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Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Shrub Me the Wrong Way

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

What can one do when confronted with offensive hedgery?

Thu. May. 18th, 2017


Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

running down some county fair flashbacks

Tue. May. 9th, 2017

Gust Cause

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

the answer is not blowing in the wind

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

The 5 People You Meet at a 4-Way Stop

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

All over the city, strange little pockets of insanity are nestled at the intersections of our fair roadways. Few of us seem to understand how to navigate these asphalt obstacles, making out our own rules as we go along ...

Fri. Apr. 7th, 2017

Grand Little Bridge

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

some things you may not think about when crossing the river

Tue. Mar. 21st, 2017

It Hit Her on the Head

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

a strange tale of Chinese food and minor head injury

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

Puddle Jump

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

learning from unexpected winter warmth

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

The Facewash

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

walking with worry in the wintertime

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Health Premiums Are Going Up! Are You Ready?

Mark Miller, design by Serena Wagner

So how’s your “open enrollment” going for your individual health insurance plan? Do you know what you need to do by Jan. 31, 2017? I hear ya! As an independent, licensed insurance agent ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Schools' Open Enrollment Begins in February and Ends in April

Katie Larson, design by Serena Wagner

It’s that time of the year: Open enrollment season for the 20-18 school year! Open enrollment is an inter-district public school program that allows parents to apply for their children to attend any public ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Heavy Lifting Continues Even After Kids Grow Up

Rob Reid, illustrated by Serena Wagner

‘That’s it! I’m getting too old for this. This is the last time I’m moving any of you kids!” Those harsh words were uttered in complete exhaustion immediately after my wife Jayne and I helped move my daughter Alice from her dorm room at UW-River Falls to an apartment a few miles ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

The Sweet Sounds of Kindness

Renee Sommer, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Not everyone is born with sugar plum sweetness in her heart. Well, maybe we are but over time the world beats it out of us. Either way, I’d say my journey to kindness didn’t come until my 30s, and I learn more and more about it every day ...

Fri. Jan. 20th, 2017

6 Steps for a Strong Second Semester

Sam Fisher, illustrated by Serena Wagner

With winter break in the rearview mirror, a new semester is about to begin. It’s now time to coast until summer vacation, right? As nice as that sounds, getting off to a strong start at the beginning of the second semester is important ...

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Black Ice & Other Problems

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

winter driving can be dangerous (because it’s dangerous)

Tue. Dec. 27th, 2016

Winter Clothes

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

you get a little more when you wear a little less

Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

Wreck the Halls

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

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

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2016

Like Out of Nowhere

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

remember when we forgot the feel of snow?

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Sign Here: the value of a good book can be measured in memories

Rob Reid, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Last Father’s Day, my daughter Laura gave me a gift she knew I would love. No, not another tie or sweater or screwdriver. She gave me books. Books signed by the authors. I have a collection of approximately 175 autographed books, mostly children and young adult titles. I call it “The Shrine...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

The Toys We're Keeping: appreciating those long-lost gifts for what they are

Eric Rasmussen, graphic designer by Serena Wagner

Santa was always very kind to me. Every one of my Christmas mornings featured some notable gift that came to define the whole year, like the animals on the Chinese calendar placemats at the Asian buffet restaurants. The year of the Nintendo. The year of Crossfire. The year of Castle Grayskull...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

6 Tips for New Year's Eve With Kids

Katie Larson, design by Serena Wagner

New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t have to be an early boring night just because the kids are present. In order to prove it, I put together a list of six easy to accomplish party planning tips that are sure to get the party started and keep it going until the last ball drops...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Overuse Injuries Can Impact Young Athletes

Alyssa Van Duyse, graphic designer by Serena Wagner

At just 13 years of age, Mikkyla Worthing is, already, too familiar with knee pain. The South Middle School athlete participates in three sports, which means she has games, meets, or practices that last 90 minutes up to four times a week. Repetitive drills on the basketball ...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Counting With Your Feet

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

losing the rhythm but staying on track

Fri. Oct. 21st, 2016

Halloween Scenes

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

stories of yore from Octobers in Eau Claire

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

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Trailing Off

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

chasing shadows along an old Wisconsin railway

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016


Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

August is a time for tangled branches and rebellion

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

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

4 Great Summer Activities that are absolutely free

Renee Sommer, design by Serena Wagner

If you’re on a budget, it may feel like you’re going to be stuck at home all summer figuring out how to keep the kids busy. But luckily, the Chippewa Valley is full of free fun that’ll get you out of the house ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

The Frog Days of Summer

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

Frogs have hopped through many aspects of my life. We recently took my 3-year-old grandson, Harris; his 8-month-old sister, Ruth; and their father, Kirk, to hike the nature trail at Lake Wissota State Park ...

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

Strawberry Moon

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

when rare events build common ground

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

It's Not Just a Game

Eric Anderson, design by Serena Wagner

kubb has been changing lives in the Valley for over 10 years

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016

Second-Hand War Stories

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

how I sold a chunk of my childhood for seventy bucks

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016

Sticking It Out

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

After one year in Eau Claire, I wanted to leave. After 30 years, I’m happy I stayed.

Fri. May. 20th, 2016

Bygone Derby Days

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

my racing days are long over, but their lessons linger

Fri. May. 20th, 2016

Syttende Why?

Luc Anthony, design by Serena Wagner

the Valley’s strong Scandinavian heritage makes Norway’s Syttende Mai holiday worth celebrating

Fri. May. 6th, 2016

Public Private

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

finding a secluded space in the middle of the city

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Put Night Terrors Back to Bed

Alyssa Van Duyse, design by Serena Wagner

You’re finally starting to relax. You put your child to sleep more than an hour ago and haven’t heard a peep. Then chaos ensues: a bloodcurdling scream followed by a crying fit. You can’t get to little Suzy’s room fast enough. You fling her bedroom door open, but there’s no hideous monster hovering over her. And all of Suzy’s limbs are firmly intact ...

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

5 Totally Free Tips for Making Mother's Day Special

Stephanie Sirek, design by Serena Wagner

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to show her how much you love Mom and appreciate everything she does for the family each and every day. So off you go to the store looking for something she might like: Maybe a shirt, but what size? What about some perfume? Will she like the smell ...

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Don’t Forget Dad because he made time for you

Sam Fisher, design by Serena Wagner

Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day – the official celebration of fatherhood and the important roles our dads play in our lives. Father’s Day is about celebrating the bond between ...

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

Tue. Apr. 5th, 2016

A Huge Chunk of the Audience

Ken Szymanski, illustrated by Serena Wagner

house show a reminder that life on the road is a challenge

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Why the River

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

local waterways show us strange things in the spring