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Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Merging Into the Fast Lane?

arrival of ride-sharing services signifies city’s growth, but it’s not the only tipping point

A few months ago in this Opening Letter space, I wrote about what seemed the determining factor in Eau Claire’s ascendance to big-city status: the moment when Uber would choose to establish itself in the city ...

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The Rear End

Beyond the Rocket

let us not forget that other notable slide o’ yore

Yes, of course I liked The Rocket Slide. It was my everything. And by “it was my everything” I mean “whenever my mom took me to Carson Park between the ages of maybe 5 and 8, maybe five or six times each year ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | July 12, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Daniel Atyim

“Exploring the function and meaning of surfaces, I find transition implicit in facades. I am interested in the ways that surfaces describe and dim underlying structures. Like Surrealist artists who begin ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | July 12, 2017

GUITAR HERO. Eau Claire band of yore The Kingsnakes reunited for one last special show at the House of Rock on Friday, July 7 along with South Farwell and The Rattlenecks. Above: Ryan Harrington on the face melting guitar solo.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Turf Transformations

artificial playing fields are experiencing a renaissance in football – and even baseball

As the summer of 2017 progresses, I find myself visiting a new website: the Luther College “Valley Cam” – if you are a regular reader of this column, you know I am a proud alum of the school ...

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Music
Stage

More Than a Trophy

Eau Claire native wins Tony for drama education

What did I get myself into? Suddenly, it hit me – like the Long Island Iced Tea that goes down so smoothly you swear you can handle “just one more” – and I was freaking out ...

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Words

Is There a Killer on the River?

retired Milwaukee detective investigates ‘Smiley Face’ theory

There’s a lot of strange stuff that happens in rivers. River monsters move silently through the current, herons and eagles keep watch as giant catfish swallow the arms of people who dare to use their fingers as bait ...

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The Sky's the Limit

online literary journal Sky Island set to drop first issue

Sky Island Journal is an Eau Claire-based online literary journal that was started by two men, Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfield. Jeff and Jason sought a way to create a reader and contributor friendly magazine ...

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Family Matters

first book in series focuses on one of four sisters

Sometimes it’s the seemingly small things - like the crisp pages of a new book - that are the biggest blessings in life. For me, Diana Peterson’s novel, Summer Breeze (part one of a four part series) was exactly ...

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Visual Art

The Fab Four

veteran Valley artists exhibit vibrant new work

At first glance, the poster – which shows four gray-haired men hamming it up under the bold headline “BOB MEL JOHN ANDY” – could easily be mistaken for an ad for a musical reunion tour, perhaps portraying a ’60s-era quartet hitting the road again with their old tunes ...

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Business

How to Give Back to the Valley

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist. Community foundations can help multiply your generosity.

Sooner or later, there comes a time in most of our lives when we feel the desire to give back to our communities. Depending on our means and motivation, this desire can manifest itself in something as simple ...

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5 Things Chippewa Valley Job-Seekers Should Know

So you’re looking for employment? Here are some facts, figures, and projections to keep in mind

If you’re looking for work, it helps to know what the most in-demand fields are. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development keeps tabs on the “hot jobs” for regions ...

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Aligning Education and Future Careers

experts at UW-Stout conference say U.S. isn’t doing enough to give today’s students the skills they will need in tomorrow’s workforce

More than 70 regional, state and national leaders in education and workforce development grappled with questions about how to prepare for careers of the future in a conference held June 19-20 at UW-Stout in Menomonie ...

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Wisconsin Job Growth Lags Nation

state ranked 33rd in private sector job growth last year, but wages have risen over time

Wisconsin’s private sector job growth ranked 33rd in the country in 2016, according to detailed numbers released in June by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state added private sector jobs at a rate of about 0.5 percent in 2016. By comparison, the national growth rate was 1.3 percent ...

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Launching a Health Care Career

your path can start with three letters: CNA

Have you ever considered a career in healthcare? Maybe as a kid you dreamed of one day becoming a doctor, but you haven’t thought much about it since. Or, maybe you are still weighing your options for a career path and nursing is at the top of the list ...

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Shifting the Culture

new shop combines love of cycles, coffee, community

Soon a quiet block in downtown Eau Claire will be enlivened by people on bicycles who are passionate about riding and coffee. By early October, SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar will open in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Local Look

Building From the Ground Up

UWEC grad hired as Confluence director

Within sight and earshot of the bustling Confluence Arts Center construction site next to the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire, Kevin Miller was announced as the forthcoming facility’s executive director June 29 ...

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Food / Drink

Modicum Brewing Starts Flowing in Altoona

Do you want a lot of a mediocre thing? Or would you prefer the perfect amount of something magical? If you selected the latter option, then you should swing by the newly opened Modicum Brewing in Altoona. They are changing the landscape of beer culture ...

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Jeremiah Got the Bullfrog

Menomonie’s Bullfrog Fish Farm finds new owners

Bullfrog Fish Farm, a Chippewa Valley family favorite destination for fishing and foodstuff on the outskirts of Menomonie, has changed hands after being owned and operated by its “soul proprietor” Herby Radmann ...

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The Informalist Blends a Tasty Burger

EC restaurant’s entry in nationwide contest is mushroomy, beefy goodness

Sure, my husband looked cute in his beachy-cotton, navy T-shirt that accentuated the golden flecks of his hazel eyes. Even his whispy cowlick was adorable, but it wasn’t Luc that made me want to freeze frame ...

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Recreation

Drop In, Roll Up

skateboarding contest features prizes, resources, more

The Western Dairyland Fresh Start Program helps build strong communities by involving at-risk young adults, ages 17 to 25, in the construction and rehabilitation of homes in western Wisconsin ...

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FEATURE: It's Only Natural

Beaver Creek Reserve isn’t just for kids. It offers tons of opportunities for adults to fall in love with nature, too.

Did you know there are 38 kinds of mollusks living in the Chippewa River? You can see shiny examples of them all in a display case at Beaver Creek Reserve. I discovered this fact during the first week of June, when I attended Wisconsin Master Naturalist training ...

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Other Stuff

Every Little Bit Helps

when it comes to college savings, even small amounts can inspire success

A doctor or singer or maybe an astronaut? Young children have plenty of dreams when it comes to what they want to be when they grow up. Parents know those career dreams keep changing as their children ...

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Wisconsinites Are Money Smart

study says we’re financially literate, but we still act like everyone else

In recent years, communities, schools, and families have sought to help people be better able to avoid money troubles by promoting financial literacy and, in turn, financial capability. A new national study shows these efforts are finding success in Wisconsin ...

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Jobs by the Numbers

It’s easy to get snow blindness from the blizzard of employment numbers you hear on the news. Unemployment statistics are updated monthly, sometimes get adjusted when new data comes in, and they constantly fluctuate. In the past few years, fortunately ...

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A Blue-Ribbon Time

Eau Claire County Fair offers old-fashioned fun

Hankering for a good old-fashioned county fair featuring 4-Hers, Future Farmers of America, and FUN? Then git to the 93rd annual five-day Eau Claire County Fair, which runs Wednesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 30 ...

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