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2012 Year in Review: Downtown Goes Other Way

While the rest of the world fretted about the looming end of the Mayan long-count calendar, some Eau Claire residents worried about another kind of apocalypse: the conversion of Barstow Street and Graham Avenue in downtown Eau Claire to two ...

2012 Year in Review: LA Street Artist Wildlife Appears

Los Angeles-based street artist Wildlife, who turned out to be a former Eau Clairian, hit the Chippewa River while home visiting family with a pair of papier-mâché cows on one of the old rail bridges. Wildlife has gained a fair amount of fame in ...

2012 Year in Review: Michael Perry Sells Best

Michael Perry has been well known nationally as a writer for a while now. His previous books, like Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story, have been critically acclaimed and widely distributed around the country. But Perry’s newest release ...

2012 Year in Review: Fro-Yo Proliferates

Step aside, ice cream. Take a hike, soft-serve. Beat it, frozen custard. A new chilly concoction took the Chippewa Valley by storm in 2012: frozen yogurt. This year Eau Claire went from having zero to four fro-yo shops in the span of a few months ...

2012 Year in Review: Owen Park Revamp Planned

In a seemingly sudden action, Owen Park in Eau Claire was redesigned and upended when Xcel Energy was forced to remove 25,000 tons of contaminated soil and 75 trees from the land. The contamination, which was left over from the Eau Claire ...

2012 Year in Review: Loch Chip Monster Mystifies

Justin Vernon wasn’t the only enigmatic and artistic Chippewa Valley resident grabbing national headlines in the past year. Shortly after it was sighted in the Chippewa River in late April, the cast-concrete critter that became known as the ...

2012 Year in Review: The Good Life Study Unleashed

“The Good Life” isn’t just a Tony Bennett tune: It’s what we have here in the Chippewa Valley, and something we can make even better by capitalizing on our natural, human and historical resources. That was the point of “The Good Life,” a ...

2012 Year in Review: UWEC Razes and Raises

It’s been a tumultuous year for the UW-Eau Claire campus mall. The green space has been mainly fenced off dirt as the face of the campus is shifting quickly. In the course of the last year, the university tore down the existing Davies Student ...

Letting It Slide

good reasons to brave the slippery slopes

After a recent snow day home from school, my 6-year-old daughter informed me that her sled was “broken.” I said, “That’s too bad. Sometimes, sleds get really cold and the plastic breaks.”

Silver Mine Invitational #127

127th installment of North American Ski Jumping Contest

Looking to check out some champions and locals get their ski on? You won’t have to wait long. On January 18 through the 20, the USA Cup and North American Ski Jumping Championships will take place at Silver Mine Hill in Eau Claire. It will ...

A Good Time for Ragtime

Eau Claire Ragtime Festival hits fourteenth year

Now in its 14th year, the annual Eau Claire Ragtime Festival will feature concerts, sing-a-longs, food, silent films, and more. The festival began as a single night of ragtime music, but in the years since the festival has grown into a weekend ...

Local Yuks on the Rise

Whiskeys creates club atmosphere for new series

With a cluster of tables, a brick stage backdrop, a single mic and a couple of guys angling for laughs, the scene could be a comedy club in any big city.

In The Middle

daughters inspire folkster’s CD for kids

In the mood for a kid-friendly nature serenade? Bruce O’Brien’s album, Love Is In The Middle, was recorded in 1995, but is just now available for sale. The album is a fun listen for all ages, but it is especially intended for children. It is the ...

Wynonna to Grace the State

Five-time Grammy award winning country singer Wynonna Judd is coming to the State Theatre. On Friday, April 26, Judd will bring her band, The Big Noise, to the theatre for a brand new, energetic show. Judd started out in the music business with ...

DECI Grant Encourages Downtown Building Makeovers

Attention downtown businesses: If you’re considering rehabilitating an existing building or hope to pursue another brick-and-mortar project, DECI may be able to hook you up with some cash. They recently announced a new program that will ...

Bike & Pedestrian Plan Wins Major Planning Award

Eau Claire’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan has received recognition from a regional planning group. The American Planning Association - Wisconsin Chapter Northwest District, which includes planners across 26 counties, honored the blueprint in ...

Thanks for Asking | Dec. 27, 2012

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

What do you know about the Modern Book Bindery that once operated downtown?

Opening Shot | Dec. 27, 2012

HERE WE GO A-LAUNCHERING. The first-ever Clearwater Winter Parade was held Saturday, December 15. Roughly 5,000 people turned out at 5pm to watch 48 light-covered parade entries make their way down Water Street in Eau Claire. Seen here is ...

Note from the Editor | Dec. 27, 2012

Now that our first holiday season in the new Local Store is nearly complete, we want to thank everyone who came to shop or to one of the many events we held throughout November and December. We had some really great days and nights filled with ...

On the Cover | Dec. 27, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Sandra Cress

“I have always been drawn to the beauty and mystery of the moon; it is a companion in the night sky, a cyclical constant, a grounding beacon.  The moon is often featured in my artwork, whether the medium be drawing, painting, photography or collage."

2012 Year in Review: Sign Guy Inspires

In June, 21-year-old Ben Hall staked out a few busy intersections in Eau Claire to remind fellow citizens of one thing: Your life matters. The ‘sign guy’ created a buzz as people ...

2012 Year in Review: Wind Storm Devestates

MAY 24 • Eau Claire’s skyline was swiftly altered when a late afternoon windstorm blew through town, toppling thousands of trees. Fortunately the storm caused no injuries ...

Welcome to Wisconsin

Menomonie rest stops get a makeover, become official

As much as people here are excited about the Chippewa Valley, were you aware there are folks out there who actually don’t know how special this place is? When I talk with such people, I will tell them that I live in Eau Claire and love it, and ...

Written By Daniel

local hip-hopper unleashes new concept album

Written By Daniel’s freshman album, upROOTED, features a fresh perspective not heard on the overwhelming majority of hip-hop albums: the third person ...

Abstract Friends

trio of artist friends stage diverse exhibition

Kari Tarr, Mike Tarr and David Brock have a lot in common. All three attended Bowling Green University in Ohio (though at different times). They each teach art at local university (the Tarrs at UW-Stout and Brock at UW-Eau Claire). And now the ...

Shops Are Popping

downtown EC pop-up shop Pilar Fashions of California

Nestled among established downtown businesses such as Galloway Grille, Western Dairyland, The Livery and the U.S. Post Office, a unique type of store has emerged on North Barstow Street ...