Blinking at the Dashboard

it’s cold outside and that makes all the difference

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I sit here blinking at the dashboard because I can’t believe my engine started. It’s something to smile about. On a Friday morning while the sky is dark and the temperature is 16 degrees below zero and ...

A Man in the Woods Critiques a Man of the Woods

Justin Timberlake’s new brand of woodsy aesthetic feels a little shallow

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Nickolas Butler

On Feb. 2, Justin Timberlake drops Man of the Woods, his fifth studio album. In a one-minute promotional video for Man of the Woods that has the aesthetic of a Woolrich catalogue combined ...

Opening Shot | Jan. 10, 2018

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  photos by Luong Huynh

JUST A-CROONING AND A-SWOONING. Former Eau Clairian songstress Savannah Smith joined Andy Cook in the The Oxbow Hotel’s gallery for an intimate show on Friday night, Jan. 5.

On the Cover | Jan. 10, 2018

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Angie Linneman

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018

"This piece was taken at the Devil’s Punch Bowl near Menomonie. I love all the detail in the photo and the variations in light and color. What I find most fascinating is how the photo captured the delicate make-up and the separateness ..."

Winning Formula

low-profile networking firm grows, buys former college

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In a region sometimes dubbed “Wisconsin’s Silicon Valley,” WIN has been inconspicuous for most of its nearly 20-year history. Tucked away inside Banbury Place, the networking and IT services ...

High Time for a Ragtime Revival

jaunty genre warms up winter for a good cause

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

The final chord from the final Eau Claire Ragtime Festival may have reverberated four years ago, but affection for this uniquely American musical genre remains strong in the Chippewa Valley. At its center is Eau Claire’s own ...

Note from the Editor | Jan. 10, 2018

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Nick Meyer

Here we are in a new year, with new opportunities on the horizon. On page 28 we look ahead into the topics many of us across the community will be talking about in the months ahead ...

Going Yoga? How to Find A Teacher

Hot? Cold? Fast? Slow? The Valley offers a vast array of yoga options

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Chris Hayden

Having grown up around here in the 1980s and ’90s, I think I can safely say that the alternative health boom of the ’90s was only distantly echoed in the Valley. Practitioners of yoga, for instance ...

In the New Year, Focus on the Moving Chains

when working on improving your health, small steps can ADVANCE you toward ultimate goal

Wed. Jan. 10th, 2018  |  Kyle Frank

The New Year is here! Were you one of the millions of people who set some new goal or resolution to work on in 2018? If so, to help you reach it, I think you should watch some football. I’m serious! ...

Indoors or Out, Just Keep Moving

how to keep your family active when winter weather drives you indoors

Tue. Jan. 9th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

School, homework, holidays, shorter daylight hours, and an ever-increasing pile of essential cold-weather gear become a nearly insurmountable obstacle in the way of staying active during ...

Camping in Amish Country

Tue. Jan. 2nd, 2018  |  Mike Forecki

We rarely rise to see the sun rise, but now / it tauts and scorches our canvas tent. The / camp air is green from last night's ...

Chippewa Roasters Keep it Fresh

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Jake Johnston, photos by Madisyn Kephart

Have you heard of coffee? Did you drink some this morning? Probably. Do not worry. You and I are among hundreds of millions of people globally who do. We are talking about one of the most consumed beverages ever.

Grandma’s Coffee Pot

a story of family, loss, and how we grow up without even realizing it

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser

love coffee, so it’s easy for me to forget that I used to abhor the stuff. I started drinking it in my early 20s, as a way to cope with being a night owl in an early bird’s world. I had previously worked ...