Issue #180, June 23, 2011

Articles in this Issue

Athletic Aesthetic

The Other Football

even though many Americans find it lame, I’m completely into pro soccer

The Rear End

Brian Bethke Offers New 'Best of' Collection

Outrageously ambitious local musician Brian Bethke has released (what feels like) an album practically every year during his tenure in Eau Claire, plays a regional show weekly, and runs his own radio station Underdog Radio. He even won a contest and

Hymn for Her

quirky couple comes to The Trap, ready to rock you


Bloomer Teen Publishes Young Adult Novel

Upstart local author Amelia Kimball, who just graduated from Bloomer High School and is an incoming freshman at UW-Eau Claire, used to write for herself, but now she hopes to reach others. Kimball started writing to pass the time while she waited for

Eau Claire's New Poet Laureate: Bruce Taylor

For the next two years, Eau Claire’s literary scene will have a pair of seasoned eyes looking over it. Bruce Taylor, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of English, was named the new poet laureate by the city council recently. This Brigadier of Books

Visual Art
Local Look

Gimme shelter

community groups come together to make "no questions" homeless shelter in EC

Menomonie Mayor Takes On Scum

Menomonie Mayor Randy Knaack is so tired of all the scum in his fair city, he’s literally built a machine to rid Lake Menomin of its stinky problem. If you’ve ever visited the lake, or even glimpsed at the surface for more than 10 seconds

What a Bunch of Garden Enablers ...

Enabling Gardens, a recent vegetative community effort, officially opened on June 11. The garden was made a reality thanks to Phoenix Community Garden, the Best Buddies program, and the Eau Claire Area Master Gardeners. This is no ordinary garden.

Kid Culture

Playground Fun Awaits Your Kids This Summer

Do you want your kids outside, involved, and meeting new people this summer? Have no fear, Eau Claire Parks and Recreation is here. The annual ECPR summer playground program began June 13. Playground leaders will direct games, arts and crafts, and

Special Sections
Other Stuff

Note from the Editor | June 23, 2011

Let’s talk about the weather. People love it. And they hate it. It’s probably the number one trending topic of life from now until the end of time. Most of us can just go with the flow – one day is sunny, the next is rainy. Big deal, right?

Talk Coffee Over Coffee With New Monthly Club

The Raw Deal in Menomonie is starting a new Coffee Club. This club is still an infant, but members intend to meet once a month to discuss coffee-related subjects like home roasting, expert roasting, and

Opening Shots

Opening Shot | June 23, 2011

The Chippewa River set the stage for another legendary FATFAR (Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta) on June 19, starting in Chippewa Falls and ending where ever ya hit shore.

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