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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | June 28, 2012

I’d like to recommend to you an often over-looked entertainment option as you plan your evenings and weekends going forward: The Art Reception. Even if you’re not “into art,” stick with me for a minute. Let me start with this: free food. Yes, art ...

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The Rear End

Wind Damage

when seeing through the trees is a little too easy

Last summer, a little town in Northern Wisconsin and much of the surrounding territory was hit by an extremely strong wind storm. It decimated huge patches of woods and sent trees crashing through countless homes, cabins, barns, and buildings ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | June 28, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Gail Schellinger

“Mrs. Bean, aka Bizzy Bee, is perhaps the only dog in Putnam Heights to have, not only one, but two! portraits of herself  appear on the cover of Volume One. Cute as a button, the little charmer entertains us daily with her quirky Bostonian ways ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | June 28, 2012

On Saturday, July 16, the Eau Claire Express played the Green Bay Bullfrogs at Carson Park, defeating Green Bay 7-4. Check out the rest of the Express home game schedule at

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Athletic Aesthetic

A Game to Remember

a visit to UWEC's African-American Baseball exhibit

Ponder being banned from playing your favorite sport, the reason having nothing to do with athletic ability. During the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans had to face such indignities. The American and National Leagues would not ...

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Deal With It

The Frenettes: an actual band with an actual CD

I’m not entirely certain when my interview with The Frenettes actually began. In fact, I’m not really sure that I ever asked a single question, though I now know more about members Eric Rykal, Paul Brandt, Trevor Ives, and Davy Sumner ...

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It's All in the Family

an online music community flourishes in Eau Claire

The Do-It-Yourself movement has flourished in recent years with thousands of books and TV programs teaching you how to do everything from plant a garden to build a whole dang house. But at its heart, DIY is kind of lonely, isn’t it? Enter: FMLY ...

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Menomonie Launches Outdoor Concert Series

Community music is in abundance throughout the Chippewa Valley, and Menomonie is picking up the trend, offering FREE-4-ALL, a Menomonie Community Music Series. Held in the Ludington Guard Band Shell in Menomonie’s Wilson Park, the all-ages ...

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Heart, Brains, & Guts

CVTG adds twists on classic musical The Wizard of Oz

Whether you are in need of courage, a heart, or a brain, the Wizard is just a short adventure away. Frank L. Baum’s magnificent tale of witches, wizards, and munchkins is about to take the stage at the State Theatre. The Chippewa ...

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The Daydreamer's Journal

If there is such a thing as an average anthology, “Live Life: The Daydreamer’s Journal” is anything but. The recent and ambitious publication carries two world records – one for “the most authors [150] contributing to a published anthology of ...

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The Gifted Fisherman

new Dave Carlson book takes angle on angling

For many of us in the Chippewa Valley, the great outdoors are synonymous with sport – whether that’s defined as hunting, fishing, biking or even snapping photos. It is this strong connection with the land that makes us realize just how special ...

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A Horse Named Viking

local writer publishes young adult fiction

Eau Claire native Caroline Akervik has crafted a tale of perseverance and unlikely triumph for all ages with her debut young adult novel, A Horse Named Viking. Released April 30 through Melange Books’ young adult imprint “Fire and Ice,” the ...

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Missy Sippy River Saloon

author writes true stories of an Alma bar

Local author Audrey Biesterveld has taken the ridiculous shenanigans she witnessed at a local saloon and documented them for all of us to read and enjoy in her very first book. The self-published project Missy Sippy River Saloon contains ...

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Local Look

The Power of 10

breaking down city planning to one number

I think Harry Nilsson really hit into some deeper truth when he wrote, “one is the loneliest number”. Also, I doubt he’d ever have guessed his line would be used to open an article on urban planning and development ...

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Shortcuts | June 28, 2012

Lake Hallie chiropractors Kevin Schultz and Drew Kaminski will travel to London this summer for the 2012 Summer Olympics to work with United States contestants participating in Greco-Roman style wrestling. Schultz and Kaminski will give athletes ...

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Kid Culture

Chill on the Hill

art classes at the Heyde focus on hands-on activities

Picking back up on July 10 (after a week-long hiatus), the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association will again be offering Chill on the Hill, a free series for children held every Tuesday at the Heyde Center for the Arts. The program hosts ...

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Pack the Park

outdoor series combines cardio and high fives

You may recognize Jeff Rogers from his infamous workout video On the Road featuring Justin Vernon, Sean Carey and other members of Bon Iver, but this summer he’s taking a break from the big screen to help Eau Claire fuse ...

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Two-wheel Parking

Every tried to wrangle your bike lock around a massive tree trunk? Or wandered aimlessly looking for a rack, only to settle for a sign or a railing? Put your frustrations aside, because there will (likely) soon be a standard amount of space ...

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Special Sections

Four Legs and a Big Heart

local animals lending their paws and hooves to help out local humans

Dr. Katherine Schneider, author and retired psychologist, has been blind since birth. The Eau Claire resident says her guide dog, Fran, is her “eyes, transportation, and best friend.” After using guide dogs for 39 years (Fran is number eight) ...

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Making Furry Friends

ways to support the Eau Claire City Humane Society

I’ve never met a person who can resist a wet-nosed, waggly-tailed, droopy-eyed puppy – even those who claim to be cat people. And if you can’t handle the slobber, a cuddly little kitten never hurt anyone either. While I would love to ...

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Relaxing With Rex

consider dog massage to keep your pooch happy

Dog massages. However likely this phrase is to conjure up images of over-indulgent owners showering their Fifis and Cocos with gourmet dog food and trips to day spas, this isn’t a pampering technique for the clueless ...

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Other Stuff

Grass on the Chippewa

Durand Bluegrass Festival returns for year three

The third annual Grass on the Chippewa will be held at its new location of Tarrant Park in Durand. The festival will feature 12 bluegrass bands that will take the stage over a period of two days. “Grass on the Chippewa is an event whose goal is to ...

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Where in Eau Claire?

scavenger hunt to benefit the Family Resource Center

For the first time ever, the Family Resource Center of Eau Claire County is hosting its “Where in Eau Claire” scavenger hunt. “We had a previous event that we did for several years but this year we wanted to choose a new main fundraising event ...

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Trains, Trains and Automobiles

an outdoor train festival to steam up Phoenix Park

While trains are inherently an outdoor mode of transportation, the art of model trains stereotypically lives in basements and back rooms of houses around the United States and world. On July 8, those trains will see the light at the first annual ...

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