Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Max Martinson

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Pinball Prominence

you might be playing next to a grand champion

Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed at a crowded bar or restaurant, search the walls for a pinball machine. Walk over, figure out how to get ...

That Campus Life

there’s tons of cool stuff you can do at our local colleges–­even if you’re not a student

Max Martinson

UW-Eau Claire offers an incredible range of opportunities to experience great music nearly every weekend. The occasional big name will roll through campus and play a show at Zorn Arena ...

That Campus Life

there’s tons of cool stuff you can do at our local colleges–­even if you’re not a student

Max Martinson

UW-Eau Claire offers an incredible range of opportunities to experience great music nearly every weekend. The occasional big name will roll through campus and play a show at Zorn Arena, but the real heart of the music ...

Not Just for 'Girls'

roller derby team updates name to shift focus from gender

Max Martinson, photos by Luong Huynh

In an effort to be more inclusive to everyone who contributes to and appreciates the sport, the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls have officially changed their name to Chippewa Valley Roller Derby ...

The Wonders of Wissota

honoring Lake Wissota’s centennial with a musical

Max Martinson

With the 100 year anniversary of the creation of Lake Wissota comes a play honoring the amazing feat that took place a century ago. Jerry Way, the man behind the production of “Wissota in the Making” ...

Big Fun With Big Rigs

truck show moves to Chippewa Falls, adds monster trucks

Max Martinson

Previously staged in the Chippewa Valley Technical College parking lot in Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show has grown too large for its original home, and has hit the highway for the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds ...

Chippewa Valley Craft Brewers Talk About What's Next in Local Beer

Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A little healthy competition benefits all of us, but support seems to be the secret ingredient in the Chippewa Valley brewing community’s success. Each new brewery benefits when one brewer succeeds at opening people up to craft beer, and we have growing support surrounding craft beer ...

Healing With Music

album of local talent will combat substance abuse

Max Martinson

Jennifer Coyne is a licensed therapist and local musician who has used the power of music in her efforts to combat substance abuse in the Chippewa Valley. During years working as a therapist ...

Leinie's Goes Big

famous local brewery to throw huge birthday party

Max Martinson

Leinenkugel’s began brewing beer in Chippewa Falls in 1867, and they’re still going strong as ever. The storied local brewery and the family that has owned and operated it all this time are celebrating 150 years ...

Find It All in the Shed

get lost in Altoona’s massive antique-filled wonderland

Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you happen to stop by The Shed in Altoona, you’ll want to walk around once, then turn back and circle around in the opposite direction. There is so much merchandise that you’re bound to see a few new ...

The Sky's the Limit

online literary journal Sky Island set to drop first issue

Max Martinson

Sky Island Journal is an Eau Claire-based online literary journal that was started by two men, Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfield. Jeff and Jason sought a way to create a reader and contributor friendly magazine ...

Is There a Killer on the River?

retired Milwaukee detective investigates ‘Smiley Face’ theory

Max Martinson

There’s a lot of strange stuff that happens in rivers. River monsters move silently through the current, herons and eagles keep watch as giant catfish swallow the arms of people who dare to use their fingers as bait ...

The Last Call: Local music great Krause releases final album

Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As Billy Krause and I sat and had breakfast, he described his long and interesting career as a musician. After listening to his new record, Last Call, I was a little intimidated to meet a man who could write ...

EC Bartender Wins Cocktail Competition

Max Martinson

Two bartenders from The Informalist and Dive Bar did exceptionally well in the recent Copper & Kings Mixt&pe Cocktail Competition in Minneapolis. Working bartenders participating in the contest created drinks using ...

Eaux Art Finds New Home

Eau Claire to snag more art from Eaux Claires fest

Max Martinson

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will live on in the Eau Claire community through a couple of its art installations, which will soon be on display as public art ...

Take the Keys

Kurt Fischer takes his piano on a sonic journey

Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kurt Fischer’s first album, Soundscapes, is the result of a 40-year relationship with the piano. Recorded entirely in Kurt’s home studio, the instrumental album features solo piano, synthesizers ...

Foodie Fests

Menomonie celebrates pickles and salsa

Max Martinson

If you are one who loves perusing farmers markets, checking out unique artisan work, or doing any of the other satisfying activities that are possible when you wake up before noon on Saturday mornings ...

Art in the Summertime

fabulous Stockholm Art Fair returns for year 44

Max Martinson

The picturesque community of Stockholm will be celebrating its 44th annual Art Fair on July 15. More than 100 juried artists will be showing their work right on the banks of the Mississippi River ...

Friendly Food

restaurateurs keep it fresh, classic at Westside Bar & Grill

Max Martinson

The Westside Bar and Grill has been open for only a few weeks, but the owners are taking steps to making it an Eau Claire favorite. Sandy Blake and Mark Wingad opened up shop with the hope of making a clean ...