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Note from the Editor | April 17, 2014

You know those people who always make you feel like you should step up your game a little bit? They set the bar high enough to make you feel like you should probably put more effort into your career, your health, your social life, your hobbies ...

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The Rear End

Tired of the Conversation

maybe our pothole ‘problem’ is an opportunity in disguise

Sorry, but I love potholes. And I’m so happy to live in a city with so many of them.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | April 17, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Kay Geraghty

“This piece was taken 8/10/2013 in Augusta, WI. The weather was perfect and the late afternoon sun ran across the large fields. It was a beautiful day. I call my type of work ‘photo renditions.’ Each photo goes through Adobe Photoshop where ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 17, 2014

POP STAR. UW-Stout student Bryce Smith pops a glitter-filled balloon on the catwalk during UW-Stout’s annual Fashion Without Fabric show April 12. Smith and fellow student Taylor Jacobs created the outfit ...

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Music

Jon Sunde Goes It Alone

For years, The Daredevil Christopher Wright was one of Eau Claire’s most beloved bands – both within and outside our boundaries. Though the group has all but disbanded, frontman Jon Sunde is embarking on his own, recently announcing his debut ...

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A Collection of Stories

Singer and songwriter Mike Quick released his fourth album House of Dreams last December. This collaborative work showcases many local talents, such as Yata and Dixie Duffey. Being able to draw on so many different musicians allowed Quick to ...

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An Odd Combination

quirky songwriter Dan Zerr releases solo debut

Guacamole, Macaroni & Cheese. Yup, you read that right. Not only is this one of the most unusual food combos I’ve ever heard of, but it’s also the title of Dan Zerr’s debut solo album.

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All the Same

debut album from folk artist Alexander Clay

Folk music has been described as the music of the emotional, unknown artist. The 20th century folk revival changed this by making folk music more popular. But Eau Claire native Alexander Clay views folk music ...

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Stage

Taking Comedy to the Street

On Friday, April 18, starting at 5:30pm the Eau Claire Comedy Crawl is taking over Barstow Street. This stand-up/improv comedy event will span five different locations including all ages venues Revival-Records and Pizza Plus, and 21+ venues ...

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Staging a Tradition

CVTG’s production of Fiddler a family affair

The Chippewa Theatre Guild is putting on a Broadway tradition! This classical musical is filled with catchy songs – such as “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset” – that’ll stick in your head well after the curtains close.

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Words

Farming Secrets

historical novel set in Civil War era Wisconsin

Every family has a secret, no matter how big or small. For author Jane Glenz, a family secret turned from a curiosity into a book.

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B.J. Hollars Honored

Time to fit another feather in the cap. The Council for Wisconsin Writers has named B.J. Hollars, a recently well-decorated and prolific writer and assistant professor of English at UWEC, the recipient of the 2014 Norbert Blei/August Derleth ...

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Visual Art

Art, Work, & Artwork

longtime graphic designers collaborate on exhibit

John Qualheim and Paul Cyr have lived in the Chippewa Valley their whole lives: John is a self-declared townie and North High School/UW-Eau Claire graduate while Paul was born and raised in Chippewa Falls and relocated to Eau Claire in 1982 ...

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Local Look

Ramp It Up

city ponders new parking facility on post office site

Continued development in the Phoenix Park neighborhood will soon put a pinch on parking in the area, so the city of Eau Claire is developing plans to build a 520-space parking ramp near North Barstow Street. On April 7 ...

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Confluence Must Take Dual Path

backers must gain state support, finish local deals

Supporters of the Confluence Project didn’t have long to celebrate their victories in two April 1 referendums before getting back to work. Now their efforts are aimed at ensuring the project clears a number of local hurdles while simultaneously ...

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Historic Building Rehab Can Mean Tax Breaks

Historic Downtown Menomonie is more than just an impressive title: It’s an invitation for building owners who rehabilitate their historic properties to receive special benefits. Owners of eligible properties are able to take advantage of both ...

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What Do You Want to See at the Priory?

It’s time for UW-Eau Claire students and faculty as well as the community to come together and start thinking about future plans for the grounds at The Priory. The former convent, just south of Eau Claire, houses the university’s day care ...

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Kid Culture

Brain Benders

three EC schools head to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

What do you get when you set up odd problems in need of creative solutions from students of all ages? The answer is Odyssey of the Mind, and international education program designed to help students learn how to creatively solve problems ...

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Recreation

Trails On Trial

some local rail trails may be at risk after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Wisconsin pioneered the concept of turning an abandoned railroad line into a bicycle trail with the Elroy-Sparta Trail in 1965, and since then the Rails to Trails movement has spread across the nation to benefit millions of Americans every day ...

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Spirit of Adventure

the people you meet in the great outdoors put nature’s value in perspective

I’ll never forget the brilliant defiance in Herb Comstock’s laugh as he recalled a recent conversation with his doctor. It was the last 10-hour shift of my first season as a fisheries technician with the Department of Natural Resources ...

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Holy Snowshoes, Eau Claire!

I know we’re pretty sick of snow by now, and the mere mention of the word is becoming forbidden, but bear with me for a moment, because this is pretty exciting. The United States Snowshoe Association has chosen Eau Claire to host ...

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A River Adventure for Kids

Calling all Indiana Jones enthusiasts and Dora the Explorers ages 8 to 16 for the annual Chippewa River Adventure Camp on Saturday, April 26, from 8:30am to 4pm at Round Hill near Durand. “I love the outdoors,” says Sam Worple ...

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Other Stuff

Understanding Inequality

activist Davis brings incarceration message to UWEC

Angela Davis is a social activist, controversial former FBI Ten Most Wanted List fugitive, and woman on a mission to educate and revolutionize social justice in our world. She has not only educated the public through presentations and speeches ...

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