Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

10 Hot Tips for Using Local Trails

pro suggestions on biker shorts, picking up after your dog, and ... unicycles?

I have been biking and walking the Chippewa River Trail since before it was even created, which is some trick, let me tell you. In all of that time, I have witnessed several calamities that could have been easily avoided ...

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The Rear End


August is a time for tangled branches and rebellion

Maybe it’s because we never had sidewalks. Or a curb or a gutter. Everyone’s lawns just rolled right up the blacktop, no fancy concrete to separate the two ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | August 10, 2016

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Grace Fechner

"This piece is from my ‘Connection’ series, which was inspired by a story in National Geographic about the traditional costumes worn by people of various villages in France. Each villager had a costume that celebrated ..."

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

The Bambino Would Be Proud

Eau Claire's Babe Ruth program excels, sending two teams to World Series

These are the salad days of Eau Claire baseball. We had the glory years of the Eau Claire Braves and the thousands who attended that era’s CRBL games, and that was a high standard to match, yet the sport still known ...

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Harmonious Legacy

after 25 years with UWEC music program, Schwartzhoff says goodbye

Thirteen international tours. Some 30 juried performances. Hundreds of concerts. Thousands of faces. That barely scratches the surface of Gary Schwartzhoff’s time as a professor of music ...

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Learning to Strum Along

fundraising efforts to bring more ukuleles to Flynn Elementary music class

When Liz Soules, music teacher for Flynn Elementary School, starts her two fourth-grade music classes with 25 to 26 students in each room, there’s a lot of moving around. But not for rhythmic reasons ...

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It's All About Guinevere

original play puts heroine in the center spotlight

If you’ve gone to the theater and seen productions such as West Side Story, Wicked, or any other big-name show, you may think you have seen and heard it all. Fall Creek-based theater company, Scene and Hurd, begs to differ ...

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The Funny Thing About Home

EC native makes comedic waves in Boise, brings the laughs back

Clear Water Comedy is bringing talent from the potato land of Idaho to The Plus this Thursday. Emma Arnold, comedian and narrative nonfiction author, will headline the knee-slapping shindig ...

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Visual Art

Student Art on the Move

to commemorate UWEC's centennial, two students design special bus wrap

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire turned 100 this year and while some would cringe at celebrating any birthday coming in at triple digits, the celebrations are happening all year for a university that I must say has aged quite well ...

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An Art Show With a Little Flower Power

ECRAC's annual Fabulous Florals and Fine Arts show invites visual artists and florists to collaborate

Come mid-January, our frosted eyes will yearn to gaze upon the colors of summer, especially the natural vibrant colors of flowers and plants. Luckily, Eau Clairians will have the opportunity to not only experience ...

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Local Film "Jaywalking" Is the Real Deal

local director, local actors, local everything ... and they need your help

Filmmaker and Eau Claire native Peter Eaton spent the better part of the last few years working and making movies on the West Coast. Now back in the area, he’s teaming up local actors, and a local crew to bring his screenplay Jaywalking to life ...

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Where All the Action Is

Action City to add trampoline park, outdoor go-karts, more

Get ready to quite literally jump for joy as Action City gets closer to opening an updated and expanded facility chock full of exciting new stuff. Originally set to be completed in September 2017 ...

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Oxbow Hotel Partners With Larson

boutique hotel, restaurant will be managed by experienced Eau Claire firm

A prominent local hospitality management firm will help launch and operate downtown Eau Claire’s newest lodging and dining establishment, The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely restaurant ...

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Festival Prep Done Right

local shop hosts Back Alley Pop.Up for festivalgoers

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is almost upon us and if only there was one magical location where one could get their face painted, pick up a lace crop top, grab a lemonade, and get a temporary tattoo… Oh wait! ...

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Local Look

State Buys Xcel Land for Natural Area

Nearly 1,000 acres along the lower Chippewa River will be preserved for future generations after being purchased by the state Department of Natural Resources from Xcel Energy. Xcel’s predecessor, Northern States Power ...

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Food / Drink

The Word on the Curd

every deep-fried delicacy at Culver's comes from LaGrander's Hillside Dairy right here in west-central Wisconsin

Wisconsinites love the deep-fried hunks of cheese found at almost every restaurant in our fine Dairy State. One of these, a homegrown franchise that has spread across the Midwest and beyond ...

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Oktoberfest, EC Style

Lazy Monk plans its own version of German festival

A very traditional Oktoberfest celebration is debuting in September at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St. Lazy Monk opened in the new location in January ...

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Home Is Where the Brew Is

Chippewa Valley Better Brewers work on electronic brewing system, ways to make better beers

Bob Schraufnagel wandered into a homebrew shop on Water Street and bought a book that started a journey. That was in the early 1990s ...

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Cooking With Beer & Cheese

food blogger Hannah Larson offers recipes using some of Wisconsin's most beloved ingredients

Learn to make Hannah Larson's Spaghetti and Meatballs (The Wisconsin Way) + Honey Pilsner Chicken!

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A Slice Above

Wisconsin cheese dominated the 2016 world championships. Why aren't we surprised?

The claim that Wisconsin makes the best cheese in the world isn’t just idle boasting: It’s objectively true, at least if you agree with the results of the 2016 World Champion Cheese Contest, which was held earlier this year ...

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Kid Culture

Ready for 'Real' School

Children's Museum counts it down for kindergartners-to-be

For those of us for whom kindergarten is a long-ago memory, it’s hard to appreciate what a huge transition it is for the 5-year-olds who will soon stream uncertainly through school doors armed with little more than ...

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Arcadia Hearts the Arts

Ashley for the Arts returns with top name talent

Where can you spend $10 for three days of world-class entertainment, art and crafts, and family fun while benefiting countless charities? Answer: At the Ashley for the Arts festival ...

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Other Stuff

A 'Love Haiti' Relationship

valley volunteers drawn to help in beautiful, troubled island nation

When I saw Tina Fern-Denzer last month in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she was grinning from ear to ear. She had been on the ground for less than two hours after a long day of travel from Woodville, Wisconsin ...

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