Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Rebecca Mennecke


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Virtual Vigil for George Floyd Planned in Eau Claire

online event will address race, hate crime, police brutality

Rebecca Mennecke

On Sunday afternoon, Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, the president of Eau Claire-based Uniting Bridges, and Aja St. Germaine, a third-year UW-Eau Claire English student, will host an online vigil in remembrance ...

How Has the Pandemic Impacted You? Community Survey Seeks Answers

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A coalition of Chippewa Valley community organizations are asking you to take a COVID-19 community survey to understand how the pandemic has affected your health, financial stability, and access to community ...

Blue Ox Plans Online Show, But In-Person Fest Still Slated for August

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Michael Bartsch

If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to check out the Blue Ox Music Festival this summer, this year is the year for you! “Blue Ox Music Festival: Live From the Pines” is shimmying its way online to broadcast ...

With ‘Multidimensional,’ ArtFly Brings Local Art Online

virtual exhibition of Chippewa Valley art runs through June 5

Rebecca Mennecke

Eau Claire-based pop-up gallery ArtFly has taken art to a new, digital format that can be accessed by a computer or smartphone in the new exhibition “ArtFly: Multidimensional” – ArtFly’s first show in ...

When It Comes to Mental Illness, COVID Solidarity Brings Comfort

‘Now, we’re all hibernating at home, scared of being sick’

Rebecca Mennecke

About a week before the president of the United States declared a national emergency regarding the novel coronavirus, I traveled back home to Rochester, Minnesota, due to what can best be described as a mental breakdown ...

The Power of the Scrunchie

UW-Eau Claire student brings scrunchies back in business

Rebecca Mennecke

Popular hairdos of the 1980s can sometimes seem a little cringey in retrospect. From long mullets and poofy perms to frizzy crimped locks and hairspray up the wazoo, it can be tough ...

What’s the Buzz?

local beekeepers keep bees in business

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

According to Don Hauser, the president of the Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association, the Chippewa Valley is a “sweet spot” for beekeepers, since folks ...

One for All and All for One

Downtown Menomonie hosts community cookout

Rebecca Mennecke

Food has the power to bring people together. When it comes to the the Great Community Cookout in Menomonie, this couldn’t be more true. The cookout, now in its 14th year, will be 4-8pm on Thursday, Sept. 12, behind the Visitors Center in Menomonie ...

Menomonie Bookstore Keep Indie Bookselling Alive

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In the past decades, independent bookstores around the United States have battled against corporate giants like Amazon, who offer good reads for low prices, and many have lost. However, independent bookstores ...

Phelan Park Makes for Great Skateboard Adventures

Rebecca Mennecke

They say life is no walk in the park, but at Phelan Park, you can do just that – or you can take a roll in the park with the Menomonie Skate Park for local ‘boarders. It’s one of the few entirely concrete ...

UW-Stout Art Students Open New Gallery Space in Menomonie

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ed Erdmann sees the line between Menomonie residents and students a bit like how freshwater and saltwater meet: separate, but of the same body of water. Trying to bring ...

Say Cheese for Cheesesteak

Chippewa Valley Cheesesteak rolls onto the food truck scene

Rebecca Mennecke

Nothing says ‘Wisconsin’ quite like cheese, and nothing says ‘Food Truck Friday’ quite like the Chippewa Valley Cheesesteak, which will be grilling up good eats at Food Truck Friday with their ...

Hops4Hockey Offers Local Beer to Support Local Hockey

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by James Bartelt

If you’re on the lookout for a chance to get out, taste some good beer, and support local hockey teams, hop right on over to the Hops4Hockey annual beer festival on Sept. 21 at the Hobbs Municipal Ice Center ...

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Features Southern BBQ

Rebecca Mennecke

Brisket pork and chicken sandwiches, loaded mashed potatoes, Mac and Cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad. Are you hungry yet? No worries – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is set to hit Food Truck Friday ...

Without Eaux Claires, OXBEAUX III Goes Big in Downtown Eau Claire

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Lee Butterworth

If you’re looking for a “unique outdoor music experience in the heart of the city,” look no further than the Oxbeaux III at the Oxbow Hotel on Aug. 9-10. There will be beer, cocktails, soda, lots of food, and ...

Life Support BBQ to Zap It up at Food Truck Friday

Rebecca Mennecke

Don’t let it shock you: Life Support BBQ is zapping up good eats at Food Truck Friday this year, passing out pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, their classic meat mac, pork belly burnt ends ...

Is There Intelligent Life out There?

YOLUS: Aliens on Artok hits Menomonie stage

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Timothy Mather

Since we first looked to the stars, folks around the globe have wondered if there’s life outside our own planet. Patrick Pesek-Herriges’ new musical, YOLUS: Aliens on Artok, grapples with the idea that life on another ...

Rinse, Tumble Dry, Repeat

webcomic aimed at people who are “nervous and overwhelmed with life”

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Before he headed to college at UW-Stout in 2007 for a degree in studio art, Tyler Haas knew he was destined to be great. That expectation was tempered somewhat when he leveled up. “As it turns out, being the ...

Writers’ Retreat Ends With Public Reading at Pablo

Rebecca Mennecke

There’s a common misconception that writers are hermits, crafting their works by candlelight in solitary houses located in the middle of dark and deep forests. The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild proved that stereotype ...

Sabeen Sadiq Graces the Plus

Laugh it up to support the Red Letter Grant

Rebecca Mennecke

Comedian. Writer. Spectacular human. That’s Sabeen Sadiq, a Chicago-based comedian and actor, according to her website. As a part of the Red Letter Grant Comedy Night, hosted by the Menomonie Market ...

Peter Pan Flies to the Pablo Center

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Everyone who remembers the story of Peter Pan knows all it takes to fly is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust. But it’ll take a little more than ...

What’s Your Side Hustle?

Uber, Lyft, other apps offer workers extra cash, flexible hours

Rebecca Mennecke

Younger generations are glued to their phones – or at least that’s how the stereotype goes. But, the folks who grew up with cellphones and the Internet have upgraded more than just ...

Keeping It Local

Menomonie Market Food Co-op awards grant to local farms for projects

Rebecca Mennecke

The Menomonie Market Food Co-op recently awarded $3,000 to local farmers as a part of its Fund Our Foodshed grant. The grant offers small farms the opportunity to expand aspects of their businesses in ways they otherwise ...

Everything has a Purpose

a bike embellished with repurposed materials keeps people happy

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Every once in a while around Eau Claire, you might see aBa, a professor of mathematics at UWEC, riding a pretty flashy bike. aBa got his bicycle, nicknamed the “boy bike,” in 2008 when he was studying at the University of Iowa for his Ph.D.

March Your Way to Menomonie

Drum Corps International competition rolls into UW-Stout’s Williams Stadium

Rebecca Mennecke

Drum Corps International – a collection of the most prestigious marching ensembles in the world – is set to roll-step its way to Menomonie as a part of a tour of competitions around the country ...

One Giant Leap at the Library

moon landing celebrated with Lego rocket, space suit

Rebecca Mennecke

It has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon. The Menomonie Public Library and the department of chemistry and physics at UW-Stout ...

Full Steam Ahead

expo features toy trains from around the world

Rebecca Mennecke

Model trains have been around since the first set made an appearance in Germany in the late 1800s. By the early 1900s, Lionel had crafted the first electric-powered model train, and by the 1950s ...

Basil Wyndthorp’s Set to Rock at Food Truck Friday

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Adam Smith

Basil Wyndthorp’s – or the Spring Valley-based “little adventurous food truck that could” – will hit up Food Truck Friday this year with their pulled pork Mac-N-Cheese on a bun, the Cuban, and their newest ...

Not Literally – Figuratively

library summer art show begins June 10

Rebecca Mennecke

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library isn’t taking things too literally with its upcoming summer art show, “Figuratively Speaking,” which runs from June 10 until Aug. 28. “While we expect some artists will find inspiration ...

‘Who We Are’ Project Offers Community a Voice

Rebecca Mennecke

A local storytelling project, “Who We Are,” seeks to share personal experiences with adversity and injustice. As a part of this project, Rachel Carter, intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation ...

Ride of the Century

bicyclists gather to pedal 100 miles for good causes

Rebecca Mennecke

Get ready, get set, and go to the Chippewa Valley Century Ride on Sunday, May 26. This bike ride begins and ends in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls, and will feature 35-, 50-, 75-, or 100-mile trail options on blacktop roads ...

Super Duper Succulents and What You Should Know About Them

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The varieties of succulents are numerous: Whether it’s jade plant, hens and chicks, plush plant, panda plant, moonstone, string of button, agave, zebra plant, leatherpetal, or (seriously) hundreds ...

Rosy’s Texas Outpost

making super-good super tacos for 20 years

Rebecca Mennecke

Featuring tacos, super tacos, burritos, super burritos, chips and cheese, taco salad, and fiesta chips, you won’t walk away hungry from Rosy’s Texas Outpost this year at their first Food Truck Friday ...

Galaudet Gallery Seeks Submissions

Rebecca Mennecke

Eau Claire’s Galaudet Gallery, 618 S. Farwell St., has released a call for submissions for its internationally juried summer exhibit, “Sense of Place: THERE.” It is the second year of a four-year art series ...

A Saltier Collection

Salt Collective opens new gallery space

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Salt Collective began at a coffee table when metalsmithing jewelry maker Andrea White had to figure out what to do with 19 antler sheds her father had gifted her. The end result was her first antler ring ...

Big, Bad Woolf

MTG presents ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Rebecca Mennecke

You’ve probably heard the tale of the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf – but have you heard about the Menomonie Theater Guild performance of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ...