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Former Local Makes NY Times Best Seller List

Just last year, New Auburn author Mike Perry’s newest book Visiting Tom hit the New York Times’ best seller list, and now he has some local company ...

A Hero Is Rising

Adam Oster’s superhero novel is just the beginning

The Chippewa Valley never seems to be short on talent. The region is practically a breeding ground for musicians and artists, and it also plays host to a number of fantastic authors. One of those aforementioned scribes who is sure to be ...

Swinging with Strings

Chi-Hi Wire Choir hitting the road to China

Orchestras have traditionally been known for playing classical, concert-hall style music, but creative musicians are constantly breaking free from such stereotypes. Whether it is a YouTube sensation mixing cello with rap or violin and ...

Artist Markets Back in Full Swing

For those who loved picking up treasure with their tomatoes last summer, it’s time to love shopping again. The Artist Market of Eau Claire returns this summer with an extended schedule, running every other Saturday, May 18 through ...

Working Together on Hastings

Hastings businesses band together for awareness

Small businesses have to rely on their communities. Efforts like Small Business Saturday and Cash Mobs have helped to energize consumers to get out and support their neighbors, but a group on Hastings Way is banding together to combine their...

The Prodigal Sun

it’s nice to see the sun finally doing its job

So, the Sun came back and that was pretty cool. Yes, the Never-ending Winter of 2013 still had a few snow squalls to squeeze out before it officially (for real this time) called it quits, but the Sun did show up again and deemed us ...

Throw Forwards

what if the local throwback trend didn’t go quite so far back?

The Eau Claire Express do not need my help. In their eight seasons, they have established themselves as one of the most successful Northwoods League franchises, both on and off the field. Yet I have an insatiable desire to improve their ...

Talkin' Playoffs

NCAA Softball Championship hits Carson Park

Spotlight on Sand Mining

locals and locales featured in environmental doc

When he heard that an energy company was making plans to develop the land next to his in Minnesota, Jim Tittle and his brother decided to look into the operation. They found that the company wanted to build an open-pit silica mine that would ...

Illustrating the Valley

magic, whimsy tie together painting, sculpture exhibit

I found Brianna Capra perched on a wooden bench amid her tools, paintings, and labels in the middle of setting up the Gatherings & Recollections collaborative exhibition at the Volume One Gallery. In the background of our conversation ...

Opening Shot | May 9, 2013

On May 3 the opening reception for “Elemental Grace, Reflective Homage” – a collaborative show between Tracy Chipman and Hope Larsen –was hosted by Menomonie’s Raw Deal.

On the Cover | May 9, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Kim Vaughter

“I graduated with an art degree 16 months ago. It’s been a strange 16 months, without all the structure and crying of school. I found I needed a good eight months to not think about art.  ..."

Bang the Drum

Minneapolis taiko experts come to Menomonie

The intensity and precision of taiko drumming is something that everyone should see in his or her lifetime. The Japanese style of drumming is fast and booming, with huge, hollow drums reverberating through whatever space they are played ...

Opinions on the Street

design concerns delay South Barstow project vote

According to the old joke, there are only two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and road construction. The unseasonably wintry weather almost brought the two together in Eau Claire, but that’s OK because city officials delayed their ...