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Co-managing editor at Volume One World Consolidated Industries Corp. Inc.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES

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Terms of Venery (2018 edition):
Pride of lions
Pod of whales
Exaltation of larks
Slew of candidates

MEET THE CANDIDATES

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Hi Jill! Unfortunately, we didn't have the time and space to do that this time around. For those who are interested in seeing/hearing from the school board candidates, I'd suggest checking out this forum (hosted by yours truly!), sponsored by the Parents Advisory Council and the North and Memorial HS student councils:
http://www.valleymediaworks.org/blog/2018/03/08/eau-claire-school-board-candidates-forum-spring-election-march-6-2018/

An Old Story and a New Story

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Hi Sarah! Thanks for your comment. As you mention, there was a longstanding question about Old Abe's gender. (In fact, for the record, the original draft of the above essay referred to the bird as "she.") However, DNA tests were conducted on some old Abe's feathers in 2016, and it was conclusively determined that Abe indeed was male:
http://archive.jsonline.com/greensheet/old-abe-eagle-who-was-civil-war-mascot-was-indeed-male-tests-confirm-b99761884z1-386835831.html

Downtown Victorian OK'd as Overnight…

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Whoops! Due to an editing error, the original version of this article incorrectly stated that the house had been moved from First Avenue to Elizabeth Street when the bike trail was created. In fact, the house stayed put -- only the *address* changed.

5 Nicknames Only Eau Claire Townies Will…

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HI Jeanny:

I think you're right. I got an email from a lifelong EC resident who made the same point. In his observation, in the past it was typically called "Plank Hill," but over time it has evolved into "Plank Street" or "Plant Street Hill." For what it's worth, Lois Barland's book "Sawdust City" simply calls it "Plank Hill." I also ran a search in an online newspaper archive via the library and found 3,431 hits for "Plank Hill" and only 59 for "Plank Street"!

5 Nicknames Only Eau Claire Townies Will…

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Thanks for the comment! I got the bank names and locations in this list from the 1918 city directory, which put the Eau Claire National Bank at the southwest corner of the "Four Corners" intersection (the address was listed as both 211-213 E. Grand and 300 S. Barstow). The directory puts the Union National Bank across the street at the southeast corner of the intersection (i.e., 301 S. Barstow, where One Source Imaging stands now). Granted, this is just a snapshot in time and it's entirely possible these banks were located elsewhere before/after that. From what I can tell -- and I'm sure those of you who've been in town longer than I have can correct me! -- the American National Bank was indeed in the SAF Building (i.e., what until recently was the Wells Fargo bank at Graham and Grand), where it was founded in 1932. According to a 1976 Leader-Telegram article I found online, " Until September 1931, the building had housed the merged State Bank of Eau Claire and the Eau Claire National Bank of Eau Claire." In other words, the Eau Claire National Bank moved down the street at some time between 1918 and 1931.

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Editor's note: A previous version of this article misidentified the Local Lounge's ownership. The article has been corrected.

A Flag for the People

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"This is 98% Invisible, I'm Tom Giffey ..."

Ready for Referendums

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Good question! The pay plan is very complex and would be virtually impossible to condense into an article of reasonable length. I'll certainly look into linking to the documents the school district publishes about it when they become available.

5 Forgotten Names for the Mighty Chippewa…

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Good question, Rick! No. 5 on the list above is at least an approximation of what the Dakota called the river. The name "Malamican" also shows up on old maps, apparently for the branch of the Chippewa now called the Red Cedar. That's likely a Native American name, too, but the author of the article cited above said he wasn't able to determine its true origin.

What You Should Know About Eau Claire's…

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What aspect of sustainability are you inquiring about? I've got a copy of the ordinance I could dig into if you're interested.

UPDATE: State Budget Leaves UW System Out…

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of a typo, this story originally stated the state budget shortfall was estimated at $650 billion. It's actually $650 MILLION. Oops! That's a big difference, and I've corrected the error.

There was a recipe contest in the fall and…

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In case no one else chimed in, here is the recipe for Grandma's Banana Bread, as submitted by reader Britt Clarke:

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup (about three) over-ripe bananas, mashed
2 cup flour

DIRECTIONS
1. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs. Add salt and baking soda; mix well. Beat in the bananas. Add the flour.
2. Pour into a large buttered loaf pan. If pan is not big enough, it will not cook all the way in the center. If you have a smaller pan, don’t use all the batter in one pan; try two or three.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
4. Let cool 5-10 minutes before loosening sides and inverting, letting it cool on a cooling rack.
5. Wrap the leftovers in tinfoil.

When and where can the public voice an…

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I was told last week that the proposal is supposed to go before the Plan Commission at its Monday, Sept. 15 meeting. The agenda isn't set in stone, however, so that could change. (The Plan Commission meets at 7pm on the first and third Mondays of the month at City Hall. Keep your eye on www.eauclairewi.gov for meeting details.)

The Big Guys: Eau Claire County's largest…

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UPDATE: The original version of this story had Sacred Heart Hospital in the wrong category. They've got 1,350 employees, they say.

As for the other comments about businesses that might be missing: I suspect there could be some. These are the numbers I got from the EC Area Economic Development Corp., which relies on state and private databases. For a similar (but not identical) list, see this one from the city:
http://www.eauclairedevelopment.com/employment/areaemployers.html