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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Dec. 28, 2016

At Volume One we do our best to keep tabs on everything interesting that happens throughout the Chippewa Valley. Thankfully, it seems the velocity of interesting things happening – good things – continues to increase ...

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Opening Letters

An Uber-Important Question

for Eau Claire to really hit it big, app-driven ride-sharing service would be a must

How do you know when you have grown up? Perhaps you attain a job title, you marry, you have children, or a gray hair appears on your head. Perhaps there is ...

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The Rear End

Winter Clothes

you get a little more when you wear a little less

I hustle outside – without socks – wearing loose fitting shoes, a threadbare t-shirt, and what we as a society have collectively, wordlessly agreed to call “jammie pants.”

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Cover Art
Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Dec. 28, 2016

Part of his “Frosty Mini Series,” photographer Nick Uthe wanted to show Wisconsin from a new perspective, using a drone to capture some local landscape at Lowes Creek County Park, shown here. Uthe says, “This was a small tribute to the state I love.”

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It's Never Rude to Speak Your Native Language

what happened when my column about my Spanish-speaking family went viral

Yesterday I took my family to look at a used car. We’d found a rusted out “beater with a heater” on Craigslist which I thought could be used for picking up my children from school ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

On the Field, 2016 Wasn't a Total Loss

in fact, the past year brought surprising success to long-suffering teams and their fans

The general consensus of 2016 is that this was a bad year. A wave of legendary musicians passed away. Our two prime presidential candidates had perhaps the worst collective favorability in modern political history – and nearly half of the country ...

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Live Local Music on Dec. 31: When & Where

This New Year’s Eve, perhaps more than any other, the Chippewa Valley is going to light up with live music at tons of local venues. Instead of staying in your house, overeating, and passing out at 11pm, perhaps you can find your way out into the community ...

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Dynamite Duet

local jazz great returns for homecoming dinner concert

Eau Claire native and multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer is pairing up with jazz vocalist Gillian Margot on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a night of entertainment and renowned cuisine at The Lakely. Keezer, hailed by musicians and ...

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Magical Night of Laughs

ring in 2017 with comedian magician person David Harris

Midwest Emmy Award-winning comedian and magician David Harris is laughing in the New Year with Kevin Cahak and Jodie Maruska at the Metropolis Resort on New Year’s Eve ...

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Who Do You Believe?

with Doubt, CVTG tackles tough questions

The subject matter of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s newest production, Doubt: A Parable, stands out as unusually intense for a community theater production in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Chippewa Valley Writers Guild Offers Winter Retreat

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is back at it, starting off 2017 with a Winter Writer’s Weekend at The Oxbow Hotel in snowy downtown Eau Claire, Feb. 4-5. Guild director/UW-Eau Claire professor BJ Hollars says it’s a two-day retreat designed to help people create ...

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Getting the Nobel Nod

UWEC’s Onwueme was nominated for literary prize

What do music legend Bob Dylan and UW-Eau Claire’s internationally celebrated playwright Dr. Tess Onwueme have in common? A lot, as it turns out.

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Twice-Told Tales

father turns cat-themed bedtime stories into book

Renowned Chippewa Valley birder Steve Betchkal has written a book about cats. Say what?

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Visual Art
Local Look

City of Eau Claire Eyes Land for New Fire Station

The City of Eau Claire is moving toward buying land on the city’s eastern edge to build a new fire station. The City Council voted 9-1 on Dec. 13 to proceed with what’s known as “friendly condemnation” to purchase the property at the corner of Birch Street ...

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Menomonie Market Raising Funds for Food Pantry

Christmas may have just passed, but it’s not too late to help Menomonie Market Food Co-op deliver a special holiday gift to the needy. In partnership with United National Foods, the co-op’s primary food distributor, Menomonie Market is holding ...

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Food / Drink

A New Place to Skate

growing Chippewa youth hockey program has new rink

The cliché about Wisconsin weather – wait a few minutes, and it will change – often rings true, even in winter. Sure, it’s usually cold, but warm spells, snow, sleet, and other types of precipitation keep ...

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Rebuilding Pinehurst

local nonprofit, volunteers turning vision into reality

The former ski hill at Pinehurst Park has steadily evolved into a fresh and exciting new recreation area. Led by local nonprofit OutdoorMore Inc., Pinehurst Park is on its way to becoming not only ...

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