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The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 3rd, 2014

Spotted in Eau Claire: Mossy concrete ruins

Mike Paulus

Just found an awesome bunch of photos posted by Eau Clairian Holly Johnson to the You Know You are From Eau Claire When... Facebook group today. She says, "I was walking on trail behind Dairy Queen a bit past Carson Park and stumbled upon ..."

Tue. May. 27th, 2014

Chew On This

Mike Paulus

excitement over chain eateries: not the end of the world

Fri. May. 16th, 2014

Let's Blow This Joint

Mike Paulus

dislocating your shoulder is about as fun as it sounds

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. May. 16th, 2014

Forbes profiles JAMF Software

Mike Paulus

"We were really a bootstrap organization. For the first five years, we didn’t hire people and we didn’t get paid,” says JAMF Software founder and co-CEO Zach Halmstad.

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 14th, 2014

Eau Claire Municipal Band on the move

Mike Paulus

"The Eau Claire Municipal Band, under the direction of Mr. Brad Stoughton, is pleased to announce they will be performing their free concerts on Wednesday evenings beginning this summer. The concerts, formerly on Thursday evenings, will be ..."

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. May. 2nd, 2014

Rest in Peace, Eau Claire Winter Parade

Mike Paulus

For the past two years, the City of Eau Claire and Water Street businesses experimented with a holiday/winter parade, but as of a meeting on Thursday night (5-1), the parade has been rained upon. Meaning, it won't happen again in the foreseeable ...

Thu. May. 1st, 2014

The Playing Field

Mike Paulus

finding some roots in a wide open space

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Apr. 7th, 2014

New York Times produces video on local author

Mike Paulus

Check out this fantastic video produced by The New York (freakin') Times about local author Nickolas Butler. It talks about his debut novel Shotgun Lovesongs, writing, Wisconsin winters, and the influence of Bon Iver had on his book ...

Fri. Apr. 4th, 2014

Look to the Lefse

Mike Paulus

it may not seem like lefse season but ... I just don’t care

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Mar. 27th, 2014

7 *Natural* Wonders of Wisconsin

Mike Paulus

I was ready to call double shenanigans on Travel Wisconsin for their woefully inaccurate list of Wisconsin's "7 Natural Wonders" until I noticed the world "natural" in the title. The "7 Wonders" I had expected to see included the Forevertron ...

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

He's Busting Out

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

my kid really loves making things ... and hitting those things

Wed. Mar. 12th, 2014

Thaw On This

Mike Paulus

subzero days make for a grumpy Chippewa Valley

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2014

The Walking Dead Car Battery

Mike Paulus

seemingly imbued with unnatural long life, my car’s battery would rather just die

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Feb. 14th, 2014

'Spooner Blows' and other Wisco scenery

Mike Paulus

Slate recently published a series of photographs "Celebrating the Glory of Wisconsin" from Wisconsin Mark Brautigam. Slate calls them "quirky and delightful" and while they may not seem all that quirky to the native Sconnie, the images are ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Feb. 13th, 2014

Weird Winter Activities

Mike Paulus, photos by Katie Lebrun

Travel Wisconsin has quick short post about Winter Activities You’ve Never Heard Of, saying "From wacky to zany, when it comes to crazy winter-themed sports, Wisconsin is the place to be." They detail a number activities, claiming Wisconsinites ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Feb. 3rd, 2014

Local snow carvers win U.S. championship (again)

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 (in the country, y'all) … again.

Thu. Jan. 9th, 2014

Volume One's 2013 Year in Review

Thom Fountain, Tom Giffey, Mike Paulus, design by Kaitlyn Bryan, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2013 WAS A ONE HECK OF A YEAR. The Confluence Project pushed forward, our downtown experienced development ups and downs, and we got to know a host of new community leaders. Now, as the year wraps up, we take a look back at the last year in the ...

Wed. Jan. 8th, 2014

Year of the Needle

Mike Paulus

holiday adventures in personal injury, or why my wife is a badass

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 7th, 2014

UW-Eau Claire majors in freezing your face off

Mike Paulus

This week's "cold snap" is really more of a "cold punch to the kidneys." As such, you probably won't see too many arguments with a recent ranking of the nation's "coldest colleges," where the Midwest is heavily favored. If "favored" is what you'd ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 1st, 2014

Winter After Hours returns!

Mike Paulus, photos by Zachary Oliphant

You know, a lot of people around here are complaining right now. About the cold. About the snow. About the way their nostril hairs freeze as soon as they step outside. It’s almost as if they’re mad at Wisconsin for ... being Wisconsin. We’re not ...

Wed. Dec. 18th, 2013

A Cold Winter's Playground

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

surviving one of Wisconsin’s most hostile environments

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Dec. 6th, 2013

City hosts online forum on Confluence Project

Mike Paulus

The City of Eau Claire is looking for your opinions on The Confluence Project through their E2C2 online forum system (Eau Claire Electronic Conversation = "E2C2"). Right now they've collected over 110 responses and your neighbors are posting some ...

Tue. Dec. 3rd, 2013

Christmas Architecture

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Don Ross

the undeniable charisma of a church at Christmastime

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Nov. 29th, 2013

Let's Be Honest: a grown-up story-telling series

Mike Paulus

December will enjoy a special three-part installment of Volume One's new Thursday night story-telling series – Let's Be Honest – where some of the area's best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for night of personal stories told live ...

Wed. Nov. 20th, 2013

Bucking the Trend

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

what we lose when we see more deer

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Nov. 20th, 2013

The ex-Ramada will actually close (for real this time)

Mike Paulus, Tom Giffey

It looks like the hotel currently known as "the hotel formerly known as the Ramada in downtown Eau Claire that keeps changing hands as deals to buy it fall through" (now called the Eau Claire Hotel) will actually close its doors on Sunday ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Nov. 8th, 2013

Eau Ephemera: The McDonald's Train Booths

Mike Paulus

We spotted this gem over on the "You Know You are From Eau Claire When..." Facebook page. As far as birthday parties in the 1980s went, the train booths at the McDonald's on Hastings Way were tough to beat (for many kids). The place was torn down ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Nov. 6th, 2013

Beeriskey ... it's for real

Mike Paulus

Eau Claire wine and spirit maker Infinity Beverages is teaming up with Sand Creek Brewery of Black River Falls to produce a match made in boozy heaven. Dubbed "Beeriskey," the drink is "distilled from full bodied craft beer to produce ...

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

Your Hay Bales Are Dumb

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

no longer will this seasonal decoration go uncriticized

Fri. Oct. 25th, 2013

Just Local Halloween

Mike Paulus

a whole bunch of really well-thought-out costume ideas

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Oct. 18th, 2013

City offers Haymarket Plaza public input sessions

Mike Paulus

In a press release on Thursday, the City of Eau Claire announced plans for two public input sessions (Nov. 6 an 9) on “placemaking” the Haymarket Plaza, aka the parking lot at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers ...

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

Bear Bashing & Pumpkin Smashing

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

this autumn season, allow me to suggest a few additions and subtractions to your kid lit reading list

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Sep. 30th, 2013

The Triangle Slide Was Real

Mike Paulus

Over the weekend I noticed a nostalg-i-rrific picture on the "You Know You're From Eau Claire When...." Facebook page of the "triangle slide" or "angle slide" that used to stand in Carson Park. Everyone in town loves to reminisce about the ...

Mon. Sep. 30th, 2013

Flexing Creative Muscles

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire YMCA to host seven day arts-a-palooza

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2013

How I Do This

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ryan Carpentier

what I’ve learned from filling this page with words for nine years

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2013

How Not to Wear a Scarf

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s unnecessary neckwear

Thu. Aug. 29th, 2013

Game of Phones

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

summertime family reunions are not what they used to be

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 20th, 2013

The people of the Apostle Islands

Mike Paulus

Here’s an odd bit of Wisconsin trivia courtesy of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: When the Apostle Islands were turned into a national park back in the 1960s, a handful of the islands’ property owners at the time opted for a “life estate,” which ...

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

The Power of Showing Up

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Erik Johnson

take a chance – the Chippewa Valley is ready to listen

Wed. Jul. 31st, 2013

Prolonged for the Ride

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your awesome bikes don’t learn to ride themselves, kids