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Emilee Wentland


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You Scream, Ice Cream

The Danc’n Bean brings Bridgeman’s ice cream back to Eau Claire

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Things in life tend to come full circle. At least that’s what local resident Roger Wrobel said about his family’s new cafe and ice cream shop, The Danc’n Bean at 2803 E. Hamilton Ave. ...

Opening Davey J’s Garage

Emilee Wentland

Spontaneity commonly sparks quirky haircuts, weekend getaways, and – in the case of UW-Eau Claire English Professor David Jones – a creative space for original, independent music. After his lease ...

New River Prairie Eatery Offers Latitude

44 North aims to offer a complete dining experience

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

44 North, a recently opened gastropub in River Prairie, is looking to change up how people dine. The 12,000-square-foot building in Altoona has a gaming and sports bar area on the lower level called Vs. (pronounced “versus”), whereas the upper level ...

Empowering Local Businesswomen

women's business center encourages entrepreneurship

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Starting a business requires the proper tools, skills, and determination. On top of that, those looking to start their business ventures need proper financing – something that could be hard ...

Oh Sew Unique: Local tailors garments to the individual

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It starts with a conversation. From there, local clothing maker Elizabeth de Cleyre gets to know the person seeking a new garment before she designs them a custom-made piece ...

New Book Beginnings

independent bookstore finds permanent location, plans fall opening

Emilee Wentland

Local online bookstore Dotters Books is opening a permanent physical location this fall. The women-owned bookstore got started in 2017 as an online-only business that hosted pop-up sales ...

Menomonie's One-Stop Shop Co-op

after nearly five decades, Menomonie Market Food Co-op's community mindset is stronger than ever

Emilee Wentland, photos by Joel Pearish

Sarah Godsave hasn’t been shopping at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op for long, but that doesn’t mean the co-op hasn’t impacted her life.

Pure and Simple: Annual Pure Water Days flows from Chippewa Falls

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Experience what life is like under the sea during Chippewa Falls’ 42nd annual Pure Water Days! This year’s theme, “Under the Sea,” will be exemplified during the parade with more than 70 floats ...

Dragon Boat Festival Fundraises to Fight Cancer

Emilee Wentland, photos by Kelsey Smith

Come one, come all to watch the fourth annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival. The one-day event raises funds to fight against cancer, donating to charities such as Joshua’s Camp, the American Cancer Society ...

The Final Frontier

space and rocks collide in new Water Street gallery

Emilee Wentland, photos by Luong Huynh

Space is infinite. Stars and planets fill the universe, spanning light years away from Earth, making it impossible for us to view all of the cosmic greatness. Lucky for the Chippewa Valley community, one local artist is

Chippewa Valley Book Fest Reveals Some Cool Details

Emilee Wentland

For the second year in a row, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival will have a Pulitzer Prize-winning author in its line-up. The 19th annual fall festival will feature Caroline Fraser, who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize ...

Three’s Company

sibling’s three businesses – a spa, a chiropractic office, and a spin studio – will share a building

Emilee Wentland

Some families would cringe at the thought of working together or sharing business space. For one local family, however, it’s a joyful arrangement ...

Creating a ‘Healing Environment’

local artwork featured in new hospital

Emilee Wentland, photos by Emilee Wentland

Those visiting the new Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire Hospital may notice the pristine design or the state-of-the-art technology, but what they might want to look more closely at is the artwork on the walls ...

Efficiency and Experience

take a look behind the scenes of the new Marshfield Medical Center

Emilee Wentland, photos by Emilee Wentland

Hospitals are often associated with long stays, hefty bills, and uncomfortable recoveries. Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire Hospital is looking to change all of that when it opens later this month ...

New Eatery Brings Indian Cuisine Back to Valley

Emilee Wentland

Eau Claire is full of foodies and plenty of eclectic, locally owned restaurants to satisfy many – but not all – of them: The city is lacking when it comes to Indian cuisine. Until recently ...

Gyro Heroes: Dhimitërs plots out a spicy new downtown EC spot

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s a lot in store this summer for local Greek food vendor Dhimitërs. The gyro joint, an Oakwood Mall staple, has spent the last month moving to a new spot in the food court. The restaurant ...

U.S. National Kubb Championship Returns!

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kubb is a Swedish baton-throwing lawn game that can be played by pretty much anyone, and it just so happens that the largest kubb championship outside of Europe is held right here in Eau Claire, aka the "Kubb Capital of North America" since 2011 ...

Local Brewery Collaborates on Limited Run Eaux Claires Beer

Emilee Wentland

When people think of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, they probably think of, well, music and art. They may also think of collaborations, such as the collaboration between Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner ...

Altoona’s p10 Fest Jam Packed With Cool Stuff

Emilee Wentland

After months of planning and even a postponement, P10 Fest is finally just around the corner! This festival celebrates “all the things we love about the Chippewa Valley,” according to the event website ...

All Gussied up for Viral Laughs

Gus Johnson’s videos have garnered over a billion views

Emilee Wentland

Breaking stuff can be fun. Absolutely destroying a kitchen table and getting shards of wood all over the living room, on the other hand, is a great time. That’s what YouTuber Gus Johnson thought about his ...

Toasting the Future: ECRAC, Pablo Center at the Confluence join for Jubilee

Emilee Wentland, photos by Mariah Hamm

Come one, come all to the Jubilee! Presented by the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and the Pablo Center at the Confluence, this annual fundraiser for the arts is a great opportunity to eat some delicious food while donating to a good cause ...

Let’s Ride: Annual Bike Week events celebrate Valley cyclists

Emilee Wentland, photos by Michael Lundebrek

You can get nearly anywhere in Eau Claire on a bike if you have the right skills and ambition. The first step to becoming a frequent biker is getting acquainted with Eau Claire’s bike routes, which is easy during Bike Week, a free week-long celebration of all things cycling ...

Carpe Capra: Goat yoga is deeper than just doing yoga with goats

Emilee Wentland, photos by Timothy Mather

Yoga is a calming act practiced by many to achieve serenity and peace. Sitting on mats with their bodies contorted in various positions, yogis surround themselves with silence, letting out an occasional ...

Movin’ Along the Trail

boozy book will encourage you to try new beverages

Emilee Wentland

It’s no secret the Chippewa Valley is a great place to try a wide variety of craft beverages. From Autumn Harvest’s apple-based wines to Leinenkugel’s trademark brews, it’s hardly possible to get bored ...

Chalkfest 2018 Is on the Way

Emilee Wentland

It’s almost time to decorate UW-Eau Claire’s sidewalks with vivid colors and unique designs through chalk art. Every summer, Volume One and UWEC team up to present Chalkfest, a day-long celebration of all things artistic, creative, and, of course, chalk-related ...

It’s Fur Real: The Past Passed Here brings voyageur era to life

Emilee Wentland, photos by Kelly Whitman

It’s almost time to head back to the 18th century – no time machine needed. This May, the Chippewa County Historical Society’s The Past Passed Here transports visitors to the era of fur trading ...

Going Gothic: After Dark Event Has American Gothic Theme

Emilee Wentland

Always wondered what it’s like in the Chippewa Valley Museum after hours? Come find out while exploring American Gothic at the Museum, which kicks off this year’s After Dark series. After the museum closes ...

Footbridge Getting Grand Remodel

Emilee Wentland, photos by Tina Ecker

Downtown Eau Claire’s Grand Avenue footbridge is closed to pedestrians and undergoing a makeover. The city of Eau Claire’s engineering department is collaborating with Ayres Associates to replace the bridge deck and to add a safety railing, more overlooks, and lights ...

Going Green for Earth Week

EC organizations host a world of Earth Week events

Emilee Wentland

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Eau Claire is hosting events throughout the week to promote sustainability and encourage community members to go green all year. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin ...

Brewing up a Good Time With the Midwest’s Best

Emilee Wentland

The fourth annual Midwest Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by UW-Stout, will be held April 12-13 at Wilson Park in Menomonie – but this year, there’s a twist. For the first time since the original conference ...

Latest Draganowski Venture Is River Prairie Pizza Spot Za 51

Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Pizza can be more than just cheese, sausage, or pepperoni. Altoona’s newest pizza restaurant, Za 51, serves up 10-inch, thin-crust pizzas topped with artichokes, prosciutto, chicken, onions, or even ...