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5 Healthy Alternatives to Air Fresheners

Alyssa Schulte

Many of us rely on air fresheners to eliminate unpleasant odors in our homes as well as add a pleasant smell to our surroundings. But do we really need to buy something to bring sweet smells t our humble abodes? Many sprays and plug-ins smell ...

It's Autumn: Keep the Kids Moving

ten ideas for keeping the kids active as the weather gets chilly

Alyssa Schulte

Autumn is upon us, and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside and enjoy the brisk weather and changing colors of the season. Fall also means back-to-school, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor fun. Here’s some awesome tips ...

In Wisconsin this week: Moveable Type mobile workshop

Alyssa Schulte

For many hardworking individuals out there, work and play are two separate things. For Kyle Durrie, they are one and the same. A letterpress printer from Portland, Oregon who is inspired by “wobbly lines, history, overheard conversations, whiskey..."

The planets align in Phoenix Park

Alyssa Schulte

With a fundraising goal that’s nearly reached, Eau Claire residents will soon be able to “walk among the planets”, so to speak, in Phoenix Park. The Eau Claire Planet Walk, which has been in the works for a couple of years, may soon become a reality.

Menomonie mascot search coming to an end?

Alyssa Schulte

Menomonie’s school district is getting a new nickname. That’s right: out with the old, in with the new. After a vote – which included students, residents, and alumni – it has been announced that the top three contenders to replace the old ...

Missing limb misses owner

Alyssa Schulte

Hey, anyone missing a leg? No, seriously. Police in Menasha, Wisconsin are baffled over the fact that no one has come to claim a prosthetic leg found in the area. You’d think, as the police officers do, that this type of lost-and-found item would ...

City denies Mogensen's Phoenix Park plans

Alyssa Schulte, Mike Paulus

Time frame troubles plague the newest phase of the North Barstow Redevelopment project, essentially ending a deal between John Mogensen (a man who's no stranger to time frame troubles) and the city’s Redevelopment Authority.

High fives! Wisconsin's volunteer rate soars

Alyssa Schulte

Give yourselves a well-earned self-high five, neighborly neighbors of Wisconsin: you’re ranked eighth in the nation’s volunteer rates! And if you’re from Milwaukee, get this. You’re No. 1. That’s not cheesy praise, either ...

Lightning Bugs Go Boom!

Alyssa Schulte

Due to the wet weather of last year, the conditions were perfect for a great crop of fireflies to dazzle us with their light show this year.

Hard Rockers Admiral of Black Comin' to Eau Claire

Alyssa Schulte

Looking for a way to end the summer on a (literally) rockin’ note? Admiral of Black, a rock/metal band based just outside of Chicago, will be visiting Eau Claire to, as they would say, “pummel you,” with their talent and ferocity.

Meet UW-Stout's new artists-in-residence

Alyssa Schulte

UW-Stout recently announced its two artists-in-residence for this academic year: seniors Missy Hoch and Christine Pogatchnik. The Bud and Betty Micheels Student Artist-In-Residence program began in 1987, to offer talented students a chance to ...

Stout Art Teacher Wins Acclaim for Painting

Alyssa Schulte

Tamara Brantmeier, UW-Stout’s program director and associate professor of art and design, snagged top honors at the Wisconsin Artists Biennial for her impressive four-foot by five-foot oil painting entitled Shift.

Summer of the firefly

Alyssa Schulte

Due to the wet weather of last year’s summer, the conditions were perfect for a great crop of fireflies to dazzle us with their light show this year. Enjoy them while you can, however, because the dryness of this summer may dwindle ...

Owney the Mail Dog (of Milwaukee) honored with stamp

Alyssa Schulte

Dog-lovers out there, prepare to have your heart warmed. Owney, a little mutt who road the rails in the 1890s, is being commemorated on his very own postage stamp. What’s so special about this little dog? Every mail train he hitched a ride with ...

UW-Stout art professor snags top award

Alyssa Schulte

Tamara Brantmeier, UW-Stout’s program director and associate professor of art and design, snagged top honors at the Wisconsin Artists Biennial for her impressive 4-foot by 5-foot oil painting entitled “Shift.” The Wisconsin Artists Biennial ...

Arts Wisconsin needs nominees

Alyssa Schulte

Arts Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to advocating (what else?) the arts in Wisconsin, is currently looking for nominations for this year’s Arts in the Community Awards. This honor is for civic leaders who support the arts and has committed ...

Safe cycling in the sizzling summer heat

Alyssa Schulte

Summer heat got you down? Whether you’ve taken to begrudgingly cranking up the AC in your place of residence or choosing to spend your free time in some sort of body of water to cool down, there is one thing you don't have to change: your commute.

UW-Stout's Meditation Guru

Alyssa Schulte

If you’ve got a bad case of the grumps or just need to ease some stress, I may have something you can try: meditation. According to Jane Anderson, an undergraduate from UW-Stout, meditation can greatly improve your overall mood.

UW-Stout’s Meditation Guru says ...

Alyssa Schulte

If you’ve got a bad case of the grumps or just need to ease some stress, I may have something you can try: meditation. According to Jane Anderson, an undergraduate from UW-Stout, meditation can greatly improve your overall mood.

Hastings construction worries local businesses

Alyssa Schulte

Apart from being a hassle for drivers, the construction on Hastings Way has presented some challenges – both positive and negative – for businesses along that route. Restaurants, along with retail outlets, have begun to notice the effects of heavy ...

Billboards on the chopping block

Alyssa Schulte

Eau Claire may be cutting down on its visual pollution a bit by tearing down two — possibly even four — billboard signs that stand on public land. Two of these billboards, that currently dwell right downtown, are expected to be torn down ...

5 tips for throwing a thrifty summer wedding

Alyssa Schulte

It’s that time again. Summer means weddings, and if you’re in the midst of planning one, we’ve got some helpful hints for you. And they’re (relatively) inexpensive, too!

Wisconsin boasts greenest building in nation

Alyssa Schulte

How are firefighters, middle-schoolers and… nuns helping Wisconsin go green? Why, by working, learning, and worshiping in buildings that are maintained by green energy in some way, shape, or form.

Canoeing for a cause

Alyssa Schulte

Canoeing for a cause. It sounds cheesy, but that’s exactly what a group of college students and their professors from UW-Eau Claire did earlier this June. Pumping up their bike tires and dusting off their life vests, this assortment of more than...

Local teen author's legacy to grow

Alyssa Schulte

Local teen author Cayla Kluver’s legacy continues this summer with book signings, releases, and, of course, hours and hours of daydreaming and writing.

Saturday: 2011 Sustainability Fair

Alyssa Schulte

If you enjoy a good fair, but also want to learn something, I’ve got the event for you! Sustainable Dunn is hosting its third annual West Wisconsin Sustainability Fair this summer, with a focus on water issues.

Madison pubs fight back

Alyssa Schulte

Two Madison brewpubs are standing by their craft brewers, refusing to sell MillerCoors beverages in a bold statement against those darn beer distribution provisions in Wisconsin’s budget. Solidarity!

Menomonie Mayor Takes On Scum

Alyssa Schulte

Menomonie Mayor Randy Knaack is so tired of all the scum in his fair city, he’s literally built a machine to rid Lake Menomin of its stinky problem. If you’ve ever visited the lake, or even glimpsed at the surface for more than 10 seconds

Local food booster

Alyssa Schulte

If you believe food grown right here in Wisconsin tastes so much better than all that not-from-Wisconsin grub, here’s some news you’ll enjoy. Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (or BLBW if you love a good acronym), a program designed to increase the sales ...

UPDATED: Mayor Randy's scum sucker

Alyssa Schulte

Menomonie Mayor Randy Knaack is so tired of all the scum in his fair city, he’s literally built a machine to rid Lake Menomin of its stinky problem. Menomonie’s picturesque-if-not-for-the-decaying-algae body of water, may soon be getting a makeover.

Local Kids: awesome *and* healthy

Alyssa Schulte

Local youngsters from Meadowview Elementary here in Eau Claire were awarded bragging rights this week by simply choosing to eat and be healthy.

Spinning our way to a greener future

Alyssa Schulte

In an encouraging effort to go green, UW-Eau Claire has just innovated a way for students to exercise and save the environment ... at the same time. Multi-tasking at its finest. And they are the first public university to do so.

Eau Claire helps you go green

Alyssa Schulte

If you are looking for ways to help the environment, be more energy efficient, or just gather information about how our local climate is changing, the city of Eau Claire offers a perfect resource for people just like you.

Wisconsin's craft brewers at risk?

Alyssa Schulte, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you support local beer, hold on to your hats: I’m about to potentially ruin your day. (Sorry.) A new add-on to our state budget, backed by MillerCoors, has become a major source of worry and scrutiny for small breweries in Wisconsin.

Atlanta's mayor says, "Not on my watch!" to arts defunding

Alyssa Schulte

For all you defenders and lovers of art out there, you’ll be pleased to learn you are not alone. Although the future of our art budget here in Wisconsin is still in extreme peril, the city of Atlanta is fighting back. Last Thursday ...

Local bridal shop says, "Hey! We support our troops!"

Alyssa Schulte

The Bridal Shoppe in Eau Claire honored five local military brides last month with something every bride-to-be dreams about: free wedding dresses! Because, let’s be honest, the dress is the most important part of the wedding ceremony.