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Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Vicarious Roller Grrrl

roller derby is an exercise in empowerment – for fans as well as competitors

As we enter the sports center, the matchup has already begun. The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls are hosting the Keweenaw Roller Girls from ...

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The Rear End

Public Private

finding a secluded space in the middle of the city

I thought I was all by myself. Just me and the dark springtime water rushing along the banks. But a man came rambling from the trees ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | May 4, 2016

learn more about our cover art from Paula Gorski

"I struggled with drawing in the traditional sense but was allowed the freedom to merge drawing with mixed media. Wonder Bread was cheap so I made a series of autobiographical laminated bread portrait pieces ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | May 4, 2016

HAIR DO. Hosted by The Lismore in downtown Eau Claire on April 28, The Great Hair Ball was a one-of-a-kind hair show and competition where local stylists showcased their creativity while presenting fabulous follicles on live models and competing for prizes within several music-inspired categories.

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United Through Music

UW-Stout choral and jazz students receive grant for music trip to China

UW-Stout hopes to start a new music tradition, beginning with an upcoming 10-day trip to China ...

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Terraform Travelers

hardcore band finds its strength in touring country

For all their togetherness, their blistering energy, and their high-octane hardcore tunes, Terraform is made up of members who rarely live in the same place. With two members in Memphis ...

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Student Movement

UWEC’s annual Danceworks showcases bodies in motion

The Department of Music and Theatre Arts at UW-Eau Claire will present its annual Danceworks production May 5-7. Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, the concert will take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm in the Kjer Theatre ...

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Chainsaw Serenade

EC Children’s Theatre has gruesome, grown-up fun with Evil Dead: The Musical

The title alone should be enough to clue you in on the fact that Evil Dead: The Musical isn’t a typical Eau Claire Children’s Theatre production. There are no fairy princesses or little mermaids ...

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Historical Thrills

Eau Claire author delves into WWII with new spy novel

Veteran thriller author Gary Johnston has taken a daring dive into a new genre with his latest book, Pedigree. The genre shift has been a long time coming ...

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Bearing the Truth

UWEC profs’ children’s book focuses on how life changes us

Step aside Corduroy and Winnie the Pooh – make room for a new bear in the library ...

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Versed Prize

UWEC alum finalist for poetry Pulitzer

There is no better time for a poet to be named a finalist for a major literary award than during National Poetry Month. Elizabeth Willis, a graduate of Memorial High School and UW-Eau Claire, was selected as a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Poetry ...

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Visual Art

New-Wave Weaving

Eau Claire artist goes 3D with woven creations

About a year ago, Heidi Haubrich saw some samples of 3D woven art online and decided that she had to try making some herself. As a long-time lover of crafts and do-it-yourself projects ...

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Air Brushing

Durand is the canvas for ‘plein air’ painting event

The week of May 15 will be a great one for lovers of art and the great outdoors. The riverside community of Durand and its surrounding area will host the fourth annual GoPaint! plein ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

Questioning the Locals: Kate Beaton

get to know your neighbors

Kate Beaton is the youngest (24!) and newest member of the Eau Claire City Council (she was elected to an at-large seat in April). A certified social worker and community organizer, Beaton ...

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City Unveils First-Ever List of Green Honorees

The Sustainable Eau Claire Awards live up to their name in more ways than one. The awards, which were given out for the first time ever on April 22, were created to “recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that are making a difference ...

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Xcel's Solar Garden Gets Ok

Xcel Energy says it’s moving ahead with a community solar garden on Eau Claire’s south side. The April 28 announcement by the utility provider came just days after the Eau Claire City Council approved a lease with San Francisco-based solar developer Pristine Sun ...

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Urban Wood Program Honored

An effort to turn downed Eau Claire trees into furniture and other useful products instead of wood chips has garnered a statewide award. The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council has honored the partnership between the City of Eau Claire and Madison ...

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Food / Drink
Kid Culture

Unfolding History

mobile lumber museum to debut in Chppewa Falls

The Past Passed Here has become an annual event coordinated by the Chippewa County Historical Society where folks can learn about local history. For years, this event has included reenactments ...

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Step by Step

In a quest to get healthy, local writer Rob Reid began to hit the Chippewa Valley’s hiking trails. Here’s what he discovered.

It was increasingly hard to see the trail path. The grass was getting higher and higher. With my arms up near my head, I yelled back to my wife, Jayne, “Don’t be surprised if we pick up a few wood ticks on this hike!” By the time we finished walking around ...

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Off-Road Runner

After tiring of the pavement pounding so many runners do, V1 contributor Caleb Gerdes got his mojo back in the woods, trails, and hills of Wisconsin

Sometimes people ask if I am a runner. I want to tell them no, then I remember that I do, in fact, run typically one to three times a week. Now, I’m not religious about it, and I don’t have a specific training regimen or goal in mind.

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