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Editor's Notes

We're All Responsible for the Headlines of 2016

Inside this issue and on our website right now you’ll find our annual Chippewa Valley Year in Review Quiz. It covers everything from civic news and development to arts, food, and sports. Here in print it’s fun, but at you’ll find an interactive version that really puts your local (and random) knowledge ...

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The Rear End

Monroe, Wisconsin

in the very beginning, I got there first

Somewhere in my parent’s house, deep in a box in the basement, there’s a newspaper clipping. A grey and white photo and its caption. It shows a young woman on the very first day of 1976. She looks tired. She looks like she wasn’t really ready for a newspaper photographer to show up at the door, ask her to smile ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | December 23, 2015

learn more about the issue's cover art by Tom Weniger

“Nuthatch on the Duncan” by Tom Weniger “The Marsh Rainbow Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Arching gracefully over beautiful Duncan Creek, it was built in 1916 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Just downstream from here, Duncan Creek ...

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

From the Visitor's Section

seeing a collegiate basketball game in person is where it’s at

Walking into Zorn Arena on a recent mild El Niño December evening, I looked for a spot to watch the Blugolds women’s basketball game. Not being a student, that particular section was a must-avoid – as was the long line of enthusiastic students waiting to get inside for a non-conference game. The area near the benches ...

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LISTEN: Idle Empress finds a tight, honed sound among friends

A little more than a year ago at the weekly open mic at The Plus, a singer named Lauren Anderson would occasionally step up to the mic holding an acoustic guitar. At open mics, you see a lot of people step up to the mic holding acoustic guitars, but none of them have a voice like Lauren’s. She started out mostly doing ...

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A Very Merry Squad-y Xmas

the day after Christmas is gonna get weird and awesome

Relentlessly aggressive, wildly unpredictable, and essentially experimental, Marijuana Deathsquads is an odd ensemble of Twin Cities musicians featuring Ryan Olson (Poliça, Gayngs, Digitata), P.O.S. (Doomtree), video artist Isaac Gale, and no less than two drummers each on their own kit. Marijuana Deathsquads ...

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You Liked His Older Stuff Better

Comedy Central’s Kyle Kinane to perform at The Plus

Kyle Kinane – one of America’s most talked about standup comedians and the voice of Comedy Central – will be performing at The Plus in January as part of Clear Water Comedy’s lineup of weekly showcases. Kinane’s lauded special “I Liked His Old Stuff Better” debuted on Comedy Central back in January of 2015 ...

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Center Yourself

former pastor details guide to spiritual mindfulness

The Center is a destination here in Eau Claire. Out on Highway 12, tucked in above Otter Creek and the woods surrounding it, this stone cottage is home to healing arts practices and other guided spiritual journeys. Being in The Center’s practice room, to look upon the tall trees and the cascading slope ...

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Caught Up in Her Place

inspired by her Valley home, poet embraces her surroundings

“Roses are red, violets are blue ... the most beauty is found in the world around you.” One local wordsmith has just released her latest volume of poetry – a stocking-stuffer that will satisfy bookworms and nature enthusiasts alike. In this full-length collection, Beyond Bulrush, Chippewa Falls author Jeannie Roberts ...

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Visual Art

Peanuts Movie Features Graphic Work by Stout Alum

Charles Schultz’s characters from the classic comic strip “Peanuts” are currently making their debut on the big screen, but they wouldn’t be there without the help of UW-Stout arts alumni. 1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate Jason Sadler was part of the creative team that brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy ...

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Help Kickstart "The Monster of Phantom Lake"

Local composer Adam Boll is seeking to bring his show, “The Monster of Phantom Lake,” to the stage in the Chippewa Valley, but with a little help from community members. “The Monster of Phantom Lake” production, is a musical adaption of a 2006 independent comedy film directed by Christopher Mihm ...

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Local Look

The Tools For Building Your Dream

new Chippewa Falls maker space lends heavy tools, experience

On the first day of Christmas MTC offered me ... vinyl cutters, machine metal fabrication, a seriously loaded woodshop, welding and soldering set ups, computers teeming with design software, a laser engraving station … and a nested CNC Machine. That truncated little jingle doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount ...

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Ruder Ware Donation Puts Confluence Close to Goal

The Ruder Ware law firm and its attorneys banded together to put up a collective gift of $150,000 towards the Confluence Project. The total amount incorporates individual commitments from several attorneys in the firm, as well as a discount in the legal services Ruder Ware been providing to the project since 2011 ...

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Beaton Announces City Council Candidacy

Kate Beaton, a recent UW-Eau Claire graduate, is running for city council. Beaton is a UW-Extension social worker and UW-Eau Claire alumna who served on a citizen’s advisory committee that helped develop Eau Claire’s updated comprehensive plan. Beaton made her name by establishing the Market Match ...

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City Survey Asks Why You Love Eau Claire

Electronic Eau Claire Conversation, also known as E2C2, is an online public forum used by city officials to collect input on important topics that impact our community. And while most of the time the overall vibe of the forum is about fixing what’s broken, there’s a new discussion about loving what’s right ...

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Connecting Your Business to the World Map

The Eau Claire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is gearing up to help small businesses grow their online network with a “Let’s Put Eau Claire On The Map” workshop. The event will take place on January 13 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library from 6 to 8pm. At the workshop, business owners ...

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Fix-it Station Added to Park

If you’re brave enough to be a winter biker, you’ve got some new tools if you run into trouble along the trail. A fix-it station for bicycles was recently installed in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park, which is right at the nexus of the Old Abe and Chippewa River state trails. The bright-blue station, ...

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Code for Eau Claire Seeks Civic-Minded Hackers

Are you a coder, a civic-minded person, or perhaps both? Then Code for Eau Claire should be on your radar. The newly formed organization, a local brigade of Code for America, bills itself as “a group of developers, designers, data geeks, and idea-makers who help local government and civic organizations ...

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Blue Angels Say Valley's Airshow Flew the Highest

Last summer’s Chippewa Valley Air Show was pretty awesome -– but don’t just take our word for it. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels –- the incredible aerobatic team that performed in Eau Claire over the Independence Day weekend –- has chosen the event at its Air Show of the Year. That’s high praise, considering ...

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Food / Drink

Wisconsin-Raised Shrimp

you wouldn’t think you’d be able to successfully raise and sell shrimp in Wisconsin, but you totally can

Got shrimp? Bloomer entrepreneur Mike Hable does, and he’s proving that there isn’t anything a Wisconsinite can’t do, even raise shrimp. Hable is the owner of the Bohemian Ovens bakery in Bloomer, and he had been a dairy farmer for 27 years before deciding to swim in a new direction ...

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Kid Culture

Have a Happy Noon Year!

Children’s Museum open for mid-day year-end celebration

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is making sure no little one gets left behind when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Their new event, Noon Year’s Eve, will run from 10am-Noon on December 31st. Get your photos taken in a New Year’s photo booth, work out some pent up energy with parachute playtime ...

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Up, Up, and Away!

international cup competition adds new layer to Silver Mine Ski Jump tourney

Getting outdoors this winter and watching high quality athletic competitions doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition in the Chippewa Valley: Eau Claire has hosted the Silver Mine Invitational, which welcomes top ski jumpers from around the world, for 130 straight winters. Introducing your family to the thrilling sport of ski jumping ...

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Special Sections

Seasonal Ice

rip-roarin’ winter festival puts ATVs, cars, on frozen Lake Wissota in the spirit of chilly fun

The Second Annual Winter Fest and Games on January 29 through 31 on Lake Wissota will be a chilly and unforgettable event – complete with a snowmobile parade organized to break the current record in the Guinness Book of World Records, auto and ATV racing on the ice, snowmobile drag racing, fat bike racing ...

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