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Editor's Notes
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The Rear End

On the Hook

the adventure of fake fishing in a church parking lot

It may surprise many of you to learn that I attended local Catholic schools from kindergarten all the way through my senior year of high school. Or maybe that doesn’t surprise you, maybe that makes ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Aug. 9, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Gail Schellinger

“My hands are always busy, so busy, so when I purchased a collection of unloved family portraits, lots of them, at an estate sale, I wondered what my hands would do with them ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Aug. 9, 2017

A TOWN FULL OF THE BLUES. Blues on the Chippewa 2017 filled Durand’s Memorial Park (above), as well as venues across the city’s downtown area with high caliber blues musicians August 4–6.

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'You Just Got Momm'd!'

What does it take to staff a music fest’s ‘Mom Booth’? A talkative personality, some good advice, and lots of Band-Aids.

Full disclosure, I pretty much “barged” my way into the “Mom Booth” at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in June using my connections. As a ticket holder, I was intrigued when I saw that one ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

So You Wanna Be a Fan?

if you don’t have a hometown favorite, the rules for picking a favorite pro sports franchise are not so simple

Odds are that you are a Wisconsin sports fan. You like the Packers, the Badgers, and probably the Brewers and the Bucks. Yet, you like hockey. The Badgers have a respected program, but with there is no National Hockey League ...

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A Decade of Bluegrass

WHYS Radio’s annual festival celebrates 10 years of music and community

Tucked among the trees at Lake Altoona County Park on Aug. 19 there will stand two stages filled to the brim with bluegrass and roots music of all kinds. Musicians from Eau Claire such as the Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire ...

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Music Quick Hits | August 2017

Blugold Radio and the forthcoming Confluence Center announced a special show on August 25 to celebrate the coming school year and the center’s construction progress featuring Dames, Idle Empress, and The Heart Pills ...

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Maintaining Mabel

beloved Menomonie arts center starts season, raises funds for roof

It was the kind of week that left me feeling like I was 6 years old watching my lost snow cone melt into the crevices of a steamy sidewalk. I so longed for any glimmer of reprieve. It came to me at 4:54 on Thursday afternoon ...

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Starr Search

EC native Hannah Starr has found herself through comedy

It was the year my sister and I learned to love liver, and Flintstones Push-Up Pops became more precious to us than two dollars left under our pillows by the Tooth Fairy. I remember that year; not because we lacked simple novelties ...

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The Wonders of Wissota

honoring Lake Wissota’s centennial with a musical

With the 100 year anniversary of the creation of Lake Wissota comes a play honoring the amazing feat that took place a century ago. Jerry Way, the man behind the production of “Wissota in the Making” ...

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Northbound to Happen

new ‘men’s mercantile’ shop headed to downtown EC

Thinking downtown Eau Claire can’t possibly get any cooler? Wrong. There’s a new business opening up, and it’s about to knock your summer socks off. Local business partners Matt Schwahn and Jeff Reuter will be introducing their shared-custody brainchild, Northbound Supply Company, to the community by the end of the month ...

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Local Look

Colorful Crossing

Phoenix Park bridge lights will debut in September

By next month, the iconic 526-foot Phoenix Park footbridge in downtown Eau Claire will be ablaze with thousands of LED lights capable of displaying millions of colors and “dancing” in time to music ...

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Longtime RCU Employee Picked as New CEO

A Chippewa Valley native who has worked at Royal Credit Union for more than 20 years became the fourth CEO in the financial institution’s history on July 31. Brandon Riechers, who most recently served as RCU’s executive vice president and chief lending officer, will replace Rudy Pereira ...

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Food / Drink

150 Years of Excellence

Over the last 150 years, the legendary Chippewa Falls brewery has been through it all – here's where they're going next.

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is celebrating an incredible milestone in 2017: 150 years of brewing beer in Chippewa Falls. Leinenkugel’s has an immaculately rich history of turning Chippewa’s fresh spring water into world-renowned beer since the 19th century ...

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Matches Made in Wisco Heaven

these Badger State cheese and beer pairings will send your taste buds to paradise

Loves of fine food and beverages in the Chippewa Valley know that The Coffee Grounds (4212 Southtowne Drive, Eau Claire) is far more than a coffee shop and café. At the Coffee Grounds, you’ll also find ...

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New Bill Would Ease Rules for Wisconsin's Small Brewers

Will Glass, founder of The Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire, knows all about the convoluted regulations that govern the production and sale of alcohol in Wisconsin. In fact, he wrestled with them for several years before finally opening his Eau Claire craft brewery and taproom in 2015 ...

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What Makes Curds Squeak?

exploring the science behind Wisconsin’s favorite snack

There’s nothing like picking up a fresh, warm bag of cheese curds at the farmers market and getting that first squeaky bite. That squeak comes from a special way that long protein molecules in fresh cheese curds rub against your teeth ...

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A Tasty Delivery

area meal kit delivery service focuses on local

When I find myself unable to silence the noise that drowns out all reason, there is only one thing that gives me a sense of peace: my family … and tiny, edible pearls forming crooked smiles on sugar cookie Easter bunnies ...

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One Hot Little Shop

Red Coal BBQ offers up quick, meaty meals

Red Coal BBQ, a new barbecue hotspot, has opened at 1907 Brackett Ave., in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (formerly the site of Samboney’s and Al’s Dog Haus). Owner Jon Ray described Red Coal BBQ as a locally owned place offering locally produced food made in small batches, with a passion for quality and flavor, not quantity ...

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Nuc @ Night

The Nucleus now offers a select dinner menu

One of Eau Claire’s favorite breakfast joints, The Nucleus, has recently opened its doors for dinner. After years of deliberation and months of recipe tasting in the kitchen, Nuc @ Night is finally here ...

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Kid Culture

Larger Than Life

new Bunyan book collects the giant’s many tall tales

Necessity is the mother of invention. Diana Peterson, executive director of Eau Claire’s own Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, could not find any new books about Paul Bunyan and Babe ...

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Other Stuff

Big Fun With Big Rigs

truck show moves to Chippewa Falls, adds monster trucks

Previously staged in the Chippewa Valley Technical College parking lot in Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show has grown too large for its original home, and has hit the highway for the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds ...

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