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Think Plaza, Not Park

After many months of public input and planning, last week the Eau Claire City Council approved the final plan for the new Haymarket Plaza, the riverfront public space between ...

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The Rear End

Surface Tension

As soon as he drilled the holes something felt wrong. When we shuffled between them, water would blurble up through the openings and spread out over the ice, forming deep puddles ...

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Cover Art
Opening Shots

Opening Shot | March 7, 2018

AIR TIME. The Torch Sisters had room to stretch out at downtown Eau Claire’s The Metro on March 2, the second night of Decadent Cabaret 39 – the city’s largest annual celebration of local musicians.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Music Quick Hits | March 2018

English folk trio The Staves recently dropped a digital-only EP of six songs recorded at local studio Pine Hollow as they kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The collection is simply called Pine Hollow and consists ...

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City Council Honors Writers Guild

Hear, ye, hear ye! The Eau Claire City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the efforts and contributions of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild to the community on Feb. 27. “The art of writing is now due its recognition ...

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Visual Art

Spooky Scenes: Second Midwest Weirdfest Screens Horror Gems

Micon Downtown Cinema is screening 50 “fantastic, frightening, offbeat, and just plain weird” films March 9-11 for the second MidWest WeirdFest film festival. Festival director Dean Bertram describes the event as “A broad, if shadow-filled, tent, for all cinematic creations weird and wonderful.”

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Local Lit

Standing on the Edge of the Platte River

In the ebbing light of the day, watching Sandhill cranes come back for the night, I was transported. Having claimed a spot in a blind with several other visitors, I grew quiet, transfixed by the slow movement ...

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Local Look

For the Love of Order

hearing scheduled for “Public Good Order” amendments

The Eau Claire City Council will hold a public hearing March 12 7-9pm at the Council Chamber at 203 S. Farwell St. to discuss amendments to the city’s “Public Good Order” ordinance ...

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El Centro Offers Scholarship

El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley, a nonprofit organization that advocates for cultural awareness of Latino and Latina people in the region, is now accepting applications for the 2018 BriLLA ...

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Food / Drink

Food Trucks Allowed in More Eau Claire Parks

You’ll likely be seeing more food trucks around Eau Claire in the near future. On Feb. 27, the Eau Claire City Council approved an ordinance expanding the list of parks where licensed food trucks can serve up mobile munchies year-round ...

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Other Stuff

Where There’s a Will

getting your affairs in order can give you – and your survivors – peace of mind

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It’s one of those quotes we’re accustomed to hearing from coaches, guidance counselors, and others who extol the virtues of setting and achieving goals ...

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Final Decisions

planning for your funeral can be hard to begin, but it’s ultimately rewarding

Some occasions are enjoyable to plan: weddings, vacations, parties. Others simply aren’t. Funerals top the latter list. Besides the obvious reason – thinking about your funeral means thinking about your mortality ...

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Take the Long View

we spend most of our time worrying about financial factors we can’t change

Investors get information thrown at them from all angles – the Internet, newspapers, podcasts, media personalities like Mad Money man Jim Cramer – you name it. It gets harder all the time ...

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In Times of Transition

healing place offers support services for those experiencing grief, much more

If someone you knew was dealing with loss, like the death of a partner, a divorce, or chronic illness, how would you comfort them? You’d probably lend an ear if they needed someone to talk to, or a shoulder ...

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Free Tax Help

volunteer income tax assistance open to qualifying taxpayers

It’s tax season! Time to gather up your income statement and other tax documents for VITA ...

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Thinking in Advance

even a hospice nurse can learn more about advance directives

I was fortunate enough to have my parents visit from out of state over the holidays a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, my dad had a serious health event, ended up in the emergency room, and was hospitalized for four days ...

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