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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | April 1, 2015

It’s baby season here at Volume One. In just the past two weeks, second babies were born to both my family and the family of one of our managing editors, Tom Giffey. His is a girl, and mine is a boy. In several more weeks, our staff photographer ...

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The Rear End

Big Orange Crane

welcoming downtown EC’s tall, but temporary guest

Driving on Main Street into downtown Eau Claire, you can see it. Up ahead, the Big Orange Crane stands tall and proud at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. When it first arrived a few months back, it was a delightful surprise, ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | April 1, 2015

this issue's cover art is by Andrea Avery and Patsy Vork

“This work is part of collaborative series of paintings between two artists who lived in the small town of Chetek and shared a love for nature and the Scandinavian style of painting called rosemaling. The artists have known one another since ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 1, 2015

The city has begun work repairing and converting the “High Bridge” over the Chippewa River into part of Eau Claire’s trail system. Sometime this summer, the formerly unused railroad bridge will connect the city’s west side to the downtown area.

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Starring Aero Flynn

with Josh Scott’s Amateur Love days behind him, he moves on with Aero Flynn

The way some people in Eau Claire talk about them, it’s clear that Amateur Love have a sacred spot of the music scene’s history. A dozen years ago, the four-piece band would routinely pack the Stone’s Throw or the House of Rock with fiercest ...

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The Wordly D. Janakey

transplant remembers hard times with roving folk songs

Sometimes a folk singer’s strongest attribute is the places they’ve been and D. Janakey (the pen name of singer David Janecke) has already lived all over the world. Born in Kenosha, Janecke and his family moved to Bolivia when he was only seven ...

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All That Jazz

Eau Claire to burst with jazz during annual fest

Alright everybody, it’s almost time to get those fedoras and vests looking spiffy for a night out on the town. The 48th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival is gearing up for a springtime weekend of concerts, competitions, and more, all taking place ...

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Music Quick Hits | April 1, 2015

Kalispell – the folk project of former local Shane Leonard (Field Report) – is finally about to release a second LP called Printer’s Son. Leonard launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise recording funds almost two years ago. Kickstarter donors ...

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A Year with Frog and Toad

The classic kids books Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel are about two friends who are very different from one another, but they make it work. And now it has it’s own musical adaptation for the stage coming to Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in ...

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A Little Goodnight Music

cozy up with musical take on classic picture book

Watch a popular piece of children’s literature come to life in a new and inventive way in Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of Goodnight Moon, a beloved kids’-book-turned-musical. Wayne Marek, director of ECCT and many of the company’s ...

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Familial Verses

Garland’s poetry discussion series explores family life

The latest poetry discussion series hosted by Wisconsin poet laureate emeritus (and UW-Eau Claire English professor) Max Garland draws its inspiration from an insightful line penned by a legendary Russian novelist. ...

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You Can Take It to the Bank

gift from former boss inspires locally themed historic tale

The gift of two books from an admired boss took Rebecca Oatman on a two-year journey to research and write her latest book that weaves history and fiction into a novel about six generations of a family in the Chippewa Valley. The books were ...

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Visual Art

Coming to You Live

liveART brings artists’ studios to theater stage

If you’ve never experienced it, the easiest way to describe the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center’s liveART event is an on-stage art tour or art crawl – without the touring or crawling parts. Now in its fifth incarnation (it was last held two years ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

Towers Renovation Funds Move Forward

Funding for a long-awaited upgrade of one of UW-Eau Claire’s nearly 50-year-old dorms has moved a step closer to reality. On March 24, the Wisconsin State Building Commission approved a recommendation from the UW System to spend $33 million to ...

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Meet the Candidates: April 2015

Bob Von Haden and Sandra McKinney are facing off for an Eau Claire City Council seat. Here’s who they are and what they think.

Autumn elections – the ones we use to pick presidents and governors – tend to get a ton of attention, sometimes at the expense of lower-profile spring elections. But these races are critical, too, and on Tuesday, April 7, Eau Claire voters ...

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Food / Drink

Berg's Moves

chef’s classes focus on cooking with local ingredients

A forage is a “a wide search over an area in order to obtain something, especially food or provisions.” Eau Claire’s own Forage, located in Banbury Place, is home to the teachings of Chef Nathan Berg. This Spring you can experience the ‘Space ...

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Kid Culture

Fleet Female Feet

Girls on the Run fosters confidence, athleticism

If you’ve ever trained for a 5K race, you know the “high” you get when you cross that finish line. Pre-teen girls like Madeline and Eva are learning about that power of running along with valuable life skills and more by committing to training ...

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An Icy Stage

annual figure skating show goes theatrical

The Eau Claire Figure Skating Club invites everyone to “Come Sail Away” with its 36th Annual Ice Show April 10-12 in Hobbs Ice Center. This year’s theme is sure to warm up the audience, even in the icy arena. Nancy Girst has been coaching ...

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Which is a frog and which is a toad?

they look and smell similar, so how are they different?

If you get right down to it, frogs and toads are very similar. Both are small, green, cold-blooded, and they kinda look exactly same. But the truth is, they’re completely different. OK, we know one of them is a reptile and one of them is an ...

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Global Guffaws

Harlem Globetrotters here to slam-dunk your funny bone

This has been quite a year for Wisconsin hoops fans, with the Badgers earning their second Final Four berth in as many years. But what are we to do in the very near future when March Madness suddenly gives way to April Withdrawal? ...

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Special Sections

Precision Course

chippewa valley sports car club's autocross puts enthusiasts behind the wheel

What we drive is often just a means of transportation, giving us a way to get from point A to point B. For members of the Chippewa Valley Sports Car Club, a car is something that becomes a lot of your personality, explains Steven Andringa. Steven ...

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Restoration Complete

The crew over at Fast Freddie’s Rod Shop recently completed the restoration of a 1930s-era school bus. Eau Claire’s Student Transit commissioned owner Fred Kappus and his team to fix up the vintage bus. ECST owned the bus since the 1970s when ...

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The Older the Better

the community of the Indianhead old car club preserves and honors all kinds of old automobiles

The Indianhead Old Car Club is another automotive group that started in the 1960s. Back then, the club had nine members; that number has grown to 75 members today, four of whom have been involved since the club’s beginning in 1965. The club ...

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