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2012 Year in Review: UWEC Razes and Raises

It’s been a tumultuous year for the UW-Eau Claire campus mall. The green space has been mainly fenced off dirt as the face of the campus is shifting quickly. In the course of the last year, the university tore down the existing Davies Student ...

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2012 Year in Review: Fro-Yo Proliferates

Step aside, ice cream. Take a hike, soft-serve. Beat it, frozen custard. A new chilly concoction took the Chippewa Valley by storm in 2012: frozen yogurt. This year Eau Claire went from having zero to four fro-yo shops in the span of a few months ...

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2012 Year in Review: Michael Perry Sells Best

Michael Perry has been well known nationally as a writer for a while now. His previous books, like Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story, have been critically acclaimed and widely distributed around the country. But Perry’s newest release ...

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2012 Year in Review: Joe’s Kitchen Takes Off

It was hard to believe when we first saw the Joe’s Kitchen YouTube video reached 1.2 million hits. Sure, videos go viral all the time, but one right here? And on top of that, this wasn’t any old 10 second viral video, it was a full cooking lesson ...

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2012 Year in Review: Downtown Goes Other Way

While the rest of the world fretted about the looming end of the Mayan long-count calendar, some Eau Claire residents worried about another kind of apocalypse: the conversion of Barstow Street and Graham Avenue in downtown Eau Claire to two ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Dec. 27, 2012

Now that our first holiday season in the new Local Store is nearly complete, we want to thank everyone who came to shop or to one of the many events we held throughout November and December. We had some really great days and nights filled with ...

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The Rear End

Letting It Slide

good reasons to brave the slippery slopes

After a recent snow day home from school, my 6-year-old daughter informed me that her sled was “broken.” I said, “That’s too bad. Sometimes, sleds get really cold and the plastic breaks.”

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Dec. 27, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Sandra Cress

“I have always been drawn to the beauty and mystery of the moon; it is a companion in the night sky, a cyclical constant, a grounding beacon.  The moon is often featured in my artwork, whether the medium be drawing, painting, photography or collage."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Dec. 27, 2012

HERE WE GO A-LAUNCHERING. The first-ever Clearwater Winter Parade was held Saturday, December 15. Roughly 5,000 people turned out at 5pm to watch 48 light-covered parade entries make their way down Water Street in Eau Claire. Seen here is ...

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Music

Written By Daniel

local hip-hopper unleashes new concept album

Written By Daniel’s freshman album, upROOTED, features a fresh perspective not heard on the overwhelming majority of hip-hop albums: the third person ...

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Wynonna to Grace the State

Five-time Grammy award winning country singer Wynonna Judd is coming to the State Theatre. On Friday, April 26, Judd will bring her band, The Big Noise, to the theatre for a brand new, energetic show. Judd started out in the music business with ...

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In The Middle

daughters inspire folkster’s CD for kids

In the mood for a kid-friendly nature serenade? Bruce O’Brien’s album, Love Is In The Middle, was recorded in 1995, but is just now available for sale. The album is a fun listen for all ages, but it is especially intended for children. It is the ...

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A Good Time for Ragtime

Eau Claire Ragtime Festival hits fourteenth year

Now in its 14th year, the annual Eau Claire Ragtime Festival will feature concerts, sing-a-longs, food, silent films, and more. The festival began as a single night of ragtime music, but in the years since the festival has grown into a weekend ...

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Stage

Local Yuks on the Rise

Whiskeys creates club atmosphere for new series

With a cluster of tables, a brick stage backdrop, a single mic and a couple of guys angling for laughs, the scene could be a comedy club in any big city.

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Visual Art

Abstract Friends

trio of artist friends stage diverse exhibition

Kari Tarr, Mike Tarr and David Brock have a lot in common. All three attended Bowling Green University in Ohio (though at different times). They each teach art at local university (the Tarrs at UW-Stout and Brock at UW-Eau Claire). And now the ...

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Local Look

Welcome to Wisconsin

Menomonie rest stops get a makeover, become official

As much as people here are excited about the Chippewa Valley, were you aware there are folks out there who actually don’t know how special this place is? When I talk with such people, I will tell them that I live in Eau Claire and love it, and ...

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Recreation

Silver Mine Invitational #127

127th installment of North American Ski Jumping Contest

Looking to check out some champions and locals get their ski on? You won’t have to wait long. On January 18 through the 20, the USA Cup and North American Ski Jumping Championships will take place at Silver Mine Hill in Eau Claire. It will ...

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Other Stuff

Shops Are Popping

downtown EC pop-up shop Pilar Fashions of California

Nestled among established downtown businesses such as Galloway Grille, Western Dairyland, The Livery and the U.S. Post Office, a unique type of store has emerged on North Barstow Street ...

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