A Powder Keg Giving Off Sparks

With January comes the doldrums of winter. The temperature plummets, the days are short, and even the idea of getting out of bed seems like the most arduous task imaginable. But ...

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Japanese "Snow Battles" Spread to U.S.

Growing up in Wisconsin, I’ve found myself in many snowball-slinging situations. Little did I know that in Alaska (and accross the globe), many grown adults are engaging in the same activity – only they’re calling it “yukigassen.” Originating at ...

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Get ‘Em Hooked On WInter

If you have kids (or plan to in the future), get them outside and having fun in winter. Because according to loads of officials* around the country, they’re more likely to grow up an environmental steward with physical and emotional well-being ...

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Stout’s fancy sit-ski device

Stout Adventures, the UW-Stout on-campus outdoor recreation program, is now offering a unique piece of equipment to allow outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to cross-country ski in a new way. Stout has two sets of the adaptive sit-ski systems ...

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Dunn County SnowPark gets even awesomer

Since starting in 2009 and having major rehauls last year, the Dunn County SnowPark will become an even more awesome monument in Menomonie with the few sweet new additions they’ve got in store.

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Keep On Pedaling

With winter upon us, many people will be hanging up the bike to gather dust until the ground thaws and the roads and trails open up again. Fortunately for the brave of heart and dutifully attired, there are still some options in the Valley for ...

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So you wanna try snow sculpting?

When Volume One and the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to create Winter After Hours two years ago, the mission was to help change the winter scene in Eau Claire.

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He's Got Birkie Fever

Unless you live under a rock, you know what a marathon is. You’ve most likely heard of a triathlon. But it was not until I had the honored privilege of interviewing local author Walter Rhein about his new book Beyond Birkie Fever that I had any ...

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Ski Dooing It

I’ve always loved my dad’s old snowmobiles. He’s always had one or two for as long as I can remember, and they were a fixture of my youth. My family always had a cabin in the northwestern part of the state, so we always had wintertime access to ...

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Welcome to the “Kubb Capital of North America”

Whilst traveling abroad (say, to Tomah or Rice Lake), Eau Clairians can now tell people that they're from “Eau Claire, the Kubb Capital of North America.” And when people respond with a blank stare, we can tell them all about the game of kubb ...

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UPDATED: Travel Wisconsin annoys Michigan

As you may have heard, Travel Wisconsin’s been busy pissing off the lower half of Michigan by using a Wisconsin-shaped mitten in their winter tourism campaign. See, like Wisconsin, the bottom part of Michigan is also kind of vaguely shaped like a ...

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ESPN fails geography, thinks Wisconsin is in Minnesota

To be fair, geography is probably not a required course in most graphic design programs. But also to be fair, a professional graphic designer working for, say, the largest sports news corporation to ever exist in the known universe should probably...

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Skating Through Your Holidays

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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A Runner's High

“Things change dramatically. Some call this the wall. Some call it bonking. Whatever you call it, you have to find a way to overcome it.”– Ryan Burr, on the opposite of the “runner’s high”

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Battling the Cyclocross

Want a crazy way to spice up the holidays and put those Thanksgiving calories to use? Overdrive Cycling Club presents the Princeton Valley Cyclocross Race at the Eau Claire golf course as a benefit for Feed My People.

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On the Hunt

Since this activity resides at the top of a short list of honest-to-god manly activities with which I have experience, I hold it dear to my heart. Without it, my résumé of machismo would only include “building retaining walls” & “backing up a trailer

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