Leah Dunbar


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Wed. Aug. 9th, 2017

Maintaining Mabel

Marie Anthony, photos by Leah Dunbar

beloved Menomonie arts center starts season, raises funds for roof

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Get On That: Menomonie's castle playground

Mike Paulus, photos by Leah Dunbar

The public playground located next to River Heights Elementary in Menomonie would be a fantastic place to romp even without its centerpiece – a super cool, multistory castle. It’s got great swings and bridges, a fun climbing wall, and more than enough classic jungle gym action to keep your kids moving. But the sprawling castle is definitely the belle of the playground ball.

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013


Emily Anderson, photos by Leah Dunbar

theater group brings the Bard outdoors

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

A Grand Day to Bike

Eric Koeppel, photos by Leah Dunbar

4th annual Nature Valley Grand Prix zips into Menomonie

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2012

Explore Fashion Without Fabric

Taylor Kuether, photos by Leah Dunbar

Tasked with creating clothing without using fabric of any kind, UW-Stout design students have their work cut out for them. Every spring, the university’s Art and Design Department puts on its popular “Fashion Without Fabric” fashion show. “A lot ...

Pinocchio: Get Real!

Tue. Apr. 17th, 2012

Menomonie's Red Cedar Youth Stage presented Pinocchio: Get Real! at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts on April 13 and 14 (2012).

Mon. Mar. 5th, 2012

Mike's Art Supply

Heidi Kraemer, photos by Leah Dunbar

Menomonie art store goes independent

Wed. Feb. 22nd, 2012

Vagabond's Got the Goods

Tracy Chipman, photos by Leah Dunbar

new Menomonie bakery focuses on local ingredients

Mon. Feb. 20th, 2012

The Hatch

Emily Gresbrink, photos by Leah Dunbar

eclectic bazaar-like shop opens in Menominie

Mon. Feb. 20th, 2012

Back to the Box

Anna Semanko, photos by Leah Dunbar

quirky resale shop re-opens in downtown Menomonie

Fri. Feb. 17th, 2012

The Fallen Blade

Lindsey Matysik, photos by Leah Dunbar

local sci-fi author Kelly McCullough's new series

The Shape of Things

Mon. Feb. 13th, 2012

The Menomonie Theater Guild staged their production of The Shape of Things on February 10-12ath the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.

Mon. Feb. 6th, 2012

Get Your Tickets for Get Your Gun

photos by Leah Dunbar

Few can argue the legendary Annie Oakley’s place in history. Similarly, Annie Get Your Gun holds its own amongst the most beloved and entertaining musicals. Loosely based on the life of the iconic markswoman, the Menomonie Theater Guild is ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2012

Two-Wheelin’ Winter: Frosty Bike Survival

Mike Paulus, photos by Leah Dunbar

With this winter’s warmer weather and largely ice-free roadways, I’m betting more of you are biking around town than usual. With that in mind, check out these winter biking tips we posted a few years back ...

Jawaahir Middle Eastern Dance

Mon. Jan. 23rd, 2012

Jawaahir (juh-WAH-heer), meaning jewels in Arabic, is the only professional Middle Eastern dance company in the Midwest. Since its founding in 1989 by Artistic Director Cassandra Shore, Jawaahir has grown to 17 members and has performed throughout...

Mon. Jan. 23rd, 2012

Pardon Fashion Show: Outré

Jenny Talen, photos by Leah Dunbar

the biggest runway show of original textile art in the Valley

Wed. Dec. 21st, 2011

DrumFarm Studio

Aryn Widule, photos by Leah Dunbar

Gin Blossoms drummer opens recording studio near Menomonie

A Streetcar Named Desire (MTG)

Mon. Oct. 17th, 2011

With its final show on Sunday, Oct. 16, The Menomonie Theater Guild's production of A Streetcar Named Desire ran for five performances of classic stage drama, Tennessee Williams style.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 27th, 2011

New York Hearts Wisconsin?

Mike Paulus, photos by Leah Dunbar

"When my date at ordered a can of PBR, I didn’t tell him that my grandpa and his VFW friends considered it treason to drink anything that hadn’t been bottled in Milwaukee. When my neighbor wore a Green Bay Packer jersey over her skinny jeans ..."

James and the Giant Peach

Fri. Aug. 19th, 2011

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Roald Dahl classic and staged by the Menomonie Theater Guild ... twenty area youth brought this remarkable stage version to life.

Mon. Aug. 15th, 2011

Just Peachy

Tracy Chipman, photos by Leah Dunbar

Red Cedar Youth Stage presents Roald Dahl classic

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tue. Aug. 9th, 2011

Puck, Oberon, and Titania pull the strings as a pair of mortal lovers play victim to their fairy magic. Directed by Ryan Peterson, the production's energetic cast transformed the park into a mystical woodland realm in this hilarious classic...

The Jungle Book Kids & Annie Jr.

Wed. Jul. 20th, 2011

As the culmination of a three-week theater day camp for 52 area kids, the Menomonie Theater Guild performed multiple double features of "The Jungle Book Kids" & "Annie Jr." at the Mable Tainter the weekend of July, 15.

West Wisconsin Sustainability Fair 2011

Mon. Jul. 18th, 2011

This past Saturday Sustainable Dunn hosted its third annual West Wisconsin Sustainability Fair at the Dunn County Fairgrounds in Menomonie. This year's theme was water, with tons of speakers, workshops, music, and contests to keep fair-goers busy ...

Mon. Jul. 18th, 2011

New Breed Of Health Care

Eric Larson, photos by Leah Dunbar

local doctor’s flat-fee clinic hopes to inspire change

Thu. Jun. 9th, 2011

Nature Valley Grand Prix

Brett Bachman, photos by Leah Dunbar

huge bike race rushes back to downtown Menomonie

Thu. May. 12th, 2011

Working It

Kristin Frosch, photos by Leah Dunbar

local stage adaptation of Studs Terkel book couldn’t come at a better time

Thu. Apr. 28th, 2011

Taking a Shot

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Leah Dunbar

Stout math professor writes a young adult sports novel

All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarden

Tue. Apr. 26th, 2011

A funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. An evening of theatrical storytelling with monologues, dialogues, and seven original songs. The delightful stories feature colorful characters such as: a shy little boy ...

Fashion Without Fabric 2011

Tue. Apr. 12th, 2011

On Saturday, April 9, Stout's Art and Design students strutted down the runway in fashions created entirely without fabric. As long as it was neither woven nor knitted, any material worked.

Glittering Work from Menomonie artist Kari Tarr

Fri. Apr. 1st, 2011

Tarr says she draws inspiration for her work from 60s minimalist paintings, namely the work of Joseph Albers and Albert Kelly. Her first piece – a 25 square piece, each square a different color scheme – was based off of Joseph Albers Homage to the Square.

Thu. Mar. 31st, 2011

Sparkly Kari Tarr

Bailey Berg, photos by Leah Dunbar

Menomonie artist scores Martha Stewart show visit

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2011

Meat Raffles

Sarah Dobs, photos by Leah Dunbar

a first-person investigation of these mysterious cultural affairs

The Sound of Music

Tue. Mar. 1st, 2011

Presented by the Menomonie Theatre Guild, in the world's most beloved musical, a postulant is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of

The Saint Valentines Day Hustle

Tue. Feb. 22nd, 2011

On Sat, Feb. 19 a frosty bicycle race was held in the middle of the lake outside of the Waterfront Bar and Grill in Menomonie. Half of the proceeds went to the Dunn County Humane Society. There were prizes, bonfires and antics following the event.

Meat Raffle Sundays!

Tue. Feb. 22nd, 2011

Every Sunday from 11am-1pm Jake's Supper Club in Menomonie offers a chance to win steaks, roasts, crab legs and more. Yep – it's the MEAT RAFFLE.

Thu. Feb. 17th, 2011

Teddy’s Tube Steaks

Alissa Peterson, photos by Leah Dunbar

this isn’t your ordinary hot dog shop ...

Thu. Feb. 17th, 2011

Mixed Use Menomonie

Tracy Chipman, photos by Leah Dunbar

downtown revitalization ideas swell in Menomonie

2nd Annual Pardon Fashion Show: “A Feral Affair”

Mon. Feb. 14th, 2011

On February 5, 2011, the fashionistas of the Chippewa Valley gathered for the 2nd Annual Pardon Fashion Show: “A Feral Affair.” Directors Lindsey Baker and Raine Nimmer created a community event encouraging local designers and artists to amaze ...

Simply Dunn - Dunn County Pottery

Fri. Feb. 4th, 2011

A former Downsville one-room schoolhouse that’s taken on various purposes since the 1950s has gotten its biggest facelift yet – and a new home. Its newest identity is a beautiful showroom for pottery and local craft works ...

Thu. Feb. 3rd, 2011

The One Room Gallery

Bailey Berg, photos by Leah Dunbar

former Downsville schoolhouse transformed into gallery

The Tempest

Tue. Feb. 1st, 2011

On Friday, Jan 28 MTG's Red Cedar Youth Stage presented "The Tempest," an adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, at the Mable Tainter Theater in Menomonie.