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New Man Behind the Menu

Eric Mendoza takes the reins as new head chef at The Lakely

In early July, the wind blew Chef Nathan Berg along his way, and Chef Eric Mendoza into his spot as head chef at The Lakely, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire. Mendoza comes to Eau Claire’s locally sourced downtown restaurant from California, where he headed up the kitchen ...

Menomonie Airfest & Autorama Takes Flight August 3

People of all ages will be amazed and amused by performers, activities, food, drink, and more at the Menomonie Airfest & Autorama Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Menomonie Municipal Airport. The fun ...

Wheeling & Dealing

nothing drives me crazy quite like driving

Raise your hand if you have family or friends living in the Twin Cities. OK, keep your hands up. Now, raise your hand if you have family or friends living about two or three hours from the Chippewa Valley. Good, just keep those hands up. Now, if you find it kind of annoying to visit those ...

Miles Davis Plays “Stella by Starlight”

And why not, I say, on a rainy afternoon like this, / cold in the basement, too warm upstairs, / when his high notes cut like rays through cloudshine, / his mute another reason not to say anything ...

Art Bonanza in Arcadia

Ashley for the Arts brings three days of fun and charity

Hands down, the Aug. 8-10 Ashley for the Arts festival in Arcadia’s 53-acre Memorial Park is one of the best values around. For only a $15 wristband (good for all three days!) there’s top-shelf entertainment ...

Life Support BBQ to Zap It up at Food Truck Friday

Don’t let it shock you: Life Support BBQ is zapping up good eats at Food Truck Friday this year, passing out pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, their classic meat mac, pork belly burnt ends ...

Little Wissota Bakehouse Launches Sourdough-Based Biz

I grew up during the early Wonder Bread Years. It was the bread that “builds strong bodies 12 ways” by stripping all the nutrients out and then re-enriching the bread with additives. But I grew up in California ...

Ten Years of Play

Red Cedar Youth Stage celebrates with original musical

“For these kids, it’s NOT just a stage!” That is the motto for the Red Cedar Youth Stage company in Menomonie. For the past 10 years, the company has offered area young people a chance to tap into their artistic ...

Is There Intelligent Life out There?

YOLUS: Aliens on Artok hits Menomonie stage

Since we first looked to the stars, folks around the globe have wondered if there’s life outside our own planet. Patrick Pesek-Herriges’ new musical, YOLUS: Aliens on Artok, grapples with the idea that life on another ...

5 Unusual Artifacts From the Chippewa Valley Museum Collection

Museums often are given artifacts from historical eras that aren’t easy to verify. How likely is it that these artifacts are authentic? In this column, originally published in the Chippewa Valley Museum’s newsletter, Currents, writer Diana Peterson looks at a few of them ...

Opening Shot | July 24, 2019

FEAR THE ROCKING DEAD. Despite some sketchy weather, Rock Fest 2019 took place Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, in Cadott. This massive rock ’n’ roll fest featured such artists as Rob Zombie (pictured), Marilyn Manson, and P.O.D., with many other performances throughout the weekend.

On the Cover | July 24, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Sierra Lomo

“Done for professor Ned Gannon’s Illustration Narratives class, I explored my personal style by illustrating a short excerpt from Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant. Although this was one small ..."

3 Great Apps to Help You Invest

use your smartphone to build wealth and save for the future

Thanks to technology, investing can be as simple as downloading an app, connecting your bank account, and making a deposit. Gone are the days you must have hundreds, even thousands of dollars ...

Saving for College Made Easy

It’s never too late – or too early! – to save for your children’s future higher educational expenses. In Wisconsin, parents (and anyone else, actually) can save for kids’ college costs through one of the state-designated ...

UW-Stout Stays Green While Moving Out

Couches, futons, televisions, and more find new homes or get recycled at the end of the school year when Habitat for Humanity, Dunn County Solid Waste, and UW-Stout team up for the Spring Move Out in Menomonie. Members of the ...

Focus On Energy a Win for Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, focus on Energy, was recently identified as the most cost-effective initiative of its kind in the nation. A federal study ...

Xcel: Clean Energy Helps Hold down Rates

Xcel Energy is crediting its investment in “clean energy” for a recent agreement it reached with several consumer groups that would keep utility rates below 2018 levels through 2021. The proposal ...

Waste Not, Want Not?

a deep dive into the wonderful, wacky world of organic waste disposal

My husband paused halfway between the trashcan and kitchen sink, clutching an apple core. “Tell me again what I do with this?” “Compost.” I pointed to the green compost bin, courtesy of our new trash haulers, Earthbound Environmental Solutions. He paused. “Why is that better ...."

Rinse, Tumble Dry, Repeat

webcomic aimed at people who are “nervous and overwhelmed with life”

Before he headed to college at UW-Stout in 2007 for a degree in studio art, Tyler Haas knew he was destined to be great. That expectation was tempered somewhat when he leveled up. “As it turns out, being the ...

UWEC Program Welcomes Students Who’ve Experienced Homelessness and Foster Care

As a freshman at UW-Eau Claire, Taz Smith came up with a service-learning project that meant something personal: a program to help university students who have previously been a part of the foster care system. As a former foster child, Taz is all too familiar with the hardships associated with ...

The Local Poverty Puzzle

local poverty rates are among the worst in the state, but the reasons why aren’t exactly clear

While the overall poverty rate is falling in Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley is one of only two areas of the state where the share of people in poverty is significantly above the state average, a new study ...