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The Rear End

Once More to the Sledding Hill

winter’s not done with us, so I’m not done with it

You could reach down into it, your bare hand vanishing, leaving a perfect, almost cartoonish outline at the surface. Four fingers, a thumb, and your palm. It was icy and soft against your blushing skin ...

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Thinkpieces

For Brian, Today

what I learned from the too-short life of a friend

I first met Brian Leaf in 1980 when he was a scrawny, mouthy, irreverent and totally irrepressible part-time employee for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where I began my 30-year career in journalism ...

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Music

Living Her Best Life

singer/songwriter’s debut EP inspired by local DIY spirit

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but if we’re being honest it also seems as if the same would go for creating an EP. Caitlin McGarvey has been learning that and other lessons over the past yea ras she built her very first EP from the ground up ...

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Chamber Orchestra Honors Haases

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will pay tribute to UW-Eau Claire’s first chancellor, Leonard Haas, and his wife, Dorellen, at its “An Evening of Grace” concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 11 ...

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100 Days, 100 Songs

Aero Flynn, S. Carey contribute brand new songs to protest mega-album

Eau-Claire-born, Minneapolis-based band Aero Flynn has been silent since releasing its debut self-titled album in 2015 – that is, until now. In the wake of last November’s election, they’ve teamed up with 99 other cool artists ...

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Rev Up the Revival

night of dancing immortalizes legendary local ballroom

If the simple mention of Fournier’s Ballroom gets you wanting to dig out your dancing shoes, the Chippewa Valley Museum is giving you a great reason to do so. Long-time Chippewa Valley residents ...

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Stage

Spontaneous Laughs

Eau Claire Improv Festival gears up for year five

Eau Claire has long been a small city with a big personality. Its citizens pump out Grammy-winning albums, bestselling literature, and events that draw people from across the world ...

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Escaping the Weather

new musical comedy is a road trip from snowy Wisconsin to sunny Florida

Snowbirds, an original musical comedy by local composer and retired music teacher Jerry Way, will be performed at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls March 23-26 ...

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Words

Young and Strong

novelist focuses on teen girls’ spirit, strength

Considering fashion faux pas, braces, and awkward attempts at self-expression, the teen years are troubling enough. But things are far tougher for Jasmine Ramirez, the heroine of Eau Claire author ...

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Little Girl, Big Questions

Mondovi author’s latest explores girl’s response to divorce

Divorce is never easy for anyone, and it’s especially difficult for children, who have no say in the decisions being made. Mondovi author Julie Bowe, who also wrote the Friends for Keeps series, is debuting ...

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Troll Tales

award-winning children’s author to share Nordic folklore

If you’re looking for a fun family activity this month, consider going trolling. We’re talking about pursuing the mythical creatures of Nordic folklore, not posting nasty comments online. On Saturday, March 25 ...

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Visual Art

All the Art

ArtsWest returns Eau Claire for year 38

ArtsWest 38, a major juried exhibit for regional artists, held its opening reception and award ceremony on Feb. 23, at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. David H. Wells, the Director of the Edgewood College Art Gallery and Collections ...

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Cinema

Cheesey in All the Right Ways

Packer fan documentary screens with meet-and-greet

Cheeseheads, a documentary by Wisconsin native John Mitchell – which will screen twice on March 11 at The Volume One Gallery in the Local Store – is an affectionate cinematic exploration of all things Sconnie ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

Reimagining a Classic

ongoing renovations give River Edge Apartments a mid-century vibe

The residential revitalization of downtown Eau Claire means more than just adding new apartment buildings: It also includes renovating some of the neighborhood’s classics ...

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Condos Coming?

owners of former Huebsch property are considering a big riverside condominium project

Would you like to live in a riverfront condominium in downtown Eau Claire, just a short walk from restaurants, bars, theaters, and more? If your answer is “yes,” what would you like to see in such a development ...

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8 Numbers: Exploring Downtown Data

a glance at the numbers and figures that define Eau Claire’s urban core

It’s no big secret that downtown Eau Claire has been evolving – mostly for the better – in recent years. Redevelopment has brought new dining, entertainment, and recreation options, and these changes ...

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Budget Delays UWEC Projects

Walker’s plan delays Haas, Governors Hall renovations

Several Chippewa Valley construction projects – including two at UW-Eau Claire – won’t get state funding over the next two years if Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed capital budget becomes law ...

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Doll & Pet Parade Has New Date, Route

Eau Claire’s Doll and Pet parade, a tradition now in its 70th year, is moving in 2017 in more ways than one. It’s also got a new sponsor: The Clear Water Kiwanis Club will be overseeing the parade ...

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Food / Drink

Bomb Tacos Light Up With Authentic Taco Tastiness

If you’re in search of tasty tacos that’ll leave you feeling nothing but satisfied, then look no further: Royce Roberts and his partners Dan Cook, Tony Cook, and Brian Joseph recently opened Bomb Tacos in downtown Chippewa Falls ...

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A Sweet Little Sugar Rush

self-taught baker breaks out with Water Street cake shop

Eau Claire’s newest “Cake Boss” has opened up a specialty bakery on Water Street. Farrah Miller, proprietor of Chic Sweets By Farrah, draws inspiration from the changing seasons, mythical creatures ...

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Big Plans Are A-Brewin' at Lazy Monk

Phase 2 will consolidate the brewery and bier hall – and Phase 3 is a German / Czech restaurant

Lazy Monk Brewing, a local brewery and popular German-style bier hall in Eau Claire, will soon begin Phase 2 of its transition from its previous location in Banbury Place to its new, spacious home ...

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