Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | April 14, 2011

The people who regularly distribute the magazine are often the “face” of Volume One in the community, and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to fill that role.Both Norman and Willow were always jovial and proud to be a part of our community...

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The Rear End

A Basket Case

having fun doing the last thing I thought would ever be fun

It’s not so easy when your daughter hands you a basketball and asks you to throw it through the “hoop thing” while other fathers (wearing Adidas gear and not jeans) are watching.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Apr. 14, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Amanda Olive

“I shot this photo on a recent trip to Gilman, Wis. It struck me so profoundly to see so many people manually taking on this massive project of re-siding their barn. It was refreshing to see that this level of dedication is still given ..."

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Opening Shots
Music

What Record Store Day Holds in Store...

On April 16, vinyl collectors will have a rare opportunity to get their hands on the newest, most exclusive albums. Revival Records will open its door at 8am for Record Store Day, a national holiday that store owner Billy Siegel says is his Christmas.

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Stomping Out on Their Own

North High School percussion squad ditches the tom-toms

“We use trash cans usually for most of the pieces, buckets sometimes. We’re going to hopefully perform a song where we use brooms.” – North High Stomp Crew leader Sara Nicolai

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A Breed Unknown

fast-rising Eau Claire metal band releases EP

“Chug-chug-chugchug-chug-chug-scree!!” is as familiar to metal maniacs as John Williams’ score for Jaws is to beach bunnies. And on A Breed Unknown’s new EP, Afterlife, you can rest assured that not one ounce of beer will be lost...

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Rockin' Rosie

Rosie Flores, queen of rockabilly, comes to the Heyde

Rosie Flores is coming to the Valley with her high-octane show of country-rockabilly sounds in tow. The Texas-born, California-raised singer/songwriter has added her flavor to numerous compilation CDs...

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Justin Arnold

singer-songwriter returns to the valley with new material

After a year away, Justin Arnold is returning to his home stage. Like the best singer-songwriters, Justin has always relied on life stories for his music. And given the tumultuous rollercoaster ride...

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Stage

The Prairie B*tch is Back

Little House’s pigtailed brat has a one-woman comedy show

Whether you laughed when she was pushed down a hill in a wheelchair or thought it was unjust that she got a fist full of mud to the face, there’s no debate that Alison Arngrim is back with a vengeance.

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Visual Art

Art in Motion

'Before the Frost' hits Eau Claire city buses

Since 2000, Eau Claire area schools and artists have been participating in the Art on the Bus movement where they help to beautify public transportation. Coordinated by Paula Gorski, Art on the Bus ...

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Bringing Art Closer to Home

A historic home in Menomonie is now a house of art, thanks to local art enthusiast and commercial neon designer Cheryl Witt. Witt has taken the home on 1232 Douglas St. and opened a gallery where local artists will be shown an at-home appreciation.

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Cinema

Twin Cities Film Goes International

For all of you movie enthusiasts, the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul presents the 2011 International Film Festival. Co-programmed by Tim Grady and Al Milgram, the festival runs April 14 through May 5 at St. Anthony’s Main Theatre in Minneapolis

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Where the Wild Things Are

the travels of videographer Steve Ambroe

“It is a real privilege to be able to go to so many incredible places. ... The other added perk for me is to be able to travel with and learn from National Geographic photographers.” – Eau Clairian Steve Ambroe, a world traveling nature videographer

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Found Footage Festival

the fifth touring celebration of the weirdest video tapes ever made

When UW-Eau Claire college buddies Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher served up an eclectic lineup of out-of-touch instructional videos, community television tapes, and other obscure audio-visual candy for live audiences, little did they know their video..

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Local Look

Aesthetics vs. Cost

are those cool-looking bricks worth the money?

“It’s not just cheap cheap cheap – that wouldn’t serve the public well – we have to be good stewards for the long-term interests of the city.” – City Council President Kerry Kincaid on choosing amenities for public projects

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Thanks for Asking | Apr. 14, 2011

our local jack-of-all-facts tells you how it is

Wisconsin’s flirtation with the KKK was short-lived, but nonetheless scary at the time. Between 1922 and 1924, membership grew to more 40,000. Chippewa County alone had 1,300 enrolled.

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Shortcuts | Apr. 14, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

The evening is a way for victims and their supporters to tell their stories, offer encouragement, and mostly to put a stop to sexual violence. The event is free to the public and will feature live music, open mic, food, and several guest speakers.

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Recreation

Menards Hops on the Kubb Wagon

If you haven’t heard of Kubb, then you should probably educate yourself. The “Viking chess” game is one of the most popular lawn games in the Chippewa Valley, and its popularity is growing rapidly.

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Junior Links

a great opportunity to get youths involved in golf

The re-tooled Chippewa Valley Golf Association Junior Tour is only in its second year, but those involved believe it’s on track for greatness. Which is easy to see given the low price and great courses...

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A Facelift for the Brickyard

Stout-area disc golf course gets a $30,000 revamp

The Brickyard disc golf course at UW-Stout will be getting a face-lift this season with the help of the Stout disc golf team and a $30,000 budget.

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Either Oar: Oceanic Rower

Last year, a 22-year-old woman from Ohio oared her way across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days to bring a spotlight on the worldwide need for clean drinking water. Now she’s coming to Eau Claire to stress the importance of the same issue.

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Climbers Find Their Bliss Cliff Side

a beginner's guide to rock climbing

My first outdoor climbing experience was at Barn Bluff in Red Wing, MN, a mecca for Midwestern climbers in need of vertical spaces. I watched as my friends went ahead for the first climb of the day ...

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Local Fishing Gear

believe it or not, great tackle is made right in our backyard

Shorty Mueller custom makes wooden rod handles for any kind of fishing possible: muskie rods, bass rods, fly rods, carp rods, etc. Get your order in for his custom-made rods by calling ...

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Weekend Getaway Adventure Spots

four highly recommended locales outside the Chippewa Valley for recreation hounds

The warm weather is almost here (god willing), and that means a few specific things for Wisconsin residents. The floods of melted snow will begin, sunscreen sales will begin to skyrocket ...

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Special Sections

Landlords’ Pet Peeves

a smattering of things that grind area landlords’ gears

“Not getting along, and being petty about what the neighbors are doing. In a duplex, say if they’re running down the hallway too fast … don’t call the landlord.”

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Tales From the Rental

local landlords share their odd and horrific tenant stories

"When they were moving out we went to the basement and when we opened the furnace it was filled with empty beer bottles and plastic cups filled with urine."

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Deciding What & How to Rent

Deciding between a home or apartment and Deciding between mom-n-pop or rental company

If a fire were to break out or a burglar entered your place, an apartment has the added safety of extra eyes/ears to prevent or stop them.

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Renter’s Cheat Sheets

Here are some helpful tips for the serious renter. Cut them out. Laminate them. Place them in silver, heirloom frames and pass them on to the next generation.

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Other Stuff

A Breath of Fresh Threads

new apparel company in Chippewa Falls

Breath of Life, which is partnered with Menomonie’s Ambient Visions Ink, offers apparel with designs created entirely by the local trio. As of now, they offer T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and hats, but plan to add jeans, shorts, dress shirts...

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Indie City Index

study shows the Valley is behind on independent retail

A new study intending to rank the nation’s metropolitan areas in independent retail strength resulted in great news for the coasts, but not so much for Eau Claire and the Midwest.

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