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The Rear End

The Bullet

aka the carnival ride i never rode

I never ever rode the thing. I was too scared, and my little paper tickets were too precious to waste on something I wasn’t sure I’d like. Far too precious to waste on something that could kill me. Discounting the Ferris wheel, it was ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Aug. 7, 2019

EARNING CHEERS WHILE SHIFTING GEARS AND PROTECTING EARS. On Thursday, July 25, the Red Cedar Speedway near Menomonie held its Dunn County Fair 25 Street Stock Invitational, drawing together racers (and racing fans) from all over the region.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Not Your Average Summer Job

meet the Blugold behind the Sunset Sounds Music Series

Blugolds are a “build your own adventure” bunch, creating new learning opportunities where they may not yet exist. When senior Event Production Crew operations manager and music education ...

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Music Quick Hits | August 2019

Ahead of the Aug. 23 release of their next album, titled Die Happy, Eau Claire’s own Them Coulee Boys have released a brand new single and accompanying music video for the song “Midnight Manifestos.” The video finds the Boys on scene at Whispering Pines Campground ...

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Visual Art

Prestigious Pairing

two Chippewa Valley artists invited to international art shows

What’s better than one Chippewa Valley artist being invited to a prestigious international gallery show in Venice, Italy? Two Chippewa Valley artists! In March, the Eau Claire community banded together to raise more than $17,000 to help Eric Lee pay the ...

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Local Look

Eau Claire's Elephant Tale

the heartbreaking and mysterious story of a circus performer laid to rest during a long-ago summer

Riddled with rumor, exaggeration, speculation, and maybe even a few ghost stories, local accounts of what has come to be called the “Eastside Hill Elephant” are based on a true story that took place long ago in Eau Claire ...

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Picking Up Speed

Eau Claire city council dedicates funds to new skate park

The Eau Claire City Council voted July 23 to allocate $20,000 for the construction of a new skate park in Boyd Park. This money will be added to $50,000 raised by the Eau Claire Skateboarders Association ...

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Food / Drink

A Second Helping of Sunyata

members of Eau Claire’s original food co-op plan reunion

Long before Just Local Food Cooperative, 1117 S. Farwell St., came on the Eau Claire scene, there was the Sunyata Whole Food Co-op and Bakery. “I guess you could say a bunch of hippies started it back in the ’70s,” said Paul Wagner, a retired UW-Eau Claire ..."

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cheesemaker Steve Bechel gives smart answers to our dumb questions

Wisconsinites might be cheeseheads, but we’re not all cheesemeisters. When it comes to the real questions about our state snack, it might be best to call in an expert. Thankfully, no question was ...

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Follow the Cheddar Brick Road

spots to visit on the great Southwestern Wisconsin Cheese Tour

Whether you’ve never visited a factory or your scrapbooks are weighed down with pictures of yourself in front of vats of curd, this unofficial trail of southwestern Wisconsin’s best factories and ...

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Full Speed Ahead

UW-Stout senior balances Leinenkugel’s internship, cross country training

The summer of 2019 has been anything but a time to relax for Mike Friedman, who will be a senior this fall at UW-Stout. Quite the opposite: He’s taken things up a notch or two. On weekday afternoons ...

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The Great Chippewa Valley Beer Tour

one woman, two days, three cities, and eight local breweries

I can be one of those meme-worthy, wine-loving moms, but what I really enjoy after a long day is a nice cold beer. I am a Wisconsin girl, after all. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I was introduced to ...

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Kid Culture

Diamond Dreams Fulfilled

Diamond School of Dance begins 20th year with new, expanded facility

Alicia Knopps had a big dream when she was 14 years old. She had a love for dance and she wanted to share her passion with others by opening her own dance studio in her parents’ basement. Nineteen years later ...

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Other Stuff

Happy Birthday, Chippewa Falls!

sesquicentennial celebrations peak Aug. 9-11

Chippewa Falls’ big, Birthday Bash (for their 150th anniversary!) will start on Aug. 8 at 7:30pm with performances of Today in the Valley. The Swampers and local composer Jerry Way will ...

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Make an Impact From Day One

Royal Credit Union recognizes talent, creates community, and invests in you

If your core purpose is to create a positive impact in the lives you touch, your place might just be in a career with Royal Credit Union. Royal’s values are at the center of everything the credit union has done since it’s founding in 1964, giving a competitive advantage to talent and Members alike.

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