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FEATURE STORY: 30 Years of Tokyo

For more than 30 years, Tokyo Restaurant has brought international cuisine – and understanding – to the Chippewa Valley

Tokyo Restaurant has been located in a modest strip mall on London Road since first opening in 1989. Still, you could say the history of the restaurant truly began in 1969. That’s when the restaurant’s founder, Yoshi Tsuanko, left Japan and came to the U.S.

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The Rear End

Berating Skating

(I don’t care how quintessential it is)

No, dammit – I can’t skate. Not on wheels and not on ice. And besides a brief stint as a hardcore thrasher back in the fourth grade, I can’t even ride a ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 19, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Karen Clark

“Winter at Bear’s Grass is a combination of a digital photograph and an original alcohol ink painting. The two were combined digitally into a double exposure, mixing and highlighting elements from each ..."

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Athletic Aesthetic

Granny Shots

basketball league for “women of a certain age” keeps ladies active and having fun

I did not expect to discover I was related to a reigning national champion by going to a family reunion. On a hot and sultry late-August day in 2018, I headed down to ...

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Music for the Overly Sentimental

Parker Reed evolves on brand new EP

As 2019 waned, local music mainstay and alt-rock singer-songwriter Parker Reed released his second solo EP, Music for the Overly Sentimental, a title perfectly befitting this ...

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Sounds and Emotions

Home Within provides international insight

“Home Within” is a 60-minute performance in which Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad creates charcoal and watercolor drawings in front of the audience while responding to the ...

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Fire Ball Is Hot Stuff

Pride Is A Riot will heat up Ojibwe Ballroom

Each year, UW-Eau Claire’s Fire Ball brings drag performers from around the country to Eau Claire for the largest drag ball fundraiser in the Midwest. Participants celebrate the individuality, self-realization and ...

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Priory Writers’ Retreat Offers Focus on Craft

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is inviting writers to its second-annual Priory Writers’ Retreat, which will be June 25-28 at The Priory, a former monastery just outside Eau Claire. The retreat gives writers the opportunity to learn from each other and from seasoned instructors while enjoying ...

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Visual Art

Queering the Conversation

Foster Gallery exhibit examines queer identities in the Midwest

UW-Eau Claire is illuminating often-silenced voices with a new exhibition in the Ruth Foster Gallery. “Midwest Queeritivities” gives a platform to queer artists throughout the region and beautifully showcases a ...

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Survival Story

Minneapolis-based Eau Claire grad explores Hmong experience on film

From a cinematic perspective, Minneapolis-based filmmaker Bryan Vue found that Gran Torino, the 2008 Clint Eastwood and Bee Vang film in which ...

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Local Lit

Man in a Blue Shirt

I’ve haven’t been a big fan of Valentine’s Day since 1961, fourth grade, when I didn’t get a card from Pammy Ritchie, crushing my budding crush ...

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Local Look

City Joins Sonnentag Project

hurdles remain for plan to expand arena’s size

The Eau Claire City Council has voted unanimously to take part in a university-led project to build a major event center on Menomonie Street, but numerous steps are ...

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Making a Splash in Wilson Park

water feature slated to replace fountain downtown

A new plan for downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park features a splash pad-style cluster of in-ground bubblers surrounded by boulders, benches, and berms to ...

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Peters Stepping Aside

Eau Claire city manager to retire in May

After 30 years with the City of Eau Claire – the last four of them as city manager – Dale Peters announced recently he will retire in May. “Eau Claire has a thriving and bright future, and I look forward to ...

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Food / Drink

The Cold Can’t Hold Us Back

Altoona’s Frosty Fun Series draws community outside

Altoona’s Frosty Fun series of winter events is underway, inviting locals to don their warmest coats and make the most of the opportunities winter offers. In partnership with the ...

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An Illiminating Upgrade

Eau Claire Ski Striders fund new trail lights at Tower Ridge

This winter, members of the Eau Claire community are seeing cross-country skiing in a whole new light – literally. Thanks to $32,000 raised in donations by the Eau Claire Ski Striders, and a matching grant from ...

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Other Stuff

Time for a Hullabaloo!

the Valley’s coolest kids event is back for another day of family-centric fun

The Great Big Hullabaloo will return with another dynamic day of kid-centric and family-focused fun on Saturday, May 30, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire. Expect an ...

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Take on The Summit

wellness conference encourages connectedness and curiosity

Next month, the Chippewa Valley will host a two-day wellness summit that will challenge peoples’ minds, bodies, and souls to reach for something more ...

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Indigenous Approaches

exploring the wellness movement in Indian Country

In the search for insights on wellness for both mind and body, sometimes the best answers can be found by looking to the past. Marcus Red Thunder, race director of ...

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Mindfulness at Work

speaker: truly listening can improve health and business

Taking a few moments to breathe and being mindful of that breath helps employees focus, be less stressed, and become better ...

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