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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor: At Haymarket Landing, Infusion of Vitality Awaits

I recently had the opportunity to tour the construction of the new Haymarket Landing building, the “mixed-use” portion of the Confluence Project, that will house nearly 400 upper-level students and a number of businesses when it’s complete in July 2016. We’ve all seen the crane standing tall for several months now ...

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Opening Letters

The Young Buck: experiencing deer camp with the older generation

I’m always the youngest one at camp. In fact, I’ve never hunted with anyone less than 30 years older than me. Our usual crew consists of my dad, “Uncle” Rich (owner and builder of the cabin), and others. Our backgrounds range from librarian to English professor to city official to writer. Generally, we arrive when ...

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The Rear End

One Accident at a Time

navigating Wisconsin’s roads, bumping from one car to the next

I hit the brakes too late and slide right into the back of their minivan, pushing the whole family out into the snowy intersection. It was all my fault. Years later, I’m so thankful that no other cars were trying to pass through the crossroads. We were the only ones around. The dad got out and proceed to be very unhappy with me ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | November 25, 2015

“It was Christmas Eve when this photo was born. A few friends of mine and I went driving through the woods with our cameras. We didn’t have anything in particular we wanted to photograph, we just wanted to be inspired, and that I was when I saw my friend Sami’s back against this ginormous tree ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | November 25, 2015

THEATER THEATER BANG BANG. Cast members from the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang enjoy the spotlight. The play, based on the popular Dick Van Dyke movie, ran at The State Theatre through Nov. 22.

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Thinkpieces

Date Night at the Grocery Store

skimming the free samples and falling in love

I must confess I have a slight obsession with grocery shopping. Writing up the list, weighing apples on the scale, attempting to pry open the produce bags, deciding what new flavor of yogurt to try – yes, I love it all. When I was little, my parents would pack all six of us kids into the minivan, and we’d take a family vacation ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Bound for the Big Leagues

announcer for Brewers, Bucks got his start in the Chippewa Valley

Many of us would have loved to make careers out of what we did for fun as children. Occasionally, such dreams work out. For example, I would bet a surprising number of us played “announcer” to games in our yards and schools. Craig Coshun was one of those kids – and talking about sports on TV is what he gets to do for a living ...

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Music

Chamber Music + Ballet = Brilliant Idea

Over 40 dancers were selected from an open audition to perform with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra at 5:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Florian Gardens. Entitled Tres Brillant II: An Evening of Ballet and Chamber Music, this will be the dancers’ first experience working with a live orchestra ...

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Going Country

Country Jam releases first of its star-studded roster

I know it’s getting cold, and winter winds are starting to bite extra hard, but just think… In a matter of months, we’ll be neck-deep in yet another gorgeous Chippewa Valley summer, where we can all indulge in the warm weather, long days, beers, and country music in the great outdoors – the ultimate Wisconsin pastime ...

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Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner Brings Renaissance Flaire

annual UWEC event mixes food and song

Prepare yourselves – Christmas caroling season is officially here. In order to celebrate the holiday’s musical past, UW-Eau Claire’s Chamber Choir will deliver their annual “Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner.” The ensemble will perform Dec. 4-5 at 6:30pm both evenings. Shows will take place in the university’s Council Fire Room in Davies Center ...

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Stage

Off the Top of Their Heads

annual improv festival’s on-the-spot belly laughs are back

Come prepared for the unexpected. Scripts are out the window at the annual Eau Claire Improv Festival, now in its fourth year. Mark your calendars early because on Dec. 11-12 nobody’s going to want to miss the on-the-spot performances by this year’s gut-busting improv acts. While event coordinator and mastermind ...

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Students Bring Award-Winning Vibrtor Play to Kjer Theatre

show explores baffling 19th century medical treatment

UW-Eau Claire’s Kjer Theatre is presenting In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), a provocatively charming show about intimacy, marriage, passion, and electricity in the 19th century. The play, set in the 1880s, just after the advent of electricity, follows a young doctor as he uses new vibrator therapy on “hysteric” female patients ...

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Breathtaking Flips on Stage

Golden Dragon Acrobats do their thing at the State

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, the leading Chinese acrobatic touring company in the United States and around the world will be stopping by the State Theatre on Dec. 4. Representing a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the Golden Dragon Acrobats combine traditional Chinese acrobatics with theatrical enhancements ...

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Words

A Fast and Funny Life

daughter, granddaughter memorialize ‘Mrs. B’ in print

‘What’s your story? If you can dream it, you can do it!” reads the black T-shirts created and worn by Mary and Jessie Burch, adorned in the front with a golden retriever intently reading the newly released book, Too Fast for Conditions, A Day in the Life of Mrs. B. Mary quipped: “Even animals will wish they knew Mrs. B.” ...

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Santa's Big Secret

time-traveling children’s adventure offers origin story for St. Nick

For Menomonie author and photographer David Tank, the magic of Christmas has always been tied up with the magic of 3D photography. On Christmas mornings during his childhood in the 1950s and ’60s, he’d inevitably find a new package of View-Master slides in his stocking. (A favorite set featured scenes from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.) ...

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Visual Art

Adam Dorn Snaps Up a Handful of Photo Awards

Operating behind the high-res lens of a camera, one Eau Claire man continues to capture success. Local photographer Adam Dorn took home three honors in this year’s annual Moscow International Foto Awards. But the self-taught camera man is no newbie to the trade, as the wins from this fall’s contest represent just a handful ...

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Business

Forging Creativity

artisan forge offers flexible space to create

There’s a lot to love about the Chippewa Valley. I could ramble on for a good long while, but I believe it boils down to one singular truth: We love our home because of just how much love it has to give. We have a reverence for community and it shows. You can see it in the music scene and in the arts ...

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Sick of having Santa at the party? Rent a reindeer.

From greeting cards to TV shows – not to mention parades, parties, and shopping malls – Santa Claus is an ubiquitous sight this time of year. So ubiquitous, in fact, that – and we say this realizing it could put us on the naughty list – there’s a danger we’ll get sick of the Jolly Old Elf ...

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Local Look

Red Tape Reduction

city council streamlines event approval process

Good news, event organizers: It’s now easier to get the administrative approvals needed to hold your fundraiser, fun run, or other event on public property in the city of Eau Claire. On Nov. 10, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to amend its special events ordinance. The bureaucratic rules that governed ...

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UW-Stout now offers minor in the performing arts

With Wisconsin’s public universities feeling the strain of budget cuts, it’s comforting to know that there’s still progress being made and passion unshaken by hard times. Starting this fall, UW-Stout is offering a performing arts minor to its students. “Many students come to UW-Stout because they have a keen interest ...

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Council Inks Confluence Agreement

development deal paves way for arts center

Get the fancy silver shovels ready: The Eau Claire City Council has signed, sealed, and delivered a $5 million deal with a developer to help fund a downtown performing arts center. The 78-page agreement between the city and Haymarket Concepts passed on a unanimous 11-0 vote Nov. 10 ...

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Developer Unveils Plans for N. Barstow Livery Lot

Developer Unveils Plans For N. Barstow Livery Lot Eau Claire developer Geoff Moeding is seeking public approval to fill one of the last vacant spots in the booming North Barstow neighborhood in downtown Eau Claire. Moeding, who has been involved in the development of numerous buildings in the Phoenix Park ...

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If You Love Lights, Let Them Glow

Phoenix Park will get a dash of holiday illumination

Love it or hate it, winter is a defining time for us Wisconsinites with frosted and reddened cheeks, rolling hills of white, and truly astounding light displays stretching as far as the eye can see. On Dec. 4, come down at 5:30pm to Phoenix Park for the second annual “Let it Glow!” event. Organized by Downtown Eau Claire Inc ...

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Boys & Girls Club Buys Former First Lutheran Church

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley will soon have a new home: The group’s board of directors voted Nov. 18 to buy the former First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, for $900,000. The purchase will allow for the relocation of the club and its offices from the Mary Markquart Center, 201 E. Lake St. ...

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Food / Drink

Menomonie baker’s desserts rank amongst world’s best

Retired UW-Stout professor Gladys Earl recently headed to the kitchen arena of culinary competitions – the World Food Championships – to fight for the title of “World Dessert Champion.” After getting bored of retirement, Earl, 76, pursued her baking passion with her own Menomonie-based baking operation ...

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Inga's Holiday Cocktails

make merry with these custom holiday cocktails from Inga Witscher of WPT's Around The Farm Table

Entertaining friends and family during the holidays is one of life’s great pleasures. There is no better time to whip out the cocktail shaker or put the kettle on and turn ordinary booze into merry cocktails. You don’t need a fully stocked bar to impress your guests or give Aunt Barb the buzz she needs to make her interesting ...

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Kid Culture

Hop on the Holiday Train

Chippewa Valley Museum to show off 384 square foot toy train display

All aboard! All are invited to come check out the standard-gauge toy train set on display soon at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park. The three tinplate locomotives to be featured in the 384 square foot showcase will herald in the holiday spirit – and maybe Old Saint Nick as well ...

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Special Sections

Inga's Holiday Cocktails

make merry with these custom holiday cocktails from Inga Witscher of WPT's Around The Farm Table

Entertaining friends and family during the holidays is one of life’s great pleasures. There is no better time to whip out the cocktail shaker or put the kettle on and turn ordinary booze into merry cocktails. You don’t need a fully stocked bar to impress your guests or give Aunt Barb the buzz she needs to make her interesting ...

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