Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Heidi Kraemer


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Gettin' Loud and Silly

Eau Claire writer Rob Reid pairs laughter with reading

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Humor not only tones your abs and puts a healthy flush in your cheeks, it brings people together, teaches, and can – according to Rob Reid – get kids hooked on books. Reid, an expert on humor and a lecturer at UW-Eau Claire, has just had his third...

Hybrid Artwork

new hybrid buses to get their looks from local artists

Heidi Kraemer

The people on the bus shout “Go Green! Go Green!” all around the town. Eau Claire is about to get a bit greener with the arrival of three brand new hybrid buses due to arrive in mid-2013. According to Eau Claire’s 2012 budget book, buses that are ...

Sixteen Strings

local engineer handcrafts centuries old instrument

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Earl Holzman is a local civil engineer who has some really unique hobbies that will take you back centuries. A woodworker for over 25 years, Earl has recently dedicated much of his time to crafting nyckelharpas, a traditional Swedish instrument ...

A Storyteller Showcase

new storytelling event coming to UW-Eau Claire

Heidi Kraemer

Storytelling is one of the oldest, most universal art forms that connects people across generations and cultures. It teaches and entertains not only children but people of all ages. Rob Reid, local storyteller and Senior Lecturer in the Department...

Showing the Glow

local webcast talk show about whimsy and joy

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When people take themselves too seriously, life is in danger of getting very boring. This is a problem the ladies at Queen of the Castle Magazine do not have. Everyone needs some whimsy in their lives, at least that’s what the writers of ...

Rice Palace

new Thai place moves into downtown Eau Claire

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire is getting a bit spicier with the opening of another Thai restaurant downtown called Rice Palace LLC, which will offer a portal to the warm, tangy wilds of Thailand at 210 S. Barstow St. Opened by husband and wife ...

Story Time

local author and educator Rob Reid is publishing three books in 2012

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Story has been and will continue to be a powerful part of every child’s formative years and an everlasting fountain of youth for adults. Entertaining, teaching, and inspiring children’s literature is not just for kids, as we well know. A certain ...

Jim Falls Whitewater Runs through It

a local group can serve as your resource for paddling safety and opportunities in the area

Heidi Kraemer

Not many people here in Eau Claire know that they live in a land writhing with raging rivers just begging to be tamed by fearless whitewater kayakers and canoeists. A local group called Jim Falls Whitewater has created a blog and resource page in ...


local storyteller writes of growing up in Eau Claire

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Today kids are more likely to charge into a virtual world of video games after school. However, this was not a possibility for youth in the 40s and 50s. Check out Larry Pope’s book Shot-Town Stories for a chance to experience what boyhood was ...

Mike's Art Supply

Menomonie art store goes independent

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Leah Dunbar

Are you an artist or aspiring to become one? Perhaps you just have some artistic hobbies or are just looking for some ideas for a one-time project. If so, check out Mike’s Art & Design Supply located in downtown Menomonie at ...

Battling the Cyclocross

hardcore cyclists to invade town for multi-terrain race

Heidi Kraemer

Want a crazy way to spice up the holidays and put those Thanksgiving calories to use? Overdrive Cycling Club presents the Princeton Valley Cyclocross Race at the Eau Claire golf course as a benefit for Feed My People.

Into the Woods

filming the northwoods fairytale ‘North Passage’

Heidi Kraemer

“I think it will be a pretty powerful film that uses current events as a way to explore timeless narrative questions.” – Kevin Pontuti, director of North Passage

Bound for Broadway

Colfax-based comic juggling duo to appear at Carolines

Heidi Kraemer

Some pretty remarkable talent cartwheels out from behind the red curtain of the Chippewa Valley. The spotlight now shines on local juggling troupe, In Capable Hands. Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw are a dynamic, comedy-juggling husband and wife duo...

Goin’ Surfin’ ... in Wisconsin

yes, we have a freshwater surfing scene – thanks to the Great Lakes

Heidi Kraemer

When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Perhaps white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, huge ocean swells, and Point Break? How about potlucks, Cheeseheads, and the chilly, freshwater shores of our very own Lake Michigan?

Make Like an Outdoorsman and Leave No Trace

tips to minimize your impact in the bush

Heidi Kraemer

Leave No Trace is not just for outdoor hippie extremists. The national and international program educates outdoors-lovers about the impact they have on nature as well as provides tips on how to prevent and/or minimize such impacts.

Bikes Don't Grow on Trees

cyclists put them there because there aren’t enough bike racks

Heidi Kraemer

Local businesses have the ability to appease a whole bunch of irritated bicyclists, increase their traffic, and even save trees with one simple act: adding a bike rack.

Out in the Open

children’s book gives perspective on disabilities

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Katie Lebrun

A retired psychology professor from UWEC hopes her new book will incite parents and teachers as well as students with and without disabilities to open up about their differences and allow acceptance and healing to occur.


UWEC’s incredible annual dance exhibition

Heidi Kraemer

Every year, UW-Eau Claire puts on a dance show featuring the work of students, with this year featuring several pieces of modern dance, two jazz pieces, one tap piece, one contemporary ballet piece, and a contemporary jazz piece.

The Sidewalk Ends Here

Bare Bones presents short plays by Shel Silverstein

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Laced with his gleeful and, at times, grim humor, these plays reflect Shel Silverstein’s observations of relationships and culture.

Dancing the Scandinavian Way

ethnic dance sessions focus on waltz, polka, and ... shoddish

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Come learn to spin and double-foot slap your way back to your Swedish roots or plant the seeds for some serious foot stomping.

City Ponders Terrain Park

EC Parks & Rec has big ideas for the “Northwest Community Park”

Heidi Kraemer

There are plans for a tubing/ski/snowboard hill with future dreams of a tow rope, snowmaking machines, and a warming hut. There is a tangle of cross-country ski trails for winter, and some pretty crazy looking trails for summer mountain biking.

The Threshing

locals bring an original musical to the stage

Heidi Kraemer

“People will want to see this musical because it is all about local people and history. … The music is of a Broadway caliber, and the play is such a neat opportunity that everybody should see it.” – playwright Karen Hurd

Pedals Palooza!

a celebration of bassist Eric Thompson’s gagillion bands

Heidi Kraemer

Six bands. Three days. One local dude. An upcoming music festival showcases the versatility and knowledge of local bassist Eric Thompson.

Married Movers

local dance instructors Dave and Karen Goggin

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“You have to defend yourself from the other dancers on the floor. It can get brutal out there.” – Dance instructor Dave Goggin

What Does a Painting Sound Like?

Dallas Museum of Art and the University of Texas let you listen to artwork

Heidi Kraemer

Inspired to engage more of their senses when admiring art, some students have set out to define what individual paintings sound like.

Compost your leaves!

Heidi Kraemer

While pretty on the trees, leaves are now ending up all over and causing a lot of trouble.

That's a Rapt

student-made thriller to screen on campus

Heidi Kraemer

What is in the box? I just gotta know! It could be anything – a tiger, a million dollars, or even a baby! If you are as curious as I, you should drop by Davies Theatre and check out the student-made film entitled Rapt.

Money Maker

local artist Mallory Prucha Rishoi wins “Green Coin” design contest

Heidi Kraemer

Local artist Mallory Prucha Rishoi is making money, and it’s not just for her wallet.

Bike to the Future

commission wants input on the city’s biking needs

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in the improvement of our community. The committee is eagerly awaiting public input.

Tainter Lake Stinks

Heidi Kraemer

Tainter Lake in Dunn County is experiencing algae-blooms which cause an incredible stench.

Elephants on their Way

Shriners bring their annual circus back to town

Heidi Kraemer

Your inner child is beckoning, so go ahead and follow the sparkling spotlights to the Big Top of the annual Mehara Shrine Circus.