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The Rear End

Silent Nights

Christmas memories glowing in the dark

We sang “Silent Night,” standing up on the shiny marble steps, up in front of the church. For our parents, brothers, and sisters. For our teachers and the priest. And I guess we sang for the big Jesus hanging high up behind ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Dec. 11, 2019

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Norma Larrabee Gabriel

“‘Barn Cats’ ” was a scene I happened upon while visiting a farm in the Rock Falls area. Above the cats in the window was a barn quilt that was my intended subject ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Dec. 11, 2019

OH DEER, THIS REINDEER REIGNS SUPREME. Downtown Chippewa Falls saw the 30th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade on Saturday evening, Dec. 7, with over 50 illuminated and musical floats, plus horse drawn wagons lighting up the winter sky.

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Thinkpieces

Christmas in a One-Room School

children, teachers, and everyone else became part of the annual Christmas program

The return to school after Thanksgiving during the 1940s and ’50s marked one of the most important events during the school year at Pleasant Hour School-: preparation for the Christmas program. Teachers brought out ...

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Music

Flying Together

Jack Greenwood brings together friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers on debut album

When Toy Car Studios was getting its roots laid down just north of Eau Claire a few years ago, Jack Greenwood (a.k.a. Travis Kohnhorst) was helping the studio owner Justin Green build the thing from the ...

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Local Music Quick Hits | December 2019

Chris Kroeze’s big year continues. The guy from Barron who made it deep into the final rounds of NBC’s The Voice is back with a new Christmas-y tune to celebrate the season. “A Hallelujah Christmas” was originally ...

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Words

An Old-Fashioned Christmastime

book recounts western Wisconsin holiday traditions from days gone by

Like an heirloom carefully wrapped and placed beneath a candlelit evergreen, a compendium of old-time Christmas memories and traditions from western Wisconsin is being passed on to ...

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Visual Art
Cinema
Local Lit
Local Look
Wider Scope

Not Just for the Holidays

Florida organizer rejects new holiday volunteers, encourages year-round service

As the holidays progress, many charitable causes see an influx of calls from individuals and families who’ve caught the spirit of the season. Soup kitchens, shelters, and resource centers field ...

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Food / Drink

Dhimiters Goodies Hit Woodmans Shelves

Check out aisle 25 at Woodmans (2855 Woodman Drive, Altoona) for your noshing needs, as that’s where you can find a tidy selection of meats and sauces from none other than Dhimiters, the gyro joint and mobile food truck based in Oakwood Mall. The locally owned ...

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Recreation

Get Into (Holiday) Gear

hit the trail for SHIFT’s Santa Ride

If you’re feeling the winter blues already, a common side effect of 5pm darkness and 20 degree temperatures, the upcoming SHIFT Santa Ride is a perfect way to ...

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Other Stuff

Using Pain as Propane

UWEC’s Dennis Beale works to inspire young black men in college, the community

Dennis Beale doesn’t need coffee to get going on a cold winter morning. All he needs are text messages from some of the many UW-Eau Claire students he’s ...

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Support Among Friends

local group provides community to LGBTQ teachers and students alike

Last spring, a new effort to slow down or eliminate the number of LGBTQ teachers who leave the profession for identity-related reasons formed. The LGBTQ Teacher Mentor Group, meets approximately twice a semester to maintain ...

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Staying Focused

a chat with Eau Claire County board member Zoe Roberts

In October, Zoe Roberts made history when she was sworn in to the Eau Claire County Board as the first transgender official at the county level in the state of Wisconsin, filling a seat vacated when ...

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Holly Jolly Hollywood Winter

annual WinterDaze parade will light up Menomonie

Downtown Menomonie will light up Thursday, Dec. 12, for its 16th annual WinterDaze event. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present and ready to meet their adoring young fans starting at 4pm in the ...

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