Lauren Fisher

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Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018

Locomotive Commotion

Lauren Fisher

conference to examine future of rail in region

Tue. Apr. 17th, 2018

New Man on Barstow: Eau Claire native opens cozy downtown gift shop

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The dog in the window isn’t for sale, but she might greet you at the door – with permission from store owner Matt Pabich – when you visit Raggedy Man. The new gift shop on South Barstow Street, named in reference to Matt Smith’s incarnation of the title character in Doctor Who, opened April 10 ...

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Miss United States Wisconsin Comes to Valley

Lauren Fisher

Self-confidence, determination, resilience, compassion, hard work, good health, and education are the qualities that will be crowned in the Miss United States Wisconsin Pageant, scheduled for April 20-21 ...

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

Women’s Giving Circle Opens 2018 Grant Applications

Lauren Fisher

The Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, is accepting applications for its 2018 grant program until July 1. The Women’s Giving Circle will award grants of up to ...

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2018

Keystone Crossing’s New Beer-Focused Eatery, Northern Tap House

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Saturday, March 3, Roblé Tacos + Tequila closed its doors. When they re-opened on Monday, March 5, it was to welcome guests to Northern Tap House, a new venue for beer enthusiasts and lovers of pizza, burgers ...

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2018

6th Annual Improv Festival Gives Eau Claire a Taste of the Second City

Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Eau Claire Improv Festival is back for its sixth year with a new location and a big headliner. For the first time, the festival will host Chicago-based Second City Improv, a world-renowned organization that comedians ...

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

From Stories to Sammies

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Erbert and Gerbert’s – launched in Eau Claire – celebrates 30 years of success and sandwiches

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

Salty, but Safe: Keeping roads passable through winter

Lauren Fisher

Now that we’re climbing out of the throes of winter and the roads are clearing up, we can reflect on surviving another several months of icy highways, thanks in great part to county highway departments. In Eau ...

Wed. Mar. 21st, 2018

UW-Stout Student Has Design for the Heart

Lauren Fisher

Two-thousand silver safety pins clung to the dark gown, 600 of which carried red ribbons to represent the number of women who are diagnosed with heart disease every day in the United States ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Intro to Local Government: Get Your Knowledge up With Some Basic Ins and Outs

Lauren Fisher, photos by Nick Meyer

Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties, which each have administrative home rule authority. This means they are able to decide how to organize and consolidate their administrative departments only as allowed or mandated by state statute or the constitution ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

It’s a Shoe-In: Stroll on Over to Red Wing

by Lauren Fisher

Sometimes, you just want to give your family the boot. And you can do just that in Red Wing, Minnesota, home of Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum, which is home to the largest boot in the world ...

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Get the Family Jazzed up for the Eau Claire Jazz Fest

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

For more than half a century, Eau Claire has welcomed spring with big band standards and wandering improv riffs. This year, families will be able to enjoy the rhythm of 52nd Street as they wander South ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

City Council Honors Writers Guild

Lauren Fisher

Hear, ye, hear ye! The Eau Claire City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the efforts and contributions of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild to the community on Feb. 27. “The art of writing is now due its recognition ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

Chippewa Falls Writer’s Screenplay Wins Award in L.A.

Lauren Fisher

Chippewa Falls resident Andrea Polnaszek won an award at the 26th annual Movieguide Awards Feb. 2 in Los Angeles for her screenplay, Switched. The work, which won the Kairos Pro competition ...

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2018

El Centro Offers Scholarship

Lauren Fisher

El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley, a nonprofit organization that advocates for cultural awareness of Latino and Latina people in the region, is now accepting applications for the 2018 BriLLA ...

Fri. Mar. 9th, 2018

ECCT Stages Macabre Musical Version of Addams Family

Lauren Fisher

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is bringing the Addams family back – this time with music. March 9-11 see The Addams Family: A New Musical at the State Theatre, starring ...

Fri. Mar. 9th, 2018

Spooky Scenes: Second Midwest Weirdfest Screens Horror Gems

Lauren Fisher

Micon Downtown Cinema is screening 50 “fantastic, frightening, offbeat, and just plain weird” films March 9-11 for the second MidWest WeirdFest film festival. Festival director Dean Bertram describes the event as “A broad, if shadow-filled, tent, for all cinematic creations weird and wonderful.”

Wed. Mar. 7th, 2018

Tips for Tenants: How to choose what landlord is right for you

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Nestled somewhere among hundreds of factors renters consider when searching for a place to live is a very important consideration. Nothing can make or break a rental experience quite like the person ...

Wed. Mar. 7th, 2018

For the Love of Order

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

hearing scheduled for “Public Good Order” amendments

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Artisanal Style: Janelle Buesser makes her mark on salon business

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For Janelle Buesser, Artisan Forge Studios – which provides space for dozens of artists and other small businesses – was a perfect fit. It’s edgy, artistic, “badass,” and it has great parking, so her customers don’t have to trudge through mountains ...

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Laundry List: Where can you get your duds freshened and more

Lauren Fisher, photos by Joel Pearish

City living comes with all sorts of sweet perks. You’re close to the action. An evening at the bar doesn’t require a designated driver when you can walk home. But when your building doesn’t have a washer and dryer ...

Wed. Feb. 28th, 2018

School of Thought

Lauren Fisher

mental health organization offers mindfulness training

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

Eau Claire Poet Garland Named Wisconsin Academy Fellow

Lauren Fisher

Max Garland, Eau Claire resident, poet, musician, and teacher, will be presented with a Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Fellows Award April 4. Garland will be honored alongside other outstanding Wisconsinites ...

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

First-ever 'Best Night' party features artists, performers, honorees

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Travis Dewitz

Volume One invites you to celebrate your love for the place you live at the inaugural Best Night event at the Lismore in downtown Eau Claire on Feb. 9. This moving, living event will make guests feel like ...

Wed. Jan. 24th, 2018

Stages of Summer: Former director documents UWEC summer theater

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Summer theater in Eau Claire was born in 1965, the child of former UW-Eau Claire President Leonard Haas and a troupe of dedicated performers. Over the years, the theater was called the Patio ...

Tue. Jan. 23rd, 2018

From Altar to Stage

Lauren Fisher

actor returns to EC to direct fundraiser performance

Tue. Jan. 23rd, 2018

A New History: Local museums explore participatory model

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When 24 UW-Eau Claire students gathered for their first “Museums in America” class last fall, they became part of a growing movement in the field of public history. Dr. Dan Ott, their instructor ...

Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018

3 Summery Games With a Wintery Spin

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s easy to find oneself battling cabin fever after solstice, when the days grow longer but somehow also colder. But frigid air is not a prison sentence, nor should it be seen that way. A good pair of wool socks and a ...

Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018

Eau Claire Library Goes Fine Free in New Year

Lauren Fisher

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire ushered in a new “fine free” policy with the New Year. As of Jan. 1, the library no longer charges late fees for media returned past its due date ...