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Editor's Notes

When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

Ideally, local news outlets are genuinely local – that is to say they’re independently owned outfits closely tied to the community from top to bottom. They develop local management perspectives, make decisions locally, and maintain the strongest ratio of revenue kept in the markets they cover ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 18, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Mark Lone

“The art is a handcrafted response to chronic pain, and the feelings one goes through while experiencing such pain for prolonged times. A true nod to invisible disease ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Oct. 18, 2017

photos by Andrea Paulseth

OVER THE RAINBOW. The unveiling of the River Lights at Phoenix Park took place on Thursday evening, Oct. 12. The lights are scheduled to be lit every night from sunset until 11pm and to turn back on at 5am until sunrise for an early-morning display ...

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The Star Wars Guy

Episodes from the life of a lifelong fan who embraced his inner Vader

Ken Szymanski

Episode I - After school one day, a colleague came into my classroom with a question: “You’re the Star Wars Guy, right?”

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Letting Their Lights Shine

choir for Chippewa Valley seniors dealing with dementia lifts spirits, makes memories

Tom Giffey

The heads of the performers, gray and not-so-gray, bob in anticipation above their music-filled spiral notebooks as they prepare to sing. This selection for the Stand in the Light Choir is an arrangement ...

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Oh, the Horror (Show)

ECCT encourages participation at Rocky Horror show

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When I say “Rocky,” you say “Horror!” Don your best fishnets, squeeze into some gold booty shorts, and break out those binding bustiers to embrace your inner “Sweet Transvestite.” The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is producing a campy classic, The Rocky Horror Show, which opens Oct. 19 ...

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Visual Art

Coloring Perceptions

exhibit, events explore science and art of color

Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

It’s a well-worn cliché that artists and scientists have different ways of viewing the world. Ask an artist about color, for example, and the response might be practical (the challenges of mixing pigments) or profound (the feelings produced in a viewer ...

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Growing From the Ground Up

female-led Dunn County farmsteads produce unique products

Christopher Hayden

In the more remote environs of the Chippewa Valley, out of earshot of recording studios and far off the beaten bike trails, another kind of renaissance is growing. A loosely knit community of gritty entrepreneurs, dedicated to producing retail products ...

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Local Look

The Making of a Maze

Chippewa Valley farmers invite locals to lose themselves

by Lauren Fisher

You are winding your way through the maze, considering your options, bracing yourself for what’s around the bend. Your world has become very small and uncertain. Its contents are the mottled brown ...

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Meet Dunn County’s Restless Spirits

Minnesota paranormal group to present findings from Menomonie ghost hunt

Emily Kinzel

‘Tis the season for fun – and a little fright. You’ll get both – as well as a healthy dose of history – during the Halloween-themed Ghosts of Dunn County event Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie.

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New Southside Hotel Will Be Totally Suite

V1 Staff

A hotel scheduled to open on Eau Claire’s far south side next year will be composed entirely of suites aimed at longer-stay travelers. The Candlewood Suites Hotel will be built on Bullis Farm Road, not far from the Holiday Inn Eau Claire. Candlewood Suites is being developed ...

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Getting Ready to Get Active

to get fit, treat exercise more like play and less like a chore

Mary Pica-Anderson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

People in our world are becoming more and more sedentary. No matter what age we are, we seem to be spending more time in front of televisions and computers. We rarely walk or ride a bike to get around, and ...

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Other Stuff

Sharing Pearls of Wisdom

mark your calendar for UW-Eau Claire’s annual Senior Americans Day, where next year’s focus is on fun

Tom Giffey

Smartphones. Zumba. Social media. None are topics that one might immediately associate with senior citizens – or, to be more specific, with the stereotype of seniors as knitting grandmas and whittling ...

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Leaving a Living Legacy

tips on sharing stories and skills gathered over the course of a lifetime

Cassandra Kyser

As we age, it is normal to become reflective. As humans, we have a need to know that our lives made an impact on those who will come after us. We want to know that we will be remembered, and that our legacy will live on.

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4 Steps to Start Downsizing

how to find what’s truly valuable and important in your life - and how to get rid of the rest

Barbara Arnold

Unless we are already minimalists, all of us at one time or another will be faced with cleaning out a home and deciding what to do with all the stuff in it. Whether you are taking early retirement or you are a caregiver for ...

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Living a Life of Purpose

finding meaning in what you do is essential at every age and stage

Jennifer Speckien

As we grow up and move through the stages of life, that purpose changes and at times, may get lost.

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Five Fearful Wisconsin Creatures that Will Keep You Up at Night

Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis details the eerie beings that stalk our state.

Chad Lewis

With Halloween fast approaching, many believe that the veil between worlds gets thinner and thinner, allowing us to see a glimpse of the other side. Of course that also means the other side can grab a look at us, too! Here are a few of my favorite Wisconsin monsters to watch out for this Halloween season.

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