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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Feb. 28, 2013

At V1, this past year has been one where everything needed to get figured out all over again. It’s like when you move into a new house or apartment – you have to determine which closets and drawers will hold what and how it all flows, etc. Or when...

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Opening Letters

Walking Path Algorithm

passing a stranger can require mathematical precision

After first posting this on my blog, I received an email from my brother, a cosmologist, who I had assumed didn’t read my blog. He informed me that I had used the wrong word in my original title, “Walking Path Logarithm,” and that surely I meant...

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The Rear End

The Day Boynton Called

a random phone call from a kind-of-famous writer

So, about a month ago, something exciting happened at the office. Free donuts? Free beer? Free beer-flavored donuts? Nope, better.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 28, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Ned Gannon

“What You See is What You Get was created for Isle Royale National Park as a part of their artist in residency program. I wanted to include the wolf and moose predator and prey relationship, but also capture the aquatic wonder of being on an ..."

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

Diamond Champs at Last

two high school championship teams have taken their place in Eau Claire baseball history

I have written many times about the rich history of baseball in Eau Claire. We all know about Carson Park, Hank Aaron and other future major leaguers who played for the Eau Claire Bears/Braves, the city’s return to diamond excellence with the...

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Picturing the Joynt

beloved watering hole explains iconic photos

On my first day living in Eau Claire, I unpacked my possessions into my tiny rented room and headed to The Joynt. I didn’t know my love affair with this Water Street tavern would start then; but I suppose you never know when those things are going...

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Joe Neary Seeks Some Kickstarter Cash

Joe Neary leads a trio that defines itself with simple, laid-back guitar and melodic vocals that play a large role within the music. The group consists of UW-Milwaukee graduate Joe Neary on guitar and vocals, UW-Eau Claire graduate Chris Halbauer...

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A Name You'll Remember

Twin Cities duo brings funky pop to The Cabin

Minneapolis-based new-wave, funk pop (with attitude!) band Strange Names is one of three featured performers at The Cabin on the UW-Eau Claire campus this semester. Strange Names consists of Liam Benzvi (vocals, percussion, keyboards) and Francis...

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Film Series Shows 'Fresh' World Viewpoints

FRESH Films is a four part film series at UW-Eau Claire that begins with the film “Chasing Ice.” This film was shot by National Geographic photographer James Balog. For years, Balog recorded glaciers all around the world in order to show how they...

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ECCT stages play based on The Ugly Duckling

Even if you haven’t read the classic children’s fable The Ugly Duckling, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. However, you might not have heard this version coming to the State Theatre this month. Honk! is the musical adaptation of the famed tale of...

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Signing Off

Taylor’s term as poet laureate winding down

Like a sonnet approaching its final rhyming couplet, the two-year term of Eau Claire’s poet laureate is almost at an end. Bruce Taylor’s stint as the city’s officially appointed bard expires ...

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Visual Art

Sublime & Lupine

artist’s wolfish interest finds its way onto paper

Ned Gannon describes himself as living two lives: his life working as an illustrator and art professor at the UW-Eau Claire, and the life of an artist, creating work that is often political and expresses concern for things that are devalued by...

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Screen Test

UWEC students, alum collaborate on short flicks

A pair of high-quality short films are drawing attention to a creative collaborative made up of UW-Eau Claire students and recent alumni. The flicks – Dry and It’s You, Not Me – were recently unveiled to the world on YouTube under the banner of...

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Wildwood Film Festival Taps Local Filmmakers

Getting accepted into a film festival is a high honor for any filmmaker. Why do you think they put all those badges on the front of DVD cases? Now two local films can slap one of those badges on – one that says Official Selection for the 2013...

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Local Look

Building Up

JAMF Software plans for large Phoenix Park office

Plans unveiled by a software firm and a private developer could significantly reshape the ongoing North Barstow Street redevelopment.

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UPDATE: Show Some River City Spirit

the Spirit Fund will pay for increased water access

Have you got community spirit? (C’mon, sure you do!) If so, there soon will be a brand-new way for you to show it. The Eau Claire Public Spirit Fund will be a charitable conduit through which donors can help pay for public infrastructure projects...

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Survey Finds Much Love For Two-Way Traffic

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce surveyed its members about two-way traffic on downtown streets and found most opinions ran in one direction: favorable. In September, traffic switched to two-way on stretches of South Barstow Street and...

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Eau Claire-Menomonie Bus Link Pondered

Could a daily bus linking Menomonie and Eau Claire be coming down the road? The possibility of such a commuter service was discussed Feb. 21 by the Dunn County Board. Ann Schell of the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Dunn...

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UWEC Chancellor Search Trimmed to Four

The field of contenders to be the next UW-Eau Claire chancellor is narrowing, and finalists have been drawn from all three coasts (if you count the Mississippi River as a coast). In mid-February, the UW System unveiled the names of the finalists...

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Thanks for Asking | Feb. 28, 2013

our local Jack-of-all-Facts tells you how it is

What do you know about Pfefferkorn Photography from Augusta, WI? I have two old photographs (deceased in coffins) from that business. I find it interesting that photographers back then went to great lengths to photograph these subjects. The floral...

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Kid Culture

Music, Movement, & Español

local educator uses the building blocks of music and dance to teach Spanish

Anita Wahl – or as she is called by her fans, Miss Anita – teaches music and movement alongside the Spanish language to kids ages 1 through 12. A native of Waunakee and a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in international relations, Wahl has ...

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Fitting Together

local LEGO clubs help build problem solving skills

Few toys have survived through decades and generations like LEGOs. These resilient little plastic blocks have made it over a hundred years through world wars and various economic revolutions (and probably millions of angry outbursts after finding...

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Tiny Hiney: On Writing a Story

Tiny Hiney is written by Eva Paulus, the six-and-a-half-year-old daughter of Volume One columnist Mike Paulus (who writes The Rear End). For this installment, Eva agreed to be interviewed about her story writing process.

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Logs Will Roll

YMCA offers families awesome logrolling class

Paul Bunyan, sawmills, and rivers are as much a part of the Chippewa Valley as cheddar is a part of cheese curds. Now, thanks to the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA in Chippewa Falls, area families can reconnect with their inner lumberjacks and...

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Other Stuff

Happy 141st, Eau Claire!

you’re invited to a birthday bash for our fair city featuring music, improv, poetry, film, bingo, and cake

We believe birthday parties are cyclical. When you’re young, they’re huge, organized bashes with activates and prizes. Once you start to get older though, they dial down to a quiet dinner with friends and family. However, once you reach the age...

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