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On the Cover | April 11, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Andrea Avery

“A lot of my inspiration comes from Chetek, the small Midwestern town I grew up in, traveling around the world and most recently moving from a large city back to a smaller one in Wisconsin that is surrounded by nature ..."

The Hole Shebang

golly, have you noticed how many potholes we’ve got?

It’s getting hard to describe the potholes around here. We’ve been talking about them for months and we’ve simply run out of good adjectives. We can’t even call them “potholes” anymore. Instead we say “sinkhole” or “crater” or “axle breaker” or “The Gapping Maw of Hell Itself.” Because they are getting big. And deep.

Steps Toward Reading

walk from UW-Stout to St. Paul aids Books For Africa

St. Paul-based Books For Africa collects books – and money to buy books – in the hope of ending the “book famine” in Africa. The charity’s latest fundraiser is a three-day walk from Menomonie to St. Paul ...

A Wordy Week

UWEC’s English Fest returns with poetry, prose and more

Eau Claire’s literary extravaganza, English Fest, will be bringing several open-to-the-public events for those interested in all things linguistic. In the past, the fest was crammed into a week, and English Fest faculty advisor Erica Benson says, “We were no longer filling what was a void...

Eating at the Farm

new airport restaurant goes for Dairyland vibe

Make your next destination The Farm On Starr Restaurant & Bar, 3800 Starr Ave., inside the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Glen and Sarah Hein, who also own the well-respected Black Tie Catering in Menomonie...

Local Bro Appearing on the Internet

Dude Morning, a new Web series created by students at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, focuses on college dudes making their way through a hilariously troubled world. Written and directed by Chippewa Valley...

Mixed Media

Raw Deal exhibit melds two artists’ Simple and Strange creations

The Raw Deal in Menomonie is hosting a new art show this month titled It’s Simple and Strange, And Still Being Unraveled featuring two local artists, Heather Kusmider, a full-time studio art major at UW-Stout...

Portraits of Peace

photographer helps us see world through another’s lens

Twenty-three years ago, award-winning photographer and author John Noltner graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in communication and journalism and a new-found love for photography.

His Cups Runneth Over

Oliver’s latest mixes mystery, comedy, romance

French Roast and Lingerie is the title of Jed Oliver’s newest mystery novel. Don’t let the title or genre fool you, however. The Eau Claire writer’s novel brings all the best traits of mysteries, thrillers, comedies, satires, and romances together in a light-hearted...

Twisted Tales

stories explore adolescense, other bizarre happenings

While reading B.J. Hollars’ new short story collection, Sightings, I imagined a tug-o-war between John Hughes and Ray Bradbury. Hollars’ coming-of-age tales resonate with the heartbreak and humor...

Acoustihoo's Playing

local sax goddess Orfield’s side project finally on disc

Sue Orfield is it. The tenor sax player is one of the definitive jazz figures in the Chippewa Valley, and she has the credentials to back that statement up. Whether she’s playing with the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra, the Butanes, or...

Beacon of Sound

Beacon James brings eclectic approach to album

Local band Beacon James just released their first full-length album, A Collection of American Short Stories (titled after one of their oldest songs). The band got together in 2007 in Chicago with a completely different group of people and a...

Council Says 'Write On' to Poet Laureate Taylor

he second verse will be the same as the first, at least when Eau Claire’s poet laureate is concerned. On March 26, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to appoint Bruce Taylor to a second term as the city’s preeminent poet.

Eau Claire Street Chief Amundson Soon Will Retire

The man who ultimately oversees Eau Claire’s streets, water and wastewater utilities, buses, and other public necessities is stepping down at the end of May. Public works director and city engineer Brian Amundson, who has been with the city since 1986, submitted a 60-day

Here They Grow

Eau Claire's JAMF Software: Who are they and what do they do?

The birth and rapid expansion of JAMF Software in downtown Eau Claire has suddenly positioned the company as a major player in our community’s economic and philanthropic development ...

Questioning the Locals | Mike Rindo

get to know your neighbors

As UW-Eau Claire’s top spokesman, Mike Rindo stepped onto center stage last year with the announcement of the Confluence Project, a public-private proposal to build an arts-residential-commercial ...

Avoiding an Emerald City

Eau Claire prepares for the ash borer apocalypse

Like a dreadful disease, the emerald ash borer is insidious, inevitable, and deadly.

Tied to the Code

from kindergartners to college students, learning computer programming can boost creativity

When I was in kindergarten, I didn’t pass tying my shoes. I don’t recall what I did pass, nor can I find the little card with everything that I passed. No, I remember only what I didn’t pass: tying my shoes.

Note from the Editor | April 11, 2013

Things are starting to feel pretty good at the Volume One office, in much the same way I’m sure many of you are feeling. The thaw has finally arrived. There is sun. There is warmth.

Opening Shot | April 11, 2013

ROOTY TOOT TOOT. The horns of Grammy-nominated trumpet master Claudio Roditi were out in force on Friday night, April 5 for Jazz Fest 2013. The headliner show also featured EC native Geoffrey Keezer and local writer Michael Perry.