One Giant Leap at the Library

moon landing celebrated with Lego rocket, space suit

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019  |  Rebecca Mennecke

It has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon. The Menomonie Public Library and the department of chemistry and physics at UW-Stout ...

Blooming Beauties

garden tour invites you to explore beautiful plantings

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019  |  Barbara Arnold

Seven gardens on the west side of Eau Claire – several featuring breathtaking views of the city and river – will be featured in the second annual Gardens in Bloom tour on Saturday, July 13, from 9am to 4pm ...

Full Steam Ahead

expo features toy trains from around the world

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019  |  Rebecca Mennecke

Model trains have been around since the first set made an appearance in Germany in the late 1800s. By the early 1900s, Lionel had crafted the first electric-powered model train, and by the 1950s ...

Everybody, Meet Naalia

sister/brother duo’s R&B tunes are remarkably fresh

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019  |  Eric Christenson

From the minute you hear Aliana Sigala’s singing voice, it becomes startlingly apparent she’s a special talent. Raised on classic R&B and honed on musical theater and show choir, she ducks around notes with swiftness, power, and vulnerability. And she makes it seem easy ...

Acres of Potential

Mondovi district gets grant to help create charter school

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

With the help of a newly issued state grant, a group of Chippewa Valley parents are working with the Mondovi School District to open an innovative new school for sixth- through 12th-graders ...

Destruction & Recovery

couple’s book documents 1958 Colfax tornado

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019  |  Kellie Williams

It was muggier than a typical day in June and storms were reported to the west in Minnesota, but on the evening of June 4, 1958, those storms transformed into an F5 tornado ...

Pablo Properties Pulls Plug on Downtown Proposal

Thu. Jun. 20th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Citing financial viability, Pablo Properties has pulled the plug on its plan to build an office building, a new children’s museum, and an innovated “container park” on two downtown Eau Claire lots ...

Downtown Drama

seeing Harrison Ford in downtown Eau Claire

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

In the year 1990, I broke the law. Kind of. Well, maybe I broke the law. Actually, maybe I didn’t break the law. OK, after some quick research I’ve realized that in 1990, I didn’t actually break any kind of law ...

Blowing the Whistle on the Referee Shortage

public focus, cooling of fans’ anger may help boost ranks of sports officials

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Luc Anthony

The 2018-19 prep athletic season is behind us. Summer vacation is underway. Returning student athletes are either pondering which sports to play or training to improve their craft. Coaches are putting ...

Step Into the Garden

Stepping Stones hosts annual Menomonie garden tour

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Barbara Arnold

Creating a bonsai tree will be demonstrated in one of six gardens featured in the 18th annual Stepping Stones Garden Tour in Menomonie on Saturday ...

Fire up Your Floaties!

legendary FATFAR river float slated for June 23

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher

Tube lovers, unite! FATFAR – the Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta – takes participants on an easy cruise down the Chippewa River starting around noon on Sunday, June 23 ...

Following Her Bakery Dreams

Gracie Girl baking business will launch this summer

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Haley Wright

Gracie Hauser, a 19 year-old from Thorp, is following her dream, taking her passion for baking healthy items to the next level by launching an online bakery that ships nationwide and a brick-and-mortar store ...

Pulling No Punches

Eau Claire filmmaker delves into absurdist, comedic work

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Kyle Lehman

“Basically, two girls rob a gas station … poorly.” That’s Eau Claire filmmaker Tim Schwagel’s synopsis of Punch Me, his biggest little film to date, starring Reanna Madson and Lauren May, with supporting ...

Kick off Your Sunday Shoes

Footloose steps onto the Pablo Center stage

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Amanda Luft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bust out your dancing shoes and hold onto your hats because you have the chance to experience a delightful extravaganza the likes of which have not been seen in this area since Paul Bunyan created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes ...

Like Fish to Water

Chippewa Falls native teaches stars’ kids to swim, pens book

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Parker Reed

From swimming in Chippewa Valley pools to teaching some of Hollywood’s celebrity children, an area native is celebrating the release of her new book, which aims to empower America’s future ...

Cultivating Community Through CBD

Wonders of Nature opens in Banbury Place

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Nealy Corcoran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wonders of Nature is a newly opened Eau Claire retail shop that provides affordable, high-quality CBD/hemp products sourced from family-owned organic farms. When you step inside the shop ...

Grant Can Help Enhance Your Business (And Downtown)

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

If you are the proprietor of a downtown Eau Claire business with a plan to do something new that will make your business – and the neighborhood – better, listen up: The semiannual deadline is fast approaching ...

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