Issue Archive

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I Never Did Homecoming

maybe I was wrong to avoid that big parking lot party

I never did a lot of the “normal” college stuff. I never lived in the dorms. I never played Ultimate Frisbee. I never “studied all night long” so I could “get good grades.”

Undeclared? Who Cares?

the coolest, most random four-year schedule of college in the Chippewa Valley*

The Big Dance

from the dress to the dinner: tips to survive any school dance

Those Darned Kids

teachers take note of the common and outrageous pranks students have done


an official selection from our 6th annual fiction contest

His dreams are broken; worse yet, they are forgotten. His inner child choked on cynicism long ago. Still, it mumbles from the grave at the sight of a canopy vaulting over the five-foot bed.

5 over-the-top local band promo photos

the bands might be awesome, but their promo shots ... you decide

The bands might be awesome, but their promo shots ... you decide.

FEATURE: Breaking It Down

Believe it or not, the Chippewa Valley has its own breakdancing scene

Break-dancing, a form of freestyle dance that incorporates gymnastics and hip-hop dance, is gaining popularity with Eau Claire’s middle-school boys, high-schoolers, and college kids.

Thanks for Asking | August 20, 2009

The Belfry on the corner of Farwell and Madison. Seriously, what is the deal with that?

I’ve never been in the Belfry. Tried several times, but never succeeded. My latest experience, doing due diligence to answer your question, is typical ...

Copps Closes, Another Gordy's to Appear

Gordy’s County Market, a family-owned and operated grocery store chain in the Chippewa Valley since 1966, has purchased Copps grocery store.

Breaking It Down:
Breakin’ Terminology 101

Will this breakdance lingo make you sound a) totally fly, or b) like an idiot?

Will this breakdance lingo make you sound a) totally fly, or b) like an idiot?

Breaking It Down:
Breakdancing in Cinema

believe it or not, most of these breakdancing-themed films are not comedies

Believe it or not, most of these breakdancing-themed films are not comedies.

Stick to the Script

Dr. Wil Denson just can’t stop teaching script writing

“Don’t try to write the American masterpiece. Get it down. Write fast. Then go over it. Writing is re-writing.”

It's Just Like Riding a Bike

hang in there, Eau Claire. you’ll build that cycling culture soon enough

If there are bike lanes, people will use them. Just like if there is cheesy popcorn, people will eat it.

You Gotta Be Trippin'

local parents fight to save ECASD field trips

“(Field trips) expose them to something good. Every child has the right to experience them.”

Shortcuts | August 20, 2009

UW-Eau Claire had to face a difficult budget cutting decision and cut a large portion of the L.E. Phillips Planetarium showings.

All for Naut

Jaggernauts set to reveal new album, tri-state tour

“The important thing is playing with my friends and playing good music. Wherever [the band] goes it doesn’t matter. It’s about having fun.”

Teachers, Students, Soundsmiths

TSR Band a veteran force in the local music scene

“To land in a place where people really like (the music), and we really like it ... it’s just wonderful. ... And we’re home before midnight!”

Reader Letters | August 20, 2009

Recently I read the article All’s Fair in State Fair by Brenda Brant. I was not very happy with this article.

Beading the Way

handmade jewelry shop supports family center

This is happening in our communities, to people that we know. Something’s got to be done."

REAL or FAKE? Bon Iver Merchandise

Can you spot the phonies in the roundup of DIY Bon Iver merchandise?

Can you spot the phonies in the roundup of DIY Bon Iver merchandise?

Gridiron Geeks Got Your Fantasy Football Lowdown

With football season nearly upon us, many Chippewa Valleyans will soon be pulling their hair as injuries and slumps threaten the playoff hopes of their fantasy team.

University Film Series Titles Announced

Stout and UWEC's recently announced film series lineups cover it all

Stout’s Blue Devil Productions and UWEC’s Activities Commission recently announced their film series lineups.

Give it a 10

BMX group North of Ten makes huge internet splash

“Things like the X-Games are a tool to sell products. North Of Ten is just kind of a group of friends who ride bikes and don’t have cell phones.”

Revealing the Secret

Asian eatery Secret Garden focuses on Korean fare

Diners sipping wine under pergolas surrounded by lighted trees and soft Korean music can be excused if they forget they’re sitting feet away from Hastings Avenue.

Outback is Out

Australian-themed restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse closed its doors to the meat-loving patrons of Eau Claire for the final time on Aug. 9.

A Memorable Production

UWEC Players’ completely original play Candid

Memories materialize in Candid, the newest production from student theater group, the UWEC Players.


an interactive and intercultural experience

With more than 4,000 in the Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Dunn counties, the Hmong people make up an integral part of the culture of the Chippewa Valley, but not many non-Hmong can boast knowing much of their culture and heritage.

Music Versus Violence

Music for Peace festival returns to Menomonie

Joining the happily stuffed list of Chippewa Valley summer festivals is Music for Peace.