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Opening Letters

Celebrating Heritage, Embracing Diversity

Eau Claire should be proud to recognize its first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 8

Monday, Oct. 8, will be the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city of Eau Claire. A year ago, the Eau Claire City Council passed a resolution declaring the second Monday in October – which is many places is recognized as Columbus Day – as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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The Rear End

Autumn’s Up

It’s a pumpkin spice world. We’re just living in it.

Yes, I agree with you. There are far too many pumpkin spice-flavored novelty food items in our grocery stores, many of which barely make sense. Pumpkin spice coffee? That’s expected. Pumpkin spice breakfast cereal? Fine. Pumpkin spice Triscuit crackers?

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 3, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Kathy Schmiedeskamp

“In the last year I have been focusing on my photography. I have discovered art in ephemeral botanicals. I can spend hours looking at the colors and patterns on the leaves and flowers. Each one is a work of art. My husband and I have recently joined the Chippewa Valley Photo Club ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Oct. 3, 2018

The 30th Annual International Fall Festival spread across downtown Eau Claire’s Barstow Street on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival places an emphasis on Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food, and music. The Elk Mound High School Marching Band (above) was part of the annual parade.

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The Apple That Shall Not Be Named

the latest fruit from the University of Minnesota may not be a bad apple, but it’s got a bad name

Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time for the latest fruit to fall out of the chute from the University of Minnesota’s apple lab.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Football Is Changing. Will Fans Change With It?

concussion concerns, offensive focus are examples of sport’s evolution

Clay Matthews is, perhaps, the second-best-known current Green Bay Packer. While he may never achieve Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement, he will be considered one of the better Packers of the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy era ...

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Pages on a Park

Chippewa Falls authors commemorate Irvine Park and it’s 112-year history

After a year of researching newspaper articles, collecting historic images, and interviewing locals, Chippewa Falls authors Donna Bourget, Anne Keller ,and Jim Schuh have disclosed the rich landscape ...

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Barstow & Grand #2

local poetry and lit mag unleashes its second issue

The official release of the second issue of Barstow & Grand, a locally produced poetry and literature magazine, will be Oct. 16 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. Beginning at 7pm, authors will read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the journal ...

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Visual Art

Breathe in the Fresh Fall Art

art tour guides art lovers on western Wisconsin byways

Every fall, I remember that the Fresh Art Fall Tour is happening and get excited all over again. Nothing is more relaxing to me than exploring my beautiful state on a breezy fall day and having the opportunity ...

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Local Look

City Hears Housing Concerns

standing-room audience attends hearing; council to consider action next

The Eau Claire City Council will likely act in the near future to address growing concerns about the lack of affordable housing in the city. But first, the council wanted to listen to what members of the community themselves had to say about the issue ...

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5 of the Spookiest Places in the Chippewa Valley

paranormal investigator Chad Lewis offers his list of top scary spots.

With that spirit in mind, I have put together my top list of spooky places in the Chippewa Valley. These places provide you with the opportunity to experience a Halloween filled with strange...

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Food / Drink

Hot Coffee Trends From a Local Coffee Fanatic

In my world, coffee is not just a beverage – it is a way of life. My go-to is an iced caramel macchiato with nonfat milk. But lately I have been intrigued by a few hot trends popping up on social media and at our local coffee shops ...

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