Let’s Get Crafty, Y’all

AR Workshop in Chippewa offers creative DIY options

Stephanie Janssen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Love well, work hard, and play harder,” has always been the motto of the Bergs. Kathie Berg and her daughter, Taylor, consider Chippewa Falls their hometown. With a vibrant downtown area filled ...

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For Whom the Belfry Tolls

former church housing gift shop to be demolished

Nathan Hopp, photos by Tom Giffey

At the busy intersection of North Farwell and East Madison streets in downtown Eau Claire stands a lonely former church that will soon be demolished. This is the shared location of the Belfry House of Gifts ...

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Strange States

exploring the paranormal in the most normal of places: the Midwest

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As the rest of my family peered out the minivan windows trying to spot bison, elk, and prairie dogs during a late-summer trip out West, my mind and imagination drifted closer to home ...

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Sweet Comfort

Waffle Shack on Water St. aims to cure cravings at all hours

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For many, waffles are a morning staple – a delicious way to start the day with family or friends. One local man enjoys ‘em so much he made waffles the focus of his new ...

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Building New Stories

library seeks $7 million to upgrade aging building

Tom Giffey

Declaring that the existing 43-year-old building needs upgrades so it can continue to serve the community for generations, supporters of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire have launched ...

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Fly Your FREAQ Flag

UWEC’s freaQweek a celebration of LGBTQ+ identity

Maddy Mortimer, photos by Kelly Irish

This Oct. 7-12, UW-Eau Claire campus organizations are partnering with community groups to launch freaQweek, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. FreaQweek is a push to reclaim history, to reclaim identities ...

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Snap Judgement

Eau Claire’s Kyle Stelter helps elite long snappers — from high school to the NFL — master the game

Luc Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The long snapper may be the most underrated position in football. An errant snap to the side can throw off a field goal attempt or a punt, giving the opposing team a sudden advantage. Essentially, the long snapper is a quarterback who throws backwards ...

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Music/Comedy Blowout Standup Getdown Is Back

music/comedy blowout Standup Getdown is back

Nicole Withers, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Music, comedy, a crowd-surfing pizza guy – this is the legend of the Standup Getdown, a unique show put on by Clear Water Comedy where local comedians do a bunch of lightning ...

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Let the Cats Out of the Bag

Whale House prepares to release debut album

Parker Reed, photos by Kyle Lehman

A decade-long musical brotherhood is ready to take the next step in its musical journey by offering up its largest collection of songs to date. Whale House is the local musical ...

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Taking Steps Toward Safety

community effort identifies safe ways for kids to walk to school

Tom Giffey

Like they have for generations, children are returning to school in the Chippewa Valley this fall with new sneakers, smiling faces, and backpacks stuffed with spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils, ...

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