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Embracing Winter at the Curling Club

As I’m sure many people across the world felt these last several days, as the winter games played out on the other side of the planet in Pyeongchang, the crew at Volume One got a little caught up in Olympic fever. So last week, as part of our staff’s two-day annual meeting ...

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Opening Letters

Lighting a Fire

UWEC’s Fire Ball more than a drag show

It was one of those bleak January days when it’s dark by 4pm and you wonder if the weather is trolling you. I had just finished teaching my last class of the day at UW-Eau Claire and was trudging through Hibbard Hall ...

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The Rear End

I Hate My Stupid Whatever

if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, try constantly complaining

Here’s my promise to you: I won’t waste a single paragraph’s worth of well-crafted sentences complaining about the weather. It’s the least I can do for all you people out there who don’t give a damn about some random guy’s opinion on that we cannot control ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Feb. 21, 2018

BACK TO IT. To celebrate the 10th-anniversary re-release of Justin Vernon’s debut Bon Iver album – For Emma, Forever Ago – the band staged a special concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Eau Claire native and his full Bon Iver crew covered the album for fifteen thousand fans, at times reverting back to the original band’s turning group, including only Vernon and fellow Chippewa Vallians Mike Noyce and Sean Carey.

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Music Quick Hits | February 2018

Eau Claire synth pop artists Sniffle Party just got some serious love from HBO. In the latest episode of High Maintenance, which tells miniature stories connected by the same nameless bicycle-bound weed dealer in New York ...

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Dance (And Sing) With Dragons

Game of Thrones parody will have fantasy lovers laughing

Send a raven! On March 1 the State Theatre will be dark and full of laughs. Winter is coming, and you can get a front-row seat to all of the fantasy action. Fans of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones ...

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A Serving of Spiritual Soup

A Chippewa Valley writer and her mother have a serving of heartwarming spiritual soup for readers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Cassandra Kyser of Boyceville and her mother ...

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Visual Art

Tempted to Touch

Artfly pop-up encourages viewers to engage with art

ArtFly, a contemporary pop-up art gallery that turns conventional spaces – such as a garage, a basement, or a local store – into a space to experience art for a single day or night is about to put on its biggest show to-date. Kelsey Wenberg, artist and genius behind ArtFly ...

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Local Lit


I believe in the haloed snow in the streetlight // the weight of the dark lets down, // and the republic of the child’s tongue // where the stars blink and die ...

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Local Look

School of Thought

mental health organization offers mindfulness training

Brenda Scheurer, director of the Mental Health Matters Coalition, was moved when she read that more than one in four Chippewa County middle and high school students had felt so sad or hopeless ...

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Food / Drink

Growlin’ to Go

get your growler filled at this new Eau Claire spot

If there’s one thing that’ll get me in the door of a local business, it’s a five-foot, sheet metal beer can. Call it gimmicky or call it ingenious; either way, it’s catching glances from its sidewalk perch on London Road ...

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Food Done Slow

UW-Stout students publish slow food cookbook

In a world where fast food rules and drive-thrus loom around every street corner, a new movement is changing the status quo: slow food. The Slow Food club at the University of Wisconsin-Stout created the Good Harvest Cookbook ...

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Empty Bowls, Full Bellies

Feed My People Food Bank hosts fundraiser meal

For the peckish, charitable, and art-loving residents of the Chippewa Valley, Feed My People Food Bank is hosting its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser March 1 at the Florian Gardens ...

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