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The Rear End

Hiding in the Woods

What’s out there waiting for us?

There are a good many things hidden out in the woods of Wiscosnin. Old things. The things we’ve forgotten. The things we’ve stopped caring about. But new things, too. The things we keep private ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Aug. 21, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Grace Pedersen

“This piece was made to reflect the nostalgia of growing up in rural Wisconsin. The character in this piece is inspired by my husband, who was the little boy that spent his long summer days out in the woods chasing squirrels and building forts ..."

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Opening Shots

Summertime Souvenirs

the gold we find on summer vacation

We went searching for gold, and we came home with a rock. It was the classic Wisconsin family road trip – the longest that my family would ever take – to the Badlands of South Dakota. With my parents in the front, my two brothers ...

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Opening Shot | Aug. 21, 2019

THE LOOK THAT SAYS “BLUEGRASS.” The WHYS Radio Bluegrass Festival returned to Lake Altoona County Park on Saturday, August 17, featuring the Seeger Boys (pictured), Olive Sings, The Lowest Pair, the Root Tappers, Noah John, Woodland Spring, and the No Man’s String Band.

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Thinkpieces

A Community Like No Other

Eau Claire soccer enthusiasts are welcoming to residents and transplants alike

In mid-January, I officially became a resident of Eau Claire. For the first time in 25 years, my whole life to date, I left Milwaukee. It was time for a change ...

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Talking Smack With Facts

sports evolve over time, maybe team records should too

Talking sports smack is not always an equal proposition. Consider the plight of yours truly, a Vikings fan and Wisconsin native: any attempt to highlight why the Vikes may be, in some way, superior to the Packers can immediately be met with this stat: thirteen championships to zero ...

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Music

Die Happy

Them Coulee Boys level up big time for new record

There’s a proverbial sea of so-called bluegrass music out there in the world that all, for better or worse, sounds exactly the same. I get it, there’s subtleties to the formula, niches yet to be explored, and ...

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Help With Healing

musicians and friends band together for benefit concert

The Chippewa Valley’s musical community will come together Sept. 6 to launch a three-day benefit event to support Duane (Danno) Kebschull, founder of DMi Sound, member of the Chippewa Valley Blues ...

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Music in Menomonie: A Closer Look

Menomonie was built in an interesting spot in western Wisconsin. It’s less than a half hour from Eau Claire and an hour from Minneapolis. Among other things, this means locals have always had the option ...

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Construction Completion

campus projects at UWEC, UW-Stout wrap up as students return

Summertime means construction time for many a college campus while students are (mostly) away. Here’s an inside look at new campus construction projects at ...

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UW-Stout Launches Esports Program

Building a competitive intercollegiate program from scratch is no small feat, but that is just what Andrew Cleveland and Matthew Gunderson are doing at UW-Stout. Cleveland, the assistant director of ...

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Food / Drink

Say Cheese for Cheesesteak

Chippewa Valley Cheesesteak rolls onto the food truck scene

Nothing says ‘Wisconsin’ quite like cheese, and nothing says ‘Food Truck Friday’ quite like the Chippewa Valley Cheesesteak, which will be grilling up good eats at Food Truck Friday with their ...

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Restaurant Week - Celebrating & Building Our Restaurant Scene

You can be a part of the return of Restaurant Week, featuring nearly 50 restaurants, Sept. 20-29

Nearly 50 visionary restaurants in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls have signed on for the third year of Restaurant Week, offering special menus and deals with the hopes that you’ll come out to support their endeavors and celebrate their hard-working staffs.

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Restaurant Week - Eat Local, Win a Trip to Las Vegas

Fill your Passport at 10 restaurants in 60 days to qualify for big prizes

How do you enter to win? Simply stop in to eat at any of the nearly 50 participating restaurants during Restaurant Week (listed in the back of this guide) and pick up your passport, which you can only get during Restaurant Week.

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Restaurant Week - Local Restaurant Trivia Night

Put your townie knowledge to the test and win $200 in gift cards

Two-hundred bucks worth of gift certificates to local restaurants are on the line, and only the smartest teams – with the most knowledge of Chippewa Valley food from the present and past – have a shot at them.

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Recreation

Dirt Track Destination

Red Cedar Speedway is home to generations of racers and their fans

Full disclosure: On a Thursday night, I drove to the races at Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie in a 2014 Kia Forte. It’s comfortable, gets good gas mileage, and has a touch screen with a map. I like ...

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Other Stuff

Putting the Fun in Fundraiser

Festival in the Pines offers activities for everyone

The 37th annual Festival in the Pines will take place in Carson Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. The festival is back for another year of food, and fun, including craft booths featuring unique handmade items ...

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