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The Rear End

Berating Skating

(I don’t care how quintessential it is)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

No, dammit – I can’t skate. Not on wheels and not on ice. And besides a brief stint as a hardcore thrasher back in the fourth grade, I can’t even ride a ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 19, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Karen Clark

“Winter at Bear’s Grass is a combination of a digital photograph and an original alcohol ink painting. The two were combined digitally into a double exposure, mixing and highlighting elements from each ..."

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Athletic Aesthetic

Granny Shots

basketball league for “women of a certain age” keeps ladies active and having fun

Luc Anthony

I did not expect to discover I was related to a reigning national champion by going to a family reunion. On a hot and sultry late-August day in 2018, I headed down to ...

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Music for the Overly Sentimental

Parker Reed evolves on brand new EP

author & photographer by Nate Cooksey

As 2019 waned, local music mainstay and alt-rock singer-songwriter Parker Reed released his second solo EP, Music for the Overly Sentimental, a title perfectly befitting this ...

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Sounds and Emotions

Home Within provides international insight

Barbara Arnold

“Home Within” is a 60-minute performance in which Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad creates charcoal and watercolor drawings in front of the audience while responding to the ...

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Fire Ball Is Hot Stuff

Pride Is A Riot will heat up Ojibwe Ballroom

author & photographer by Nate Cooksey, photos by Luong Huynh

Each year, UW-Eau Claire’s Fire Ball brings drag performers from around the country to Eau Claire for the largest drag ball fundraiser in the Midwest. Participants celebrate the individuality, self-realization and ...

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Priory Writers’ Retreat Offers Focus on Craft

V1 Staff

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is inviting writers to its second-annual Priory Writers’ Retreat, which will be June 25-28 at The Priory, a former monastery just outside Eau Claire. The retreat gives writers the opportunity to learn from each other and from seasoned instructors while enjoying ...

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Visual Art

Artists Invited to Muralize Downtown

Lauren Fisher

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire invites artists of all ages and experience levels to submit designs to the first ColorBlock Mural project, which will create a new kind of art gallery in Eau Claire opening in ...

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Queering the Conversation

Foster Gallery exhibit examines queer identities in the Midwest

Catey Leonardson

UW-Eau Claire is illuminating often-silenced voices with a new exhibition in the Ruth Foster Gallery. “Midwest Queeritivities” gives a platform to queer artists throughout the region and beautifully showcases a ...

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Survival Story

Minneapolis-based Eau Claire grad explores Hmong experience on film

Lauren Fisher

From a cinematic perspective, Minneapolis-based filmmaker Bryan Vue found that Gran Torino, the 2008 Clint Eastwood and Bee Vang film in which ...

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Local Lit

Man in a Blue Shirt

Dan Lyksett

I’ve haven’t been a big fan of Valentine’s Day since 1961, fourth grade, when I didn’t get a card from Pammy Ritchie, crushing my budding crush ...

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Local Look

City Joins Sonnentag Project

hurdles remain for plan to expand arena’s size

Tom Giffey

The Eau Claire City Council has voted unanimously to take part in a university-led project to build a major event center on Menomonie Street, but numerous steps are ...

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Making a Splash in Wilson Park

water feature slated to replace fountain downtown

Tom Giffey

A new plan for downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park features a splash pad-style cluster of in-ground bubblers surrounded by boulders, benches, and berms to ...

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Peters Stepping Aside

Eau Claire city manager to retire in May

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After 30 years with the City of Eau Claire – the last four of them as city manager – Dale Peters announced recently he will retire in May. “Eau Claire has a thriving and bright future, and I look forward to ...

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Food / Drink

Historic and Homey

Durand Brewing Co. offers classic taps, relaxed setting

Danielle Zinsli, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Walking into Durand Brewing Company feels a lot like walking into your neighbor’s garage. Except this joint has more than just Busch Light. When people inevitably seek it out, they have plenty of ...

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The Cold Can’t Hold Us Back

Altoona’s Frosty Fun Series draws community outside

Lauren Fisher

Altoona’s Frosty Fun series of winter events is underway, inviting locals to don their warmest coats and make the most of the opportunities winter offers. In partnership with the ...

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An Illiminating Upgrade

Eau Claire Ski Striders fund new trail lights at Tower Ridge

Olivia Kroner

This winter, members of the Eau Claire community are seeing cross-country skiing in a whole new light – literally. Thanks to $32,000 raised in donations by the Eau Claire Ski Striders, and a matching grant from ...

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Other Stuff

Time for a Hullabaloo!

the Valley’s coolest kids event is back for another day of family-centric fun

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Great Big Hullabaloo will return with another dynamic day of kid-centric and family-focused fun on Saturday, May 30, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire. Expect an ...

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Take on The Summit

wellness conference encourages connectedness and curiosity

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Next month, the Chippewa Valley will host a two-day wellness summit that will challenge peoples’ minds, bodies, and souls to reach for something more ...

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Indigenous Approaches

exploring the wellness movement in Indian Country

James Johonnott

In the search for insights on wellness for both mind and body, sometimes the best answers can be found by looking to the past. Marcus Red Thunder, race director of ...

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Mindfulness at Work

speaker: truly listening can improve health and business

Pam Powers, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Taking a few moments to breathe and being mindful of that breath helps employees focus, be less stressed, and become better ...

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