Lauren Fisher

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Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

A Hitt Performance: Jazz album inspired by family, big ideas

Lauren Fisher

She wore a shimmering black dress, nodding along to the improvisations of pianist Josh Gallagher, saxophonist Dr. Michael Schultz, drummer Jared Mondlock, and on bass, her son Eric Hitt. At times, especially when she introduced ...

Mon. Jun. 4th, 2018

A Chef to Watch

Lauren Fisher

The Informalist, adjacent to the Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire, recently announced A new executive chef, Joseph “Joey” Sieg. Originally from Osseo, Sieg has 16 years of experience ...

Mon. Jun. 4th, 2018

Sweet Treats in the Shade

Lauren Fisher

There’s a whole lot less competition for your favorite step or leaning spot at Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor now that the owners have installed a new patio and pergola out back. This new ...

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2018

To the Valley and Beyond

Lauren Fisher, photos by Joel Pearish

Oxbow mural program hopes to inspire artistic diversity

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018

Growing in Harmony

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Albrecht's Nursery and Orchard offers education and organic trees

Mon. May. 21st, 2018

Motor On: County trail expansion closes loop, draws visitors

Lauren Fisher

The nearly 4,000 ATV owners in Chippewa County – and all the recreational motorists who travel to the Valley to ride on the scenic Chippewa County ATV Trail – are in for a treat this summer as a 12-mile extension ...

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Pablo Center Seeks Artists for First Exhibit

Lauren Fisher

Years of planning, millions of dollars, and countless hours of labor have raised a gleaming palace on the banks where the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers meet. Now, it’s time for artists to breathe life into the Pablo Center at the Confluence ...

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Red Letter Gets Better

Lauren Fisher

grant program for women-owned businesses has big plans

Wed. May. 2nd, 2018

Ash Borer 101

Lauren Fisher

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of beetle that infests and kills ash trees, was discovered in Eau Claire County in December of 2017. It’s been a slow crawl across the United States from Michigan ...

Wed. May. 2nd, 2018

Bye-Bye, Bluegrass!

Lauren Fisher

three low-maintenance alternatives to the traditional lawn

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018

Locomotive Commotion

Lauren Fisher

conference to examine future of rail in region

Tue. Apr. 17th, 2018

New Man on Barstow: Eau Claire native opens cozy downtown gift shop

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The dog in the window isn’t for sale, but she might greet you at the door – with permission from store owner Matt Pabich – when you visit Raggedy Man. The new gift shop on South Barstow Street, named in reference to Matt Smith’s incarnation of the title character in Doctor Who, opened April 10 ...

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Miss United States Wisconsin Comes to Valley

Lauren Fisher

Self-confidence, determination, resilience, compassion, hard work, good health, and education are the qualities that will be crowned in the Miss United States Wisconsin Pageant, scheduled for April 20-21 ...

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Women’s Giving Circle Opens 2018 Grant Applications

Lauren Fisher

The Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, is accepting applications for its 2018 grant program until July 1. The Women’s Giving Circle will award grants of up to ...

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2018

Keystone Crossing’s New Beer-Focused Eatery, Northern Tap House

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Saturday, March 3, Roblé Tacos + Tequila closed its doors. When they re-opened on Monday, March 5, it was to welcome guests to Northern Tap House, a new venue for beer enthusiasts and lovers of pizza, burgers ...

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2018

6th Annual Improv Festival Gives Eau Claire a Taste of the Second City

Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Eau Claire Improv Festival is back for its sixth year with a new location and a big headliner. For the first time, the festival will host Chicago-based Second City Improv, a world-renowned organization that comedians ...

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

From Stories to Sammies

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Erbert and Gerbert’s – launched in Eau Claire – celebrates 30 years of success and sandwiches

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

Salty, but Safe: Keeping roads passable through winter

Lauren Fisher

Now that we’re climbing out of the throes of winter and the roads are clearing up, we can reflect on surviving another several months of icy highways, thanks in great part to county highway departments. In Eau ...

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

UW-Stout Student Has Design for the Heart

Lauren Fisher

Two-thousand silver safety pins clung to the dark gown, 600 of which carried red ribbons to represent the number of women who are diagnosed with heart disease every day in the United States ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Intro to Local Government: Get Your Knowledge up With Some Basic Ins and Outs

Lauren Fisher, photos by Nick Meyer

Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties, which each have administrative home rule authority. This means they are able to decide how to organize and consolidate their administrative departments only as allowed or mandated by state statute or the constitution ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

It’s a Shoe-In: Stroll on Over to Red Wing

by Lauren Fisher

Sometimes, you just want to give your family the boot. And you can do just that in Red Wing, Minnesota, home of Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum, which is home to the largest boot in the world ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Get the Family Jazzed up for the Eau Claire Jazz Fest

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

For more than half a century, Eau Claire has welcomed spring with big band standards and wandering improv riffs. This year, families will be able to enjoy the rhythm of 52nd Street as they wander South ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

City Council Honors Writers Guild

Lauren Fisher

Hear, ye, hear ye! The Eau Claire City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the efforts and contributions of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild to the community on Feb. 27. “The art of writing is now due its recognition ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

Chippewa Falls Writer’s Screenplay Wins Award in L.A.

Lauren Fisher

Chippewa Falls resident Andrea Polnaszek won an award at the 26th annual Movieguide Awards Feb. 2 in Los Angeles for her screenplay, Switched. The work, which won the Kairos Pro competition ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

El Centro Offers Scholarship

Lauren Fisher

El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley, a nonprofit organization that advocates for cultural awareness of Latino and Latina people in the region, is now accepting applications for the 2018 BriLLA ...