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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Sept. 4, 2014

It feels good to be shaken from your routine now and again. And when you have a two-and-a-half year old kid, it’s pretty easy (and probably necessary) to fall into a routine. We all have the things we usually do around town, the places we ...

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The Rear End

Get On Board

sometimes life is a downhill battle

The hill on 14th Street always made me nervous – which is odd. It’s not very tall. And also, it’s not very steep. It’s just a gradual slope through a residential Eau Claire neighborhood. And at the time in question, its blacktop surface ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Sept. 4, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Wendy Ike

“My work reflects a passion for horses with large brush strokes and vivid colors. Motion and expression is what gets noticed and is reflected in my horse paintings and landscapes. ‘Fire and Fury’ is one of my favorites as it is named after my ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Sept. 4, 2014

A LENGTHY DINNER. Roughly 120 people (only about half of them are shown here) gathered for dinner on the Grand Avenue Footbridge over the Chippewa River on Wednesday, Aug. 27. It was the first ever Grand Evening on the Bridge, a fundraiser ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Big Expectations

annual survey of Valley sports media finds optimism for Packers, Badgers, and beyond

How big is football nowadays? Big enough that NBC moved the Primetime Emmys from their traditional Sunday evening timeslot to a Monday, to make room for a preseason Sunday Night Football telecast. In other words, a game that does not ...

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Music

Ocean of Talent

pianist Hobert’s album a celebration of spontaneity

Sometimes writing music articles is one of the most difficult things in the world. You are trying to wrangle words to pigeonhole expansive sounds into something that lives in the concrete world of print. That’s the case with Steven Hobert’s ...

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Meet Gristled Blues Rockers, The Strips

Earlier this year, Eau Claire blues rockers The Strips released their debut album Welcome to our Basement on April 22 and have been magnetic in picking up a following along the way. New to the scene they may be, but with Trey Sharpe’s gristly ...

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Stalwarts Whale House Crank Out New EP

Making good on their promise to deliver a consistent flow of tunes over the course of the year, alt-rock trio Whale House are following up their year-beginning dual song project, Stand Out,with a second EP, The Negative Space. Following the trend ...

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Bop Til You Drop

tween performers tour with kid-friendly pop tunes

Ever wish you could expose your kids to pop music without: A) enduring whatever future TMZ train-wreck that Disney is marketing, or B) having to explain to your kids what all those bleeped lyrics on the Top 40 station are? Ever wish you could ...

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Back to His Roots

UWEC grad brings jazz trio to town for State gig

Jazz trumpeter John Raymond may live in New York, but his roots are heavily woven into the Midwestern lifestyle. Originally from Minneapolis and a graduate of UW-Eau Claire’s famed jazz program, Raymond said he couldn’t be more excited ...

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Preseason Prep: The Team vs. The Band

Blugolds – football team and marching band alike – start preseason warmups and take the field together

Blugold Marching Band members are lucky if they’re able to find any part of the calendar year to kick back and relax. “Not for me,” said senior drum major Nick Hansberry about possible free time. “For some there’s a three month block without ...

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Stage

Step Into La Cage

CVTG opens season with gender-bending musical

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild is launching its 34th season with a musical you may not be familiar with – but should be. The guild’s presentation of La Cage aux Folles at the Grand Theatre is the first production ...

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Words

Opening a New Chapter

community collaboration brings library to Elk Mound

Bring together a village president, a library director, and dozens of committed citizens, and you have a new library and community center for close to 4,000 people in Elk Mound and the surrounding ...

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A Local Chance for Poets

UWEC experience inspires new poetry journal

In the movie Dead Poets Society, poetry teacher John Keating (played by Robin Williams) asks his students to stand on his desk to get a different perspective on the world ...

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Visual Art

Art that Moves

art show explores movement and energy via watercolor

Terry Meyer is very zen about his paintings. He speaks calmly about the way he tries to evoke movement in stillness and yet he remains humble and funny while doing so ...

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Gehrke the Genre-Bender

artist displays multi-faceted pieces at library

To say Robert Gehrke is a multifaceted artist is slightly underestimating him. The painter, sculptor, craftsman, and collector of things has had a wide and varied career – everything from gallery shows to public sculpture ...

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Falling for Art

annual tour of artists’ studios will leaf you wanting more

What’s better than a fall drive along the country roads of Wisconsin, enjoy the multicolored leaves that Mother Natural has appropriated for her autumnal artwork? The answer: stopping along those same roads to see the creations ...

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Local Look

A Look at the Future?

panels ponder multiuse Confluence building; Regents gives thumbs up to performing arts center

Depending on when you read these words, demolition is likely complete on the future site of the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire. And even as the old buildings were coming down, we got a first look at what might replace them ...

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Food / Drink

International Fall Fest returns to downtown Eau Claire

International Fest will be awash in red, white, and blue

After a one-year absence – during which a scaled-back festival dubbed Celebrate Eau Claire was held instead – the International Fall Festival is returning to downtown Eau Claire. More than 100 different food and craft vendors ...

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How ’bout them apples?

after two decades of trial and error, hobbyist’s orchard is bearing fruit

My dad and I enjoyed growing evergreens when I was a boy, and as an adult I decided – I’m not sure why – to focus on growing apples. In 1993 I grafted my first apple trees, and in 1994 I bought roughly two acres from a relative ...

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Recreation

Skate Lovers Roll On

drive begins to build second Eau Claire skatepark

There’s something alluring about pushing around on a plywood deck. Unlike people in more conventional sports, skateboarders boast the freedom to forgo bounds, fouls, and rules in general. Jaunting around the silky smooth billows ...

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First-Rate Frisbee

team full of UWEC grads takes world Ultimate title

Eight UW-Eau Claire alumni, one of whom is also an Eau Claire native, recently took part in one of the most competitive Ultimate Frisbee tournaments in the world: The World Ultimate Club Championships in Lecco, Italy. During the first week ...

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International Fall Fest returns to downtown Eau Claire

International Fest will be awash in red, white, and blue

After a one-year absence – during which a scaled-back festival dubbed Celebrate Eau Claire was held instead – the International Fall Festival is returning to downtown Eau Claire. More than 100 different food and craft vendors ...

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Get Out of Town

Farm-City Day aims to foster agricultural appreciation

Admit it: It’s been a while since you got out into the country. Sure, you cruise through the countryside going from Point A to Point B, and maybe you visited a campground or a lake cabin this summer. But when was the last time you stepped onto ...

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The Day the Packers Came to Play

in 1935, a bunch of guys from Chippewa Falls came close to beating the Green Bay Packers – at least for the first half

These days, when the Green Bay Packers come to town, it’s to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. In the old days, it was to butt heads with the locals on the gridiron to prepare for the regular season. Nearly 80 years ago ...

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Local Talent

a list of locals – who were either born, raised, or educated here – who went pro

There are plenty of football fans in the Chippewa Valley, but we’ve produced our share of elite football players, too. Here’s a list of locals – who were either born, raised, or educated here – who went pro.

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Preseason Prep: The Team vs. The Band

Blugolds – football team and marching band alike – start preseason warmups and take the field together

Blugold Marching Band members are lucky if they’re able to find any part of the calendar year to kick back and relax. “Not for me,” said senior drum major Nick Hansberry about possible free time. “For some there’s a three month block without ...

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Other Stuff

Sustainable Future Festival

annual environmental gathering has new location, focus

Now in its third year, the sustainability festival has found a new location and a renewed focus. This year’s fest, sponsored by UW-Extension-Eau Claire County and others, will be held in the beautiful pavilion ...

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