Snowshoes: Lace 'Em Up

Before Scandinavians immigrated to America in the early 1800s and introduced winter skis as a form of transportation, people used snowshoes, made by hand. These days, snowshoes have been pushed aside for not only skiing...

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Goin’ Surfin’ ... in Wisconsin

When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Perhaps white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, huge ocean swells, and Point Break? How about potlucks, Cheeseheads, and the chilly, freshwater shores of our very own Lake Michigan?

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Going Public

That’s right. We have approximately one crap-ton of land (both public and private) you can legally hunt on, and the DNR has the resources listing all of it. That’s 308 wildlife areas, 52 state parks, 653 natural areas and a total of 1,482 properties.

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“Where the deer at?”

Maybe it’s just me, but the vast majority of my family, friends, and acquaintances who hunt tend to do so “up north.” I don’t know if it’s because they know someone with land “up there,” or if it’s become a tradition...

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Some Hiking Gear Recommendations

As an adventurous hiker you will eventually need quite a lot of gear – camping equipment, hiking equipment, backpacking equipment and more. However you don’t need everything at once, you don’t always need to pay top dollar and you don’t want to ...

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Bike commuting increases across Wisconsin

Bicycle commuting is becoming more popular in the cities throughout Wisconsin. According to the League of American Bicyclists Madison, it has increased commuter ridership by 188% since 2000

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It's Autumn: Keep the Kids Moving

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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Fall Colors 101

Most of us vaguely remember hearing the word “photosynthesis” at some point in school. But for those who pulled a Ferris Bueller and played hooky that day, let’s take a quick refresher course ...

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Get Your Freak On

Prepare to get your “freak on” at this debut Warrior Dash-style event. Beginning near Irvine Park at noon, the Freak 5k was created by Fit Elite of Eau Claire, a workout facility on Mall Drive.

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A vending machine for bikes

Those who like to travel on two, un-motorized wheels may be tired of bicycles taking a back seat to cars in the world of transportation. Well, the cyclist’s equivalent to a gas station has arrived to Minneapolis … in the form of a vending machine.

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Tiffany Bottoms Wetland Train Ride

Ever feel like cruising through the wetlands in an open-air antique train at relaxing speeds? Don't worry, if things really get out of hand you could hop on out and tuck and roll. That’s what an open-air train is all about right?

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Let your freak flag fly at the Freak 5K

Now you can finally combine your love of physical exertion, music, and socializing at this year’s Freak 5K in Chippewa Falls (August 27). The 20+ obstacles placed throughout the race will be sure to keep things interesting for both the runners ...

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Safe cycling in the sizzling summer heat

Summer heat got you down? Whether you’ve taken to begrudgingly cranking up the AC in your place of residence or choosing to spend your free time in some sort of body of water to cool down, there is one thing you don't have to change: your commute.

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5 tips on surviving your first kayak adventure

Itching to hop into a kayak and splash into a Chippewa Valley river ... for the very first time? Sweet. Here's a list of tips to help the beginner kayaker avoid some common mistakes, and a list of local shops to help get you started.

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Half Moon Lake get less pollutanty?

Do you remember last summer when there were sporadic announcements proclaiming which lakes you could swim in that afternoon? Like, every day? Like, every minute? Something about bacteria or something, and your kids could sprout an extra eyeball?

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In massive Wisconsin tree news ...

Are you a local tree lover? Then you’re not alone. Did you know that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources maintains a detailed record of the largest trees in the state? Oh, yes. These are the so-called "champion trees."

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Chippewa Valley Roller Girls gearing up for season two

Chances are you may have cheered the girls on flying up and down the track at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. For those of you haven’t yet experienced the magic that is roller derby, you’re missing out. Right now, recruitment is a top priority.

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