Articles in this Issue


New Neighborhoods - Crest Ridge Court

woods, trails, and space to make your home your own in this new Southside neighborhood

The area surrounding this new development is wooded and quaint, just a hop away from Eau Claire’s extensive trail system, a skip from Lowes Creek County Park, and a jump from the Eau Claire Soccer Park. The 15 lots in Crest Ridge Court – averaging about a third of an acre each – will have full city water and sewer in place, too.

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New Neighborhoods - Hallie Ridge Estates

neighborhood boasts best of Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Lake Hallie

Hallie Ridge Estates features a number of recreational facilities, including a community center, in-ground pool, and exercise gym. Residents may also enjoy tennis courts, basketball courts, and sports fields only a short walk, drive, or bike ride from their home.

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New Neighborhoods - Haven Pines

Find the simple life at an affordable price in this picturesque Altoona development

If you’ve been considering homeownership but haven’t found the idyllic neighborhood of your dreams, it might be time to check out Haven Pines, C&E Wurzer’s easy-going development in Altoona.

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New Neighborhoods - Winterhaven

find serenity and comfort amid the tree-covered hills of this neighborhood south of Eau Claire

Just a few miles south of Eau Claire in the rolling landscape of the aptly named town of Pleasant Valley, you’ll find Winterhaven – a peaceful, wooded neighborhood offering privacy and serenity.

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New Neighborhoods - The Estates at Highview

spacious walk-out lots, custom built homes, and views for miles await

Perched on a wooded hilltop, The Estates at Highview overlooks the city of Eau Claire and the bends of the Chippewa River. It’s close to hiking, biking, and the calm and shady Domer Park.

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New Neighborhoods - Camden Place

C&M Home Builders’ north-side neighborhood offers affordability, access to parks

Located just off Jeffers Road, Camden Place is ideal for those seeking an active lifestyle: The neighborhood will feature bike trails and sidewalks, and it’s directly adjacent to sizable, tree-covered Northwest Park.

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New Neighborhoods - Green Park Twin Homes

Whether by lifestyle choice, affordability, or neighborly vibes, these twin homes are some of the best.

Green Park Twin Homes is a flourishing twin home development off Jeffers Road on the northern edge of Eau Claire, and it’s coming together quickly. Road construction started across the street from the brand new ballparks at Jeffers Park in the fall of 2016, and by the spring of 2017, there were several finished twin homes already for sale.

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Opening Letters

Pop or Classical? Why Choose?

In a musically rich area like the Valley, we should take pride in enjoying different styles of music

There are times when nothing tastes better than a generous plate of spare ribs straight from the grill slathered in barbecue sauce, a cob of corn oozing with salted butter, and a heap of tangy coleslaw, accompanied by a pint of Lazy Monk’s Bohemian Lager ...

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The Rear End
Cover Art

On the Cover | April 18, 2018

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Alicia Hash

“'Suspended Thoughts' was made to create a statement using timeless colors such as black and white and manipulating them with different blowing and torching techniques to give the piece a soft texture and smoke-like effect. The added gold leaf comes from the artist’s love ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 18, 2018

LIVING THE DREAM. A “living statue” performer takes a break during UWEC’s 43rd Annual Viennese Ball (April 13-14) – a formal event with food, music, and dancing held throughout the Davies Student Center ...

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Taking Action for the Earth

Eau Claire’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby exemplifies grassroots tradition of original Earth Day

The first Earth Day in 1970, conceived by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, used the model of anti-war teach-ins to draw attention to and catalyze action on the environment. The archives of UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library ...

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Music Quick Hits | April 2018

Announced last week, get ready for a new full length record from Chippewa Valley native Phil Cook. On June 1, Cook plans to kick off summer with People Are My Drug, a record about ...

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Books

Chippewa Valley author dreams up novels – literally

“My dreams make my novels,” Chippewa Valley author Jodie Swanson explained. “Illness was a 40 minute dream, and I took two years to write it out,” she said. So far, she has written an impressive ...

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A World of Vibrant Verse

On Tuesday, May 1, UW-Eau Claire will host the 12th Annual International Poetry Reading, which celebrates linguistic diversity at its finest. The Dakota Ballroom in the Davies Center will be alive with poetry written ...

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Karen Loeb Becomes City’s Writer in Residence

The city of Eau Claire has a new official writer in residence: Karen Loeb, a professor emerita of English at UW-Eau Claire. Loeb was unanimously approved for the position by the Eau Claire City Council on April 10, replacing Max Garland, also a UWEC English professor emeritus ...

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Visual Art

‘Fire in Their Bellies’

exhibit highlights couple’s shared creative life as artists and educators

Mickey Mouse helped inspire William Schulman to become an artist, starting him on a career path that led to being an art teacher and founder of UW-Stout’s art education department ...

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Big Screen, Short Films

Micon Cinemas Downtown in Eau Claire is hosting the Chippewa Valley Film Festival on April 21. The third installment of the short film showcase will screen that Saturday with a collection of student ...

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Local Lit

Sometimes I Wish I Was Shinier

Sometimes I wish I was shinier and smoother and cooler and groovier and had what they call panache. I wish I was smarter, and could hold great minds in rapt attention. Take the Academy by storm ...

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Local Look

Locomotive Commotion

conference to examine future of rail in region

The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition has been laying the tracks to revive passenger rail service from Eau Claire to the Twin Cities for decades, and now, Leadership Eau Claire is helping ...

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Global Fair, Global Feast

food is focus at UWEC international gathering

UW-Eau Claire will once again bring the International Folk Fair to the Chippewa Valley. This family-friendly event will be noon to 4pm on Sunday, April 29, in the Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus ...

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Footbridge Getting Grand Remodel

Downtown Eau Claire’s Grand Avenue footbridge is closed to pedestrians and undergoing a makeover. The city of Eau Claire’s engineering department is collaborating with Ayres Associates to replace the bridge deck and to add a safety railing, more overlooks, and lights ...

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Justice Is Theirs

Eau Claire Co. has never had two female judges at once, but that’s about to change

On April 3, two female attorneys – Emily Long and Sarah Harless – were elected by Eau Claire County residents to serve as the next Branch 3 and Branch 5 judges. It was a significant historical event ...

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Food / Drink

Break Way for 44 North Gastro Pub

new River Prairie restaurant project breaks ground in Altoona

Ground has been broken, and soon drinks will be served. 44 North, a new “gastro pub” coming to the heart of River Prairie in Altoona, will open its doors to the public this fall. The multi-level building will have an industrial ...

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