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Sculpture Tour Overcomes Unique Challenges for 10th Season

The coronavirus pandemic and the remnants of an early June tropical storm were among the unusual logistical challenges faced by Sculpture Tour Eau Claire in its effort to install new sculptures to the city’s streets and public spaces this year. Nonetheless, as of June 17 ...

THE REAR END: Sweet, Sweet Summertime

time to slather on the sunscreen and Purell

My, oh my, people of the Chippewa Valley. Summertime is here, and it’s time for some good ol’ summertime fun. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Heyde Center Plans Summer Concert Series

With many coronavirus-related restrictions lifted and larger gatherings now allowed by public health officials, the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls is taking advantage ...

Student Bands Can Still Rock on With Rockonsin

Rockonsin – the annual garage band competition that takes place every summer at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee – is going virtual this season with the 2020 “Rockonsin at Home.” Applications are ...

Take Pride in Reading

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and L.E. Phillips Memorial Library share LGBTQ+ reading lists

In celebration of Pride Month this June, the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is releasing a list of books by LGBTQIA+ writers . . .

Barstow Street Speakers Blasting Local Tunes

Have you heard the news? Thanks to the South Barstow Business Improvement District’s new partnership with Converge Radio, you’ll be hearing some sweet tunes downtown nearly all the time. For a ...

UWEC Grad Maierhofer Releases Two New Books

while working on his solo-authored book, "Works," Maierhofer's work on a collaborative title was a "nice change of pace."

UW-Eau Claire grad Grant Maierhofer is releasing two books, Works and a collaborative title Collected Voices in the Expanded Field . . .

Two ‘New’ Collections from Michael Perry Span Decades of Writing

"Big Boy's Big Rig: The Leftovers" and "Million Billion" comprise old essays, new takes

“The very best part of working with some of my oldest work and some of my most recent simultaneously was realizing how much I still love the gig,” Chippewa Valley author Michael Perry said about ...

Silver Spring Extends Its Roots by Acquiring Competitor

Eau Claire-based horseradish business adds solar array, stays nimble amid pandemic

What could have been a disappointing year for Huntsinger Farms has turned into a successful and notable one for the Eau Claire-based purveyor of horseradish and other food products. Known far and wide for its Silver Spring Foods ...

Local Kiddo Saves Lives, One Jacket at a Time

When Jacob Krager’s friend Jacob Lee Schultz drowned at the age of 4, he wanted to do something to prevent another family from experiencing such a devastating loss. Five years ago ...

Historic Photos Liven Up Chippewa Falls Utility Boxes

The already historic streetscape of downtown Chippewa Falls is getting a little more historic-looking thanks some uniquely displayed vintage photos. Over the coming weeks, nine electric utility boxes ...

Chippewa Valley Art Gathers Local Works Online

permanent virtual gallery seeks to make art more accessible

The Heyde Center for the Arts is pulling art in a new direction – online – with its permanent virtual art gallery, Chippewa Valley Art ...

Eau Claire City Leaders Speeding Up Timeline to Buy Police Body Cams

Nationwide attention to the issue of police accountability – prompted by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests that followed – has prompted the City of Eau Claire to consider speeding up its timetable for putting body cameras on its police ...

Opening Shot | June 24, 2020

RAISING THEIR VOICES. Numerous rallies, demonstrations, and forums have been held across the Chippewa Valley in recent weeks as part of the Black Lives Matter movement ...

On the Cover | June 24, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Rob Mattison

“The building is made from cardboard, cardstock, balsa wood, hot glue an old fake plant and paint. The base is styrofoam, rocks, dirt, white glue, paint and ...

UWEC Grad and Moroccan Cooking Expert Appears On Netflix Show

Amanda Mouttaki's first passion is traveling. Her second is sharing recipes.

Do you ever daydream about moving to another country and immersing yourself in that culture? Amanda Mouttaki had that desire. After her first ...

Winin' and Dinin' at the Farm

Wine Nights at Together Farms seek to bring people together safely

Together Farms is not only growing crops for its animals to graze on, but it is also interested in helping you grow ...

Cooking With Wine

tips from local chefs about how to successfully create something delicious

Inga Witscher, host of Around the Farm Table and a passionate gardener and cook, and Anthony Chavez, local chef and owner ...

Home Is Where the Wine Is

quarantine boosted wine sales and had Valley drinkers sticking to favorites or trying new varieties

Erica Jones’ go-to wine is rosé – especially a crisp, semi-dry rosé with hints of raspberries and melon ...

Trying to De-Stress? Try Tai Chi!

stay calm, get centered with "meditation in motion"

Rachel Hayden begins and ends every day by doing tai chi . . .

Mental Health During COVID-19: Common Questions You Might Have

local counselor offers tips on seeking help during stressful times

Between the coronavirus pandemic and the protests for social justice taking place across the country, many people are feeling more stressed than usual ...

FREE TO BE FIT: Haymarket Landing’s Gym Has New Owners

pair saw perfect opportunity to take health and fitness one step further

After three months of quarantine, local personal trainer Alisha Lange and her husband, Tim, are looking to bring in fresh faces ...

Tips and Tricks For Getting Back to the Gym

local gyms have updated regulations to keep you safe during pandemic times

Nothing says jumping back to normal like getting into a regular workout routine at your favorite local gym ...

Stay Green While Planting Greens

Sunbow Farm owner offers tips on farming sustainably

If you were playing Family Feud and Steve Harvey asked, “Name something you think of when you hear the phrase ‘sustainable farming?’"...

The Pablo Center’s Third-Season Lineup is Here to Inspire Audiences

The Pablo Center at the Confluence is offering three words of inspiration for its upcoming third season: “Dream. Create. Inspire.” After having to cancel the latter part of its second season earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the downtown Eau Claire arts center plans to come roaring ...

‘Queer in the Valley’: New Local LGBTQ Podcast Premieres

Virtual Pride Month Celebration kicks off with talk of Stonewall, BLM

Breana Stanley and Ron Bower were grabbing coffee at SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar, talking about their plans for this year at the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center – where they act as ...

Exquisite Design: A Sparkling New Family-Owned Boutique

sisters, mother collaborate to fill fashion gap for Chippewa Valley women

Trishell Lovelace noticed Eau Claire offered quite a bit when she moved to the area eight years ago, but she also noticed a lot was missing. Specifically, she noticed a shortage of women’s ...

New Eau Claire Shop Aims for ‘Vintage Wonderland’ Vibe

Seven Suns Vintage offers clothes from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

Jonah Lemke and Savannah Smith live in a different era. Or at least that’s the vibe they hope to give off with their new vintage clothing store, Seven Suns Vintage, which opens in downtown Eau Claire on Saturday ...