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Opening Letters
The Rear End

Playing La Cucaracha

piano keys and grade school are hard to navigate

One time in grade school I was on the playground attempting to play basketball with my buddies when a younger kid named Benny walked up to me and said, “So, Mr. Paulus. I hear you play the piano.”

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Sept. 5, 2018

learn more about V1's cover art from Cari Raynae

“‘The Little Red Hen’ is a fun piece of art utilizing several techniques. For the first layer I dragged several colors of acrylic paint across the canvas. I outlined the hen in white before adding a layer ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Sept. 5, 2018

WHO’S THE PHOTOGRAPHER NOW, BUDDY? Decking and overlook reconstruction of the Grand Avenue footbridge in downtown Eau Claire was finished just in time for the annual Grand Evening on the Bridge dinner on Aug. 22. The event raises funds for Downtown Eau Claire Inc. ...

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Thinkpieces
Athletic Aesthetic

2018 Football Preview: Going the Distance?

Packers can be contenders as long as Rodgers stays healthy

One summer ago, while on the radio previewing the 2017 Green Bay Packers season, I recall saying that if Aaron Rodgers ever were to get injured, any upgrades to the rest of the team would not matter for a Super Bowl run.

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Music
Stage

Three Cheers for 30 Years

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre hosts anniversary open house

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre has been a staple of the Chippewa Valley arts community for three decades, and they’re throwing a party to celebrate that achievement. On Saturday, Sept. 15 ...

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Words

New Book Beginnings

independent bookstore finds permanent location, plans fall opening

Local online bookstore Dotters Books is opening a permanent physical location this fall. The women-owned bookstore got started in 2017 as an online-only business that hosted pop-up sales ...

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Chippewa Valley Book Fest Q&A: Molly Patterson

Eau Claire novelist among authors featured in Chippewa Valley Book Festival

Among the highlights of the annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival is hearing from regional writers whose talents have attracted national attention. This year, that group includes Molly Patterson, a UW-Eau Claire professor and Pushcart Prize winner ...

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Gus the Great

Chippewa Falls native who revolutionized football is focus of new biography

The modern game of football is centered on the forward pass. Today, quarterbacks and wide receivers attain yardage and reception statistics that, a half-century ago, would have been considered nearly inhuman; those numbers are now expected today in order to help your team to a championship.

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Visual Art
Local Look

Voters Will Say If They Favor Pot – or Not

Eau Claire County voters will be able to voice their opinion on legalizing marijuana (a.k.a. cannabis, a.k.a. pot, a.k.a. too many other nicknames to print) in a nonbinding referendum on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

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FEATURE: Digging Up the Valley

unearthing local history, one outhouse at a time

Mark Youngblood stood in a hole almost as deep as he is tall. His blue eyes, which sparkled with excitement, were just visible above the ground level. “Can you get me a screwdriver?” Youngblood shouted up to his friend ...

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Raise a Glass at Oktoberfest

2018 Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest is right around the corner

Time to dust off that lederhosen! The 2018 Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest is right around the corner. This year’s celebration is packed with exciting activities centered on traditional German music, food, and ...

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Food / Drink

7 Wild Plants to Put on Your Table This Fall

our wild guide to seasonal foraging

Jim Schwiebert’s coworkers put up their guard when he approaches, lest he offer them a taste of something he scrounged up from his yard, on a trail, or from the garden behind their offices at Beaver Creek Reserve ...

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You Can Pickle That?

adventures beyond the cucumber

We’ve enjoyed another bounteous summer, but as the chill settles in and fall brings farmers market season to a close, it’s time to consider ways to get the most out of the remaining fall produce. Pickling is a centuries-old technique for preserving foods that involves submerging foods in vinegar ...

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Winter Storage for Garden Vegetables

creative ways to keep your harvest fresh for months

One of the joys of summer is walking through the garden in late afternoon and planning the evening meal around whichever produce is ready to pick. With September’s shorter daylight and cooling temperatures ...

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