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Opening Letters

Party in the Back

I can’t imagine life, let alone sports, without tailgating

For me, tailgating isn’t “half the fun of going” (as some might say), but “somewhere between 90 and 99 percent of the fun of going.”

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The Rear End

Boys & Girls

what do you do when your boy acts ... like a boy?

Back in college, I had some pretty big plans for my future children. They were gonna be awesome. And smart. And unique. They weren’t going to be like other kids, with their Disney bedroom sets, and their Wiggles CDs, and their SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 13, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Barbara Shafer

"A few years ago, after wondering around International Fall Festival with Ariel, I passed two people preparing to march in the day’s parade.  They were wearing these enormous loon costumes, which, I believe are of Native American origin ..."

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Opening Shots

Watch Me Unravel

a realization that clothes can be more than something practical

On my way across the parking lot, a man who had just come out of the store stopped 10 yards away and gaped. He held his arms out and shouted, “Man, what pants! What PANTS!”

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Longsuffering for Daredevil

popular area folksters drop a new EP

When you’re Scandinavian and a guest in someone’s home, you have to bring a gift. There is no exception to this rule whatsoever – it’s called the lefse initiative and is binding.

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Peter Phippen

our own international music sensation

“It was a bamboo penny whistle that cost 25 cents. There was a whole basket full of them in the store, so I played every one until I found the one that was mine.” – Peter Phippen on how it began

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Locally Rooted Company Takes to the Airwaves

Remember a little over a year ago when we told you about BandwithRadio, a global indie music company started right here in Eau Claire? The web-based service essentially provides a place for underground/unsigned acts to get their music out there...

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Essentially Eau Claire

debut event highlights jaw-dropping local jazz talent

If you’re still in denial on the topic of Eau Claire’s incredible jazz reputation, let this debut event be the thing that finally convinces you.

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What a Tragedy

UWEC, Stout partner on epic Greek trilogy The Oresteia

Curses, murder, vengeance, and revenge will all be brought to a UWEC stage in Oresteia, an adaptation of the only remaining tragic trilogy in Greece. The production is comprised of Aeschylus’ three tragedies first appearing in 458 BCE.

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The Thread

author attempts to bring new life to ancient text

The opening lines of Nathan Anderson’s first book, Jak and the Scarlet Thread, do not foretell the danger and gripping adventures Jak will soon face. From Anderson’s official website, “On the journey, 12-year old Jak Hamelton...

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Short and Sweet

Jacci DeWolfe’s Closure and Other Stories

Relationships, even in their most superficial forms, tend to unravel the complexities of human nature, forcing us to challenge our own self-awareness and understanding of our place in time and space.

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2011 Chippewa Valley Book Festival

2011’s featured writers deal in poetry, politics, and fantasy

This year’s Chippewa Valley Book Festival features authors for every interest. The annual event, now in its 12th year, held throughout the Chippewa Valley celebrates authors with connections to the Midwest.

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Visual Art

The Word

area hospitals join forces to acquire rare, hand-crafted St. John’s Bible

At a time when we can’t be bothered to handwrite a grocery list, let alone a thank-you note, it seems impossible to imagine someone taking on the immense task of handwriting the Bible.

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UWEC's Eau Queer Film Festival Returns

The Eau Queer Film Festival is back for its second year at UWEC, running Oct. 13-16 and featuring 12 full-length films and 10 shorts. Three mini-documentaries were created by the 14 students who traveled to San Francisco for the second...

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Flyway Film Festival

this year’s fest to include acclaimed documentary

If you’re a local movie snob who wouldn’t dream of going to a regional film festival (thinking they pale in comparison to the likes of Cannes, Toronto, or Sundance), the folks of Pepin and Stockholm ask you to reconsider.

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Local Look

The Real Old Abe

famous local bird celebrates 150th anniversary

The Chippewa Valley has enjoyed a modest assortment of famous locals...THE most famous resident from these parts is pretty clear. Tributes to this celebrity adorn all of the police cars and police uniforms in Eau Claire, a local high school...

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Shortcuts | Oct. 13, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

Both the arts and education took hits at the state level this year, and creativity is more important than ever to our economic and cultural livelihood.

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Food / Drink

It Takes Two to Salsa

Haas Brothers’ local chip-and-dips operation

“Our goal is to always deliver fresh and quality products that make our customers keep coming back for more.” – Eric Haas on the Haas Brothers chips, salsas, and hummus

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Special Sections

Teaching an Old Pet New Tricks

training experts provide tips on everything from housebreaking to hunting

Your pet won’t obey “come” if they weren’t taught what it means. It will also not obey if “come” always means something negative. Build desired behaviors (commands such as “come”) by using positive reinforcement such as rewards and praise.

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Pet Pampering Places

a taste of the unique pet businesses in the valley

Most of us try to eat as healthy as we can, but what about our pets? Do we make sure that they are eating healthy food as well? Woof Naturals Dog Bakery is a store where all-natural dog treats are fresh baked for your dogs

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Bird's Eye View

introducing two local business' parrots

Having a pet in the lobby of a business is a fairly popular thing in the Chippewa Valley. These domesticated patrons serve as unofficial mascots who greet visitors (especially kids), and – let’s face it – who doesn’t like to greet an animal from time

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Cat Claws: a Head Scratcher

looking into the debate on declawing felines

As the owner of two cats, I experienced firsthand the angst that some cat owners feel when trying to decide whether declawing them is the right thing to do: How painful is it? When should you do it? And most importantly, is it really akin to

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Should you spay/neuter?

looking into the debate on pet sterilization

At some point, every pet owner will have to face a serious question: cat person or dog person? But once you’ve made your choice, there’s another essential decision: to spay or not to spay?

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Chippewa Valley cremation services

post-mortem pet care

We all look with heartache to the day our precious pet turns in its “best friend badge” and “snuggle card” and heads for that catnip patch or Beggin’ Strip oasis in the sky.

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It’s A-MAZE-ing

Govin’s haunted maze has a plot, thanks to Menomonie Theater Guild

“They’ll be presented with a scenario that they’ll be able to ‘act’ through. They’ll still be led through a haunted maze, but things will come up that play into the plot and setting.” – Ryan Peterson, MTG’s maze director

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Zombie Crawlin'

Eau Claire joins national trend of brain-hunting pub crawl events

Headed up by locals Greg Bauwens and Stephanie Calkins, Eau Claire’s first annual Zombie Crawl is forecasted to be a thrilling, creative, and wildly fun community-centered party. 

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Ramping Up the Terror

the Village of Terror makes major upgrades

You’d think a debut event that attracted more than 10,000 people would make the organizers celebrate. But by the time the Village of Terror was over last year, organizers were too busy to celebrate, they were already starting to plan for next year.

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Silent Film: Phantom of the Opera

featuring the organ stylings of Mark Pruett

For those looking for a classically sophisticated way to celebrate Halloween, the Mabel Tainter is presenting the 1925 silent film, Phantom of the Opera, complete with live music accompaniment by the accomplished Menomonie composer, organist, and...

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