Kidz-hop

new dance classes get into the modern arena

by Emily Anderson

If at any given time you want to know what our community’s various scenes will look like in the future, a good indicator is looking at the kinds of events and classes offered to our youths right now. And if the surge of movement-based offerings ...

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Get Dirty

new youth gardening program sprouts in our backyard

by Jenny Talen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As his graduation approached last May, Luke Chambers pondered his options. Nailing down the ideal job can be quite the challenge, but, fortunately, he landed on a great opportunity with the Americorps Vista. As a vista, Chambers was assigned to ...

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To loop or not to loop?

the debate rages on about whether cursive is still a useful skill to be taught in schools

by Liv Nelson

As a substitute teacher, I recently found myself greeting a bubbling classroom of second graders as their teacher for the day. While attempting to control the flurry of raised hands and questions and concerns, I quickly scrawled “Mrs. Nelson” on ...

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A Season for Smashing

memories of late winter walking across thin ice

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Late February is usually the time of year we stop complaining about the snow and cold so we can free up more time to complain about how dirty the snow has gotten and how wet the cold air is feeling. It’s a time-honored tradition passed down ...

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Great apps for your youngsters

by Allison Schrader

If your tyke isn’t amused anymore by the simple pleasures in life, here are some popular iPhone, iPad, and Android apps that are sure to keep them (and maybe even you) interested ...

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Kid Stories: Holiday Dinnertime

what local third graders would serve for a holiday dinner

"I had a turke. I cooked the turke. He said “Don’t eat me! I’ma good turke.” He watched TV with my dad. He played with me and four weeks later he died." – Jordan, Locust Lane

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Kid Stories: A Day in the Life of Santa

what local third graders think Santa does at the North Pole each day

“Santa missed lunch and breakfast, then he ate one of the back-up reindeer. Some of the reindeer got so mad that they started a snowball fight.” – Vincent Trapani, Manz Elementary

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Wrapping ’Em Up

Menomonie shop Tooskies specializes in cloth diapers

by Jessica Miller

A frequent reaction upon hearing my plan to use cloth diapers was a friendly warning against their inconvenience and messiness. Still today stereotypes of yesterday’s cloth diaper systems linger and deter parents from even considering cloth...

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Skating Through Your Holidays

Hobbs Ice Center hosts three festive events this winter including skating with Santa

by Trevor Kupfer

Have you ever noticed that every musical, movie, or TV show with a kidsy angle is made that much more awesome by adding the phrase “on ice?” Think about it. Disney On Ice: genius. Sesame Street On Ice: brilliant.

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In Fantacyland

Strum teen’s web videos leave big impressions

by Lindsey Matysik

Gabi Mills, from Strum, is definitely a youth to remember in the Chippewa Valley. At only 14 years old, she has plenty of reasons to be excited about for her future. For starters, she is quite the sensation on YouTube – her channel, Fantacylandfilms,

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Little Sprouts

new Chippewa Valley child care center keeping it green

photos by Andrea Paulseth

“One of the things we feel is important is giving children choices so they have a say in decisions being made about them.” – Joe Lawrence, co-owner of Little Sprouts Academy

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Adventures in Veggies

parents get creative with veggies to stay ahead of the childhood obesity problem

by Trevor Kupfer, photos by Ricci Wagner

With the national childhood obesity problem and the rise of sustainable local eating, parents are increasingly concerned with staying ahead of the curve on their child’s nutrition. But with kids’ natural hatred for vegetables, what is a parent to do?

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Give Yourself a Hand

by Emily Anderson

All Eau Clairians have undoubtedly seen the colorfully decorated hand sculptures in the city. And once again you can buy one of your own. Three of the hands from the 6th annual Hands Across Eau Claire project are being auctioned by...

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5 Popular Dog Breeds for Families

by Allison Schrader

Not sure which pooch is the prime pick for your family? There’s lots to consider before adding a furry member to your household. Every family is different and so is every breed. Here’s a short list of five popular dog breeds for families.

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Boys & Girls

what do you do when your boy acts ... like a boy?

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Back in college, I had some pretty big plans for my future children. They were gonna be awesome. And smart. And unique. They weren’t going to be like other kids, with their Disney bedroom sets, and their Wiggles CDs, and their SpongeBob SquarePants.

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It's Autumn: Keep the Kids Moving

ten ideas for keeping the kids active as the weather gets chilly

by Alyssa Schulte

Autumn is upon us, and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside and enjoy the brisk weather and changing colors of the season. Fall also means back-to-school, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor fun. Here’s some awesome tips ...

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Quite a Catch

the power of a simple toss back-and-forth ... when’s the last time you played catch?

by Luc Anthony

If one of us dropped the ball or a throw went errant, we would start over. If a streak got going, suddenly a challenge was presented, and I felt like I accomplished a small athletic feat at the end.

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