Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Ski Dooing It

aka, the Snowmobile Super Jump Master chronicles

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Like many of you (the awesome ones), I’m very happy we have plenty of snow this year. I hope we get more. We need it. But not just for our own frosty fun. We need it for an often overlooked, yet crucial ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

Moaning ’Til the Plows Come Home

there’s no good alternative to a snow plow ... or is there?

Mike Paulus

Those of us who grew up here in Wisconsin know the legends by heart. And we know that they are true. Each winter, after the holidays, after the haze of family gatherings and poor eating habits has worn away, once we’ve awoken from our nog-based stupor to find ourselves in January ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

Opening Shot | Jan. 8, 2020

photos by Andrea Paulseth

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE. The Flying Eagles Ski Club held its annual “Learn to Ski” event at Mt. Washington Nordic Ski Complex – for kids of all ages – on Wednesday, Jan 1. Families were able to check out their ski jumping program and learn a little about downhill or cross country skiing ...

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Issue #400 Dec. 25, 2019

Winter Houses

from warm to cold, from cold to warm

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Winter houses. Lonely walls standing up squarely against the snow and the gasping cold. Our walls. Our houses. And us inside them. What are we doing in here?

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Issue #399 Dec. 11, 2019

Silent Nights

Christmas memories glowing in the dark

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

We sang “Silent Night,” standing up on the shiny marble steps, up in front of the church. For our parents, brothers, and sisters. For our teachers and the priest. And I guess we sang for the big Jesus hanging high up behind ...

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Issue #399 Dec. 11, 2019

Christmas in a One-Room School

children, teachers, and everyone else became part of the annual Christmas program

Connie Russell

The return to school after Thanksgiving during the 1940s and ’50s marked one of the most important events during the school year at Pleasant Hour School-: preparation for the Christmas program. Teachers brought out ...

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Issue #399 Dec. 11, 2019

On the Cover | Dec. 11, 2019

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Norma Larrabee Gabriel

“‘Barn Cats’ ” was a scene I happened upon while visiting a farm in the Rock Falls area. Above the cats in the window was a barn quilt that was my intended subject ..."

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Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019

Reviving a Classic Glove Story

Brewers 2020 fashion brings the team back to beloved logo designed in Eau Claire

Luc Anthony

Every so often, a sports team pays attention to the wishes of its fans. You would think the responsiveness would be more frequent: Without fans, what is the point of having a team to play before ...

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Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019

On the Cover | Nov. 27, 2019

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Gail Schellinger

“In the age of too many selfies, old photographs are even more interesting. ‘Dreamsicle Sisters’ is part of my Unfamiliar Family Portraits series. Sadly, the old photographs I find at estate sales have no sentimental value to anyone in the family they are part of anymore ..."

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Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019

Right Before Dark

sitting in the trees and listening

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Right before dark, things calm down. Out in the woods. All day long out there, you get used to it. The small but explosive chatter of animals smaller than your fist. The clattering of tree branches ...

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Issue #397 Nov. 13, 2019

Opening Shot | Nov. 13, 2019

photos by Mike O'Brien

WHAT TIME IS IT? LOOKS LIKE IT'S DANCE-O-CLOCK. Sponsored by Leinenkugel’s, the new Driftless Series at the Pablo Center at the Confluence brought local favorites The Ben Shaw Band, LASKA, and Pit Wagon (shown here with a devoted fan) to the Jamf Theatre on Friday, Nov. 1 ...

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