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Thu. Aug. 8th, 2019

Opening Shot | Aug. 7, 2019

by Mike Paulus

EARNING CHEERS WHILE SHIFTING GEARS AND PROTECTING EARS. On Thursday, July 25, the Red Cedar Speedway near Menomonie held its Dunn County Fair 25 Street Stock Invitational, drawing together racers (and racing fans) from all over the region.

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

So Much Summer in Store for You

Mike Paulus

Sweet, sweet summertime – it has arrived! The Chippewa Valley Family crew is sending you its warmest summer wishes for a fantastic season of adventure, outdoor hang time, and day after day of soaking ...

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

HEL-YES-MET: Sacrificing looks for brains

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

So I need to buy a bike helmet, and I’m not exactly a helmet guy. I mean, I’m anti-brain injury and all that – I’m totally pro-brain. But helmets are just not for me. I know some dudes actually look good in a helmet ...

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Downtown Drama

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

seeing Harrison Ford in downtown Eau Claire

Mon. Jun. 3rd, 2019

Wheelbarrows

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

remembering how I used to roll

Mon. May. 20th, 2019

Bright Lights, Small City

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

So I thought my life would turn out differently. You probably did, too. By now, you and I were supposed to have moved to a big city, rented an apartment with tall ceilings and at least one brick wall ...

Mon. May. 6th, 2019

Block and Awe

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

you can’t just sit back and hope your neighborhood stays neighborly

Thu. Apr. 18th, 2019

The Clog of War

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

stick with it until your worries drain away

Wed. Apr. 3rd, 2019

Puddles and Ships

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

He picks out a few good peanut shells before I throw the pile into the trash. Five or six large ones without cracks or holes. He wants the seaworthy peanut shells ...

Fri. Mar. 8th, 2019

Snow and Behold

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

this winter has been ... um ... who cares anymore?

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

A Season for Smashing

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

It’s a time-honored tradition passed down through generations of whiney Wisconsinites who were never taught to dress in layers and buy water-proof shoes.

Tue. Feb. 26th, 2019

In the Sick of It

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

coping with winter sickness, one complaint at a time

Tue. Feb. 5th, 2019

My Best of the Worst

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

Do you think your struggles are the worst?

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019

Chain of Reasoning

Mike Paulus, design by Taylor McCumber

Why do we take things that don’t belong to us?

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Twenty-Eighteen Things

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Taylor McCumber

a quick look back at some stuff that happened in the last 365 days

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

On the Paper Trail

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

a stranger's lost to-do list sparks many, many questions

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018

Unleash the Extension Cords

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

’tis the season for judging your neighbor’s holiday decor

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018

What’s Pine Is Pine

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

keeping it real during the jolliest time of year

Wed. Nov. 14th, 2018

TRU NORD

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

exploring the tools we use to get by

Thu. Nov. 8th, 2018

The Horror

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

without VHS tapes and HBO, my childhood would have been a lot less traumatic

Thu. Oct. 18th, 2018

Halloween Dreams

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

if you’re gonna scare, you might as well scare big

Tue. Oct. 2nd, 2018

Autumn’s Up

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

It’s a pumpkin spice world. We’re just living in it.

Wed. Sep. 5th, 2018

Playing La Cucaracha

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

piano keys and grade school are hard to navigate

Tue. Jul. 24th, 2018

Hair Naked

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Mackenzie Kavanagh

revealing tales of fantastic follicles

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Going the Distance

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

my idea of competition doesn’t involve a whole lot of running

Thu. Jul. 5th, 2018

Cart to Cart

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

how to win friends and influence pretzel nuggets

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 5th, 2018

PHOTOS: Eaux Claires Fans at Peak Eaux Claires

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

We've taken many a photograph at past Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festivals, as all kinds of fantastic people converge upon the Chippewa Valley from around the world. Enjoy a handful of music fans who seem extra-at-home at Eaux Claires ...

Wed. Jun. 13th, 2018

Sun Amok: Summer’s fun and all, but it’s not your friend

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’m not sure why you all like summer so much. Because I’m pretty sure summer doesn’t like you. At least, not as much as you think it does. Especially the Sun. That big blazing ball of brightness ...

Mon. Jun. 4th, 2018

List Connections

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Erik Christenson

putting the stress in summertime fun

Mon. May. 21st, 2018

A Sporty Retorty

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I’ve never gotten along with sports, and perhaps I never will

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

A Span Down by the River

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

navigating some of Eau Claire’s very best bridges

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

It’s a Yard Knock Life

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

as spring arrives, frozen shame begins to thaw

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

Dry and Mighty: What happens when the good things break?

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The YouTube videos failed me. I watched so many, followed all the helpful instructions, and tried all the hot tips. With a screwdriver in one hand and my smartphone in the other, I clawed and crawled well beyond my comfort zone ...

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

Childhood Memories Across Thin Ice

Mike Paulus

March is usually the time of year we stop complaining about the snow and cold so we can free up more time to complain about how dirty the snow has gotten and how wet the cold air is feeling. It’s a time-honored ...