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Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Double Fisting Degrees

comparing a UWEC studentship to some new adventures at CVTC

I feel more confident right now than I did walking across the stage to receive my bachelor’s … I’m rather disturbed by the reputation tech schools get, by the thoughts I had of it when I was in high school.

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The Rear End

My Best Thanksgiving Memory

a huge dinner, my family, and a busted Nerf ball

Actually, I probably should have thrown up. I’d just eaten enough turkey and Stove Top Stuffing to choke a goat – just being outside and moving around was a miracle in and of itself.

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Opening Shots

Ending the Jock Talk

our priorities need re-adjustment when athletic programs dominate school funding talks

What kind of a message are we sending when we find ways to build billion-dollar stadiums and are willing to pay to support them, but treat school districts like enemies?

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The Shillelagh Lads

local Irish folksters keep the crowd going

The Shillelagh Lads consider their audience members to be Irish the second they walk through the door. As the only band in Eau Claire that exclusively plays Irish pub music ...

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The Ronald Raygun

after three-year breakup, band reunites for album

Sometimes all it takes for a band to release a second album is to break up, wait three years, have a child, start a successful business, have a friend move up from Tennessee, and have a clear ...

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Sword Story

new fantasy adventure novel The Bone Sword

Local fantasy author Walter Rhein has just released his latest epic adventure tale, The Bone Sword, distributed by Rhemalda Publishing, this month.

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New Grandma-Tica Tome

For seven years now, editors Nancy Clark Scobie and Judith Bredeson have been gathering stories/poems of, by, and about grandmothers and publishing them in a book called Poetica Grandma-tica.

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Visual Art

Visual Poetry

artist Andy Ducett weaves together array of imagery

You know that saying? The one that goes, “those who cannot do, teach?” Well folks, that is definitely not the case for Andy Ducett.

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Local Look

UWEC's Master Plan

college plans big changes within the next 20 years

This may mean an off-campus arts center facility that could be used for multiple functions such as athletic games, concerts/forums, graduation ceremonies, and community events.

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Thanks for Asking | Nov. 18, 2010

our local jack-of-all-facts tells you how it is

When the Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire (GRSEC) did a survey of Drammen Cemetery in 1996, they found 18 graves. Ten years later, a fellow named James Seidelman went through and photographed the stones – all 11 of them. Now there are six.

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Stout Grad Designs Brand New Hog

UW-Stout alumnus Rich Christoph not only loves Harley Davidson, he also designs for them. Christoph’s latest design, the Forty-Eight, is an idea that came to him one night when he couldn’t sleep.

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Library of Congress Hits the Road

What has 18 wheels, expands to three times its road width, contains priceless historical treasures, and rolls into Eau Claire on Nov. 19 and 20? It’s the Library of Congress’ newest traveling exhibit, the Gateway to Knowledge.

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Shortcuts | Nov. 18, 2010

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

Investigators are at it again. November 19 will mark the second time the local group of occult sleuths have been featured on Animal Planet’s The Haunted (Frank Smoot appeared in the first episode).

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Kid Culture
Special Sections

Attracting and Retaining Talent

companies are getting creative in trying to find and keep the right people for the job

The recent dip in the economic climate has created a much larger pool of people looking for work ...

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How to Enhance Your Brand

identify the distinctive qualities of the organization

Does your organization have a concrete, common understanding of its vision, mission, and strategic goals – along with an understanding of the talent required to fulfill those goals?

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"Scrambling" on Christmas Eve

My family was scurrying around, rummaging through dressers and closets trying to find belts/ties/shoes that matched our brown/black/navy socks/pants/skirts. Mom and I were sequestered in separate bathrooms, singeing our foreheads with curling irons.

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With joyful ring. All caroling.

Hidden Treasures organizes carolers to take holiday cheer to the streets around the Valley

If you are looking to share some holiday magic, consider warming others’ hearts in the cold winter weather. For the second year, Hidden Treasures invites you to sing Christmas carols around the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, or Foster area.

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Hire local singers or musicians

area schools and the university make it easy to book a group for the holidays

Instead of throwing in a totally familiar Andy Williams album at your holiday party this year, consider adding some extra vigor with live (and local) musicians.

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Oh Snap!

last second ideas for your holiday card

Go to Hope Gospel, Savers, or Goodwill and find bad holiday sweaters, turtlenecks, vests and/or large prescription glasses.

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A Buy Local Gift Guide (2010)

Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home.

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Local Letters to Santa

colorful correspondence between area folks and the big, bearded guy

You’ll have to forgive us BECAUSE WE ARE A LITTLE ON EDGE. It’s just, you know, when your absolute destruction is coming, but you just don’t know when … THAT GUY HAS FIREWOOD – WAS IT PURCHASED LOCALLY?!?

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What Local Kids Think Santa Does

what area third graders think Santa does at the North Pole each day

“I’ve got to win because Santa has never won, but not this year because I’m going to dominate! You’ve got to be ready for this day or you can die!” – Alex on the Santa's annual snowball fight

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The best one-liners from kids’ letters

kids say the darnedest holiday-related things

Why does he deliver presents? If he has ninja elves the ninja will be quicker than Santa so he must let the ninjas deliver the presents for him and Santa can go to bed and rest. – Johnny, Locust Lane Elementary

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