Articles in this Issue

The Rear End

About August

a quick look at summer’s final third

I’ve been seeing them all summer long. Each morning, I get up and stumble into the kitchen to grab a glass of water at the kitchen sink. I look out the window ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Aug. 23, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Debra Ferries

“My paintings are an expression of my relationship with nature. I have always found inspiration in the beauty and chaos found in the natural world. I find myself drawn to the organic forms found in nature and often choose to paint with a vibrant color palette. I work with acrylic, oil, watercolor ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Aug. 23, 2017

CELESTIAL PHENOMENON. On Aug. 21 the rain clouds parted so that Eau Claire could enjoy a view of this year’s remarkable solar eclipse. From our vantage point, about 84 percent of the sun was covered by the moon. Above: Several fans of the sun got in the spirit at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire’s eclipse block party.

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Reader Letters

War and Peace With Animal Neighbors

living in the countryside is relaxing, except when it comes to critters’ destructive tendencies

I live on a dead-end township road adjacent to the Eau Claire River. As such, animal sightings are to be expected, and are, for the most part at least, welcomed. But lately, it feels as if the animals are conspiring and coordinating their efforts to push us out ...

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Music

Indie Radio in Action

Blugold Radio hosts Confluence patio concert, Prince tribute

Local independent radio station Blugold Radio 99.9FM is kicking off this fall semester with a stellar pair of one-of-a-kind music events including a patio concert at Haymarket Landing and a tribute to the late great Prince ...

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Stage

Dance Fest Looks to Future

inaugural event brings modern dance downtown

The local arts scene around the Chippewa Valley is the lifeblood of what makes our Midwest home stand out among others. Without a doubt, Eau Claire’s explosion of art and culture is a beautiful novelty of the area ...

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Words

Art at Work

Perry exemplifies creativity in diverse new collection

Awakening with a moment of revelation is rarely how one discovers what one wants to pursue in life. It’s difficult to know, in the moment, where life will lead you. Instead, taking what comes your way and working with what you’ve got can create the most surprisingly beautiful stories ...

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Interlocking Lives

UWEC writing prof pens sweeping debut novel

She’s very different – the woman in the photo of faded navies and greys. She’s soft, yet strong, and elegant. She’s a far cry from the feisty woman I know. To me, she’s always been keener on denim and fishing caps than white ...

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Meaty Memories

Nickolas Butler’s meat-packing journals get digital treatment

What is it about something hand-written that makes us feel nostalgic and sentimental while subsequently stuffing whatever it is into the back of a drawer to save for decades? Internationally published local ...

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Tales of Timber

museum directors recount logging history in photos

Long before chainsaw carving competitions (let alone chainsaws) existed, choppers, sawyers, and loggers ruled Wisconsin. In the 1840s, five-sixths of northern Wisconsin was covered with trees, primarily white pines ...

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Cinema

Lights, Camera, Lumber

film brings timber era to life with local settings

The Lumber Baron, a locally written, locally produced movie about the Chippewa Valley’s fabled timber era, has almost completed filming and will debut shortly after the new year. The film was written by Karen Hurd of Scene & Hurd Productions ...

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Local Lit

Labor Day

Easy money, soft hands, high school joe, college kid. That’s what they call you when you show up on a job site for the summer ...

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Business

Hoof It Over to 22 Chevaux

Siblings Will Jannusch and Amy Lorbecki don’t horse around when it comes to home décor. That’s why they’re taking on a new business venture – 22 Chevaux (that’s “horses” in French) – that specializes in high-quality, hardwood furniture ...

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Local Look

Building Upward

construction in Eau Claire is poised to break a record

Construction in Eau Claire is occurring at a record-breaking pace this year, with the value of permits issued by the city topping $177 million as of the end of July. That’s the second-highest annual ...

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Let's Get Weird

unlikely hosts excel with podcast about strange topics

I used to think I was weird. Then, I met Eric Johnson and Jodie Arnold. Five minutes into our conversation, I found myself feeling very “Classic Vanilla” to their “Urban Bourbon” sundae. And I’ll be completely honest with you all ...

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City Plans Water Street Revival

new TIF district proposed

The City of Eau Claire wants to create a special taxing district to raise funds for development and redevelopment along Water Street and the bank of the Chippewa River. The City Plan Commission has already given unanimous ...

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Altoona Wants You to Create a Cozy New Word

Despite the profusion of words in the English language, sometimes it’s hard to find one with just the right je ne sais quoi to explain what you’re trying to convey. Consider the Danish word hygge, for which there is no precise English equivalent ...

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That Campus Life

there’s tons of cool stuff you can do at our local colleges–­even if you’re not a student

UW-Eau Claire offers an incredible range of opportunities to experience great music nearly every weekend. The occasional big name will roll through campus and play a show at Zorn Arena, but the real heart of the music ...

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All Hail the New Hall!

private dorm on Water Street will ease UWEC housing shortage

A new, privately built apartment building leased for UW-Eau Claire students will soon open on Water Street. The mixed-use building at 222 Water St. is named in honor of three people who’ve given more than $1 million ...

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Super Study Spots

find the serenity you need to blast through your schoolwork with these academic alcoves

Cramming. Hitting the books. Putting your nose to the grindstone. Whatever you call studying, it’s something every college student is familiar with. Whether you treat it like a part-time job or try learning everything ...

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Food / Drink

Dinner on the Farm

Together Farms is a picturesque spot to enjoy a meal

On a seasonably warm Friday evening in early summer I had the pleasure of enjoying a grass-fed beef grilling class and dinner at Together Farms in Mondovi. Just 30 minutes south of Eau Claire, this beautiful farm is home to many happy hogs and piglets, as well as grass-fed cows ...

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Recreation

Buckshot's Big Birthday

Eau Claire’s original run celebrates 35 years helping Special Olympics

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Buckshot Run – an event that originated in the Chippewa Valley, is exclusive to the Chippewa Valley, and is named after a Chippewa Valley notable. The anniversary is cause for special celebration ...

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Readying to Rumble

pro wrestling showdown will benefit veterans’ needs

One ... two … he got him ... NO, HE KICKED OUT, BAH GOD, HE KICKED OUT!!! Just in case that reference is slightly esoteric, this is about pro wrestling, friend. And it’s coming, not to Minneapolis, not to Milwaukee, but to the Chippewa Valley ...

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Not Just for 'Girls'

roller derby team updates name to shift focus from gender

In an effort to be more inclusive to everyone who contributes to and appreciates the sport, the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls have officially changed their name to Chippewa Valley Roller Derby ...

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Building Endurance

CF native offers training, advice for diverse clients

Ever gone for a 105-mile run? Chippewa Falls native Jake Nash has. He’s also run more than 20 marathons – one of them just six months after a back surgery. And last year, he completed the Ironman Wisconsin ...

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Other Stuff

The Importance of Teaching How to Learn

first-year college students face a rude awakening about studying

As members of society have come to realize, most seniors in high school are more than ready to escape the place they may have called an academic “prison” for the past four years. Through their final days, they ecstatically await their future of universities, community colleges, and working ...

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