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Editor's Notes

Restaurant Week Heats Up

People in the Chippewa Valley, much like anywhere, love going out to eat. And if you’re one of them have we got just the thing for you. In this issue we’re rolling out more information on the first ever Restaurant Week ...

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Opening Letters

Eau Claire Is Making National Headlines. Here's Why You Should Care.

With significant media attention in recent months from throughout the Midwest and beyond, is this “new” Eau Claire the real deal, or is it all an unsustainable flash in the pan?

With significant media attention in recent months from throughout the Midwest and beyond, is this “new” Eau Claire the real deal, or is it all an unsustainable flash in the pan?

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The Rear End

Heat Lightning

staring at the horizon all summer long

The heat lightning was sorcery to us. Some kind of rare devilry quietly bursting across the midnight horizon, raving over the dark, distant pine trees. It just didn’t stop. Hundreds of electric blossoms, pink and white, flaring up inside a mountain of clouds ...

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Cover Art
Opening Shots

Opening Shot | July 26, 2017

The House of Rock on Water Street closed its doors after 17 years of live local music with a massive “Last Call” show – a two-night affair (July 21 and 22) with 27 bands giving the venue a proper send-off. Above: Guitarist Matt Florence performs with The Nicotines, who reunited to rock one last time on the House of Rock stage.

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Music

Just Call It Art-cadia

Ashley for the Arts transforms town with music, more

Ashley for the Arts, one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events – last year it drew more than 30,000 people – will take place Aug. 10-12 at Memorial Park in Arcadia. The three-day festival is packed with music ...

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Sweet Release

acoustic duo Olive Sings finds joy in music

In the sleepy hours of day, Seth and Kayla’s words tugged at my heart. As the lyrics of “Sweet Release” continued, I felt my heart ache and dance all at once. I know – without a doubt – that Kayla Zoltak and Seth Gamble of Chippewa Falls ...

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Healing With Music

album of local talent will combat substance abuse

Jennifer Coyne is a licensed therapist and local musician who has used the power of music in her efforts to combat substance abuse in the Chippewa Valley. During years working as a therapist ...

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Stage

Stealing the Stage

UWEC alum returns to produce original comedy in Eau Claire

Playwright, director, and UW-Eau Claire alum Logan Toftness is bringing her original comedy work back for a new run on the Eau Claire stage. Thieves and Bad, Bad Lies tells the madcap ...

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Words

A Look at the Lake

photo-filled book marks Lake Wissota centennial

More than 100 years ago, work began on the dam that created the reservoir now known as Lake Wissota. It took 700 workers, two steam shovels, and seven “Little Dinkies” steam locomotives two years to build the dam ...

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Visual Art

New Yarn, Old Space

Blue Boxer Arts opens in former Tangled storefront

Blue Boxer Arts, a new store from the owners of Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire, features locally created fibers and beads, classes to learn new skills, and a space to gather to work on projects ...

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Local Lit

Love on the Precipice Ode

You know the killdeer / will feign a broken wing, / that when you near and lean in / with the first-aid kit of “I am here” / tacked on your sleeve it will seem ...

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Local Look

Find It All in the Shed

get lost in Altoona’s massive antique-filled wonderland

If you happen to stop by The Shed in Altoona, you’ll want to walk around once, then turn back and circle around in the opposite direction. There is so much merchandise that you’re bound to see a few new ...

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9 Great Reasons to Go Vintage

don’t be afraid to dive into the vibrant world of vintage

The world of vintage goods is colorful, quirky, cool and maybe right around the corner. If you haven’t ventured into that world yet, there are at least nine good reasons to give it a go ...

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Defining Decades

When is something an antique and when is it a collectible? What about vintage and retro?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary define antique as “being in the style or fashion of former times” – and that’s something the Webster folks should know about, considered their dictionary traces its origin to 1828 ...

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Check Out the Foundry Sale

Eau Claire warehouse opens its doors and fills up with vintage and antique treasures

Whether you’re a fan of American Pickers, a devotee of Antiques Roadshow, or just the kinds of person who loves to peruse thrift sales for spectacular, unexpected finds, you’ll find plenty to admire ...

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First Choice Is a Green Choice

award-winning company keeps your electronic junk out of the landfill

Fifteen years ago, Greg and Bobbie DeVoll came across a newspaper article about how computer and electronic refuse was going to be the next big waste concern for the United States because of harmful materials ...

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How Does Your Solar Garden Grow?

Xcel’s sun-powered project ready to rise in Eau Claire

During the latter half of summer, gardens across the state flourish, and the solar garden being built across from Xcel Energy’s Wisconsin headquarters in Eau Claire will be no exception ...

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Trying to Clear the Air

UWEC research team works to improve air quality along Lake Michigan shoreline

A faculty-student team of Blugold researchers is helping scientists better understand how ozone is produced over Lake Michigan, findings that could help communities and industries in three states identify strategies for improving air quality ...

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Can I Recycle That?

dos and don’ts about what to put in the blue bin and what to pitch

If you’re taking the time to read this section of the magazine, you undoubtedly are the kind of person who takes pains to separate your recyclables from your trash. You rinse and sort. ...

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Inhabiting Your Home

Habitat for Humanity opens store to support home-building mission

In order to build more houses for people in need, Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity wants to help you build yours – or at least help outfit it with new-to-you furniture, appliances, fixtures, and more ...

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Picking up Speed

skateboarders expect to finish plaza fundraising by end of year

When Christopher Johnson was growing up the west side of Eau Claire, there was hardly anywhere for him to skate. The YMCA Skate Park (which no longer exists) was miles away on the other side of town ...

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Inhabiting Your Home

Habitat for Humanity opens store to support home-building mission

In order to build more houses for people in need, Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity wants to help you build yours – or at least help outfit it with new-to-you furniture, appliances, fixtures, and more ...

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Food / Drink

A Taste of the Country

Farm to Fork Retreat in Mondovi offers idyllic getaways, wood-fired pizza

Scrambling to find those last-minute flight deals or book that exotic, faraway vacation? Let the hunt end now, and look no further than the Farm to Fork Retreat to satisfy your desires for a nature-filled haven and local paradise – complete with wood-fired pizza ...

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Recreation
Other Stuff

Leinie's Goes Big

famous local brewery to throw huge birthday party

Leinenkugel’s began brewing beer in Chippewa Falls in 1867, and they’re still going strong as ever. The storied local brewery and the family that has owned and operated it all this time are celebrating 150 years ...

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