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The Rear End

Moaning ’Til the Plows Come Home

there’s no good alternative to a snow plow ... or is there?

Those of us who grew up here in Wisconsin know the legends by heart. And we know that they are true. Each winter, after the holidays, after the haze of family gatherings and poor eating habits has worn away, once we’ve awoken from our nog-based stupor to find ourselves in January ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Jan. 8, 2020

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Leah Fargo

“Lectures rang like sermons on the benevolence of Santa Claus, so when my professor made me evangelize a vegetable, I asked Google which one is God’s favorite ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Jan. 8, 2020

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE. The Flying Eagles Ski Club held its annual “Learn to Ski” event at Mt. Washington Nordic Ski Complex – for kids of all ages – on Wednesday, Jan 1. Families were able to check out their ski jumping program and learn a little about downhill or cross country skiing ...

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Learning the Ropes

teen musician Spencer Douglas releases first EP

A local musician is making waves in the Eau Claire music scene, and he hasn’t even had his 18th birthday yet. 17-year-old Eau Claire Memorial High School student, Spencer Rhoten is a guitarist/singer-songwriter who is making a name for himself ...

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Singing, Dancing on the Fly

Eau Claire Improv Festival features on-the-spot musical

On Jan. 18, The Metro in downtown Eau Claire will welcome people who like to laugh, socialize, and have a good time for the 7th Annual Eau Claire Improv Festival. But what sets this year’s festival ...

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Through the Cracks

documentary screening sheds light on trauma

In his 14 years as a backbone cast member on Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond showed the world what a gifted impressionist and talented comedian he was. We’ve all seen his masterful ...

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Resolved to Read

Stuck in a reading rut? Dig yourself out and start the New Year by signing up for “Reading Challenge 2020” at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in ...

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Local Lit

Century Farm

White clapboard worn to silver sits / straddling the crest of a dark wave of soil, / sailing a froth of sand atop the dark, implacable earth ...

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1 Million More

Eau Claire chapter of 1 Million Cups continues to grow

When the Eau Claire chapter of the nationwide entrepreneurial promotion program 1 Million Cups began holding weekly meetings about three years ago, attendance was usually around a dozen or two.

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7 Chippewa Valley Networking & Business Programs

succeeding as a start-up can be all about meeting the right people and finding the right programs

Are you thinking about taking the leap into entrepreneurship? Have you already started your own business but could you still use a hand, a sympathetic ear, or some inspiration? The Chippewa Valley offers a rich environment to create and expand your own business ...

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Entrepreneurship Opens Doors

new student club and minor at UW-Stout helping build momentum

A trip to Sweden in May for a business course called Arts and Innovation helped catalyze a new entrepreneurship club at UW-Stout. Two of the 12 students who traveled to Scandinavia ...

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Reluctant to Take the Leap

Wisconsin ranks low on nationwide index of entrepreneurship

If there’s good news for Wisconsin in the annual state rankings of entrepreneurial activity compiled by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, it’s that Wisconsin DIDN’T land in last place this time around ...

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Local Look

New Cannery Plan OK’d

residential development already underway in EC riverside neighborhood

The new year will bring new development to the Cannery District on the west side of the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire. In late December, the city’s Redevelopment Authority approved ...

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How High Will It Go?

neighbors concerned about planned expansion of Eau Claire’s Seven Mile Creek landfill

When Kathy and Dennis Campbell bought 40 acres in town of Seymour in 1996, they looked forward to living in the midst of trees and open land on their property 4½ miles northeast of Eau Claire ...

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Food / Drink

Dive Into an Igloo Downtown

Eau Claire bar adds unique outdoor seats for the wintertime

Downtown Eau Claire’s Dive (aka the bar in The Lismore Hotel) wasn’t about to let its swanky patio overlooking Barstow Street sit unused this winter. Seizing an opportunity to help patrons enjoy Wisconsin’s chillier months ...

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Hiker’s Brew Keeps It Fresh

locally packaged coffee company under new leadership

What started as a passion project for Zach Pecha while he was attending college at UW-Eau Claire has become a full-time job at a company that he will run with his girlfriend Addy Serum ...

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Other Stuff

Come On, Get Healthy

new wellness-focused business opens in Artisan Forge

Hannah Koschak has long been striving to educate others on food and health, and with the opening of her new business, Wholesome Endeavors, she is able to do just that ...

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Lighting the Way

wellness spa offers sensory floating pod, alternative therapy

Kari Jo Green has some ideas for T-shirts – one that says “Get Salty,” and another that says “Go Float Yourself” – to promote her new business, The Luminary (714 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire). Her husband teases ...

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Super Fit, Super Quick

QuickHIT Fitness offers high-tech workouts in 20 minutes

A new workout program in Eau Claire is advertising weight loss and muscle development in six weeks by taking on workouts that are only 20 minutes a day. QuickHIT Fitness Lab ...

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Hit the Road, Ride the Waves

Chippewa Valley Boat & RV show sports huge selection

If you’re looking to make 2020 the year you get that vessel to take you out on the lake or to hit Route 66 with, then head to the Chippewa Valley Boat & RV Show. Drawing a huge ...

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Here Comes the Bridal Fair

Wedding Fair showcases area wedding vendors

If wedding bells are on your horizon, or even if they’re a little further down the way, the Menomonie Wedding Fair is a great place to ...

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