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The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Apr. 5th, 2016

TODAY! VOTE!

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Wisconsin’s spring elections will be Tuesday, April 5. Polls are open between 7am and 8pm.

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | March 23, 2016

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The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center announced this week that Swedish-born indie folk artist The Tallest Man On Earth will play The State Theatre on July 16. Kristian Mattson’s once-sparse solo folk project has now bloomed ...

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Get Out and Vote!

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election features more than presidential hopefuls

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Eau Claire Express Add New Owners

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The Eau Claire Express have brought two new owners up to the plate. The Northwoods League baseball team announced March 7 that Dale Varsho and Andy Neborak ...

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Altoona Plans River Prairie Event Center

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The city of Altoona wants to build an event center to provide outdoor and indoor gathering space in the northwest quadrant of the new River Prairie Development. The city is seeking proposals from architectural and engineering firms ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Free Clinic Seeks New Home

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The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic is in need of a new home. The clinic, which provides free services to community members who can’t afford health care, announced March 1 that it needed to vacate its current location by June 1. The clinic had been given the opportunity to buy its current facility, 836 Richard Drive, but found that option was “cost prohibitive,” ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Former Council Prez Runs for Assembly Seat

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An attorney and former president of the Eau Claire City Council will challenge an incumbent state representative this fall. Howard White, who now lives in Altoona, announced recently that he will run as a Democrat against state Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, in the 68th Assembly District. White, a third-generation native of Eau Claire ...

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

A Mom in a World of Kindness and Facebook

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Stephanie grew up in the small town of Knapp, most famous for the Knapp hill and a single exit on I-94. She graduated from Menomonie High School and went on to received a degree in child care services from Chippewa Valley Technical College. After the day care she directed closed, she took a factory job where she met her current hubby ...

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

The Big To-Do! 5 family event picks for March & April

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Mar. 12 & Apr. 9 • Down to Earth Garden Center • 4pm • You and your little one will have a light lunch of mini sandwiches, mini desserts, and tea, while children design and build their own mini garden to take home, and read a poem all about faeries.

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Get to Know your local school librarians

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If I could be one fictional character it would be: King Bidgood (King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub) because he gets to stay in his enormous bathtub all day long and play.

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Online Tools That Can Help boost your kids’ financial literacy

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Teaching kids how to be financially independent can seem like a daunting task. But the Internet serves up a virtual buffet of websites that make gaining financial intelligence not only easier but also a ton of fun. Check out this small sampling of what’s out there: PBSkids.org/ItsMyLife:This PBS website offers informational articles ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Spring Severe Weather Terms everyone should understand

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Each April, Wiscosnin holds Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, and that means it’s time for families to create severe weather safety plans and learn how to stay informed during weather events. But what’s the difference between a warning and a watch?

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Get Your Annual French Toast Fix

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The annual French Toast Breakfast at Beaver Creek Reserve will be from 8:30am-12:30pm on March 19. Besides a hearty breakfast of French toast and sausage from Augusta Meats, visitors will have the opportunity to win door prizes, participate in nature education games and activities, stroll through the Chippewa Valley Water Color Art Exhibit ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Here We Grow Again with big savings

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Kids are notorious for burning through clothing stashes in record time, either because they’re growing so fast or simply because they’re ridiculously messy. The Here We Grow Again Sale makes filling those closets with stylish, gently used clothing a breeze. Added bonus: It’s super easy on your budget. Each sale features more than 35,000 items ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Lend a Hand for a spring community spruce-up

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Litter-free public spaces aren’t just easy on the eyes; they’re signs of communities that care. That’s why local organizations bring volunteers, both young and old, together for days of community action. City clean-up efforts help to ensure safe and sanitary environments for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get in on the action ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

What Your Teen Needs to get a work permit

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Work permits are required by the state of Wisconsin for anyone under the age of 18 (except for agricultural or domestic service work), and employers have to have a permit on file prior to the minor beginning work. You can apply for a work permit right through your school office. Either the minor alone or the minor and parent must visit the permit officer ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Car Seats installed the right way

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According to Mayo Clinic Health System, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, and 75 percent of car seats are improperly installed. Mayo Clinic Health System and Chippewa Valley Technical College are partnering to offer free car seat inspections March 14 and April 11 from 4-7pm at the Emergency Services ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Craft Time: Pot o' Gold

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Named after a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day has become a cultural mainstay with plenty of parades, potatoes, and pinching ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Library, Museum Launch History Book Club

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The latest James Patterson novel not your thing? Not interested in cracking open Wuthering Heights again? Still hankering to join a book club? The Adventures in History Book Club is made for readers like you. The new group, formed by a partnership between the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the Chippewa Valley Museum ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Cyberbullying Expert Will Talk for UWEC – and Public TV

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UW-Eau Claire professor and nationally known cyberbullying expert Justin Patchin will deliver a lecture March 10 that will later be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. Patchin, co-author of four books on cyberbullying, will give a lecture titled “Addressing Cyberbullying: Promoting Teens’ Positive Use of Technology” ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Eau Claire Library Has a New Director

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An experienced library manager from southern Wisconsin is the new director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Pamela Westby, currently director of the Middleton Public Library and 2016 chairwoman of the Wisconsin Library Association Board, has been appointed to the post. “I’m very pleased with the results of our recruitment process ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | February 2016

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For local people who bought presale tickets to the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Feb. 6 was kind of like Eaux Christmas. For those people only, the festival snail-mailed custom-printed mixtapes – yes, actual cassette tapes – featuring B-sides and rarities from some of the artists on the 2016 lineup. In addition to a never-before-listened-to Bon Iver B-side ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

City of Eau Claire Launches Eco-Awards

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In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it ain’t easy being green – but at least now it may get you an award. The City of Eau Claire’s Advisory Commission on Sustainability is seeking nominations for the first-ever Sustainable Eau Claire Awards. The awards – which will be given out on Earth Day (April 22) – will recognize “individuals, businesses, and ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

New Crime Stoppers Group Wants Your Tips

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You don’t need to be a superhero or a police officer to stop crime: Anonymous tips can make sure the bad guys get what they’ve got coming, and now making these tips is easier than ever. Eau Claire Crime Stoppers, a brand-new nonprofit organization, is here to help community members anonymously report crimes to law enforcement ...

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Fri. Feb. 5th, 2016

Rock Fest Reveals 2016 Lineup

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Rock Fest over in Cadott just released its big lineup for 2016, which includes Slipknot, The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry), Alice in Chains, and Five Finger Death Punch ...

Thu. Feb. 4th, 2016

QUESTION: When a customer-facing business moves out of Banbury Place ...

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QUESTION: When a customer-facing business moves out of Banbury Place (ie Infinity, Lazy Monk, etc), is it a net-positive because they're growing/expanding OR a net-negative because they're abandoning an historically important downtown building?

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | January 2016

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The House of Rock announced its complete lineup for this year’s Decadent Cabaret – now in its 37th year putting local bands on stage and challenging them to develop short tribute sets ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Eau Claire: Buh-Bye Parking Meters, Hello License Scanner

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There’s no need to dig for spare change anymore when parking in parts of downtown Eau Claire. City crews recently removed about 90 parking meters east of Farwell Street along Dewey and Gray streets and Grand Avenue. The formerly metered spots will now be free, but parkers will be limited to two hours. Leah Ness ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Longtime Curator Picked to Lead Chippewa Valley Museum

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The Chippewa Valley Museum’s longtime curator is now officially its director. Carrie Ronnander, who became interim director last May, was appointed to the job permanently on Jan. 12. “I love this place,” Ronnander said, referring to both Eau Claire and its museum. “Eau Claire is so dynamic right now, and everybody involved in the museum ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Six More Pickleball Courts Slated for Eau Claire Park

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Forget hoverboard racing and lunar golf. The real sport of the future is here now, and it’s called pickleball. The paddle sport – consider it a cousin of tennis and badminton ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

CVTC Event Offers Free Dental Care for Kids

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Do you know a kid from a family struggling to afford dental care? If so, here’s something that may put a smile on your face – and theirs as well. Friday, Feb. 5, is Give a Kid a Smile Day at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Dental Clinic in Eau Claire. From 8am to 4pm that day, children ages 2 through 13 will be able to receive free ...

Wed. Jan. 13th, 2016

Here's Your Slate of Spring 2016 Candidates

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Six candidates, including four incumbents, will vie for five at-large seats on the Eau Claire City Council this spring. As of the Jan. 5 filing deadline, incumbent council members Catherine Emmanuelle, Eric Larsen, David Strobel, and Michael Xiong had filed paperwork to run for re-election ...

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

The Big To-Do! 4 family event picks for Jan & Feb

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Winter After Hours • Thursdays from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 • Boyd Park, Eau Claire • 6-8pm • During one of downtown’s biggest festivals of the year, Barstow Street is open to pedestrians only and features all kinds of entertainment, kids activities, food vendors, a car show, and more. Afterwards visit Phoenix Park for a family-friendly film screening.

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

Favorite Movie Picks for major kid snuggling

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Grab the popcorn! Local parents and our readers share their favorite movies to pop in and watch with their kids ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

10 Cost-free Tips for big energy savings

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1. Lower the thermostat 5 degrees at night and whenever the house is unoccupied. This could reduce energy use by 5-10%.

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Kid History: a day in the Klondike

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If you need evidence that sledding has been an essential wintertime activity for generations of Chippewa Valley children, check out this image from the Chippewa Valley Museum’s collection. During a “Klondike Day” in January 1965, local Boy Scouts lugged their wooden sleds ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Wisconsin and Premature Birth

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Following the annual March of Dimes premature birth examination nationwide, Wisconsin returned with a “B” on its report card ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Start Packing! spring break is nearly upon us

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It's hard to believe, but spring break is right around the corner. Public school districts in the Chippewa Valley offer varying dates for spring break, so take a look at the list below and get these dates on the calendar ...