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Where FM Means Fine Music

a look inside humble, independent Chippewa Falls radio station WCFW, its eclectic programming, and the spirit behind it all

I’ll never forget the moment I first stumbled upon the oddball frequency – I had just moved to Eau Claire and was in my car scanning through local stations when I landed on a Rosemary Clooney ballad ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | August 24, 2016

In a matter of days, roughly 400 upperclassmen students will be moving into the new six-story downtown structure called Haymarket Landing, which towers right above Barstow Street and the Eau Claire River. The impact of this event is really significant ...

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Opening Letters

The Magic Network

social connections forged in a small city are priceless

Once upon a time I lived in a place far, far away, filled with so many people that one could walk the streets in total anonymity, never bumping into a friend at the grocery store, never seeing a particular stranger ...

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The Rear End

The Biggest Thing in All the World

a hard gaze back at highways and summertime skies

My little pickup truck blasted down Highway F, swooping around the curves and diving into low spots as the world evaporated all around me. I was driving too fast. And when I say evaporated, I mean it.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | August 24, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Mark Lone

The ‘Luna Moth’ piece is a very special piece to me, as the day I was working on this my grandmother Arlys Lone passed away of natural causes. When I heard the news, I kept drawing to try to keep my mind off feeling grief. I couldn’t stop thinking about ..."

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Opening Shots

Not So Secret Show

cozy show planned for Michael Perry and The Long Beds

The nights of September, evenings of rich late-summer, early-fall weather, are meant to be spent listening to the crooning of local artists. Pine Hollow Studios offers cozy, intimate musical experiences perfect for these times, at shows for audiences ...

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Where FM Means Fine Music

a look inside humble, independent Chippewa Falls radio station WCFW, its eclectic programming, and the spirit behind it all

I’ll never forget the moment I first stumbled upon the oddball frequency – I had just moved to Eau Claire and was in my car scanning through local stations when I landed on a Rosemary Clooney ballad ...

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Defining Mortality

new poetry book takes readers on an emotional journey to happiness

At a reading series in Massachusetts several years ago, UW-Eau Claire professor Jon Loomis hosted several high-profile readers ...

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Roberts on a Romp

Chippewa Valley poet employs humor, lyricism

Jeannie E. Roberts, author of Beyond Bulrush, is back with a new full-length poetry collection titled Romp and Ceremony. In her last book, Roberts entranced readers with visions of the Midwestern landscape and its beauty. While Romp and Ceremony is full ...

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Visual Art

Examining Ager

new film tells the story of famed Norwegian immigrant writer

Ask people almost anywhere in Eau Claire if they know where the Waldemar Ager Museum is and you are likely to get a blank look. Even though many people pass the house twice daily on West Madison Street ...

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Lake Hallie Lives

new documentary features local stories and voices

Lake Hallie. That blip on the map, the sidewalk crack between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. To many, an unknown place that is often forgotten. To the long-time residents of the village ...

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Local Lit


312A has a broken arm though sometimes / it’s her leg. Bed 312B has lost her Kleenex / and given name. The loss leaks out ...

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Local Look

Building Fresh

program helps at-risk youths rebuild lives, one two-by-four at a time

Before signing up for the Fresh Start Program, the biggest thing Travis Rosciszewski had ever built was a skateboard ramp. Now the biggest thing he’s ever built is a house.

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Chippewa Celebration

annual conference melds resource protection, recreation

The third annual Celebrate the Chippewa River Conference, a chance for natural resource professionals and community members to join together in their shared interest of protecting and enjoying the river, will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10 ...

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Tennis, Anyone? City Council Says 'Game On'

The Eau Claire City Council has unanimously approved the Eau Claire YMCA’s plan to build a tennis center near the entrance to Carson Park. The city sold the property, near the intersection of Menomonie Street and Carson Park Drive, to the YMCA in 2008 as a site for a future new YMCA building ...

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Questioning the Locals: The Rev’d Canon Aaron Zook

get to know your neighbors

After spending countless hours on stage – including more than 1,000 performances at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre – Aaron Zook took on a new role in 2013 when he was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. Zook grew up in Fall Creek and ...

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Pedaling Toward a Plan

effort aimed at making the Chippewa Valley better for bikes and pedestrians

Public input is being sought regarding the Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which is being developed by the Chippewa-Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Organization and an advisory team of local governments, state agencies, and advocacy ...

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Food / Drink

Veggin' Out at UW-Stout

student compost helps campus garden grow

Student workers at UW-Stout’s campus garden – aptly named UW-Sprout – make sure sustainability and natural are more than just buzzwords ...

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Cool Treats Coming Downtown

hoping to open by mid-April, a new ice cream parlor is gearing up its space on Galloway Street

Utilizing the bones of the old Smith Insurance Agency building at 503 Galloway St. – smack dab on the bustling corner of Galloway and Farwell – a new ice cream shop called ...

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How Grape Is This?

wine, art, and fun mix at Arc of Dunn County fundraiser

Wine. Art. A worthy cause. These three will be present at the second annual Corks & Canvas fundraiser for The Arc of Dunn County – but will you be? Last year’s event surpassed organizers’ expectations with 250 people attending and raising $5,000. Due to increased demand ...

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Kid Culture

When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth

life-size prehistoric reptiles to take over Chippewa Falls fairgrounds

If a considerable part of your childhood involved watching Land Before Time videos on your VCR and referring to leaves as “tree stars” just like Spike and Littlefoot, or even if you’re simply an avid Jurassic Park fan, get ready to experience ...

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Floating Yogis Find Balance

new business teaches yoga atop paddleboards

Practicing yoga involves an unbelievable amount of balance. But imagine taking that to the extreme, standing in a one-legged tree pose on a wobbly board, fighting the forces of gravity that are attempting ...

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Other Stuff

Supreme Study Spots

find the serenity you need to blast through your schoolwork with these academic alcoves

Cramming. Hitting the books. Putting your nose to the grindstone. Whatever you call studying, it’s something every college student is familiar with. Whether you treat it like a part-time job or try learning everything an hour before the big test ...

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Happy Hundredth, Blugolds!

UW-Eau Claire is celebrating its centennial this fall, and you’re invited

In case the name of the newish Centennial Hall and the presence of a giant “1916” sign in the middle of campus didn’t tip you off, UW-Eau Claire had a big birthday coming up. The university turns 100 this year, and several celebrations will mark the historic occasion ...

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