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Opening Letters

Morning Glory

in a Wisconsin spring, the early bird gets the best show

I looked up from my breakfast bowl, which was filled to the brim with milk-soaked Frosted Mini-Wheats, and noticed through the sliding glass door which faces east from our house ...

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The Rear End

Snowflakes and Cereal

cold mornings are still bright mornings

Sunlight filled the backyard. We were going to have a good day. Probably. The sky swelled with electricity, a wall of screaming blue yanked up behind a mess of tree branches towering ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | April 20, 2016

learn more about our cover art from Jesse Aylsworth

“‘Manipulating the Spectrum’ was a reaction to a large 4’ x 8’ diptych that I had been painting on intensely for three months. After I finished that painting, I stretched, primed, and painted this canvas over the course of one weekend ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 20, 2016

THE RECYCLING FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE. Just Bag It is a UW-Eau Claire fashion show featuring students and their designs made from recycled and repurposed materials. The show was April 13 in Davies Center.

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Ageism: The Last Politically Correct Prejudice

mockery of older people used to mask our own fears of growing old

As a prejudice, “Ageism” singles out those who are older for ridicule. Fear of growing older is its engine. Few people recognize its existence even though they often engage in its expression ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Hot Talent on Ice

Memorial’s Ty Emberson is the Valley’s latest high-profile hockey star, and the best may be yet to come

The Eau Claire metro area is known for the following exports on a national level: Leinie’s and Bon Iver. Sure, occasionally there are other things – municipal residential ...

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Adding a New Element

UWEC a capella group writes its own origin story musical

Stretch out those vocal chords and get ready to sing. The members of UW-Eau Claire’s all-male a cappella group, Fifth Element, will be taking a break from the concert scene to test their talents on the musical ...

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Swan Song

retiring music teacher commissions final concert piece from former student

The Northstar Middle School band is busy tuning instruments, memorizing sheet music, and practicing parts for their Annual Spring Concert ...

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Nothing to Fear

Master Singers travel for FDR concert

As we inch closer to a presidential election in which our country seems more hopelessly divided than ever, it’s almost inconceivable to imagine a time when a president was so beloved ...

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Planetary Jams

Earth Day celebration features music, speakers, more

Get ready to rock out for our very own third rock from the sun. The second annual Jam It For The Planet will be taking place April 23 at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire. People of all ages can come together ...

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Turning the Page

Bruce Taylor retires as Eau Claire’s poet laureate

As soon as he became the City of Eau Claire’s Poet Laureate in 2011, Bruce Taylor established a series of monthly open mic events ...

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Menomonie author explores area trails in new guide

The Chippewa Valley, it turns out, is an excellent place to live. It also turns out that the Chippewa Valley is an amazing place ...

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Visual Art

Capturing the Land

library gallery features landscape artist Marcus Clark

Celebrated local artist Marcus Clark is about to begin his third art show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library ...

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Let's Keep This Short

new local film fest features short flicks from near and far

The Downtown Budget Cinema will be hosting the Chippewa Valley Film Festival, which will feature top-notch short films ...

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Local Look

UPDATE: Groceries on Water Street?

new development would include grocery store, bank, apartments

A new four-story mixed-use building on the 200 block of Water Street will include a grocery store and 87 apartments, according to plans approved by the Eau Claire Plan ...

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Food / Drink

Two Times the Treats

ice cream tricycle proprietor opens gyro joint

With the weather starting to warm up, it’s time to begin thinking about tasty summer treats. Vangjel Kapbardhi’s ice cream business, Treats, will be out on the road ...

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FEATURE: Uncorking the Chippewa Valley Wine Scene

Yes, Wisconsin is beer country, but wine lovers who look closely will find palate-pleasing restaurants, retailers, wine bars, and vineyards aplenty.

It took everything in me not to cry out in horror. I knew that bars in Eau Claire would be a little different than the ones I was used to on the East Coast (for instance, l had been warned that many ...

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Keeping Spirits Up

Chippewa Falls winery adds distilling gin, whiskey, and vodka to their operation

Standing outside on a gorgeous sunny day, gazing out at the vineyards and sipping a quality glass of wine is an experience. An experience River Bend Vineyard & Winery in Chippewa Falls is committed to ...

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Kid Culture

Stemming the Gap

EC kids get hands-on science experience

A partnership among the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, Xcel Energy, and UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Beginnings has produced a high-energy, high-learning program at Roosevelt Elementary in Eau Claire ...

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Lace up for the Eau Claire Marathon

annual running extravaganza benefits dozes of charities

On May 1, more than 3,000 runners will take to the streets for the eighth annual Eau Claire Marathon. It has been three years since marathon organizers ...

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Spring Into Spring at Springfest

winter’s officially over, so let’s eat, drink, and be merry

Robin Williams said it best: “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’ ” And with SpringFest coming to Chippewa Falls April 29 through May 1, you’ll get ...

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Get Lost in Time, Not the Woods

for 1,200 miles, Ice Age Trail follows a glacial path across Wisconsin

We lucky Wisconsinites have one of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the country. The 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail passes through 31 Wisconsin ...

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7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin

Mother Nature gave our state some of the best outdoor recreation in the nation

In a state known for its love of the good earth and clean waters, we thought it would be fun to come with a list of the natural wonders of Wisconsin. We could have made the list twice ...

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5 Easy Wisconsin Day Trips

take a drive to see our state’s beauty

It’s pretty easy to love the Chippewa Valley. But as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sometimes you need to take a day off and go see ...

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