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Developments likely for both Chippewa Falls, Menomonie downtowns?

Downtown development in Chippewa Falls could start as soon as spring 2013. After first proposing their project to the city in 2007, engineer firm Short Elliott Hendrickson is finally seeing some action. The City Council voted in favor of working ...

Big Show: LeAnn Rimes Coming to State Theatre

LeAnn Rimes, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, will be performing in Eau Claire this fall. The Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, Inc. proudly announced last week that Rimes will be performing an intimate acoustic evening on September 7 at ...

No New is Bad News

we owe it to ourselves and the human race to never stop learning

Consider this: Scientists around the world tell us that children have a 500% easier time learning a second language than adults. Furthermore, they say children can acquire basic verbal skills in a secondary language roughly 6,000 times faster ...

Huge Hip-hop

Ludacris collaborator headed to House of Rock

Move… and get out the way for the House of Rock’s hip-hop show on August 25. You’ve heard of Ludacris, 50 Cent, and Trina – well you won’t be seeing any of them, but some of these fellows have worked directly with the aforementioned. Headlining ...

Coming in for a Landing

aviation show makes pit stop at Chippewa Valley airport

The American Barnstormers will be making a stop at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in mid-August. The event will include vintage airplanes from the 1920s and 1930s, pilots and crews dressed in costumes from the barnstormers era, aircraft ...

Not Really Northwoods?

our area was once much more prairie than forest

Jonathon Carver was heading north on the Mississippi River, sketching maps and taking notes. On assignment for the British Crown, his goal was to explore the Upper Mississippi. His crew ventured east and paddled upstream on what is now known as ...

Bullying Awareness Event

One Tree Martial Arts of Eau Claire will be hosting an event Friday August 17 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, to raise awareness about bullying. Law Enforcement Officials, Teachers, Counselors and other professionals will be speaking about bullying ...

Filming Uniroyal

locally made Uniroyal documentary in the works

It has been 20 years since the hulking brick building on the horizon above the Eau Claire River hosted the smell of lampblack – a key ingredient, I learned, in tire manufacturing. Both the term and the industry are foreign to me, a fact not lost ...

Legally Blonde

the hit movie comes to the stage courtesy of ECCT

Elle Woods and the girls of Delta Nu are about to share their sprightly charm and perfect—“omigod you guys”—confidence in “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Presented by the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, the Broadway musical opens Aug. 9 at the ...

Dresses to Impress

program converts prom garb into period costumery

If there’s one thing theatre programs are used to, it’s a shoestring budget. But when Amanda Profaizer first heard the proposed costuming budget of $2,000 for UW-Eau Claire’s biannual opera, she gasped ...

Armed Forces Mural Appears on Hastings

Several years ago Isabelle Bauer had a dream to expand her business, Northern Safari Army Navy (a store that sells military related items such as knives, clothes, etc.); that dream has now become reality. After moving into a larger commercial ...

Dancing Around the Canvas

Eau Claire painter to hold open studio event

Like many artists, Dana Sterzinger draws inspiration from the greats – namely Jackson Pollack, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali. But unlike other area artists, she also draws inspiration from a 1960s artistic movement that incorporates elements ...

Michael Perry's New Book to Get Neighborly

What can you learn from your neighbor? That’s the ultimate question Michael Perry sets out to answer in his soon-to-be-released book, Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. The book follows a year of neighborly visits ...

The Factory

former Uniroyal employee completes eighth book on bygone tire plant

After compiling eight books on the history of the Uniroyal tire factory, Jack Zais isn’t afraid to be blunt about his passion. “Most people would consider it a waste of time,” the former Uniroyal employee said in a recent phone interview ...

Stacks of Jazz

$200,000 'jazz library' finds home at UW-Eau Claire

A part of jazz history has found its way to the UW–Eau Claire. UWEC has recently acquired a collection of jazz recordings and charts valued at over $200,000. This collection is one of the largest in the world and contains many one-of-a-kind ...

Voodoo's Dream

former local returns to town with new solo record, stage show

The demeanor of the interviewee sets the tone of the interview. A genuinely kind person makes the interview feel like a vacation, and Jessica Norman, one-woman act for Voodoo’s Dream out of Appleton, is such a person. Naturally open, Norman began ...

Bluegrass on the Water

WHYS Bluegrass Festival to fill Lake Altoona Park

“And if it weren’t for bluegrass music, I’d go crazy,” sings musician Tommy Webb. Banjo pickin’ lovers have nothing to worry about – WHYS community radio is here to fill the bluegrass deficiencies that lie within you. The fifth ...

Thanks for Asking | August 9, 2012

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

What is the tall tower that stands between the two church properties on East Hamilton Avenue?

How's Business?

the shifting roster of Eau Claire's downtown shops

With spiffy plans on the horizon that promise to beef up downtown visibility and activity, it may seem incongruous that downtown commercial activity has taken some hits. Within the past two months, two local businesses have found new ...

Developments Likely for Chippewa Falls, Menomonie Downtowns

Downtown development in Chippewa Falls could start as soon as spring 2013. After first proposing their project to the city in 2007, engineer firm Short Elliott Hendrickson is finally seeing some action. The City Council voted in favor of ...

On the Cover | Aug. 9, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Kaitlyn Bryan

“This piece was created for a project for photography class where students were required to take pictures using unique viewpoints that are not commonly used in photography. Although the viewpoint is interesting in itself, what makes the picture ..."

Note from the Editor | Aug. 9, 2012

So as it is in many places across the country, it’s construction season in Eau Claire. I likely don’t have to tell you this – there’s a significant chance one of your routes to and from home has some sort of detour going on right now. It’s as much...

Opening Shot | Aug. 9, 2012

CHALKQUAKE! Chalkfest 2012 (August 4, Wilson Park, Eau Claire) enjoyed a beautiful day, a record number of artists, and hundreds upon hundreds of wide-eyed spectators.