Issue #366 September 5, 2018

Opening Shot | Sept. 5, 2018

photos by Branden Nall

WHO’S THE PHOTOGRAPHER NOW, BUDDY? Decking and overlook reconstruction of the Grand Avenue footbridge in downtown Eau Claire was finished just in time for the annual Grand Evening on the Bridge dinner on Aug. 22. The event raises funds for Downtown Eau Claire Inc. ...

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Issue #366 September 5, 2018

Playing La Cucaracha

piano keys and grade school are hard to navigate

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

One time in grade school I was on the playground attempting to play basketball with my buddies when a younger kid named Benny walked up to me and said, “So, Mr. Paulus. I hear you play the piano.”

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Issue #365 August 22, 2018

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

how NOT to behave when you’re out vintage shopping

Laura Buchholz

As the world spins on its axis and every day brings fresh indignities to our news cycle, timeless and well-made vintage items persist as a reminder of a bygone era to which many seem to want to return, except this time with a good wireless connection.

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Issue #365 August 22, 2018

Hitting Preconceptions out of the Park

Beep Baseball World Series in Eau Claire highlighted athleticism of the visually impaired

Jim Jeffries

Frank, my wife’s nephew, entered this world under emergency circumstances, and as a result, he is legally blind. Until I dated my wife, I had never known a visually-impaired person, so I treated Frank with kid gloves ...

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Issue #363 July 25, 2018

Opening Shot | July 25, 2018

photos by Glen Mercer

WINGING IT. On July 14, the “Eau Claire Gardens in Bloom” tour showcased nine area gardens including monarch butterfly and native plant gardens, woodland fantasy gardens, professionally landscaped gardens, and more. (Presented by the Eau Claire Garden Club)

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Issue #363 July 25, 2018

Toasting Transatlantic Friendships

how a chance meeting in Vermont led to decades-long connect that transcends national identities

Jane Jeffries

It started 31 years ago with a cold shower in Vermont. That’s how we met Frank and Uli, two college-aged Germans who were traveling the U.S. The campground showers on the men’s side were not hot ...

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Issue #363 July 25, 2018

Time to Mull the Gull

the next time we pick a local mascot, how about the seagulls? (seriously)

Luc Anthony

The Chippewa Valley is at a zenith in terms of minor league-style athletics. Combine the new Chippewa Steel of the nationally-renowned NAHL with the well-established Eau Claire Express ...

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Issue #363 July 25, 2018

Hair Naked

revealing tales of fantastic follicles

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Mackenzie Kavanagh

y earliest hair-related memories (besides seeing my Dad with his shirt off) involve my mom shuffling me off to her salon in Eau Claire. She’d have one of the ladies cut my hair as I entertained the entire shop with my unbearably ...

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Issue #363 July 25, 2018

Feeling Write at Home

the Chippewa Valley’s strong, supportive literary community draws one young writer back

Katy Hackworthy, photos by Justin Patchin

On a Sunday afternoon in July 2017, I drove down a spindly driveway away from one of the most special weekends of my life and toward what I believed then to be a new phase of my young adulthood. I had spent the previous four days at Cirenaica, a writing residency in the woods of Fall Creek put on by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.

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