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House of Rock: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

celebrating our creative economy while examining the loss of a mainstay music venue

However, somewhat simultaneously, music fans in the area are processing last week’s announcement that a mainstay live venue for the last 17 years, The House of Rock on Water Street in Eau Claire, will permanently close its doors in July ...

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The Rear End


running down some county fair flashbacks

I can’t remember exactly why we ran across the carnival grounds that afternoon, but I doubt it was my idea. I rarely feel the need to travel faster than a light trot, yet there I was, chasing my cousins ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | May 17, 2017

IT’S HIP TO ZIP. A pair of happy zip-liners try out the new motorized zip-line at Action City in Eau Claire. Open as of Saturday, May 6, the ride is 130 feet high and 700 feet long. The amusement center also opened up a new outdoor go-kart track on the same day.

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Athletic Aesthetic

From Project Runway to March Madness

when you’re married to a superfan, sports are part of your life – whether you like it or not

I’ll be honest. This sports thing doesn’t come easy to me. My heart is happiest with Tim Gunn “make it work moments” and strawberry-peach margaritas. If two years ago someone told me there would come a day I’d be watching ...

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Tuesday Blues-Day

Tuesday Night Blues returns and adds after hours jams

Some of us regret the love we lost or the career we never pursued. Some of us just regret that entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s we ate last night. Me, I regret the fact that I have absolutely no musical ...

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Can You Hear It? Sounds Like Summer

we’re ready for more sunny, summery local tunes in Phoenix Park

Twelve summers ago, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series was born in the heart of Phoenix Park. What started as a fun way to celebrate our beautiful park and hard-working local musicians ...

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Rock No More

The House of Rock will shut its doors in July

One of Eau Claire’s longest running music venues, the House of Rock, is closing this summer, its owner announced in early May. The Water Street rock club’s owner, Steve Geitz ...

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Visual Art

Giddyap for the Sculpture Tour!

one-third of this year’s citywide collection of 3D artwork is from Wisconsin and Minnesota

The Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is now more “Eau Claire-y” – or at least more “Chippewa Valley-y” – than ever. The latest crop of sculptures was installed around the city earlier this month ...

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Fostering the Business Ecosystem

for the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, cooperation is key to growth

The story of Chippewa County has always been one of entrepreneurs and innovators, from people with household names like Jacob Leinenkugel and Seymour Cray to scores of unsung business owners whose ...

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Simple, Beautiful, but Not Ordinary

Hello Adorn opens modern chic jewelry studio in downtown EC

A new downtown studio workspace for Hello Adorn – the beautiful handmade jewelry line formerly sold at local boutique Isabelle and Co. and currently sold online at the Hello Adorn website ...

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Local Look

Riverfront Revival

downtown Chippewa Falls’ new park project brings visitors down to the water

Considering that Chippewa Falls was born along the river, it’s fitting that its next chapter is taking root there, too. Work is ongoing to transform what was once an underused commercial and industrial ...

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Cheers to Oktoberfest

a beer-lovers' German cultural celebration in the heart of Chippewa Falls

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about Oktoberfest that gives me the urge to throw on a dirndl. I’m pretty sure I could rock the Alpine cap as well (though that's not traditional for us German women) ...

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Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair

Northern Wisconsin State Fair has meant summer fun since 1897

When the smells of cotton candy and popcorn fill the air, you hear the cheerful sounds of a carousel, and get a sight of the top of the Ferris Wheel, you’ll know the fair is here ...

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Adding on for a Growing Family

Chippewa Valley Family YMCA ponders a new capital campaign for renovation, expansion

The YMCA is a gathering place for the whole community. It is meant to be an inclusive space – it’s not limited to those who can afford membership at an upscale gym – that promoting wellness ...

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A Dam Fine History

Lake Wissota and the dam that created it turn 100 this year

Lake Wissota, one of Chippewa Falls' crown jewels – which sparkles like hundreds of diamonds on a sunny day – and the dam that created it celebrate their 100th birthday this year ...

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What's in a Name?

the people behind the monikers you see around Chippewa Falls

William Irvine was born in Mount Carroll, Illinois, in 1851. When he was only 15 he moved to Chippewa Falls and was employed by the sawmill. At age 22 he married Adelaide Beardsley in Mount Carroll and the two made their home at Chippewa Falls. They had one adopted daughter ...

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8 Can't-Miss Chippewa Falls Events

get these gatherings on your calendar pronto

In Chippewa Falls, the calendar is filled to the brim with annual events, celebrations, and more! Here’s a compilation of can’t-miss happenings for the next 12 months ...

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Creatures Featured

Exotic Pet Fair has something for all animal lovers

A popular pet-focused event is coming back to Eau Claire, only this time it’s bigger and in a spacious new location. The Exotic Pet Fair is a family-friendly event featuring responsible breeders ...

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Food / Drink

5 Local Grilling Sidekicks

1. Sconnie Foods squeezable sauerkraut – Accessibility has never been one of sauerkraut’s advantages, until now. The locally made handheld condiment is a must when you’re out and about and need some kraut.

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Destination: Meat

seven Wisconsin meat purveyors worth a trip

The start of grilling season inspires foodies to explore new sources for quality meats. And with the farm-to-table movement growing in popularity ...

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How to Know If It's Done

check your grill, then check your temp

If you’ve ever taken a piece of meat off the grill only to return it moments later because it wasn’t done, you’ve probably asked yourself each time “How am I supposed to know when it’s done?” ...

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Meet the Meat Man

co-op’s meat buyer isn’t shy about his philosophy of food

If you’re looking for someone to answer some of life’s meaty questions – and we mean “meaty” quite literally – it’s hard to find someone more qualified than Nik Novak, the meat buyer and storekeeper at Just Local Food ...

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A Spirited Effort to Tap Into Downtown

just one year after opening, Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Bros. Brewing Co. is an award-winning hotspot

When asked if he imagined achieving the kind of success he and his partner, Kurt Schneider, have found one year after opening the Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Bros. Brewing Co., Jim Stirn ...

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Hanging up Her Apron

planning retirement, owner wants to sell Eau Claire’s legendary Sue’s Bake Shop

After nearly 20 years of owning Sue’s Deluxe Bake Shop – and a lifetime in the baking industry – Sue Ranney is planning to off the apron and pass it along to someone else ...

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Eating for a Good Cause

CF restaurants donate share of sales to free clinic

On May 18, supporting the Open Door Clinic in Chippewa Falls is as easy as going out to eat! Who knew eating good food could be so charitable? According to its mission statement ...

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A New Place to Fish

Erickson Park will have accessible fishing pier, boat launch

By next year, a vacant piece of land across from Chippewa Falls’ famed Irvine Park will be transformed into a new park complete with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and boat launch, a family area and pavilion ...

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Nurturing Nature

Audubon Society event includes field trips, lectures

Take part in a nature-filled weekend from June 2-4 with speakers, birdwatching, canoeing, and much more. They Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society is hosting the annual Chippewa Valley Nature Festival ...

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