Issue Archive

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Snowing Is Half the Battle

living with the threat of a crusty Brown Christmas

Brown Christmas. It’s the absolute worst. Sure, there are far more important things about which we can complain, or even try to fix, but no snow in late December? It just doesn’t feel right ...

Almost Winter

Your windows caulked, washed, / locked and sealed in plastic, / your two sturdy new shovels / and a hundred pounds of sand.

The Christmas Coon

how a frozen critter taught a valuable lesson about doctor-patient communication

This season of dropping temperatures, snow squalls, and ice brings back memories of the first ice storm in Milwaukee my second year of residency. A quarter inch of ice on the streets made me late for my day ...

Laugh Off the Old Year

nationally known comic Palascak stops at The Plus

To bid a farewell to 2017, Clear Water Comedy has invited comedian Michael Palascak to Eau Claire. Stop by The Plus for Palascak’s set at 8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 28. Sides will split, snorts will be expelled, and comedy-induced tears will spill ...

Sweet, Sweaty Sweaters

Ugly Sweater 5K offers exercise, fashion failures

As the Christmas season begins, some are excited for eggnog and presents, while others enjoy trimming the tree next to a cozy fire. Yet in recent years there has developed a country-wide mania for “ugly” holiday sweater ...

Forming a Friendship

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...

Blugold Grad Releases Album of Holiday Showtunes

For a contemporary take on today’s holidaze, WISH, the Anderson & Petty Holiday Album is worth a listen, whether you’re baking Christmas cookies or throwing a party. Barry Anderson, a Blugold ...

Music Quick Hits | Dec. 13, 2017

It’s been a hot minute since we heard the sweet sounds of Idle Empress’ debut self-titled EP, but now – having recently relocated to the Twin Cities – the trio is back with two brand new singles, “Envy” and “Habits.” The songs, which premiered ...

UWEC, UW-Stout Set to Launch New Grads

A flurry of mortarboards will fly skyward on Saturday, Dec. 16, as two Chippewa Valley universities hold end-of-year graduation ceremonies. Commencement exercises for 665 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held in Zorn Arena ...

UW-Stout Scholars Program Gets $1M Boost

The U.S. Department of Education has approved more than $1 million in funding for the McNair Scholars Program at UW-Stout. The program recently received a five-year continuation grant ...

Oh Come, Little Children

a dirt-brown bus, a bearded man, and a simple gift form an indelible Christmas memory

As soon as he reached the mile-long dining table, the little boy spotted a place setting with steel utensils, quickly grabbed spoon and fork and licked them, spending a generous amount of spit. No one was going to steal ...

On the Cover | Dec. 13, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Melissa Burke

"An early morning walk through the garden can be a wondrous thing. The fleeting, soft quality of light brings out subtleties that would otherwise go unnoticed. The lacy fronds of this Japanese painted fern appeared to glow ..."

Opening Shot | Dec. 13, 2017

The 6th Annual Clearwater Winter Parade kicked off the holiday season in downtown Eau Claire on the evening of Friday, Dec. 1 with a fireworks display marking the start of the parade. A fairly mild night for December in Wisconsin, plenty of people were on hand to see the parade meander down 1st Avenue.

Red Letter Roundup

up-and-coming women-owned businesses

Twice a year, the Red Letter Grant is awarded to female entrepreneurs right here in the Chippewa Valley. Becca Cooke, owner of Red’s Mercantile, 224 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire, started the grant to encourage women to pursue ...

Chosen to Lead

female officeholders challenge the status quo

It’s been nearly a century since Wisconsin became the first state in the union to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, and yet women hold less than ...

Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Kimera Way is key to UWEC’s future

Kimera Way has played a crucial role in some of the biggest headlines impacting UW-Eau Claire – and the Chippewa Valley as a whole – in recent years. Through her positions overseeing both the UWEC Foundation ...

Lots of Dots

Eau Claire-founded network connects dynamic women in business

Women nationwide and beyond are banding together in the community-based organization, Polka Dot Powerhouse. This women’s network, founded in Eau Claire by Shannon Crotty, allows members ...

A Lifetime Climb

Chippewa Valley woman heads up Eau Claire manufacturing company

Sue (Kildahl) Tietz, president/CEO of McDonough Manufacturing, truly is a Chippewa Valley Woman in the Lead. She is a trailblazer as leader of an Eau Claire-based company that has been in business since ...

Power of the Purse

local women use collective giving to support community

Dozens of local women gathered Dec. 6 for the Eau Claire Women’s Giving Circle Gift of Giving Breakfast, where the organization awarded more than $40,000 in grants to eight local community support programs. Thanks to ...