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Last Call: Prohibition in the Valley

The Chippewa Valley has a rich and frothy history when it comes to beer and other alcoholic substances and the breweries and saloons where said substances were, of course, fermented and imbibed. In fact, if you happen to pick up ...

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History Served Hot: Evolutions in Coffee

Long before words like “espresso” and “latte” entered everyday English, long before there was a coffee shop on every corner, and long before every gas station featured a “cappuccino” dispenser, coffee was an integral part of Chippewa Valley ...

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Back to Life

After serving customers for well over a century, the closing of a local business with history dating back to the Civil War era felt strangely sudden. In hindsight, the Sheeley House Saloon in Chippewa Falls embodies an element of permanence ...

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That’s the Spirit

Ask a college student about the perils of mixing alcohol – namely spirits and beer – and you’ll likely be treated to a little ditty proclaiming, “Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” But, what happens ...

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