Friday, May. 31st, 2019

The Most Wikipedia’ed Names in the Chippewa Valley? You’ll Never Guess. Except You Will.

So exactly who put this town on the map? A new online visualization project tries to answer that question with the help of data from Wikipedia. The People Map of the US, created by some data whizzes at The Pudding, replaces the names of cities across the U.S. of A. with the names of their most famous residents – or, to be more specific, the person connected to the town who is viewed most often on Wikipedia. The names are of people who were “born in, lived in, or connected to a place” – which explains why, for example, Barack Obama’s name pops up in both Chicago and Honolulu.

The trifecta of top names from the Chippewa Valley’s three largest cities shouldn’t be a surprise, if you’re steeped in local trivia. Consider that Eau Claire’s most Wikipedia’ed resident is indie musician Justin Vernon, known worldwide for his Grammy wins, Kanye collaborations, and hometown music festival.

Just upriver in Chippewa Falls the most-clicked name is that of supercomputing pioneer and hometown native Seymour Cray, namesake of Cray Inc., which recently made headlines for contracting with the U.S. Department of Energy to build the world’s fastest computer (and for being bought out by Hewlett Packard).

Menomonie’s most high-profile inhabitant is prolific English-born author Neil Gaiman, whose works include Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, American Gods, and Good Omens (the latter two of which have recently been turned into TV shows). Gaiman bought an old house outside Menomonie in 1992 to be close to his then-wife’s family. While he still owns the Menomonie home, these days he reportedly also resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

So what other famous folks have their names enshrined in Wikipedia next to western Wisconsin burgs? Author Michael Perry will forever be tied to his hometown of New Auburn – a.k.a. “Nobbern” – though he now lives near Fall Creek. Augusta’s favorite son is late football coach Dan Devine, who led the Packers in the mid-1970s, while Mondovi’s is Tim Krumrie, who played 12 years with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Another athlete, pro golfer and two-time U.S. Open champ Andy North, is the most-searched name from Thorp.

A number of political figures pop up on the map, including former Congressman Steve Gunderson (Osseo), former Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (Chetek), and Greenwood native Mae Schunk, who served as Minnesota lieutenant governor under Gov. Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

Other notable locals include Fairchild-born Carole Landis, a 1940s film star; Stanley native Vincent Mroz, who saved President Harry Truman from a would-be assassin; and anti-war activist Ron Kovic, who was Born on the Fourth of July in Ladysmith.

Across the map of the Badger States, other names that pop out include some famous (Chris Farley in Madison, Mark Ruffalo in Kenosha) and a few infamous (Jeffrey Dahmer in Milwaukee and Ed Gein in Plainfield).

If you’re interested in geography, pop culture, history, or just enjoy zooming in and out of a big map (wheee!), cruise over to The Pudding. And if you want to know about the project’s data and methods, here’s an explanatory blurb from the Pudding website:

Data for this story were collected and processed using the Wikipedia API. The period of collection was from July, 2015–May, 2019, from English Wikipedia. It was inspired in part by this map.

Person/city associations were based on the thousands of “People from X city” pages on Wikipedia. The top person from each city was determined by using median pageviews (with a minimum of 1 year of traffic). We chose to include multiple occurrences for a single person because there is both no way to determine which is more accurate and people can “be from” multiple places.

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Thursday, May. 30th, 2019

OXBEAUX III Lineup (w/ Jenny Lewis and The Shouting Matches) + Exclusive Shouting Matches Video


OXBEAUX – downtown Eau Claire’s annual summer street concert – returns for its third installment on Friday Aug. 9 and Saturday Aug. 10, expanding the lineup while adding another full night of live music to the mix.

Hosted by The Oxbow Hotel, OXBEAUX III will once again shut down a full block of Galloway Street to offer up headliners like Jenny Lewis and The Shouting Matches (featuring Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, and Brian + Jill Moen). That all happens on Saturday, while the Friday night performances will take place in the hotel's courtyard area and serve as a kind of local band showcase. Check out the full lineup:

FRIDAY in the Courtyard / Gates at 5pm

• Drunk Drivers
• Arms Aloft
• Pit Wagon
• North of Dixie Bluegrass Band

SATURDAY on the Street / Gates at 3pm

• Jenny Lewis 
• The Shouting Matches (featuring Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, and Brian + Jill Moen)
• Flock of Dimes (featuring Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak)
• Alpha Consumer
• Sniffle Party
• Sanborn/Rosenau (featuring Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso and Chris Rosenau of Volcano Choir)

TICKETS are $10 for Friday night only, $25 for Saturday only, or $30 for a weekend pass, and will be available here starting at 10am on Friday, June 14.

Expect beer, cocktails, sodas, and food. Gates open at 5pm on Friday with music at 6pm. Gates open at 3pm on Saturday with the show at 4pm. The Oxbow Hotel is at 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire.

Volume One is a sponsor of OXBEAUX III.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Watch The Shouting Matches LIVE at OXBEAUX 2017

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 – on the eve of the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival – The Oxbow Hotel in downtown Eau Claire shut down a city block to stage their first-ever OXBEAUX concert, headlined by the Shouting Matches, featuring Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Phil Cook, and Brian & Jill Moen. (Video by Anthony Casanova with camerawork from Joel Pearish and  Jon Hamblin)

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Wednesday, May. 22nd, 2019

Double Scoop: Olson’s Ice Cream opens in Eau Claire on Memorial Day Weekend

Downtown Eau Claire has you double-covered for any ice cream cravings that might come about starting Memorial Day Weekend with the grand opening of Olson’s Ice Cream at their new location in Haymarket Plaza, 80 S Barstow St. The party will begin with a ribbon-cutting Friday at 11am, followed by public tours and the serving of sweet treats.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday from 1-5pm, Olson’s will offer free trolley rides for customers through downtown as part of the festivities.

Olson’s original location, which has been scooping up homemade desserts out of 611 N Bridge St. in Chippewa Falls since 1944, also serves deli lunches Monday-Saturday.  But the Eau Claire location is slated to offer even more. Visitors can expect breakfast and lunch items, baked goods, and a new line of waffle-based desserts. They will also offer caffeinated concoctions brewed with Wisconsin-roasted Collevtivo Coffee.  The new location is expected to provide 25 new jobs to the downtown area.

"We are excited to be part of the Eau Claire Community and the wonderful downtown area,” Olson’s co-owner Jeremy Hunt, said. "We look forward to building many more long-term relationships in Eau Claire and providing a place where memories are created with family and friends, just like we have for 75 years.”

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Monday, May. 20th, 2019
Tuesday, May. 14th, 2019

Sculpture Tour 2019 Flows Into Downtown Eau Claire

Across the street from the North Barstow Parking Ramp on N. Barstow Street.
Across the street from the North Barstow Parking Ramp on N. Barstow Street.

The 2018 sculpture tour came down mid-April, making way for dozens of new works of art throughout downtown Eau Claire. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire placed 54 sculptures this year, making Eau Claire’s tour the second largest of its kind in the United States.

“For a city of this size to be able to support a tour of this size is phenomenal,” tour Executive Director Julie Pangallo said. This year, about a third of the artwork on display in the tour was created by regional or local artists.

“When I first started with the tour five years ago, we were trying to get to 10 percent local artists,” Pangallo said. “So we’ve been working really hard on trying to find local artists, and to cooperate with local artists to develop their work.”

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire collaborates with four other cities to host the annual summer event, selecting some of the art for each tour in a football-style draft from the partner network. Thanks to this partnership, Pangallo said, they can choose among the best of the best.

This year’s tour features a collaborative sculpture commissioned by tour partners Jamf and the RCU foundation, a playable xylophone in front of the Children’s Museum, and a dragon outside of Houligans Steak and Seafood Pub.

South side of the Barstow St. Bridge, across the street from Haymarket Landing
South side of the Barstow Street Bridge, across the street from Haymarket Landing.

Besides the increased number of local artists included in the tour, the organization has seen a number of new developments for 2019. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is now housed in a permanent office space in the Brent Douglas Flowers building on 610 S Barstow St. The three best-in-show winners from 2018 will be placed on display in Haymarket Plaza upon its completion for the rest of 2019.

The people’s choice sculpture from 2018, “Salmon Runner” by Heather Wall, was purchased and given to the City of Eau Claire for permanent display on the RCU side of the Confluence Crossing bridge. The second and third place winners – a trio of humpty-dumpty jazz artists and an impressionistic work called “Yosemite,” – along with the first place winner, each won a $1,000 prize.

Voting for the 2019 sculpture tour will begin at the end of May and run through mid-September.

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire does not use tax dollars to produce each year’s tour, Pangallo said. “I think it’s really important for people to remember that this is done totally by public support, by businesses stepping up and saying they want this to happen.” For more information about this year’s tour, visit their website here.

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STORYLORDS: The Low-Budget Educational Sci-Fi Epic They Made at UW-Stout

Larry Laird as the evil Storylord Thorzuul, a caped, sunglasses-rocking villain, shown here in anguish. Image:
Actor Larry Laird as the evil Storylord Thorzuul, a caped, sunglasses-rocking villain, shown here in bitter anguish. (Image: Wisconsin Public Television Education)

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Public Radio took a deep dive into a public television show many of you have seen ... but perhaps only vaguely remember. Like all good epic adventures, PBS’s low-budget live-action educational show Storylords has passed into legend. But like Tolkien’s Ring of Power (“ wants to be found...”) the show has emerged from the obscurity of random remembrances to the slightly less obscure realm of YouTube, where it’s been racking up tens of thousands of views, presumably from people who grew up with it. The short-lived show was no Sesame Street or Magic School Bus, but it was still memorable ... in its own quirky way.

Storylords consists of twelve 15-minute programs, produced in 1984 and aired in the ’80s and ’90s. It focuses on building reading comprehension strategies through the use of fantasy storylines where a brother and sister are drafted into a secret magical battle spilling over from a different planet. As is the case in all battles betwixt good and evil, excellent reading skills are required to thwart the bad guys.

What many people who remember the show – even Chippewa Vallians – don’t realize is that it was produced at the University of Wisconsin–Stout.

The WPR piece does a fantastic job resurrecting the Storylords backstory, interviewing the show’s producers and, of course, the actors – such as  Tanya Tiffany who played the hero “Mandy.” And best of all, they talked with Larry Laird who played the show’s caped, sunglasses-rocking villain Thorzuul, who seeks to turn all those who can't understand what they read into stone statues.

Here’s what Storylords director and producer Ed Jakober told WPR about the production:

We had a local WPT production outlet here (in Menomonie). We were assigned most of the educational programming from ECB. That was based on whatever the need was in Wisconsin at the time. ... We spent two years on the program. The first year-and-a-half was spent on research, methodology, reading strategies and the educational process. Then, we hired writer Jed MacKay … He came up with the "Storylords" concept. 

We filmed around town, away from the studio ... Thorzuul's lair? OK let's go inside Mabel Tainter Theater or the library. We filmed at Menomonie East School — it still stands. All the kids would show up. We’d set up a wide shot in the classroom, then they'd go outside and play. After a while, we'd have them do lines. We'd do at least two (episodes) every day in the school.

As for the actors, all the extras we got from the UW-Stout theater department. The kids were just kids.

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Thursday, May. 9th, 2019

Fire House Tavern in Downtown Eau Claire Sold

Becky and William Glass announced on The Fire House's Facebook page Thursday morning that Pablo Properties, an Eau Claire property investment company, will purchase The Fire House tavern (202 Gibson St, Eau Claire.)  The sale will be finalized sometime in May.

Becky, with the help of The Fire House staff, will help train Pablo Properties Food and Beverages Manager Ken Buell in on the workings of the establishment.  This arrangement will last several months, according to Julia Johnson, a Pablo Properties partner.

“We are super grateful that she’s staying on as the manager,” Buell said.  “She and the team are the experts on craft beer.”

Johnson and the Glass family have been “comparing notes on friendship, family, and business for years,” she said.  William and Becky’s post on Facebook said that the deal originated during a chat over one of their shared loves: beer.

This sale will bring a nearly decade-long ownership debacle involving the Glass’s, The Fire House, The Brewing Projekt, and the state of Wisconsin to a close.

William and Becky opened The Fire House in 2010. In 2014, Becky assumed full ownership of the business so that William could go on to open The Brewing Projekt.  However, a married couple can not legally own both a brewery and a bar, jointly or separately, in the state of Wisconsin.  

William has acted as Volunteer President of The Brewing Projekt since its opening, with his father, Bill, owning the business, in order to allow the two businesses to exist simultaneously.  

“The Fire House continues to hold its ground as life around Downtown Eau Claire springs up around it, and The Brewing Projekt has gone from a small brewing operation in a worn-down garage to a huge, modern taproom with increased brewing capacity,” the Facebook announcement, signed by Becky and William, reads. “But along with all that excitement and positivity, the spider web of ownership has grown from a minor inconvenience to a major interference in our lives.”

With the sale of The Fire House, William will take legal ownership of The Brewing Projekt.

“We’ve been huge admirers of The Fire House since its existence, and think of it as an honor to add it to what we do,” Johnson said.

"Today we’d like to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Fire House family," William and Becky wrote. "those of you who have worked with us, sweat with us, laughed with us, cried with us, and drank beer with us. Without you, The Fire House would be four brick walls with beer inside, but with you, The Fire House has become much more."

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Monday, May. 6th, 2019

It’s great! It’s big! It’s the Hullabaloo!

Massive, all-new kids event to launch June 1 at the Pablo Center

The Great Big Hullabaloo will be a dynamic day of kid-centric and family-focused fun on Saturday, June 1, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire. Expect an interactive whirlwind day of music, art, science, technology, theater, dance, and performances in 10 major spaces of the Pablo Center – all geared for creative, curious, community-loving kids and their grownups! The brand-new event is sponsored by Volume One, Chippewa Valley Family, and Associated Bank.

Pablo Center at the Confluence
Spanning 10 areas of the Pablo Center at the Confluence

No joke – we’re taking over the Pablo Center. At The Great Big Hullabaloo, children will discover an array of enriching experiences ranging from experimentation with the sounds of musical instruments to producing a community art masterpiece to dancing off energy in the “kid disco” to quiet moments with a scientific challenge and so much more – more than we can even fit on this page! Plus, a portion of all ticket proceeds go to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eau Claire.

Volunteer Opportunities »

Tickets are on Sale Now »

Here’s everything you need to know about this amazing new event, which is also sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System, Larson Orthodontic Specialists and Marshfield Children’s Hospital:

Basic Info & Tickets

WHEN: Saturday June 1, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave., Downtown Eau Claire
WHO: Families, kids, adults
  Kids (3-12): $7
  Adults (13+): $15
  Kids 2 and under – FREE

Note: All children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Live Performances

A number of live performances are included with your ticket! The Great Big Hullabaloo will feature fantastic performances throughout the day ...

  • Jump into a hilarious science comedy show from celebrated performers In Capable Hands.
  • Watch a one-of-a-kind music video and performance by quirky kids performer Beth Jean.
  • Enjoy dance performances from the award-winning Diamond School of Dance.
  • Rock out at a Girls Rock Band performance (a band of local middle school and high school students).
  • Take in a performance from the talented Chippewa Valley Youth Chorus.
  • Get inspired by a showcase of kid stars from the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre.
  • Settle in for story time provided by area public libraries.
  • And don’t miss thrilling, roving performances from Weapons of Brass Destruction and the Memorial High School Band.

Five ‘Districts’ of Fun

The Great Big Hullabaloo will sprawl across five “districts” – large, special areas set up throughout the Pablo Center. If kids visit all five districts and get stamps on their special passport, they’ll get to choose a prize!


  • Belt out a big tune in the karaoke lounge.
  • Dance your butt off in the Kid Disco.
  • Visit the Instrument Petting Zoo and experiment with their sounds with help from the Eau Claire Music School and Memorial High School Orchestra.
  • Enjoy a mini music lesson with the Eau Claire Music School.
  • Craft your very own instrument with Blugold Beginnings.


  • Paint a picture by steering a robot around your canvas – with help from Blugold Beginnings.
  • Get creative with make-n-take projects from your local ArtMobile.
  • Pitch in on a community cardboard sculpture with amazing local artist Ray Kassaleu.
  • Keep it colorful as you paint on silk with local artist Erin O’Brien.
  • Build a birdhouse with your family (with help from 4H kids).
  • Create string art (with help from 4H kids).


  • Interact with green screen television tech from Valley Media Works.
  • Crash and zoom a Sphero Ball robot through an obstacle course*.
  • Test your smarts in a Lego Robotics battle*.
  • Spark your imagination as you experiment with circuits*.
    *Activities provided and run by Blugold Beginnings


  • Act it out with theater arts training from the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre and Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild.
  • Take a seat for a fun performance in the RCU Theatre.
  • Dress up in costumes from the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre and strike a pose in the photo booth courtesy of Laci Eberle Photography.


  • Dive into the Mayo Clinic Health System Gross-ology Exhibit.
  • Keep it healthy with a teddy bear check-up with Marshfield Clinic.
  • Conduct fascinating science experiments with the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire’s special “Let’s Do Chemistry” exhibit.
  • Work with magnets, prisms, and rainbows at Lilly Pad Lab’s “Science of Colors for Curious Kids” exhibit.
  • Make your own bouncy ball, bath bomb, or UV bracelet with Blugold Beginnings.

Even more activities and performances will be added soon!

Prizes and Make-and-Take Projects

Various activities at The Great Big Hullabaloo will allow kids to craft special items to keep. Plus, Marshfield Clinic will offer kids a Wellness Teddy Bear in their teddy bear check-up exhibit – while supplies last! Also ...

  • Make a rain stick with Blugold Beginnings.
  • Create a Sphero Ball painting with Blugold Beginnings.
  • Make a String Art piece on wood with 4H.
  • Build a bird house with 4H.
  • Create projects with the ArtMobile.
  • Craft a UV Bracelet, a Bath Bomb, or a Bouncy Ball with Blugold Beginnings.

Don’t miss the most dynamic day of kid-centric and family-focused fun to ever hit the Chippewa Valley! Learn more online at


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Friday, May. 3rd, 2019

Return of the Dragons: Annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is all about fighting cancer

Five years ago, a new invasive species swam into Half Moon Lake. Forty feet long with brightly colored scales, it was sleek and swift with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and a toothy grin. The dragons of the lake had arrived in the Chippewa Valley as part of the inaugural Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival.

Raising money for cancer programs

Sponsored and hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System, the event initially raised money for hospice programs. Fast forward to 2018, and the fundraising focus switched to cancer programs and continues with this focus at this year’s event on Saturday, Aug. 3.

“We know there is a significant need for local cancer support service funding,” explains Renelle Laffe from Hope in the Valley, which is a Chippewa Valley-based nonprofit cancer advocacy organization. “Bringing the community together to support this need in a fun, deeply meaningful way is both powerful and healing.”

The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is going strong as a joint partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and Hope in the Valley. The mission and goals of this year’s event are to:

  • Fundraise for local cancer programs and services 

  • Educate on cancer prevention, research and healthy living 

  • Celebrate cancer survivors and those currently fighting the disease, and remember loved 
ones lost 

  • Provide a family-friendly event for the community to enjoy 

Half of the proceeds will benefit the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, and half will benefit local cancer service organizations and charity care. The proceeds will be given in person on the Day of Giving Hope, which is Dec. 2. 

Why dragon boat racing? 

Equal parts sporting event and spectacle, dragon boat racing is a team sport that has its roots in ancient China. In the last 30 years, dragon boat racing has been revitalized and is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Each brightly colored dragon boat is propelled by a crew of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steer person working together as a team to finish the race. 

In addition to the excitement of watching and cheering for the dragon boats as they race to the finish line, the festival also includes music and a variety of tasty food vendors to enjoy. The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is a high-energy, fun-filled day — proven by being voted the Best 
Sports/Recreation Event (non-run/walk) in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll three years in a row.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out the hype and fun for yourself. Register a team to paddle, sign up to volunteer or attend as a spectator. The Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at Half Moon Beach. More information is available at

This post was produced through a partnership
with Mayo Clinic Health System ... Learn more!

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Will UW-Eau Claire Grad Be the First First Gentleman?

Chasten Buttigieg (left) on the cover of TIME Magazine (May 13) with husband and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.
Chasten Buttigieg (left) on the cover of TIME Magazine (May 13) with husband and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.

America’s potential first first gentleman is a Blugold.

Chasten Buttigieg – husband of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (if you’re curious, it’s pronounced “Boot-edge-edge”) – graduated from UW-Eau Claire in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts. His husband, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been moving toward the top of a crowded field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination that includes well-known political veterans like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. But Pete Buttigieg has made a big splash in recent weeks, drawing attention both for his policy proposals and personal story: Harvard and Oxford graduate, Afghan War veteran, millennial mayor, and now the first prominent gay presidential candidate in U.S. history.

Chasten (that’s “Chas-Ten”), 29, has been right beside “Mayor Pete,” literally and figuratively, sharing the podium with him when he officially launched his candidate April 14 and posing with him for the cover of the latest issue of Time Magazine.

“Chasten’s humor and openness have been his defining features since the national spotlight found him and ‘Mayor Pete’ earlier this year,” Ellen McCarthy wrote in a recent Washington Post profile article. “It has made him a force on Twitter, where he has more than 300,000 followers, and a not-so-secret public-relations weapon for his husband.”

Chasten and Pete Buttigieg meeting former US President Jimmy Carter last year. (Image: Twitter)
Chasten and Pete Buttigieg meeting former US President Jimmy Carter last year. (Image: Twitter)

The former Chasten Glenzman grew up in a working-class family in Traverse City, Michigan. According to the Washington Post profile, he loved theater and struggled with his sexuality as an adolescent, at one point moving out of the house and sleeping in his car. He later reconciled with his parents. “Eventually, they would proudly walk him down the aisle at his wedding to another man,” the Post noted.

Chasten and Pete married in June 2018 at an Anglican Church in South Bend, Indiana. They had met in 2015 through a dating app. The previous year, Chasten had graduated from UW-Eau Claire, where he studied theatre arts and global studies. After graduation, he moved to Milwaukee, where he worked at a youth theater academy and at Starbucks. Later, according to the Indianapolis Star, he earned a master’s degree at DePaul University in Chicago before teaching at a Montessori school in South Bend.

These days, Chasten is spending his days on the campaign trail, literally and digitally. As Elle magazine noted in March, “Chasten Buttigieg’s Relentlessly Cheery Twitter Is the Best Thing to Come Out of the 2020 Election.” Chasten’s timeline is filled with pictures of the couple’s rescue dogs (Buddy and Truman), “Game of Thrones” memes, and musings about the bizarre side of political/Internet fame. A sample tweet: “This new exposure can be very weird, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to teenagers taking pictures of me and then running away giggling when I look up and see them pointing their phones at me. This is why I can no longer smell deodorants at Target. They’re always watching.”

However, as the Washington Post noted, “it’s a pressure-filled role, even for a former drama kid. ‘There’s so much more on the line than, “Man, I don’t want to forget a line and mess up the show,” ’ Chasten says. ‘It’s like, “Oh, I don’t want to say the wrong thing and ruin my husband’s political career.” ’ ”

In the coming 18 months, that pressure will undoubtedly mount, but that career could take the couple all the way to the White House.

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