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Confluence Primer Part 3 - Why Here, Why Now

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

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Meet the Candidates: Kincaid & Lewis

Monica Lewis is challenging Kerry Kincaid for Eau Claire City Council president. Here’s who they are and what they think.

Autumn elections – the ones we use to pick presidents, senators, governors, and the like – tend to get all the electoral love. But during springtime there are critical elections as well. While races for local offices don’t get nearly as much ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | March 6, 2014

Brutal, this winter is. And I thought last year was bad. Tons of snow, consistent deep freezes, and now, on top of more than three months of all that, the entire city is encrusted in a patchwork of solid sheets of ice. The thousands of ...

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Opening Letters

Let's Do This Together

Confluence Project partnership provides a fantastic model for moving forward

The Confluence Project wasn’t my idea. Its genesis came in the fall of 2007 when Clear Vision Eau Claire, through the participation of hundreds of local citizens, identified new and improved community events venues as one of the most important ...

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The Rear End

Thaw On This

subzero days make for a grumpy Chippewa Valley

The cold makes us surly. You can’t deny it. Your body’s physical reaction to uncomfortably low temperatures produces a unique kind of grumpiness. It’s in the tightness of your hunched shoulders as you lean into winter’s icy shove ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | March 6, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Jim Jarvise

“This photograph was taken during a dance rehearsal of En Avant School of Dance in June of 2012. The young dancers, so elegantly costumed in their blue gowns, had formed an outside-facing circle and were holding hands on stage when there was ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | March 6, 2014

SHROUDED IN DANCE MYSTERY. On Sunday, February 23 friends and students of dance artist Barry Lynn celebrated his 100th birthday with a dance concert at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls.

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Music

Heart of the Matter

Eau Claire music veterans Jonathon Seeley, Adam Thoms and Alyssa Rieper have banded together to create a new expansive folk/country group, Heart Of The Heart. The three-piece – with the help of a handful of other EC musicians including ...

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Rooted in the Valley

new tunes from Twin Cities band Emot

Play this record at medium-to-loud volumes through your car stereo. Crack your windows so you can start smelling the ground again, maybe get some road noise. Aim for that time of day when the sun gets low and long and yellow. Let a friend ...

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Forging a Dream

new cross-country metal supergroup Terraform creates spacey soundscapes

If band names mean anything at all, it only seems fitting members of a band called The Opportunist would take a tough-luck situation – such as a flat tire – and turn it into the next big thing in technical metal music. And so it went for newly ...

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Hey, Hey Shillelagh!

celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the Valley’s most Irishy band

Want to get the real Irish pub experience this St. Patrick’s Day weekend? Then look no further, for the Shillelagh Lads will deliver. On March 15, kick off St. Patty’s weekend in true Irish style with the Lads’ fifth annual St. Patty’s Party ...

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Feeding Ears (and Mouths)

youth symphony concert draws focus to youth hunger

Music, they say, feeds the soul. However, music can’t feed the body – for that you need, well, food. The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony and Feed My People Food Bank are working together to make sure both human needs are met through a free ...

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Stage

A Little Flat

ECCT presents Flat Stanley musical

The newest production from the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., tells of a boy who is forced to make the best of life after being flattened by a bulletin board. He soon discovers that being ...

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Words

UW-Barron County Launches Fest for Writers

UW-Barron County up in Rice Lake wants to talk to you, Chippewa Valley writers. Yeah, you. This May 10 the college is planning the Northwest Wisconsin Writers Festival and it’s asking local writers and authors to attend. The festival will ...

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Take A Chance

local writer pens novel on new beginnings

From being a lawyer to publishing romance novels, Mary Strand has chosen to take a detour and do what she loves; write.

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Visual Art

Arts West Hits 35 Years with a Bang

ArtsWest is the annual showcase of some of the best artists in the Chippewa Valley and it’s back this year in full force. The 35th iteration of the art show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire runs until April 4 ...

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Finding A Focus

club helps shutterbugs of all skill levels

When I was a kid we used to call them “the camera people,” folks who hung around in the oddest places through the oddest weather, dripping with gear and taking pictures of the oddest things. I did not like photos at the time. As an upstanding ...

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Cinema

EC Native Makes Friends with Oscar

He may not be an A-list Hollywood celeb, but Eau Claire-native Peter W. Anderson got more hardware from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences this year than Leonardo DiCaprio or Sandra Bullock did. Anderson, a 1960 Eau Claire Memorial ...

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Local Lit

Excerpt from A Wild, Cold State

At a museum just off Main Street you enter a door in the middle of what – if your imagination leaps – is the silver underbelly. Inside, a display of antique lures, tackle boxes, outboard motors, stuffed specimens of not only muskie but bass ...

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Local Look

Get Ready to Play Ball

softball, baseball groups join forces to build new fields

Any coach will tell you that teamwork is necessary on the field. In the case of Jeffers Park, teamwork is necessary to build the field, too ...

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Raising Their Voices

pro-Confluence group opens office, calls for debate

Under the projected image of a clock counting down the days until the April 1 election, a group created to rally support for the Confluence Project opened a campaign office in downtown Eau Claire Friday. Voices for Growth, a nonpartisan ...

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Not Taken for Granted

tourism agency gives groups their due via grant program

Here’s one more reason to make Eau Claire your entertainment and culture destination. The minute you spend filling out a Visit Eau Claire survey at a local event could turn into moolah for local nonprofits and volunteer groups. Visit Eau Claire ...

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DECI Honors Halmstad, JAMF with Top Awards

If Downtown Eau Claire Inc. had a “Man of the Year” award, it likely would have gone to Zach Halmstad. The co-founder of JAMF Software won the Above and Beyond Award while his firm took Developer of the Year honors at DECI’s awards ...

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Meet the Candidates: Kincaid & Lewis

Monica Lewis is challenging Kerry Kincaid for Eau Claire City Council president. Here’s who they are and what they think.

Autumn elections – the ones we use to pick presidents, senators, governors, and the like – tend to get all the electoral love. But during springtime there are critical elections as well. While races for local offices don’t get nearly as much ...

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Recreation

Passion On Wheels

new shop opening to serve local skateboard scene

Skateboarding is prevalent in Eau Claire, especially within the last few years. Last fall, Eau Claire’s first free skateboard park was completed at Lakeshore Park, after years of fundraising stalled the project. This spring, Eau Claire will see a ...

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Other Stuff

Help Teens with Less Prepare for Prom Season

A local effort is making sure that, no matter what their financial circumstances, teen girls will be able to say yes to the dress of their dreams. Once Upon a Prom offers prom dresses and accessories to young women in the Chippewa Valley who ...

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