Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Time to Review Your Medicare Plan

Medicare open enrollment period begins Oct. 15

Eau Claire County Aging & Disability Resource Center

Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period is coming soon: It begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Be sure to add this to your fall checklist if you have a Medicare Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan ...

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Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers

nearly one-third of Eau Claire residents has high blood cholesterol

Eau Claire City-County Health Department

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths across the country, and high cholesterol is one of the largest risk factors for heart disease. While the body can make all the cholesterol that it needs ...

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Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Living Well With Dementia

making every season of life count when you are experiencing memory loss

Russell Martoccio

Autumn in Wisconsin seems to come without warning at a time when the fruitful days of midsummer are beginning to wane but when it still seems as though food, endless plenty, and the warmth ...

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Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Feed Your Brain With the MIND Diet

local dietician advocates for memory-preservation diet

Briana Novacek

As we age, many factors can affect how our bodies function. These factors may seem out of our control, but there are actually things one can do to boost physical and mental functioning. Pam VanKampen of Chippewa Falls has been a registered dietician for 32 years ...

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Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

The Right Age to Play

Chippewa Valley seniors are recognizing the benefits of an active lifestyle – and for many of them, pickleball is key

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

About five years ago, the City of Eau Claire was poised to remove worn-out, rarely used tennis courts at McDonough Park, a narrow strip of green space tucked away off Centre Street on the city’s near ...

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Issue #393 Sept. 18, 2019

Setting a Spooky Mood

ParaNomiCon celebrates all things otherworldly

Nate Cooksey

Most often, “haunted” is the first word that comes to mind when The Mabel Tainter is mentioned, and the theater not only lends itself well to the rumor but also leans into its history of ...

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Issue #392 Sept. 4, 2019

Fashion Focus

fashion-forward individuals talk about their unique style

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What are you wearing? I am wearing a black romper probably from Kohl’s as well as my fun little shoes. My black boots are from Kohl’s. My earrings, these are super old. I got from a little boutique ...

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Issue #392 Sept. 4, 2019

Stitching for the Stars

Menomonie tailor gives celebrity service to locals, stars alike

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Erin Hogan-Braker was calm as could be, snacking on a slice of chocolate chip banana bread and sipping coffee at Acoustic Cafe in Menomonie. Her phone, on the other hand, was ...

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Issue #392 Sept. 4, 2019

What’s the Buzz?

local beekeepers keep bees in business

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

According to Don Hauser, the president of the Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association, the Chippewa Valley is a “sweet spot” for beekeepers, since folks ...

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Issue #392 Sept. 4, 2019

Planting a Community

a bird’s eye view of a local community garden & the people that make it grow

Lauren Fisher, photos by Lauren Fisher, Joel Pearish

Gardening in a porch pot can be satisfying and yield an acceptable harvest, but there’s nothing like sinking your hands into the earth itself, sowing seeds, and watching green things ...

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Issue #392 Sept. 4, 2019

Walking Hopefully

Sharing Hope Walk raises funds for suicide prevention

Samantha Kobs

Looking for an awesome cause with a local focus? Get involved with this year’s second annual Sharing Hope Walk to Prevent Suicide. The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #392 Sept. 4, 2019

One for All and All for One

Downtown Menomonie hosts community cookout

Rebecca Mennecke

Food has the power to bring people together. When it comes to the the Great Community Cookout in Menomonie, this couldn’t be more true. The cookout, now in its 14th year, will be 4-8pm on Thursday, Sept. 12, behind the Visitors Center in Menomonie ...

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