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Editor's Notes
The Rear End

The Prodigal Sun

it’s nice to see the sun finally doing its job

So, the Sun came back and that was pretty cool. Yes, the Never-ending Winter of 2013 still had a few snow squalls to squeeze out before it officially (for real this time) called it quits, but the Sun did show up again and deemed us ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | May 9, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Kim Vaughter

“I graduated with an art degree 16 months ago. It’s been a strange 16 months, without all the structure and crying of school. I found I needed a good eight months to not think about art.  ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | May 9, 2013

On May 3 the opening reception for “Elemental Grace, Reflective Homage” – a collaborative show between Tracy Chipman and Hope Larsen –was hosted by Menomonie’s Raw Deal.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Throw Forwards

what if the local throwback trend didn’t go quite so far back?

The Eau Claire Express do not need my help. In their eight seasons, they have established themselves as one of the most successful Northwoods League franchises, both on and off the field. Yet I have an insatiable desire to improve their ...

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Music

Swinging with Strings

Chi-Hi Wire Choir hitting the road to China

Orchestras have traditionally been known for playing classical, concert-hall style music, but creative musicians are constantly breaking free from such stereotypes. Whether it is a YouTube sensation mixing cello with rap or violin and ...

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Bang the Drum

Minneapolis taiko experts come to Menomonie

The intensity and precision of taiko drumming is something that everyone should see in his or her lifetime. The Japanese style of drumming is fast and booming, with huge, hollow drums reverberating through whatever space they are played ...

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Words

A Hero Is Rising

Adam Oster’s superhero novel is just the beginning

The Chippewa Valley never seems to be short on talent. The region is practically a breeding ground for musicians and artists, and it also plays host to a number of fantastic authors. One of those aforementioned scribes who is sure to be ...

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Visual Art

Artist Markets Back in Full Swing

For those who loved picking up treasure with their tomatoes last summer, it’s time to love shopping again. The Artist Market of Eau Claire returns this summer with an extended schedule, running every other Saturday, May 18 through ...

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Illustrating the Valley

magic, whimsy tie together painting, sculpture exhibit

I found Brianna Capra perched on a wooden bench amid her tools, paintings, and labels in the middle of setting up the Gatherings & Recollections collaborative exhibition at the Volume One Gallery. In the background of our conversation ...

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Local Look

Opinions on the Street

design concerns delay South Barstow project vote

According to the old joke, there are only two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and road construction. The unseasonably wintry weather almost brought the two together in Eau Claire, but that’s OK because city officials delayed their ...

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Working Together on Hastings

Hastings businesses band together for awareness

Small businesses have to rely on their communities. Efforts like Small Business Saturday and Cash Mobs have helped to energize consumers to get out and support their neighbors, but a group on Hastings Way is banding together to combine their...

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Food / Drink

A Brandy New Direction

local winery + distillery branches out

Matthew Rick has been planning Infinity Beverages for a long time. He said he first began building a business plan for a future winery in high school. At the time he was working as a server at a restaurant and would spend time talking ...

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The Grape Escape 2013

a Mississippi River wine trail shows off its natural beauty

Started in 2009, The Great River Road Wine Trail was named after the road that sews these nine wineries together. The famous road itself, recognized as a National Scenic Byway, runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This particular stretch ...

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Recreation
Special Sections

Taking a Quick Ride

short drive trips around the state of Wisconsin

We wanted to find the best destinations for a quick weekend road trip around Wisconsin, whether it’s for the gorgeous natural beauty, an interesting educational experience or just a wacky, weird attraction. So we asked you to give us suggestions...

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