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All’s Fair in State Fairs

exhibiting for those surly judges at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair

I entered a pillow. It took a year to stitch. It was the only entry in its category. It got a Red Ribbon – second place. The note said, “would look better as a framed picture.”

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The Rear End

Twitter Is Not Dumb

most people talking about Twitter don’t seem to get it

The internet has been making masturbatory self-aggrandizing as easy 1-2-3 for over a decade now.

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Thinkpieces

Are We Ready for change?

conservation and efficiency have a place in our energy policy, too

To propose that we as a nation should strive for energy independence, but to tell us we don’t have to change the status quo of how we think about and interact with energy is a disservice ... lip service.

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Music

Wide Plans of a Palindrome

Eau Claire teens release debut album, have really long band name

Adler, Markgraf, and Kuehn are some of the first kids to grow up in the current Eau Claire indie scene.

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Blues on the Chippewa

Durand’s blues festival returns with strong local lineup

Do you like the blues? Do you like free activities? Then you will definitely be into the Blues on the Chippewa Music Festival coming to Memorial Park in Durand.

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Ryan Cabrera

Skate America rolls out national-local music combo

Teen heartthrob Ryan Cabrera to be rolling into Skate America.

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Stage

Mary Mack Attack

Last Comic Standing semifinalist coming to town

Mary Mack is coming to town! No, not the one from the rhyme, silly – the Last Comic Standing semifinalist.

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En Garde!

Eau Claire group, Amtgard, relives Medieval battles

On both sides of the clash, all are parrying strikes, making the killing blow, casting spells, or sailing arrows at each other smack dab in the middle of Eau Claire’s Owen Park on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon.

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Seeing the Signs

clothing boutique shows downtown a sign of what’s to come

Isabelle & Co. not only leads the way in high-end women’s retail, but now in outdoor signage as well.

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Locally Produced iPhone App Gives You an Out

David Brier of DBD International in Menomonie developed IsoBusy, a new iPhone application.

Whether you get a call from your daughter making poor decisions on spring break or an awkward call from a restaurant owner upset about your inappropriate behavior last night, each call is a definite excuse to excuse yourself.

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Food / Drink

The Bar Out Back

Moke’s Bar and Grill in Hallie offers outdoor fun

“It’s not a college bar; not an old person bar; it’s an everyone bar. It’s a place everyone can feel welcome.” – Nate Moquin

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Recreation

It's a Kubb-olution!

US Midwest Kubb Championship tossed into Boyd Park

Over 40 teams, from five different states, will be swarming Boyd Park on August 8 to compete in the 2009 U.S Midwest Kubb Championship.

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