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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | November. 11, 2015

In this issue, you’ll find a story about the effort to revitalize the former Green Tree Inn, transforming it into the new Oxbow Hotel – a boutique, independent lodging establishment with 30 rooms, a restaurant, bar, and more. It’s a project I’ve been deeply involved in for quite some time. You can read the latest news ...

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Opening Letters

From Soldier to Citizen

reflections on being a veteran by a member of the Facebook generation

I am here today because I am a veteran. That is not a metaphorical statement; Eau Claire has become my home because of my involvement with the military ...

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The Rear End

The Quiet Rolls In

sitting in the trees right before dark, and listening

Things calm down right before dark. Out in the woods. Yes, things are already pretty calm, but when you’ve been out in the woods all day, kind of just sitting around, you tune in to the gentle bustle of the wilderness. The small but explosive chatter of animals the size of your fist. The clattering of dark tree branches and ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | November 11, 2015

"Painted with heavy acrylics and oils as a part of the “Weeping Tree Series,” this piece was inspired by the fever that kicks in for many at the start of hunting season. The leaves change, the air gets cooler, and the whitetails begin the rut. As a sensitive soul, Katie uses nature and human emotion ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | November 11, 2015

HARVESTING OUR HERITAGE. A grain elevator and drying facility just outside Elk Mound stays busy well into the evenings throughout November. Businesses like this one are filling up fast this autumn, after a particularly good growing season this year.

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Thinkpieces

How a New England vegetarian adapted to her Wisconsin in-laws’ hunting lifestyle

how a New England vegetarian adapted to her Wisconsin in-laws’ hunting lifestyle

Awaking in the middle of the night to watch Alternative Nation on MTV, my teenaged self was obsessed with the Boston band Letters to Cleo. Their song “Awake” featured lyrics like, “You’re awake and I’m asleep and / we are so complete that way. / You’re asleep and I’m awake and / everything’s so great.” ...

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Music

Penny for Your Ears

If you’re looking for a relaxing listen that’s easy on the ears and offers lush arrangements of many familiar melodies, look no further than Notes of Love, a new CD from pianist and singer Penny Lynn of Eau Claire. Penny has more than 40 years of experience as a vocalist and pianist as well as master’s ...

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Green Mountain Rebels Go 'Round One Last Time

Green Mountain Rebels, a local country group that formed a little over a decade ago, got together for one last recording, and the result was Move On. This EP features four of their old songs and a new one, brought to life by the original core members of GMR: Jered Shaw, David Koenig, and Susan Renee-Thiede ...

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Look How Far They've Come

Undlin & Wolfe find depth and harmony on full length

Some time ago, Undlin & Wolfe played at a local venue here in Eau Claire. I wasn’t able to attend the show, but a friend of mine did, and he called their sound and performance “sweet.” ...

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Sweet Sisterly Songs

three sisters from Baldwin share the mic on debut EP

Put down the Bon Iver and explore the sounds of new and upcoming local artists, the Morton Sisters – three sisters making alternative folk-pop music. The singing trio from Baldwin is currently celebrating the release of Neap Tide, their debut EP ...

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Country Confessional

rising star Jason Isbell to take State Theatre stage

Alt-country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell is riding a wave of critical and commercial success into his one-night-only gig at the State Theatre in Eau Claire Nov. 13. The artist, a former member of Drive-By Truckers, is celebrating the release of his fifth solo studio album, Something More Than Free ...

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Stage

Experience the Wonderful Magic of Make Believe

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland may have wrapped, but the fun and adventure aren’t over yet. You’ll have a second chance to visit Wonderland on Saturday, Nov. 14, when you head out to the Make Believe Ball. This ECCT fundraising event will run from 5:30pm to 10pm ...

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Words

Sit! Stay! Love! Learn! Roll Over!

B.J. Hollars's new book explores the slobbery world of being a pet-owner

Owning a dog means taking on a lot of different things. You get the good (wet kisses), the really good (unconditional love), the bad (persistent messes), and the really bad (dealing with death). And you might not realize all the things you learn from the experience of being a pet-owner ...

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Give Your Brain a Boost

you can improve your mind, even as you age, author says

Most, if not all, of us have had moments when we’ve walked into a room to grab something only to find that we can’t remember what we came to get. Why is it that our brain, this amazing organ that keeps us breathing at all hours of the day, cannot recall why we are standing in the kitchen? ...

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Visual Art

Give The Gift of Local Art

16th annual art fair in Menomonie makes great gifts

Away with the jack-o’-lanterns, black cats and fake spiderwebs! A new autumn month is dawning, and it’s time to get a head start on your holiday spirit and – more importantly – your holiday shopping. With November comes the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, hosted by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in downtown Menomonie ...

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Cinema

Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker

pursuing your moviemaking dreams one view at a time

Former local Justin Johnson has been making short films and viral videos for the past 15 years. A graduate of Memorial High School, he now calls Los Angeles home. Justin will be screening his brand new documentary Double Digits: The Story of A Neighborhood Movie Star at Eau Claire’s Downtown Cinema on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7pm and 9pm ...

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Local Lit

"Aunt" Lucy

The oldest residents of Cameron, Wisconsin, remember “Aunt” Lucy St. Louis, my grandparents’ next-door neighbor, who died at one hundred in the house where, in the prime of her womanhood, she’d raised her widowed brother’s eight children. Some unecumenical Lutherans in my family to this day begrudge Catholics ...

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Business

The Fabric of Time

craft supply store/retreat a realization of lifelong dream

Feelin’ crafty this season? At least one Eau Claire woman is. Ann Sandler is breaking out the needle and thread this fall in order to complete her latest project-in-progress: a new craft supply store that will open later this month in Altoona.

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Finding a Real Space

vintage furnishing retailer Spaced Out Furnishings opens storefront

At the corner of Margaret Street and Hogeboom Avenue on the Eastside Hill stands a two-story, pale sage green building. With two huge display windows and a glass door in between on the first floor and two huge black awnings on the second floor, the building almost looks like a person’s face. But it is a building after all.

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Local Look

Check in to the Oxbow

state grant aids revival of ex-Green Tree Inn into boutique hotel & restaurant

A half-million-dollar state grant will fill a gap in the funding needed to transform a shuttered downtown establishment into a unique hotel that will embody both Eau Claire’s natural beauty and its rising artistic urbanism. The new owners of the Oxbow Hotel – formerly known as the Green Tree Inn & Suites – announced Nov. 10 ...

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Arena Unveiled

UWEC shows early plans for huge new event and recreation center

In case you’ve forgotten, the Confluence Project isn’t the only major collaborative, multiuse facility on the drawing board in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire YMCA are working together on an even bigger project, and now you can feast your eyes on drawings of a major event facility and recreation center ...

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Arnold Wins National PR Award

The essence of public relations is fostering relationships and making an impact on a community. Barbara Arnold excels in both areas, and now she’s been honored for her tireless work in the public relations field through a national award. Arnold, of Eau Claire, received the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award ...

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New Hotel Planned for Downtown Chippewa Falls

Eau Claire isn’t the only city in the Chippewa Valley that will soon have new downtown lodging options: The Chippewa Falls City Council voted in late October to sell a vacant lot at the entrance to downtown to a Neenah-based firm, WHG Companies, which plans to build a Cobblestone Hotel and Suites there ...

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EC City Council Eases Alt-Side Parking Rules

On-street parkers of Eau Claire, rejoice! No longer will you have to calculate tomorrow’s date and squint at house numbers when determining which side of the street to park on overnight. On Oct. 27, the City Council voted 7-2 to change the alternate-side parking rule, which previously had been in force ...

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Good Serve

Menard’s gift will build new tennis center for YMCA

Auto racing apparently isn’t the only sport that home improvement magnate John Menard has a soft spot for: On Nov. 3, the Eau Claire YMCA announced that Menard’s family has made a “multimillion dollar gift” to build a new eight-court tennis center on Menomonie Street just west of the entrance to Carson Park ...

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Sweet Sisterly Songs

three sisters from Baldwin share the mic on debut EP

Put down the Bon Iver and explore the sounds of new and upcoming local artists, the Morton Sisters – three sisters making alternative folk-pop music. The singing trio from Baldwin is currently celebrating the release of Neap Tide, their debut EP ...

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New Year, New Location

annual Hmong cultural celebration has new home

For landlocked Midwesterners, Eau Claire’s annual Hmong New Year Celebration is the equivalent of an instantaneous international flight to a place filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of a distant land. This year, the celebration will be Nov. 14-15 at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center ...

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Give The Gift of Local Art

16th annual art fair in Menomonie makes great gifts

Away with the jack-o’-lanterns, black cats and fake spiderwebs! A new autumn month is dawning, and it’s time to get a head start on your holiday spirit and – more importantly – your holiday shopping. With November comes the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, hosted by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in downtown Menomonie ...

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