Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Brett Bachman


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A Truly Ultimate Adventure

duo hits the road to document Ultimate Frisbee subculture on video

Brett Bachman

For some, a summer vacation means sleeping in or relaxing by the pool. For Eau Claire native Chris Schasse and his friend from Minnesota, James Wagner, summer vacation meant giving up jobs and steady living arrangements to provide ...

Eating Well

Menomonie café mixes breakfast with community

Brett Bachman, photos by Tim Mather

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states, “If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity ...

CrossFit’s a Big Hit

national lifestyle trend comes to the Chippewa Valley

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Shane Beck, owner of FitElite CrossFit Eau Claire, can already hear barbells clanging. To some, it might be hard to visualize the newly constructed, roughly 1,500-square-foot space on the south side of town as a fully functioning gym, but after ...

Flash forward to Flash Frozen

Brett Bachman

For the University of Wisconsin-Stout game design and development program, four years in existence was all it took to have a class’ project chosen as a finalist in the E3 College Game Competition ...

Fishing Downtown Eau Claire

Brett Bachman

We give a lot of credit to the Chippewa Valley’s rivers for making our home here in northwestern Wisconsin what it is. Heck, we even dedicated an entire issue (and a section of our website) to our waterways ...

Building the Empire

Cicione’s reinvents itself, puts focus on beer

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sitting behind the bar at Empire American Bar & Grill is a sign that simply reads, “If you don’t like the food, drink more beer.” The good news is that you’ll probably like the food. Regardless, you’ll probably find yourself drinking more beer.

Star Spangled Girl

newest Fanny Hill production tackles Neil Simon

Brett Bachman, photos by Greg Bauwens

“I guarantee they are going to love it.” These are the words of Don Hodgins, executive director of Fanny Hill’s dinner theater, referring to the upcoming show Star Spangled Girl, which begins on September 6 at Eau Claire’s premier destination ...

A Cut Above

U.S. Chainsaw Sculpture Championships return to EC

Brett Bachman, photos by Jessica Vollmer

Wisconsin has a long and storied history as a logging state, built upon years and years of experience in the noble and virtuous pursuit of cutting wood. Some accounts even place Eau Claire as the original birthplace of Paul Bunyan, archetypical ...

Country or Rock?

dueling mega concerts span Def Leppard to Trace Adkins

Brett Bachman

It’s always nice when there’s something to spice up your weekend, and the Chippewa Valley always seems to have an event or two up its sleeve to do just that. But it’s even better when you have a choice between two of the largest musical festivals ...

Pack the Park

outdoor series combines cardio and high fives

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You may recognize Jeff Rogers from his infamous workout video On the Road featuring Justin Vernon, Sean Carey and other members of Bon Iver, but this summer he’s taking a break from the big screen to help Eau Claire fuse ...

Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse

new steakhouse promises a meaty adventure

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I’m sure we all have an image in our minds of what a gaucho looks like: A South American cowboy with boots and a poncho, rough and tough. Mark Reams, owner of Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse in Eau Claire, might never have ridden a horse ...

Nutrition Response Testing

Chippewa Falls clinic re-teaches your body how to care for itself

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What has Chippewa Valley residents ranting and raving about alternative health? Everyday people, just like you, are turning their lives upside down through a comprehensive program being offered right in our backyard. Dr. Mike and Julie Court of ...

A 'Major' Shift

Stout adds health, fitness, & wellness to their Bachelor degree programs

Brett Bachman

For those looking to pursue a career in the health care field, consider your newest option: a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Fitness, and Wellness from Stout. In today’s society, unhealthy lifestyles are an ...

The Junction

new Elk Mound pizza joint

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For just over a year now, the Village of Elk Mound has played home to a hidden gem of a pizza joint. Featuring nostalgic décor and homemade pies with unique namesakes, The Junction is a nice stop if you wanna ride the pizza train.

We Belong to the Earth

the nature photography and work of Jim Backus

Brett Bachman

The 65-year-old auto salesman-turned nature photographer works out of a studio in his renovated barn, producing images and writing books that highlight mainly nature of the Midwest and Canada.

Learning in Retirement

local organization offers classes on all manner of subjects

Brett Bachman

The Green Cow

a summertime destination for drive-in treats like homemade ice cream

Brett Bachman

Small town America is alive and well, as is evidenced by The Green Cow, an ice cream shop and eatery located in the town of Colfax.

Tasty Pit Stop

Dickey’s BBQ Pit opens on Clairemont

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Barbecue is an art steeped in tradition, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is no different. Started in 1941 by the Dickey family in Dallas, this franchise knows a thing or two about cooking quality meat.

Enter the Ninja

new Japanese eatery offers sushi, traditional dishes

Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Eastridge Center is housing a delicious secret. In driving by the large building, it would be easy to miss the relatively small space set aside for Ninja Japanese House. But you would surely be the one missing out.

Nature Valley Grand Prix

huge bike race rushes back to downtown Menomonie

Brett Bachman, photos by Leah Dunbar

The Nature Valley Grand Prix is a five-day stage race that traditionally takes bicycle racers all over Minnesota, and features some of the top competitors from all over the world.

Joe Neeb

“basement and campfire musician” cuts a record

Brett Bachman

Menomonie Regatta

speedy boat race zooming towards Lake Menomin

Brett Bachman

Outboard hydroplane racing has gained fame over the last decade in suburbia with the popular video game Hydro Thunder. In arcades all over the country, preteens love to cruise at outrageous speeds in tiny virtual boats all over the waterways...

Weekend Getaway Adventure Spots

four highly recommended locales outside the Chippewa Valley for recreation hounds

Brett Bachman

The warm weather is almost here (god willing), and that means a few specific things for Wisconsin residents. The floods of melted snow will begin, sunscreen sales will begin to skyrocket ...

Poetry Series Springs in to Action

Brett Bachman

What better way to celebrate the change of the seasons than with some old-fashioned intellectual stimulation?

Your Book is Granted

UWEC staff member publishes grant writing book

Brett Bachman

Two heads are better than one, as they always say. And this is a sentiment continued in the new book, Collaborative Grantseeking: A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors, authored by UWEC professor Jeremy Miner.

Hip-Hop Group Gets Organized, Rleases Album

Brett Bachman

The exported Eau Claire hip-hop group Organized Ryme (now in Madison) comprised of Blaze, Lucci, Manny, and Tmo have been at the grind, releasing their debut album Amerika’s Skaryland last month, with another release slated for later this year.

Rock Fest Announces Next Fest's Headliners

Brett Bachman

Where can you go this summer to find the best music, the craziest party, and … Sick Puppies? Yes, Rock Fest back at it again with another killer lineup of bands scheduled to play from July 14 through July 17 at the festival grounds in Cadott.