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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | September 30, 2015

Every year this thing gets bigger – more categories, more votes, and more fun. This issue is tied for our biggest ever at a whopping 88 pages! It’s the results of the Volume One Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll. You’ll notice this issue looks a little different than usual ...

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The Rear End

The Best of the Me 2015

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a craa-zee!

The votes are in, the polls have been slammed shut, and the tallies have been tilly-tallied. So it’s with great pleasure and excitement that I present to you the results of my 2015 Best of the Mike Paulus Poll wherein I polled only myself. Strenuously. There might be a few surprise winners ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | September 30, 2015

Asahi Nagata is a Japanese designer who has been focusing on corporate branding, Web design, and illustrations. In her home office in Minneapolis, she works with her husband and office manager, who is also her cat Jounrie Tunamelt, on new and existing projects ...

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Music

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Most Outstanding Sue Orfield

Every year we do this Best Of poll, local saxophonist Sue Orfield (either by herself or in one of her various bands) tops the Best Blues Band and Best Jazz Band categories, usually placing first or second – as she did this year, when she also ranked in the top 10 of the Best Rock Band category ...

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Stage

Read, Aim ... Sing!

Annie Get Your Gun begins Theatre Guild season

In its 35-year history, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild has produced almost every legendary musical you can think of, from Hello Dolly to Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music. Yet somehow it’s never staged the 1946 classic Annie Get Your Gun, an oversight the troupe ...

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Visual Art

Risking Everything

UWEC exhibit, events focus on civil rights movement

In Eau Claire, our Wisconsin autumn will be devoted to “Freedom Summer,” a pivotal chapter of the 1960s civil rights movement. The 1964 campaign to register African-American voters in Mississippi is the subject of a Wisconsin Historical Society exhibit, “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students,” ...

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Local Look

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Best Sandbar

When it comes to aquatic obstructions, islands get all the love: Think palm trees, sea breezes, and Hawaiian pizza. Sandbars, on the other hand, are ignored. They are quite literally overlooked – until someone runs into one, prompting derisive criticism (at best) or retributive dredging (at worst) ...

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Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: "Highest" Bridge

With no less than four different bridge repair and reconstruction projects underway this year, the summer of 2015 was quite a time for Eau Claire – a.k.a. the “City of Bridges.” However, one bridge in particular stands tallest amongst its spantastic brethren. You can’t deny it ...

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Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Best Rejuvenated Pathway

Looking younger, fresher, and more lively than ever before, an Eastside Hill pathway had its surface exfoliated to reveal a brick pathway under inches of soil. The path, which begins at the end of Emery Street behind the Eau Claire Press Co. building in downtown Eau Claire, curls up the ...

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Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Most Nostalgic Former Shortcut

Recently, we had to say goodbye to a true Eau Claire legend: The Wagner’s Lanes parking lot shortcut – a lovely little jaunt that would let you easily breeze past a busy Brackett Avenue/Hastings Way intersection (now complete with a Walgreen’s AND a CVS). For decades, it’s been a popular way ...

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Food / Drink

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Boldest URL

A URL is a potential customer’s window into your business, a portal to your business’ web presence. Do you want that URL to be simple? Yes. Should your web address be catchy? Absolutely. Boring? No. Leave to Eau Claire’s Geno’s Pizza, purveyors of both slice and ice (they have fresh ‘za and an all-year outdoor ice rink) ...

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Special Sections

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Best Sandbar

When it comes to aquatic obstructions, islands get all the love: Think palm trees, sea breezes, and Hawaiian pizza. Sandbars, on the other hand, are ignored. They are quite literally overlooked – until someone runs into one, prompting derisive criticism (at best) or retributive dredging (at worst) ...

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