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A Plethora of Places to Pedal

from recreational trails to commuter routes, the network of infrastructure for bicyclists is growing

It’s not just your imagination: The amount of bike infrastructure in the Chippewa Valley has been steadily growing in recent years as both bicyclists and public officials have continued to push for dedicated bike trails, bike lanes, and signed bike routes in urban and rural areas.

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The Kids Are on Wheels

youth cycling program starts ‘em young

In 2017, Eau Claire Youth Cycling’s first year, there were 16 members. Two years later they have reached their (current) maximum capacity with 90 members, 38 coaches, and a waitlist.

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Marked Up & Ready to Roll

bicycle signs and traffic laws

A community that bikes requires a bit of infrastructure to keep traffic moving smoothly where cyclists, pedestrians, and automobiles share space.

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Group Rides 101

Tired of pedaling solo? New to the game and want to get some good experience? Want to dive in to the local biking community? Try a group ride!

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Everything has a Purpose

a bike embellished with repurposed materials keeps people happy

Every once in a while around Eau Claire, you might see aBa, a professor of mathematics at UWEC, riding a pretty flashy bike. aBa got his bicycle, nicknamed the “boy bike,” in 2008 when he was studying at the University of Iowa for his Ph.D.

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Bike + Bus = Best

Take the bus with your bike!

The Eau Claire Transit System runs a fleet of 22 buses throughout residential, medical, and retail areas in the city – and all of them are equipped with bicycle racks that hold up to two cycles.

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Biking to Work: How & Why to Give It a Try

Despite the sweatiness, a two-wheeled commute is great. Here’s some locals that do it.

Have you ever thought about biking to work? This year, I started biking to work every day that I can, and I wanted to share a few stories of some others who bike to work, why they do it, and some tips they have for getting started.

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Biking Toward Inclusion

From safety to social dynamics to clothing and equipment – women in biking have it different

Here’s a list of things that Jenn Bast, who has been biking in the Chippewa Valley for almost 10 years, considers when she goes out for a ride. It’s not comprehensive, by any stretch, but it’s representative...

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The Rear End
Cover Art

On the Cover | June 26, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Joe Maurer

“This painting was made on pages of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I found the book in very poor condition so I decided to give it new life. Whitman was my first exposure to poetry ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | June 26, 2019

LIGHT IT UP. Eaux Claires Music Festival favorite Francis and the Lights came to downtown Eau Claire’s Pablo Center at the Confluence on Saturday night, June 15 for a special show called Microphone and a Spotlight, which sold out the Pablo’s RCU Theater ...

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Music

Everybody, Meet Naalia

sister/brother duo’s R&B tunes are remarkably fresh

From the minute you hear Aliana Sigala’s singing voice, it becomes startlingly apparent she’s a special talent. Raised on classic R&B and honed on musical theater and show choir, she ducks around notes with swiftness, power, and vulnerability. And she makes it seem easy ...

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March Your Way to Menomonie

Drum Corps International competition rolls into UW-Stout’s Williams Stadium

Drum Corps International – a collection of the most prestigious marching ensembles in the world – is set to roll-step its way to Menomonie as a part of a tour of competitions around the country ...

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Words

Destruction & Recovery

couple’s book documents 1958 Colfax tornado

It was muggier than a typical day in June and storms were reported to the west in Minnesota, but on the evening of June 4, 1958, those storms transformed into an F5 tornado ...

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Acres of Potential

Mondovi district gets grant to help create charter school

With the help of a newly issued state grant, a group of Chippewa Valley parents are working with the Mondovi School District to open an innovative new school for sixth- through 12th-graders ...

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Neighborly Efforts Underway in Shawtown

An association for residents of the Shawtown neighborhood on Eau Claire’s southwest side is in its formative stages. An initial planning meeting on June 18 drew 30 residents, from infants to octogenarians, to Newell Park. The next ...

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Jump-Start Could Launch Your Great Idea

If you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 15th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. This business plan competition ...

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New Park on Glen Loch Officially Opens

The newest recreational area in Chippewa Falls, Erickson Park, will officially open June 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5pm. The 15-acre park offers 400 feet of frontage on the southeast side of Glen Loch, across from the popular Irvine Park. While the land ...

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Food / Drink

Local Harvest Schedule

Get your food when it was meant to be gotten! Make sure you’re buying your stuff in season! Don’t know when that is? Here’s a handy chart that should last you through the summer.

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Seeds of Goodwill

UWEC library volunteers are having a good thyme in the garden

On a small patch of land next to the Forest Street Community Gardens, you’ll find the McIntyre Library Community Garden. “I was looking for a community service project that fit my interests and hobbies, gardening is one,” said Roxanne Backowski, who started ...

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Get Ready for Farm Technology Days

Eau Claire’s Huntsinger Farms will host huge statewide AG event next Summer

For those of us who live in cities – even here in the Chippewa Valley, where the natural world remains close at hand – it’s easy to forget the vital importance of agriculture. While the population of Eau Claire County is largely urban, agriculture remains big business ...

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Keeping It Local

Menomonie Market Food Co-op awards grant to local farms for projects

The Menomonie Market Food Co-op recently awarded $3,000 to local farmers as a part of its Fund Our Foodshed grant. The grant offers small farms the opportunity to expand aspects of their businesses in ways they otherwise ...

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Kid Culture

One Giant Leap at the Library

moon landing celebrated with Lego rocket, space suit

It has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon. The Menomonie Public Library and the department of chemistry and physics at UW-Stout ...

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Other Stuff

Full Steam Ahead

expo features toy trains from around the world

Model trains have been around since the first set made an appearance in Germany in the late 1800s. By the early 1900s, Lionel had crafted the first electric-powered model train, and by the 1950s ...

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Blooming Beauties

garden tour invites you to explore beautiful plantings

Seven gardens on the west side of Eau Claire – several featuring breathtaking views of the city and river – will be featured in the second annual Gardens in Bloom tour on Saturday, July 13, from 9am to 4pm ...

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