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Home Improvement Projects: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

some tips on which home projects are worth tackling as an amateur, and which ones aren’t

Tired of your home’s old paint job or carpet? It might be time to take a crack at it and give your home a facelift. Maybe, like me, you’ve gotten a little ambitious and want to bite off a bigger home improvement project. As a recent homeowner and ...

Life is Short, Grow Some Food

start simple, and soon your gardens will be overflowing with fruits and veggies

In crazy times like these, people want to be more self-sufficient, especially when it comes to food. Planting a garden goes back to ancient times – and in times of crisis, gardening has helped to not only feed people, but to bring people together. Whether you’re ...

Indoor Plants: The Perfect Roommates

give your space some life with greenery, but take good care of your plants

Remember that time you took a stroll in the park and felt completely refreshed afterward? Part of that is because that greenery all around you is working hard to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This process ...

Gardening Is Cheaper Than Therapy (And You Get Tomatoes!)

newbie gardeners: take heed and dig in

One of the benefits of sheltering at home is having additional time to explore new interests. This is a great time to invest in a garden because we have the extra hours to research and ...

MEET YOUR MEAT: The Valley’s Favorite Places to Buy Meat

here’s what readers said in our 2020 ‘Best Of’ poll

When we published the results of our 2020 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll earlier this year, it was no surprise that Rump’s (1411 Lynn Ave., Altoona) rose to the top as the Best Place to Buy Meat ...

Eating Good Local Meat on a Budget

it’s not always easy, but it is always a good call

Good meat abounds in the Chippewa Valley. But sometimes you have to look for it. There are the farmers markets, of course. And some of you have friends and relatives just outside of Eau Claire ...

NEIGHBORLY ADVICE: Words of encouragement from folks in our community

We reached out to some friends and folks around the community for some words of encouragement and maybe a little advice for their fellow Chippewa Vallians – to make sense of it all, despite the unknowns, and remind us that we’re all in this together.

Time for a Hullabaloo!

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

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 ...

Power of Attorney: For Money, for Health

What’s the difference between a healthcare and financial power of attorney?

“Power of Attorney” sounds significant and complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Designating this power to a trusted spouse, family member, or friend is essential to making sure your interests ...

Tax Season in Wisconsin

what you should know about what you owe

Wisconsin’s tax season, like the federal tax season, officially began on Jan. 27. Filing activity is typically most brisk during the first few weeks and the last few weeks of the season ...

Life Insurance 101

Why do you need it? Because it’s the best way to protect your loved ones.

Life insurance is not exactly the most uplifting topic to discuss, but it is an important one. For this piece, I sat down with an expert in the matter: my husband, Dan Ekblad. Dan was a licensed insurance ...

Barbecue Basics: Ryan Jean-Baptiste is here to help

Ryan Jean-Baptiste has been serving up life-saving barbecue in the Chippewa Valley for the past 5 years as the owner of Life Support BBQ – also known as the Hambulance Mobile Food Truck ...