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ELECTION FEATURE: Red, Blue, or Purple?

despite shifting voting patterns, the Chippewa Valley remains a sought-after swing area on Election Day

Wisconsin likes to vote. The Badger State’s turnout rates are regularly among the highest in the United States, particularly in presidential election years. Western Wisconsin is the same, anchored by the population center of the Eau Claire metropolitan area ...

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Slow Time & Sudden Space

a meditation on hunting in wisconsin

The wind chill was -25 degrees when I left my friend’s cabin. It was the second week of December. As if they were powered by the howling wind itself, the stars of Orion’s belt had just begun pulling a dim smudge of dawn above the jagged, inky serration of pines that formed the horizon ...

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Editor's Notes

The Harvest Season

Where I come from, it’s harvest season. That means many hard working farmers and laborers are spending long, cold hours in the fields and at the grain elevator – often all day and well into the night, seven days a week ...

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Opening Letters

Turn Your Eyes to the Skies

I don’t waste an opportunity to experience the Northern Lights

A little over a year ago in this space, I wrote about my transformative experience viewing and photographing the northern lights in our area. Since then, I’ve observed the aurora borealis quite a few times, both from here and points further north ...

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The Rear End

Miss Direction

hey, not all those who wander are lost (almost)

My wife is so good with directions it frightens me. On the other hand, I’m so bad with directions it frightens her. If you were to superglue a blindfold onto my wife’s eyeballs, throw her into a helicopter, fly her into the heart of the Amazonian jungles ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Nov. 2, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Alecia Acker

“I was inspired to create this piece in the fall of 2015 as a focal piece for my Artist’s Premier in November. The inspiration for the piece came to me while out on a run near Mount Tom in Eau Claire. I have always had a connection with nature ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Nov. 2, 2016

BET HE’S EVEN FASTER IN THE WATER. The Carson Park Five and Ten + Kid’s BOO-gie Run took place on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Eau Claire where kids and adults ran in costume.

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Thinkpieces

Successful Similarities?

rising cities Eau Claire and Buffalo, N.Y., follow similar paths

While creating a “sweet” American Dream story about my Albanian immigrant family’s candy business – which grew to become the largest in western New York – I had an “aha!” moment ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Take Him Out to the Ball Game(s)

Eau Claire fan achieves goal of visiting all 30 major league ballparks

To the truest of fans, the baseball lover’s dream vacation is an expedition to see every team, in every home venue, all across our land. In 1994, I read Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks, written by a man ...

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Music

Bop 'Til You Drop

EC native to facilitate early jazz experience for kids

There’s a room full of people and instruments buzzing. A rhythm section taps out a basic tune while kids, their parents, and other musicians alike are dancing, moving, and singing together ...

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Sweet, Simple, and Lovely

Canadian folk duo bring their harmonies to UW-Stout

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala have making music together since high school – and it shows. Since debuting their first album in 2005, the best friends have released four more albums ...

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Let the Party Roar: Gatsby’s Gala Returns

campus event has 1920s vibes, black ties, and good times

Calling all cool cats! Polish your dancing shoes because next Friday, Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire presents the third annual Gatsby’s Gala ...

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Whale House on Film

local band cuts video of unique live performance

Local alt-rockers Whale House are debuting two new videos for “Red Sun” – a spacey, fuzzed out rock gem – and “Think Of Me” – a stomping psych-rock tune with a ton of muscle. The videos were a multi-faceted ...

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Stage

Little Mermaid Swims Again

Children’s Theatre stages fishy encore production

It seems Ariel just couldn’t get enough of the Chippewa Valley! Once again, Ariel’s underwater world will rise from the sea (or Chippewa River) and become a part of your world ...

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Words

Time Travel in Town

vintage postcards show how Eau Claire has changed

David Tank’s Postcards from the Past book series is based upon a simple concept: Take a vintage picture postcard showing a local scene and use a camera to reproduce the image in the present day ...

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Beauty in Growth

new author’s first novel helped her heart heal

‘Everyone has a garden ... Even if it’s that piece of soul that nurtures dreams.” Like a garden, can the soul grow? With a bit of love, support, and guidance, Jennifer Schulz-Johnston thinks so. In fact, she’s dedicated her life to it from an early age.

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Visual Art

African Art Connection

Menomonie students, teachers make art with children in Botswana

Arts Integration Menomonie is going outside of Menomonie – actually outside of the country – to bring new art experiences to children in the Menomonie school district ...

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Ink About It

Sconnie artists share creativity with the community at annual Ink & Paper Print Sale

The best way to spread Christmas cheer? Filling stockings with art from Ink & Paper Print Sale this year. Volume One’s annual print exhibit is back, and this year’s sale is bound to be the best yet. Since its birth in 2013 ...

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Beyond the Mainstream

EC’s newest art gallery features artwork, handmade decor

Eau Claire’s newest art gallery is filled with more than just pretty pictures. The product of diverse local talent, 200 Main proves that artwork cannot always be hung on a wall. Artists ...

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Local Look

They're Alive ... Almost

simulation lab gives UWEC students lifelike nursing practice

Tucked away on the second floor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences building at UW-Eau Claire is the Skills and Simulation Lab, a place where dozens of UWEC nursing students get valuable hands-on training with manikin simulators that look ...

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Voter ID: What You Need to Know

you’ll have to show a photo ID when you vote Nov. 8

Wherever you vote in the state of Wisconsin – and whomever you vote for – you’ll need to present a photo ID when you go to cast your ballot on Nov. 8. It’s a big election – besides the presidential race, members ...

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ELECTION FEATURE: Red, Blue, or Purple?

despite shifting voting patterns, the Chippewa Valley remains a sought-after swing area on Election Day

Wisconsin likes to vote. The Badger State’s turnout rates are regularly among the highest in the United States, particularly in presidential election years. Western Wisconsin is the same, anchored by the population center of the Eau Claire metropolitan area ...

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Food / Drink

Food for Change

Market Food Co-op to screen documentary

In celebration of National Food Co-op Month, Menomonie Market Food Co-op is hosting a screening of Food for Change, a documentary detailing food co-ops as both a political and economic movement across the country ...

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Mr. Smith's Supper Club

Smith’s Country Inn owner to retire after 38 years

Mark Smith, the owner of Smith’s Country Inn, a supper club on the edge of Eau Claire on Highway 37, is ready to retire after running the popular local establishment since 1978 – and now he’s looking for a new owner to take over the reins ...

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What Do You Crave?

a new downtown smoothie shop with a nutritious twist

If your idea of keeping healthy includes running late to work and skipping breakfast, then it’s probably time to make a change. ...

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Catering to Your Needs

when a party gets big, it’s time to call a professional

So you decided to throw a holiday party – a BIG one. This year, you’re inviting all your friends/relatives/customers/clients/random strangers to eat/drink/be merry in the celebration of the holiday of your choice ...

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Roll With Rudolph

sick of just having santa at the party? then 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 ...

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Recreation

Slow Time & Sudden Space

a meditation on hunting in wisconsin

The wind chill was -25 degrees when I left my friend’s cabin. It was the second week of December. As if they were powered by the howling wind itself, the stars of Orion’s belt had just begun pulling a dim smudge of dawn above the jagged, inky serration of pines that formed the horizon ...

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Other Stuff

Think Globally, Buy Locally

Eau Claire Global Market will boost multitude of international projects

Fifty years ago, Ginny Close was assigned to a small village in Turkey as a Peace Corps volunteer. She recalls being struck by the beautiful tatting (lace-making) the women in her village were doing ...

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The Flyest of Hairstyles

fundraiser for veterans puts awesome ‘dos on the runway

Local hairstylists Amanda Jonas and Coli Burke combine creativity and charity in the second annual Hairica show: Hairica: Unlit. Part hair show, part dinner party, and part fundraiser, Hairica is the only event ...

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