usually.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 26th, 2014

Dose of Nostalgia: Old Kerm's Photo

Mike Paulus

After seeing this awesome old photo of Kerm's posted by Robert Scott to the You Know You're From Eau Claire When … Facebook page, we tracked down Googled for the source – and found the image hosted by the Walker Grocery Group ...

Tue. Jun. 24th, 2014

I Got Here First

Mike Paulus

the quest for bragging rights is fraught with danger