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Achieving Lambeau

It’s official: After well more than three decades in this state, I’m finally a full-blooded Wisconsinite. Just last weekend, I attended my very first Packers game at the legendary Lambeau Field ...

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Opening Letters

The Couple That Shops Together

Christmas shopping with our mates isn’t always the wisest decision, but we do it anyway

After 39 years of marriage, my wife and I know better than to shop together – most of the time. Once a year or so she makes the proposal: “Honey, I know you don’t want to do this, but do you think just ...

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The Rear End

Wreck the Halls

pretty sure Father Christmas doesn’t want us to do housework

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten totally stressed out over something as simple as Christmas decorations. I’m not talking to you people out there with 25 holiday-themed inflatable lawn ornaments surrounding your house like giant, poofy sentinels ...

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The Way We Get Byways

Softly, Dear frontman takes on spontaneous rock project

It happens in this town sometimes: A crew of talented college students form a band, play and throw tons of shows, record songs, and tour around the region – then they all graduate and go their separate ways ...

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We Three Friends

Yata, Sinz, and Orfield album offers acoustic gems

The debut album from Yata, Sinz, and Orfield is a folky, intimate affair, so perhaps it’s appropriate that the trio of veteran musicians squeezed into a cozy booth at Acoustic Café to discuss the new record ...

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Good to Be Bad

renowned jazz trio with local ties slated for Mabel Tainter

Ethan Iverson is coming home to Menomonie, and he’s bringing friends when The Bad Plus takes the stage Dec. 20 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. The contemporary jazz trio includes ...

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All That Jazz

public TV documentary highlights EC Jazz Festival

I have an embarrassing confession to make: Despite having lived in the Chippewa Valley for more than 16 years, I’ve never attend the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. I don’t have a good excuse ...

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Pine Hollow Hands-On

UW-Stout audio club gets firsthand, in-studio chops

It’s always been a goal of Pine Hollow Studio’s owner Evan Middlesworth to foster more recording engineers in the Chippewa Valley. That means hiring young producers to work ..

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'Nun' of Your Business

the goofy nuns from Nunsense stage a holiday musical

The nuns are back for a Christmas-themed extravaganza! The fourth in Dan Goggin’s series of Nunsense musicals, “Nuncrackers” sees the nuns taping a TV special for their local cable access station ...

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A Look to the Horizon

a man of the land’s book is full of Dunn County sunsets

Bruce Siebold is no stranger to Mother Nature. He grew up on a 160-acre dairy farm in northwestern Wisconsin and came to appreciate and understand the land and its beautiful, subtle details ...

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Empowered Parents, Empowered Kids

veteran health educator offers guide through adolescence

We’ve all done it as parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, or grandparents (well, maybe not as grandparents because they get the “fun jobs” associated with raising kids): getting into a power struggle ...

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Visual Art

Charcoal Creations

ex-Marine discovers she has a talent for drawing

A “happy accident” for Eau Claire resident Angie Pitcavage uncovered her untapped talent for charcoal custom portraits of people and pets as well as drawings of animals, historic military events ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

Police From Across the Pond

program will bring German officers to Altoona

Wisconsin’s German roots are responsible for many of the things we love most here: beer, bratwurst, potato salad, and Oktoberfest, to name a few. Officer Edward Bell of the Altoona Police Department ...

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Old Xcel Energy Sign Re-Energized

Irvine Park isn’t the only place in Chippewa Falls ablaze with light this holiday season. Xcel Energy recently refurbished and relit the iconic NSP sign that has been atop the hydroelectric plant ...

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Food / Drink

Food Truck Fast Lane

one-day UWEC course gives you the basics of operating a food truck business

Food trucks are authentic, delicious, and they’re starting to add to Eau Claire’s local identity and quality of life, which are all great reasons why the Chippewa Valley needs some more of their flavor ...

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Fired up About Tacos

Grizzly’s owners launch southwest-style eatery with wood-fired panache

If you love the wood-fired food at Grizzly’s and the cocktails at Milwaukee Burger Company, then you’re in luck: A new restaurant is coming to Eau Claire, and it’s chock-full of wood-fired luxuries ...

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Kid Culture

Action City opens new trampoline park and obstacle courses

A plan five years in the making is about to become reality on Saturday, December 17. That's when Action City will unveil a 20,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park, complete with a general jumping area, a soft play area, slam dunk and dodgeball courts, and a trick trampoline with an attached foam pit ...

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