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The Rear End

October Sky

At night. Sometimes I get dizzy looking up at the sky. When I look past the black tree branches and past the moon. When I look up to the tiny grains of light littering the atmosphere ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 2, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Ned Gannon

“‘Up Heave Problems’ serves as an expression of my feelings about the upheaval of nonhuman/natural communities and the long-term effects, when we, as stewards, fail to recognize ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Oct. 2, 2019

PICTURE THIS. Check out the back of Skin Prints (403 S. Farwell St.) in downtown Eau Claire for another great mural project. This one – visible from Main Street – was created in late September by Eric Schultz (of Skin Prints) and artist Salt Rock (from southern Wisconsin).

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Thinkpieces

Threshing Time on the Farm

when rural neighbors banded together to work and eat

Although the combine had been invented, in the ’40s and early ’50s, threshing – or thrashing, as it was often called – was the method most small farmers still ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

The Most Dangerous Game

Can a Viking fan survive a border battle at Lambeau Field? (Spoiler alert: Yes, he can.)

There was one sporting event I could not attend. I didn’t know if I’d survive the experience; I might get killed. I would never go to a ...

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Music
Words

Book Fest Q&A: Rebecca Makkai

Pulitzer finalist’s acclaimed novel examines impact of AIDS on the Midwest

Rebecca Makkai delves into the impact of the 1980s AIDS epidemic on her native Chicago in her 2018 novel, The Great Believers, which was a finalist for ...

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Visual Art

Fall Starts With Fresh Art

catch some culture with the 21st Fresh Art Tour

Thirty artists are opening their home studios and galleries for the 21st annual Fresh Art Tour just as Mother Nature is painting the color of leaves to from green to red, orange, gold, and brown ...

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Check Out the Glass-O-Lanterns

Glass Orchard offers hand-blown glass pumpkins for the season

October is officially here, which means it’s time to head on out to the pumpkin patch and stock up for the upcoming holiday season. The Glass Orchard in Eau Claire is gearing up for its third annual pumpkin sale, but the pumpkins ...

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Business

Let’s Get Crafty, Y’all

AR Workshop in Chippewa offers creative DIY options

‘Love well, work hard, and play harder,” has always been the motto of the Bergs. Kathie Berg and her daughter, Taylor, consider Chippewa Falls their hometown. With a vibrant downtown area filled ...

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Local Look

For Whom the Belfry Tolls

former church housing gift shop to be demolished

At the busy intersection of North Farwell and East Madison streets in downtown Eau Claire stands a lonely former church that will soon be demolished. This is the shared location of the Belfry House of Gifts ...

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Wider Scope

Can a Lake Have Rights?

Voters in Toledo say it can. What does this mean for our waterways?

Four years after the water supply for 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, was reported as toxic and unsafe for drinking in 2014, a small community group decided enough was enough ...

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Food / Drink

My Office, Your Office

downtown tavern gets new name, new vibe

If your coworker said “I’m going to My Office” on a Friday evening, you might be taken aback. Who would want to spend Friday night at their office? Well, the clever play on words is exactly the point of the new ...

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The Nostalgic Bean: Restored for Pours

coffee, croissants, and kismet at Altoona coffee shop

In April 2018, Jennifer Rust Anderson and her husband, Matt, purchased the former barber shop at the corner of Lynn Avenue and Division Street in Altoona. With a flaking pink paint ...

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Arm Yourself With Bulletproof Coffee

the buzz on butter-fortified beans

Bulletproof coffee is all over social media. Some people say it allows you to be creative and super focused. To others, it’s a lot of hype about nothing. Or maybe it’s ...

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Other Stuff

The Right Age to Play

Chippewa Valley seniors are recognizing the benefits of an active lifestyle – and for many of them, pickleball is key

About five years ago, the City of Eau Claire was poised to remove worn-out, rarely used tennis courts at McDonough Park, a narrow strip of green space tucked away off Centre Street on the city’s near ...

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Feed Your Brain With the MIND Diet

local dietician advocates for memory-preservation diet

As we age, many factors can affect how our bodies function. These factors may seem out of our control, but there are actually things one can do to boost physical and mental functioning. Pam VanKampen of Chippewa Falls has been a registered dietician for 32 years ...

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Living Well With Dementia

making every season of life count when you are experiencing memory loss

Autumn in Wisconsin seems to come without warning at a time when the fruitful days of midsummer are beginning to wane but when it still seems as though food, endless plenty, and the warmth ...

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Cholesterol: Know Your Numbers

nearly one-third of Eau Claire residents has high blood cholesterol

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths across the country, and high cholesterol is one of the largest risk factors for heart disease. While the body can make all the cholesterol that it needs ...

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Time to Review Your Medicare Plan

Medicare open enrollment period begins Oct. 15

Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period is coming soon: It begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Be sure to add this to your fall checklist if you have a Medicare Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan ...

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