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The Rear End

Right Before Dark

sitting in the trees and listening

Right before dark, things calm down. Out in the woods. All day long out there, you get used to it. The small but explosive chatter of animals smaller than your fist. The clattering of tree branches ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Nov. 27, 2019

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Gail Schellinger

“In the age of too many selfies, old photographs are even more interesting. ‘Dreamsicle Sisters’ is part of my Unfamiliar Family Portraits series. Sadly, the old photographs I find at estate sales have no sentimental value to anyone in the family they are part of anymore ..."

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Athletic Aesthetic

Reviving a Classic Glove Story

Brewers 2020 fashion brings the team back to beloved logo designed in Eau Claire

Every so often, a sports team pays attention to the wishes of its fans. You would think the responsiveness would be more frequent: Without fans, what is the point of having a team to play before ...

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Music

A Voice in Music

seeing the Eau Claire music scene through Jerrika Mighelle's eyes

“Eau Claire was home base,” local musician Jerrika Mighelle said. “Part of the reason I still live in Eau Claire is because of the support for music.” She started playing ...

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It’s Sol-Fa Season

a holly jolly chat with Tonic Sol-Fa

When Tonic Sol-fa comes to town – which is getting close to a yearly thing now – you know there’s some holiday magic in the air. The Minneapolis-based vocal group always make it point to ...

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On Record for Youth

studio owner aims to create mentorship program for kids

Collaboration is key for an Eau Claire recording studio owner who is calling community members into action to benefit area youth. Kyle Culver owns Sprinter Studios, a recording studio nestled in downtown Eau Claire with aspirations aimed at ...

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Stage

The Long Wait

UWEC Theatre stages production of Waiting For Godot

Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece Waiting For Godot will be coming to Riverside Theatre stage in the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. Presented by UWEC Theatre, Waiting For Godot is certain to keep ...

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Dreaming About Art [and] Science

UWEC collaboration explores the dream that unlocked the periodic table

‘You never know where your dreams might take you” may ring true for some, but Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev saw a clear path forward after awakening from ...

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Words

The Write Women

Carroll & Venit are key to the Valley writing community

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild has played a key role in connecting the many dedicated and talented writers who call this area home. Two of these writers are ...

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Travel on Two Wheels

Eau Claire author chronicles life as a motorcycle lover

There was a time I hitched rides on my friend Marv’s motorcycles, which have been and forever will be Harley-Davidsons. Sometime along the way, I read Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ...

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Visual Art

Trolling for Whimsey

Altoona’s River Prairie to get interactive sculptures of mythical monsters

As early as next spring, visitors may stumble across a trio of trolls in Altoona’s River Prairie Park. These won’t be adorable, brightly colored cartoon trolls or their fuzzy-headed doll counterparts, nor the ...

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Cinema

Local Business, Global Impact

Lasker Jewelers produces documentary film on African diamond sourcing

On Friday, Nov. 8, Lasker Jewelers debuted a nearly half-hour documentary film detailing local owner Nicole Lasker and her sister Liz Falkner Lasker’s recent trip to ...

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Local Lit

Long Way Round

All rivers are connected. The Nile, Euphrates, Amazon, Danube, Yangtze, Amazon, that little millstream lazying through town—they all flow to the same deep blue sea. And there’s some comfort in knowing ...

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Business

Led by the Best

women bring experience, skill to Northwestern Bank leadership

When Krista Mayer applied to work at Northwestern Bank last year, she quickly discovered that she would be one of a crew of high-powered females driving Northwestern Bank ...

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Red Letter Roundup

Red Letter Grant selects Fall winners

On Nov. 6, the Red Letter Grant announced the winners of its Fall 2019 grants. The program awarded four women-owned start-ups with grants of $2,000, which came with additional advertising packages from Volume One Magazine and ...

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Investing Close to Home

East Coast hyper-local investment company lets locals shape community

We’ve all got one: that one building in your neighborhood that you know could really be something great. Maybe it’s a vacant commercial space that would make the perfect neighborhood grocery if it just ...

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Local Look

A Path to Winter Happiness

Wintermission EC wants to adjust our attitudes about the coming season

If you’ll forgive the pun, a newly designated Winter Recreation Path – which will be given high plowing priority when it snows – is just the tip of the iceberg for ...

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Run for the Right Reasons

Girls on the Run gets kids moving & growing

Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley has been positively impacting young girls and women through exercise and community since 2006. Between February and May, girls in third through eighth grades practice ...

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Slicing Into the Eau Claire Market

Casey’s may be the place for gas, but customers come back for the pizza

There is something brand-new coming to the west side of Eau Claire: What was once the site of Tailgates Sports Bar on the corner of Clairemont Avenue and Cameron Street will soon be ...

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City and Xcel Set Carbon-Free Goals

The City of Eau Claire and Xcel Energy signed an ambitious “Energy Future Collaboration” agreement earlier this month, jointly pledging to produce – and use – more clean energy. The memorandum of understanding is ...

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Wider Scope

Investing Close to Home

East Coast hyper-local investment company lets locals shape community

We’ve all got one: that one building in your neighborhood that you know could really be something great. Maybe it’s a vacant commercial space that would make the perfect neighborhood grocery if it just ...

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Food / Drink

The Eau Claire Old Fashioned

New York Times cocktail writer mixes brandy-laden tribute to city

A new book by New York Times cocktail writer (and Wisconsin native) Robert Simonson memorializes Eau Claire is a way that local imbibers will appreciate: through the name of a cocktail ...

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3 Christmastime Cocktails and How to Make Them

share a cup of holiday cheer with these Wisconsin winter favorites

The holidays are a great time of year to try out a new drink (or two!) while celebrating with family and friends. We asked our own family and friends about their favorite Christmastime cocktails ...

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Getting to the Pint

networking group brings women together with beer

Wisconsinites are known for their love of beer – especially craft beer. This fact is embodied by Chippewa Valley Girls Pint Out, an organization that is geared toward women who enjoy craft beer or ...

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The Valley's Favorite Cocktails

Volume One readers' picks for the best craft cocktails in the region

According to voters in the 2019 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll, these craft cocktail conquerors make happy hour a whole lot happier ...

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Speak Easy, Menomonie

The Gin Mill offers tasty cocktails and everyman brews

There’s a new speakeasy in Menomonie. But it’s OK – you don’t have to keep it a secret. The Gin Mill, (228 Main St.), a new bar with a hidden ...

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Other Stuff

Speaking up Against the Stigma

Sarah Ferber shares her experience to reform the justice system

Sarah Ferber is the associate director of Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing, a recovered drug addict and a formerly incarcerated person. Her passion and ...

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Merry Christkindlmarkt

Lazy Monk’s annual German-style market returns

Lazy Monk Brewing is back with holiday cheer, hosting their fourth annual Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market for non-German speakers) – celebrating the quaint German tradition of ...

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Sensory-Friendly Santa

meet Santa without all the crowds and noise

Considering the crowds, loud noises, the touching and bumping into people, visiting with Santa Claus at the mall may not be for everyone. The health care professionals at Foundations Therapy in Menomonie, know this only too ...

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