Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

Forward Passed: How Dorais Field Got Its Name

more than a century ago, Gus Dorais – a future Notre Dame star and NFL coach – got his first taste of football stardom in Chippewa Falls

Joe Niese

Over the last four decades thousands of football players have played at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls. So, who exactly was Gus Dorais? In short, he was one of the most important figures of football in the first half of the 1900s ...

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Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

Could They Go All the Way?

Packers, Badgers poised for big successes … if they can play defense

Luc Anthony

One could make the case that the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers are on the cusp of historic football seasons. With a roster full of receiving talent and a future Hall Of Famer to throw the ball to said talent ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Building Endurance

CF native offers training, advice for diverse clients

by Samantha Kobs

Ever gone for a 105-mile run? Chippewa Falls native Jake Nash has. He’s also run more than 20 marathons – one of them just six months after a back surgery. And last year, he completed the Ironman Wisconsin ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Not Just for 'Girls'

roller derby team updates name to shift focus from gender

Max Martinson, photos by Luong Huynh

In an effort to be more inclusive to everyone who contributes to and appreciates the sport, the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls have officially changed their name to Chippewa Valley Roller Derby ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Readying to Rumble

pro wrestling showdown will benefit veterans’ needs

Ed Hudgins, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One ... two … he got him ... NO, HE KICKED OUT, BAH GOD, HE KICKED OUT!!! Just in case that reference is slightly esoteric, this is about pro wrestling, friend. And it’s coming, not to Minneapolis, not to Milwaukee, but to the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #339 Aug. 23, 2017

Buckshot's Big Birthday

Eau Claire’s original run celebrates 35 years helping Special Olympics

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Buckshot Run – an event that originated in the Chippewa Valley, is exclusive to the Chippewa Valley, and is named after a Chippewa Valley notable. The anniversary is cause for special celebration ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

FEATURE: It's Only Natural

Beaver Creek Reserve isn’t just for kids. It offers tons of opportunities for adults to fall in love with nature, too.

by Amanda Luft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Did you know there are 38 kinds of mollusks living in the Chippewa River? You can see shiny examples of them all in a display case at Beaver Creek Reserve. I discovered this fact during the first week of June, when I attended Wisconsin Master Naturalist training ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Drop In, Roll Up

skateboarding contest features prizes, resources, more

Measha Vieth, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Western Dairyland Fresh Start Program helps build strong communities by involving at-risk young adults, ages 17 to 25, in the construction and rehabilitation of homes in western Wisconsin ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

A Way on the Water

local leaders announce river trail plan, map

Tom Giffey

For millennia, the Chippewa River has been a conduit for travel, commerce, and recreation. Now, thanks to collaboration among a broad swathe of local groups, the 4.2 miles of the river that flow through the city of Eau Claire are officially a water trail ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Get Your Gear, Then Get Camping

your family’s northwoods adventure begins with some simple planning and basic camping gear

Elisabeth Brown

Summer is almost upon us and camping season is in full swing. Interested in getting out, but not really sure what to do? No worries. With a little bit of planning and some basic gear, camping is easy and can be lots of fun ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Within These Cabin Walls

First the family built a northwoods retreat. Then they built generations worth of memories.

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

My father, my brother, and I built our cabin the summer between my freshman and sophomore college years. And when I say we built the cabin, I mean my father bought the land, designed the structure ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Rock, Run, & Roll

Charity Classic levels up with food trucks and live music

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Run, walk, bike, do whatever you need to do to get yourself over to Phoenix Park on Saturday, June 24 for Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic. This year for the first time ever, the Royal Credit Union Foundation is turning the Charity Classic – its longstanding annual, early morn charitable run/walk ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Ignition Achieved

new gym sets fire to metabolisms, adds to downtown Eau Claire growth

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The fitness professionals behind Eau Claire’s FitELITE want to light a fire under your workout regimen with their new gym in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Nurturing Nature

Audubon Society event includes field trips, lectures

Emily Kinzel

Take part in a nature-filled weekend from June 2-4 with speakers, birdwatching, canoeing, and much more. They Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society is hosting the annual Chippewa Valley Nature Festival ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

A New Place to Fish

Erickson Park will have accessible fishing pier, boat launch

Tom Giffey

By next year, a vacant piece of land across from Chippewa Falls’ famed Irvine Park will be transformed into a new park complete with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and boat launch, a family area and pavilion ...

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