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Nick Meyer


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Wandering Spirits

you can create unique cocktails with the Lakely

Measha Vieth, photos by Nick Meyer

The Lakely has been passionate about craft cocktails since they opened their doors a little over a year ago. Bar manager Jorja Vradenberg and bartender Logan Slaght are always looking ...

Wisconsin Bike Week Is Gonna Be Off the Chain

June 4–11 will be a wheelie good time to get out your cycle

Pan Thao, photos by Nick Meyer

With Wisconsin as the ninth-most bicycle-friendly state in the nation and Eau Claire as one of the state’s top bicycle-friendly communities, it’s no surprise that Wisconsin Bike Week ...

Get Your Holiday Parade On

The Valley’s got some stellar wintery parades for you

Barbara Arnold, photos by Nick Meyer

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade kicks off the holiday parade season on a national scale in New York City. And we had five Memorial High School Old Abes perform in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band this year. While many people might have at least one holiday parade in their community ...

Opening Shot | November 11, 2015

photos by Nick Meyer

HARVESTING OUR HERITAGE. A grain elevator and drying facility just outside Elk Mound stays busy well into the evenings throughout November. Businesses like this one are filling up fast this autumn, after a particularly good growing season this year.

Eau Claire-Stream Takes Local Vibe on Road

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

What’s the best way to see America in style? Inside the sleek, retro luxury of a shimmering aluminum Airstream trailer, of course. What’s the best way to stylishly impress the rest of America so they want to check out the Chippewa Valley? Again, with a classic Airstream trailer ...

Bumper Crop Awaits

Wisconsin corn harvest expected to be near record

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

It’s not just your imagination: The Chippewa Valley’s cornfields are looking especially bountiful as the annual harvest approaches. So bountiful, in fact, that 2015 could be one for the history books ...

Market Growth

Menomonie Market Co-op celebrates big new digs, looks toward future

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

The Menomonie Market Food Co-op’s brand-new store is the realization of a longstanding goal for member-owners of the 41-year-old grocery, which specializes in organic and natural foods. Constricted by a too-small location, the co-op worked for years planning, fundraising, and finding the perfect spot for a new store ...

Last Call on the Wagner's Shortcut

Mike Paulus, photos by Nick Meyer

Today! Tuesday, August 11 is the very last day you can cruise through the weird little shortcut running behind Wagner's Lanes in Eau Claire, connecting Brackett Avenue to Fairfax Street. On Wednesday, the often pothole ridden path (which is really a parking lot) will be ...

Opening Shot | May 27, 2015

photos by Nick Meyer

Spotted in Eau Claire: uni-versal access. Seen roaring down Eau Claire’s Graham Avenue on a sunny day in May, this unicycle commuter keeps it safe with the proper headgear.

Confluence Roadblock

backers seek way forward after budget decision

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

If backers of the proposed Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire want $15 million in state funding, it will be difficult to get in the next state budget. On May 7 the state Legislature’s powerful ...

Eau Claire Improv Festival 2014

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Nick Meyer

On Saturday, December 13 the second day of the third annual Eau Claire Improv Festival took place at The Plus and featured local, reginal and national acts.

Eau Claire Artist’s Drawing Night

photos by Megan Johnson, Nick Meyer

On Thursday, May 27 the Eau Claire Artist’s Drawing Group gathered for a night of uninstructed sketching with a clothed figure model at The Local Store. This will take place again once a month through August. Come to be inspired, hone your skills, an

Nickolas Butler: Shotgun Lovesongs Reading and Early Book Release

photos by Luong Huynh, Nick Meyer

Local author Nickolas Butler stopped by the Local Store on Monday, March 10 to read from and sign copies of his debut novel, "Shotgun Lovesongs." Butler is an Eau Claire native, and his first book has received national attention from media outlets, major publishers, and film studios.

A Vote of Confidence

Eau Claire City Council pledges $5 million to Confluence Project

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

While the idea for the Confluence Project has been debated, promoted, altered, panned, and praised for more than a year and a half, it is has essentially remained just an idea ...

Wheel Fever at The Local Store

photos by Nick Meyer

Jesse Grant and Nick Hoffman, co-authors of the new book, Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State, visited The Local Store on Thursday, Sept. 19. to explore the many implications of their book's subtitle.

Michael Rambo Project EP release

photos by Nick Meyer

The Michael Rambo Project celebrated the release of their new EP on Friday, September 28 at the Volume One Gallery.

Shambles Improv (Aug. 23, 2012)

photos by Nick Meyer

The Eau Claire-based improv group Shambles (Shane Leonard and Amber Dernbach) performed at the charming "Gilbert Garage" last night. (Both performers are also members of local group The Improv Lab). It was their last show of the summer, but ...


three local artists unite for one final show

Anna Semanko, photos by Nick Meyer

If you make your way down to the corner of Short Street and Ferry Street in Eau Claire, you won’t find just anyone’s home. Since 1970, pottery has been fired up in this Shawtown neighborhood shop, now known as Caradori Pottery. The gallery is now ...

Note from the Editor | June 28, 2012

Nick Meyer, photos by Nick Meyer

I’d like to recommend to you an often over-looked entertainment option as you plan your evenings and weekends going forward: The Art Reception. Even if you’re not “into art,” stick with me for a minute. Let me start with this: free food. Yes, art ...

Touring Tiffany Bottoms

all aboard for a mini-train tour of a spectacular Wisconsin wetland

Bill Hogseth, photos by Nick Meyer

As the Chippewa River flows downstream from Eau Claire, it threads through a landscape of steep bluffs, expansive floodplains, and other habitats that call home to 125 rare species, more than any other area in Wisconsin; including massasauga ...

Heyde Center's 47th Annual Spring Art Show

photos by Nick Meyer

The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls is hosting their 47th Annual Spring Art Show through April 26 (2012), featuring original artwork from various media such as painting, sculpture, photography, stained glass, mosaics, ceramics ...

Eau Claire Area School District Spring Art Show (2012)

photos by Nick Meyer

To celebrate the artistic achievements of its students, the Eau Claire Area School District features over 800 works of art created by elementary, middle and high school students. The show is on display at the school district's headquarters ...

liveART3 (April, 2012)

photos by Jon Krause, Nick Meyer

On Friday, April 13, liveART3 showcased regional visual artists, spreading them throughout the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, from the State Theatre stage, throughout the lobby and into the Janet Carson Gallery. Attendees where able to see ...

A Shillelagh Good Time

traditional Celtic band is perfect for St. Patty’s, says I

Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Nick Meyer

It doesn’t have to be St Patty’s to have a “rollickin’ foot-stomping jig-dancin’ gut laughin’ mug poundin’ rabble rousin’ tuneful good time.” The Shillelagh Lads make you feel Irish all year round by creating authentic pub music with traditional ...

A Powder Keg Giving Off Sparks

David Smuhl, photos by Nick Meyer

With January comes the doldrums of winter. The temperature plummets, the days are short, and even the idea of getting out of bed seems like the most arduous task imaginable. But ...

Found Footage Festival vs. Found Magazine

photos by Zachary Oliphant, Nick Meyer

On Saturday, November 12, the Found Footage Festival returned to the Downtown Cinema in downtown Eau Claire, but this year the brought alone Found Magazine for a Found vs. Found battle royale, pitting FFF's nutty obscure video footage against ...

Volume One's Tunnel of Terror 2011

photos by Nick Meyer

For Halloween 2011, Volume One once again created its Tunnel of Terror for the hundreds of trick-or-treaters who filed through downtown Eau Claire on Friday October 28. Most of the office's first floor was converted into a funnel of fright.

Trick-or-Treating 2011 (Downtown Eau Claire)

photos by Nick Meyer

Hundreds and hundreds of costumed kids flooded downtown Eau Claire on October 28 for the annual afternoon trick-or-treating fun – with local businesses spooking it up to dole out the sugary goodness.

James Solberg Back Stage Concert

photos by Nick Meyer

Blues great James Solberg took to the stage behind the State Theatre's velvety curtains on Monday, Sept. 26 for the latest installment of the Back Stage Concert Series. Solberg was joined by local favorite Sue Orfield and he had Charlie Bingham ...

Budweiser Clydesdales clop into Carson Park

photos by Nick Meyer

On Sunday, Sept. 25 2011, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales visited the historic Carson Park's (non-historic) parking lot and pulled a vintage Budweiser beer wagon around the parking lot for a few laps, much to the crowd's delight.

Wisconsin Arts Board visits Eau Claire, Sept. 2011

photos by Nick Meyer

Fifteen leaders from all around the state in the industries of business, arts/music/theater, economic development, education, and politics – toured a number of organizations and facilities in Eau Claire

Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show 2011

photos by Kelly Whitman, Nick Meyer

The Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show 2011 blew through town August 19 through 21 and we've got pictures of trucks, hot rods and just about everything else that goes into a big rig truck show.

FEATURE: Back to the Front

reclaiming your front yard and you sense of community

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Nick Meyer, Trevor Kupfer

For decades, the public interest in community involvement, neighborhood building, and placemaking the nation over was in decline. Quite simply, our sense of community was dying. So a bunch of experts got together and decided to ...

Chalkfest 2011: Part 1 (the people)

photos by Nick Meyer

Chalkfest 2011 (August 6, Wilson Park, Eau Claire) enjoyed a beautiful day, a record number of artists, and more spectators than ever. Then, with less than two hours to go until the conclusion, the sky opened up – hard ...

2011 Eau Claire County Fair

photos by Liz Felder, Nick Meyer

The 2011 Eau Claire County Fair took place July 27–31 at the Eau Claire County Expo Center, featuring many fair favorites, including animal shows, cow pie bingo, silent auctions, a rocket launch, public safety services demonstrations, kids games ...

Opening Shot | Aug. 4, 2011

photos by Nick Meyer

The 2011 Eau Claire County Fair took place July 27–31 at the County Expo Center, featuring many fair favorites, including the death-defying Lawnmower Races.

5 tips on surviving your first kayak adventure

Alex Olson, photos by Nick Meyer

Itching to hop into a kayak and splash into a Chippewa Valley river ... for the very first time? Sweet. Here's a list of tips to help the beginner kayaker avoid some common mistakes, and a list of local shops to help get you started.

Taste of the Valley 2011

photos by Nick Meyer

On Sunday, June 5, patrons could sample a number of new dishes or revisit old favorites at Taste of the Valley 2011 in Phoenix Park. Taste of the Valley is a culinary arts festival celebrating the variety of restaurants, caterers and specialty food

Fido & Friends Fun Run 2011

photos by Nick Meyer

On Saturday, May 21, the Eau Claire County Humane Association held its 25th Annual Fido & Friends Fun Run in Carson Park, raising money and awareness for the ECCHA through foot- and paw-powered fun. More than 300 people and 200 dogs participated.

Artisan Faire: Art and Cheese at Foster Cheese Haus

photos by Nick Meyer

On Saturday, May 14, Foster Cheese Haus near Osseo allowed you to sample an array of artisan cheeses, meats, pottery, paintings and glasswork. Hooks Cheese and Golden Hills Buffalo Farm offered artisan cheeses and meats. Acclaimed area artists ...

We tested the 2011 Kickball Classic trophies: They work!

Mike Paulus, photos by Nick Meyer

The 2011 Rock-n-Roll Kickball Classic trophies got dropped off this week ... and we just had to try them out. It’s the only way to ensure they work properly. We wouldn’t want a winner to be handed a trophy unable to withstand their awesome victory.

Back Stage: No Loving Place + Brian Bethke

photos by Nick Meyer

For the latest installment of the Back Stage Concert Series, local metalheads No Loving Place played one of their popular acoustic sets, and singer/songwriter Brian Bethke debuted a brand new band.

Eau Claire Speaks at Madison Rally

photos by Nick Meyer

Eau Claire School District Superintendent Dr. Ron Heilmann speaks at a rally in front of a reported 75,000+ people in Madison, WI on February 26, 2011.

Chippewa Valley Powder Keg

photos by Nick Meyer

The Chippewa Valley Powder Keg 2-mile and 5-mile courses wandered the woods of scenic Lowes Creek County Park. Snowshoers experienced ungroomed, tightly twisting singletrack with a handful of short-but-steep hills thrown in to keep the body warm.

Winter After Hours 2011 – Opening Night

photos by Nick Meyer

Last night (Jan. 6), The Chippewa Valley proved its not afraid of Old Man Winter at Volume One's first installment of the Winter After Hours event series in Eau Claire's Boyd Park. Back by popular demand: ice skating, snowshoeing, snow sculptures...