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Home Improvement Projects: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

some tips on which home projects are worth tackling as an amateur, and which ones aren’t

Tired of your home’s old paint job or carpet? It might be time to take a crack at it and give your home a facelift. Maybe, like me, you’ve gotten a little ambitious and want to bite off a bigger home improvement project. As a recent homeowner and ...

Life is Short, Grow Some Food

start simple, and soon your gardens will be overflowing with fruits and veggies

In crazy times like these, people want to be more self-sufficient, especially when it comes to food. Planting a garden goes back to ancient times – and in times of crisis, gardening has helped to not only feed people, but to bring people together. Whether you’re ...

Indoor Plants: The Perfect Roommates

give your space some life with greenery, but take good care of your plants

Remember that time you took a stroll in the park and felt completely refreshed afterward? Part of that is because that greenery all around you is working hard to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This process ...

Gardening Is Cheaper Than Therapy (And You Get Tomatoes!)

newbie gardeners: take heed and dig in

One of the benefits of sheltering at home is having additional time to explore new interests. This is a great time to invest in a garden because we have the extra hours to research and ...

MEET YOUR MEAT: The Valley’s Favorite Places to Buy Meat

here’s what readers said in our 2020 ‘Best Of’ poll

When we published the results of our 2020 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll earlier this year, it was no surprise that Rump’s (1411 Lynn Ave., Altoona) rose to the top as the Best Place to Buy Meat ...

  |  Community Vibes COVID Coverage

A Productive Pandemic

thanks oh so much for all the great quarantine advice!

How’s it going, Chippewa Valley? Anything new happening? Any world-shattering current events affecting us here at home? Any paradigm-shifting incidents gripping the planet, making things weird here in ...

A Community Pivots to the ‘New Normal’

Even here in the Chippewa Valley, we’ve arrived at that moment. The one when the shock and confusion over our collective situation has largely fallen into the background, as we’re now forced to move forward, contemplate, and comply with the “new normal” ...

  |  Local Resources COVID Coverage

Pablo Center’s ARTmobile Takes an Online Detour

children’s art program comes to the Web after COVID-driven closure

For years, the ARTmobile has been a colorful attraction for children and their parents across the Chippewa  Valley, popping up at locations from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library to Oakwood Mall to Phoenix Park. The roaming program ...

How to Be a Good ‘Literary Citizen’ in the Time of the Coronavirus

pragmatic ways to support writers in tough times

There’s a certain shade of irony in the fact that many of us are relying on writing now more than ever: from the latest news articles and updates that keep us informed, to the novels and stories that keep us company ...

Eating Good Local Meat on a Budget

it’s not always easy, but it is always a good call

Good meat abounds in the Chippewa Valley. But sometimes you have to look for it. There are the farmers markets, of course. And some of you have friends and relatives just outside of Eau Claire ...

Barbecue Basics: Ryan Jean-Baptiste is here to help

Ryan Jean-Baptiste has been serving up life-saving barbecue in the Chippewa Valley for the past 5 years as the owner of Life Support BBQ – also known as the Hambulance Mobile Food Truck ...