Eric Rasmussen


Eric Rasmussen is a teacher, writer, father of two and Eau Claire native. This essay was previously published on his blog, The Other Eric Rasmussen:

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Thu. Aug. 22nd, 2019

Dirt Track Destination

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Red Cedar Speedway is home to generations of racers and their fans

Fri. Mar. 8th, 2019

Talent From Inside

Eric Rasmussen

literary and art publication helps incarcerated artists find their voices

Tue. Sep. 4th, 2018

How I Decided My Son Was Ready for a Cellphone by Fifth Grade

Eric Rasmussen

Our family had a problem that social cues couldn’t solve. According to my son, EVERYONE in his fourth-grade class already had a cellphone. I’m not clear on how he came by this data; I assume he prepared a paper survey ...

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017

Our Broke Kids

Eric Rasmussen

Our children come to us broken. They have crooked teeth and insatiable appetites for sugar and screen time. They arrive with no knowledge or values. Modern kids are the ultimate fixer-upper, the biggest project we can sign up for.

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Chronic Senioritis

Eric Rasmussen

planning Senior Skip Day gives high school students a taste of ‘real world’ complexity

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

The Toys We're Keeping: appreciating those long-lost gifts for what they are

Eric Rasmussen, graphic designer by Serena Wagner

Santa was always very kind to me. Every one of my Christmas mornings featured some notable gift that came to define the whole year, like the animals on the Chinese calendar placemats at the Asian buffet restaurants. The year of the Nintendo. The year of Crossfire. The year of Castle Grayskull...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Getting Better With Age

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a beloved teacher’s poems mark a midlife milestone

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Icy Reflections

Eric Rasmussen

laments swirling around the old neighborhood rink

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

Curling: The Other Ice Sport

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Jeff Thompson

While entertainment options for kids grow more and more complicated, parents need to remember the cardboard box principal: No matter how fancy the toy, the box it came in is likely to receive the most attention. This same idea can apply to the sports world, too. While the intricate rules and strategies ...

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

'Strange Little Punk Odes'

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Kelsey Smith

stories explore emotional turmoil of Midwestern youth

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Out at Coon Fork

Eric Rasmussen, illustrated by Serena Wagner

why we endure the voluntary isolation of camping with family

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Where the Music Starts

Eric Rasmussen

talent teachers, wide participation foster a quality music education system in the valley

Tue. Jun. 23rd, 2015

Don't Go Changing

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Travis Dewitz

a handful of local businesses are totally acing the test of time

Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

A Preschool Commencement Speech or Why Certificates Aren't So Bad

Eric Rasmussen

This afternoon, something momentous happened. You all, you four and five year olds, many with faces already sullied with cake frosting and outfits chosen haphazardly by your frantic parents or by your colorblind selves, reached the first milestone in life accompanied by a certificate ...

Fri. May. 15th, 2015

Lil’ Gardeners

Eric Rasmussen

the kids at Lily Pad Lab have a small plot in the Southside Community garden

Wed. Dec. 18th, 2013

Off Like a Shot

Eric Rasmussen

debut novel generating international buzz, Hollywood interest

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2012

Going Home Again

Eric Rasmussen, illustrated by Kat Wesely

what it’s like to start living in your childhood home as an adult

The Community Pool

Wed. Jul. 11th, 2012

Spotted in EC: Polite bike theft victim

Mike Paulus, photos by Eric Rasmussen

A big thanks to V1 senior writer Eric Rasmussen for snapping this photo of a hand-written sign he found outside of a shop in Downtown Eau Claire. It reads ...

Wed. Feb. 8th, 2012

Intercepted Valentines

Eric Rasmussen

private letters of love that somehow found their way to our senior contributor, Eric Rasmussen

Tue. Dec. 6th, 2011

Feeling Philanthropic

Eric Rasmussen

mulling the future of Eau Claire’s philanthropic traditions

Wed. Nov. 23rd, 2011

Targeting Cancer

Eric Rasmussen

event to explore treating cancer through nutrition

Tue. Oct. 11th, 2011

The Real Old Abe

Eric Rasmussen

famous local bird celebrates 150th anniversary

Mon. Aug. 15th, 2011

Saddled Up

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Mike Switzer

Memorial High School has an Equestrian Team?

Wed. Aug. 3rd, 2011

FEATURE: Tube Town

Trevor Kupfer, Kaitlyn Heisick, Eric Rasmussen, Frank Smoot, photos by V1 Staff & Contributors

The Chippewa Valley has a massive inner-tube floating scene, and this guide breaks down the local origin of the activity, what the big annual events are all about, the economic impact of it, plus what you need, where to go, and how to do it right.

Mon. Aug. 1st, 2011

Borders Be Gone

Eric Rasmussen, illustrated by Garrett Brunker

as one story ends, perhaps a new chapter can begin ... turn the page

Thu. May. 12th, 2011

Just Local Food to Party Like a Seven Year Old

Eric Rasmussen

When a local business passes from childhood into the adolescence of established neighborhood institution, recognition is deserved. When that business not only sells products, but also has a mission that includes facilitating relationships...

Thu. Nov. 18th, 2010

Local Letters to Santa

Eric Rasmussen

colorful correspondence between area folks and the big, bearded guy

Thu. Aug. 26th, 2010

Back Against the Mall

Eric Rasmussen

our local shopping mall just isn’t what it used to be. or is it?

Thu. Jul. 15th, 2010

FEATURE: Horseradish Hotspot

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Hannah Hebl

Insights on the Chippewa Valley's Little-Known Creamy Cash Crop

Thu. Apr. 22nd, 2010

Centipedes Attack!(?)

Eric Rasmussen, illustrated by Holly Zimmerman

a natural and sustainable lifestyle has many, many legs