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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | July 12, 2012

OK, here it is. My final mention of Volume One’s big move, new gallery, store re-opening, and all that. You’ve been patient while following our progress, and this issue can officially mark the end of me going on and on about where we’re at on it ...

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The Rear End
Cover Art

On the Cover | July 12, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Hjordis Olson

“I love to have black humor in my work. I’m influenced by literature such as Don Quixote by Cervantes or the story The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Both writers reflect the mixture of cynicism and innocence which seems a part of my view of the ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | July 12, 2012

Despite the recent heat wave (or because of it) and a rash of buckling asphalt, the Chippewa River in Eau Claire remained as busy as ever with area tubers letting the current take them wherever it pleased (which is mostly from Phoenix Park to ...

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Native Melodies

international flute convention comes to UWEC

Beginning July 18, the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire will host the International Native American and World Flute Association’s 2012 convention. Spanning five days from Wednesday through Sunday, the convention unites performers ...

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Completely Shaken Up

ECCT has an exciting couple of months ahead

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is ready to rock and roll in their latest musical, “All Shook Up,” inspired by the book entitled All Shook Up by Joe DiPietro and featuring music from the King himself, Elvis. The play tells the story of Chad, a ...

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Blazing Pages

newest book in mystery series focuses on fire

What do you do when you find a severed human head in a restaurant lobster tank? If you’re a fan of Jon Loomis’ acclaimed mystery series, you keep turning pages…never knowing what the characters will face next. Recalling that scene from his latest ...

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Story Time

David Tank's newest book reads like a campfire tale

Part tall tale and part fable, The Lumberjack and the Eagle is the latest book written by local Menomonie author David Tank. Published July 1 by Planert Creek Press, the book is meant for kids ages 4-8, and is easily understood by the beginning ...

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Visual Art


three local artists unite for one final show

If you make your way down to the corner of Short Street and Ferry Street in Eau Claire, you won’t find just anyone’s home. Since 1970, pottery has been fired up in this Shawtown neighborhood shop, now known as Caradori Pottery. The gallery is now ...

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Steve Bateman's Fish Keeps on Swimming

A fish that takes its shape from a guitar, a Volkswagen fender, and some tornado-strewn corrugated metal has found a new home next to New York Pizza & Deli on Water Street in Eau Claire. Local found object sculptor Steve Bateman said he made ...

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Local Look

The Story Behind 'Your Life Matters'

a positive picketer spreads his message on city streets

Everybody has a story. Ben Hall, a 21-one-year-old Eau Claire resident, hopes to get that simple message across to as many people as he can this summer. He’s doing it by holding up handmade cardboard signs spray paint-ed with messages such as ...

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Thanks for Asking | July 12, 2012

our local Jack-of-all-Facts tells you how it is

What was the name of the bakery near or at the current location of the video game store next to Pad Thai? I remember one being there when I was younger. Thanks for asking! You didn’t say exactly when you were younger, but I bet you’re thinking ...

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Special Sections

Whose job is that?

interviews with the people working some of the Chippewa Valley's most interesting jobs

Interviews with the people working some of the Chippewa Valley's most interesting jobs.

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How does Eau Claire bring in jobs?

eight ways we can - and do - entice companies

Play Up Natural Advantages We try to recruit industry that makes sense for the advantages we have in raw materials and natural resources: lots of food products and agricultural land. [Silver Spring is one such success]. We have lots ...

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3 local resources for job hunters

Career counseling is an opportunity to work individually with a counselor on all aspects of the career search process. A counselor can provide you with an assessment of your skills, interests, values, and personality, as ...

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Other Stuff

Country or Rock?

dueling mega concerts span Def Leppard to Trace Adkins

It’s always nice when there’s something to spice up your weekend, and the Chippewa Valley always seems to have an event or two up its sleeve to do just that. But it’s even better when you have a choice between two of the largest musical festivals ...

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Party at the Pio

party and frolf tournament to benefit local disc golf scene

Beginning at 10pm on July 28, Pioneer Bar and Grill is hosting Party at the Pio, a day (and night) of drinks, disc-golf, and ditties. This event, taking place at the Pioneer, is being held as a launch for the newly formed Menomonie Area Disc ...

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