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Chiseled for Cheap

Hockey: No teams necessary for this co-ed free-for-all 8:45-10:15pm every Wednesday at Hobbs Ice Center through March 28. This is for ages 18 and older costs $6 a session and you can slap shot 654 calories away in the first hour. Snowshoeing: ...

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Shortcuts | Jan. 26, 2012

Few jewelry collections have held public fascination like that of the late Elizabeth Taylor; nearly each piece has its own established myth. Following Taylor’s death in March 2011, Christie’s of New York ...

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Today: The Internet Protests SOPA and PIPA (Say What?)

We depart from our regularly scheduled local and state news to join the rest of the forward thinking Internet in raising awareness about two dangerous bills set before Congress: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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Your favorite local shows from 2011

What was the best show you saw in the Chippewa Valley in 2011? The "show" can be a concert, an art exhibit, a theater performance, a loud political debate in a gas station, whatever – one of each, if you want. Touring or local, public or private ...

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Holiday Event Picks (Dec. 24-25)

There's isn't a ho-ho-whole lot going on this weekend, what with the looming arrival of some sort of major US holiday, but there are a few items of note, especially for those who enjoy a good cardio blast, barns, community meals, and rocking ...

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Volume One Exclusive: Irie Sol releases special single

One local band isn’t afraid to get political during one of the most tumultuous political periods in Wisconsin’s history – Eau Claire’s Irie Sol is speaking their mind by cutting a brand new single. Because six members of the band either worked ...

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Shortcuts | Dec. 22, 2011

Eau Claire is the “Neighborhood with the Most Holiday Spirit” according to MaxPoint Interactive Interest Index. MaxPoint claims that we process more love for Christmas than any other “neighborhood” in the whole ding-dang U. S. of A.

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Questioning the Locals | Eugene Keppers

Favorite part about your job? Letting the little ones across, my little kids. I like Halloween, Valentines Day, and Christmas a lot. I’ll bring a bag of candy bars and give them to the little guys, and they enjoy that.

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LIMITED: The Local Store has Bon Iver gig posters

If you’re looking for an amazing gift for the Bon Iver fan in your family/circle of friends/Friday night Dungeons and Dragons club, The Local Store just got a petite supply of official show posters from the band’s hometown duo of Zorn Arena shows.

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Renters Insurance

It covers your personal property in circumstances like theft, fires, natural disasters, and more. Obviously there’s exceptions and exclusions, but, in general, your stuff is covered when the crap hits the fan.

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The Best Defense

Read your lease carefully. Understand everything and ask questions. Leases can be changed if your landlord is open to it, so if you find something unreasonable, alter it, cross it out, or make additions to it.

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Shortcuts | Dec. 8, 2011

If you read our economic feature last month (titled Dodging the Down Economy) and still aren’t convinced the Valley has skirted a lot of the national woes, recently released data from Eau Claire County says the business are seeing an increase...

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Saturday Event Picks (December 3)

If you are still not convinced that Christmas is only 22 days away, then let today be the day you become a believer. With all of the in-your-face holiday events happening all over the Chippewa Valley, there's no way you can ignore it ...

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The V1 Deal Card is back!

Yep, back by popular demand, it’s the 2011/2012 V1 Card. You may know it better by its official name: Volume One’s Colossal Cost-Cutting Coupon Card of Nonstop Deal Power. What sort of deals?

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A Buy Local Gift Guide (2011)

Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home. And with the following guide, it’

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Shortcuts | Nov. 24, 2011

Five apparel design and development students at UW-Stout were awarded first prize in the International 2011 Safety Products Student Design Challenge for their Underground Mine Suit – a project they designed to prevent injuries and save lives.

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Black Friday gets awesome?

On November 25 (aka Black Friday) and Nov. 26 – 9am-9pm both days – The Local Store will recklessly fling open its doors for a big holiday sale.* Stop by to check out our all-new lines of t-shirts, art prints, glassware, and a whole lot more.

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Local ideas need local creatives

Let’s be honest – many local businesses and organizations are spending their precious cash on uninspired, out-of-date, and/or poorly executed creative work. Or they’re spending their own precious time trying to do it themselves, with even worse ...

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The Local Store's Fall 2011 Catalog

Check out The Local Store's Fall Catalog featuring our latest lines of locally focused t-shirts, art prints, glassware, kid shirts, music (CD and vinyl), books, tchotchkes, and way more ...

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Shortcuts | Nov. 1o, 2011

In three years, Mr. Kling transformed an 0-9 team to this year’s group, who had a nearly undefeated season (8-1). Unfortunately, the Old Abes lost a heartbreaker in the first round of playoffs this fall, but if the Packers think so highly of the ...

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Saturday Event Picks (November 5)

The Local Store is celebrating its first birthday today with tons of great deals and a chance to win Bon Iver tickets. More details here. Below you'll find some fine event picks, and you can view all of Saturday's offerings here.

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FEATURE: Dodging the Down Economy

We looked into some recent economic statistics about the Eau Claire Metropolitan Area, and to our untrained eyes, it appears as though there’s evidence we’re on the economic rise (and frankly, that things were never all that bad here to begin with).

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This week: The Local Store's First Birthday Frenzy

Check out the saucy details of the birthday party we’re throwing for The Local Store – all set for Nov. 4 and 5. You can win tickets to the big Bon Iver show at Zorn Arena and up to 50% off your store purchase. And cake. Don’t forget about the cake.

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Shortcuts | Oct. 27, 2011

“Think New, Different, Better.” That’s the motto of the Idea Challenge, a project created by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation. Its goal is to help fund new and innovative products, services, and business ventures through ...

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Sunday Event Picks (October 16)

Wake up and have some breakfast, watch a movie, attend a concert ... yep, life is good when you check out the Sunday events on our events calendar. Picks are below ...

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Saturday Event Picks (October 15)

It’s Weekendtober! The time of year/week where everyone just adds –tober to the end of the all their words, like Wisctoberfest at the Firehouse or Stashtoberfest at The Waterfront Bar & Grill ...

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Shortcuts | Oct. 13, 2011

Both the arts and education took hits at the state level this year, and creativity is more important than ever to our economic and cultural livelihood.

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Saturday Event Picks (October 8)

If waking up at the crack of dawn to start the drinking festivities doesn't sound as good to you as it once did, here are a boat load of other things to do other than party like its homecoming.

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Private Collection Book Sale in Menomonie

"Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Ostenso have a personal story worthy of a novel. In addition to their large family, they had a large library that is being offered for sale at Bookends on Main starting October 12, 3:00–7:00pm. The sale will run through"

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Suds & Slices

This is a story of farmers, milk cows, dairy barns, green pastures, and the cheese makers who work their magic and turn milk into cheese.

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The Clodhopper Speaks

With the release of Michael Perry's third comedy album and an upcoming new memoir, we decided to give him a call, and he graciously took time away from a book deadline to answer some burning questions.

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Showing Off the Arts

Leaders in Madison have caught wind of what’s been happening with arts and creativity in the Chippewa Valley in recent years, and they’re coming to investigate for themselves. On Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, the members of the Board ...

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Shortcuts | Sept. 15, 2011

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, located at 421 Graham Ave., Eau Claire, is in need of a new home. The clinic has been occupying this location as a donation from Valleybrook Church, but a different location has to be acquired.

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Shortcuts | Sep. 1, 2011

What started as a contest on Danny Bonaduce’s talk show ended up as a way for Eau Claire company RealityWorks to get their name out there ...

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Shortcuts | Aug. 18, 2011

The City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County have made good efforts to get public input on budget concerns, opinions, and new ideas. Unfortunately, public meetings tend to go unattended and surveys are hard to find.

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Questioning the Locals | Brent D. Skinner

There’s a weird art exhibition going on at Menomonie Public Library in August, and it in particular caught our eye because of the artist behind it. By day Brent is a straight-arrow attorney, and by night he’s an humorous and edgy artist.

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Sunday Event Picks (August 14)

Music is what it's all about this Sunday. Music and nature. Grab the family and some friends and check out the free live music of Jerry Way at Irvine Park. Or head to Music on the Mall featuring ...

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Saturday Event Picks (August 13)

Lots of outdoor activities this weekend such as Pure Water Days, which is a family-friendly festival. Or if you are in the mood for some thrifty shopping check out the Uptown Consignments' Sales Extravaganza. And lots of music.

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Chalkfest 2011: The Winners

Well, despite Mother Nature’s Watery Fury raining down upon us for the third year in a row, Chalkfest 2011 (Aug. 6) made for a fantastic Saturday. Find out who one the competitions and check out all the artwork ...

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Sunday Event Picks (August 7)

More outdoor events for your summer thrills. A huge swap meet for car enthusiasts, chainsaw sculpture competitions for the artistic, and ice cream socials for the rest of you! Off you go, event it up!

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Saturday Event Picks (August 6)

This Saturday a must attend event is our Chalkfest at Wilson Park, which coincides with Summerfest in downtown Eau Claire. It's gonna be a great weekend for outdoorsy action.

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Saturday: Chalkfest 2011

Everything you need to know about this year's explosion of chalk art and good times is but a simple click away. Saturday, Aug. 4, Wilson Park in downtown Eau Claire, all dang day.

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Shortcuts | Aug. 4, 2011

Remember that cougar that came through the Chippewa Valley two winters ago? Well, it was found all the way in Connecticut. What’s even more, it travelled about 1,600 miles, from the South Dakota Black Hills, through the Twin Cities area ...

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Sunday Event Picks (July 31)

Fore! Tee off at the first annual Red Zone Scramble at the Lake Hallie Golf Course. Sunday is Funday with karaoke at Whiskey's Bar and Grill, or test your noggin out at Bottle & Barrel's Trivia night.

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Saturday Event Picks (July 30)

Get your fill of corn dogs and funnel cakes at the Eau Claire County Fair, and if that isn't enough to satisfy your carnival needs, head to Menomonie for the Dunn County Fair ...

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On the Cover | July 21, 2011

Hashbrown Heaven is the first in a series of illustrations based on John’s admiration for 1950s - 60s roadside commercial signage. Referencing photos he has taken during his travels ...

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Sunday Events (July 24)

What with Country Jam going on this weekend, you'd probably be surprised to know that there are more indoor event! Good thing too, what with this lovely humid rain.

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TONIGHT! Green Fair in Phoenix Park

Tonight’s Sounds Like Summer concert in Phoenix Park is also the stage for our annual Green Fair – a great chance to connect with some of the individuals at the forefront of local sustainable practices.

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Saturday Events (July 23)

The weather looks humid and rainy again, but that won't stop people from attending the Country Jam. This year's Country Jam will showcase Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, and the Zac Brown Band.

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Limited supply of Bon Iver shirts at Local Store

Holy cow. The Local Store just got a limited supply of these 3 different Bon Iver shirt designs that are currently unavailable anywhere else in the world. Bon Iver set the tour price at $25 a piece, printed right here in EC at Ambient Vision Inks...

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30 Greenest Vehicles

Of course, this list is only about personal vehicles, and doesn’t include the most environmentally friendly transportation options.

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TIPS: Green Buying Power

The world’s first synthetic fiber made from liquefied wood pulp. Turning wood into rayon is wasteful and dirty due to the fact that a lot of water and chemicals are needed in order to extract usable fibers from the wood.

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