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Staff Notes

STAFF NOTE: A Hefty Helping of Holiday Happiness

say hello to our biggest issue ever

Nick Meyer, photos by Joel Pearish |

Brutus, this issue's cover dog.
SNOW FOOLIN'. Brutus, this issue's cover dog.


You’re holding in your hands not only the jolliest issue of Volume One of all time, but also what can officially be called the biggest issue we’ve ever created: a whopping 144 pages! And it’s all dedicated to helping you discover the Best of the Holidays across the Chippewa Valley this season. We’re talking festive food and drinks, holiday concerts and events, local shopping opportunities, ways to support local nonprofits, and so much more. We’ve got so much damn cheer jammed into this issue that you’d think it shipped directly from the North Pole. In fact, the only thing we left out of the magazine was the little greeting card device that plays music when you open the pages (sorry, but the licensing for “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey was a killer). Enjoy!


This issue kicks off the official start to voting in the Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll – the area’s longest running, most beloved, and most trusted poll – with around 150,000 votes cast each season. With another year nearly behind us, it’s a great time to reflect on the fun local stuff we all love and want to support with our votes. Hundreds of categories will be ready online at starting Tuesday, Nov. 22 – including some brand-new ones. (Last year we added a ton of holiday categories, and those results are in this issue!) Don’t forget, you can vote in as many or as few categories as you want, so just vote for the stuff you know, and leave the rest to others. Then we’ll tally it all up and let you know the winners later this winter. Have fun!