Lauren Fisher

Editorial - Associate Editor

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Tue. Dec. 10th, 2019

Come Together

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

brothers infuse culture and community at Menomonie cafe

Wed. Nov. 27th, 2019

Celebrate the New '20s With a Spin on Some 1920s Cocktails

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Chippewa Valley is getting ready to toast in 2020; it’s time to prepare for the occasion by practicing a modern spin on some classic cocktails. You might have seen Zac Zubal pouring beers at the Thirsty Badger or ...

Wed. Nov. 27th, 2019

Red Letter Roundup

Lauren Fisher

Red Letter Grant selects Fall winners

Tue. Nov. 19th, 2019

Geek out With the Best

Lauren Fisher, photos by Lydia Ishmael

UW-Eau Claire hosts third annual Geekcon

Thu. Nov. 14th, 2019

Free Lending Library at Artisan Forge Allows You to Try Out Art

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new program to cultivate a community of art buyers in Eau Claire comes at a reasonable price: free. At Artisan Forge, 1106 Mondovi Road, sculptor and gallery curator Bilhenry Walker has organized ...

Wed. Nov. 13th, 2019

Passionate Pursuit

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

skate shop owner's podcast explores how people do what they love to do

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2019

Paper Snowflakes: It’s a Fun, Easy Holiday Craft

Lauren Fisher

Cutting paper snowflakes is actual holiday magic. Anyone with a pair of scissors and the courage to experiment can turn a sheet of humble printer paper into a work of winter art. It’s a quick and simple craft for kids and ...

Tue. Oct. 29th, 2019

Co-Working With Kids in the Chippewa Valley

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In the modern workforce, most people who parent infants or young children and work outside the home must effectively split their wage with a caretaker. That might be a ...

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Chippewa Valley Farmers Invite Locals to Lose Themselves

Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

You are winding your way through the maze, considering your options, bracing yourself for what’s around the bend. Your world has become very small ...

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Venture On: New bike/adventure shop opens on North Farwell

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Following the closure of Eau Claire Bike and Sport on Water Street over the summer, Nic Barry, who had been a manager and repairperson there, wasn’t sure what was next for him. He spent a while ...

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Fest With the Best

Lauren Fisher, photos by Taylor Smith

Lazy Monk celebrates Oktoberfest with week-long party

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2019

Stitching for the Stars

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Menomonie tailor gives celebrity service to locals, stars alike

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2019

Planting a Community

Lauren Fisher, photos by Lauren Fisher, Joel Pearish

a bird’s eye view of a local community garden & the people that make it grow

Thu. Sep. 5th, 2019

Larsons Donate $1 Million to the Pablo Center

Lauren Fisher

Chippewa Valley philanthropists Richard and Marcia Larson recently made a capital campaign contribution of $1 million to support the Pablo Center at the Confluence’s ongoing programming. “It’s been ...

Thu. Sep. 5th, 2019

CVTC Nets $1.7 Million in Science Grants

Lauren Fisher, photos by CVTC

Chippewa Valley Technical College was recently awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation, which when combined with an April award total almost $1.7 million. These ...

Wed. Sep. 4th, 2019

Short Stuff

Lauren Fisher

Eau Claire natives host original short film program

Thu. Aug. 22nd, 2019

UW-Stout Launches Esports Program

Lauren Fisher

Building a competitive intercollegiate program from scratch is no small feat, but that is just what Andrew Cleveland and Matthew Gunderson are doing at UW-Stout. Cleveland, the assistant director of ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Wisconsin Game Fest Rolls Into State Fairgrounds

Lauren Fisher

More than 100 hunting, fishing, and recreational displays and exhibits will crowd the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls on Sept. 7-8 at the Wisconsin Game Fest. ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

There’s so much art! Just follow the Yellowstone Trail!

Lauren Fisher

Vallians and visitors alike will weave their way around Lake Wissota and east past Cadott, taking in the autumn scenery on their way to 10 locations on the annual Yellowstone Art Trail. With 10 artist stops featuring ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Local Kwik Trips Explore Delivery via Eatstreet

Lauren Fisher

Not too long ago, I lived mere steps away from the Madison St. Kwik Trip. Those were the days; on a whim I could take the spare change from my couch cushions with me for a quick midnight trek and procure a half-dozen ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Northside Neighborhood Joint Gets New Owners

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Lisa and Gary Gruen have been regulars at Hobbsy & Me neighborhood bar (3620 Locust Lane, Eau Claire) since they became of-age decades ago. In their late twenties, the couple moved into a house ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Gallery Show Explores Natural Beauty of Stones

Lauren Fisher

Alicia Hash has been hooked on rocks since she was a kid. It’s in part because of her father, who she refers to as a “rock hound.” He taught her how to see the beauty in stones, which have become the inspiration ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

MORE TOUR: Sculpture Tour Eau Claire announces 2020 call for art

Lauren Fisher, photos by Rachel Worthing

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire, the organization that has been decorating Downtown Eau Claire with world-class three-dimensional art for the past nine years, is looking for submissions for the nonprofit ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Help With Healing

Lauren Fisher

musicians and friends band together for benefit concert

Fri. Aug. 9th, 2019

Women’s Business Grant Program Hosts Inaugural Gala

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural Red Letter Grant Gala, a social fundraising event and celebration of women throughout the region. The Red Letter Grant program, founded three years ...

Tue. Aug. 6th, 2019

Prestigious Pairing

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

two Chippewa Valley artists invited to international art shows

Fri. Aug. 2nd, 2019

New Man Behind the Menu

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eric Mendoza takes the reins as new head chef at The Lakely

Tue. Jul. 30th, 2019

Menomonie Airfest & Autorama Takes Flight August 3

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

People of all ages will be amazed and amused by performers, activities, food, drink, and more at the Menomonie Airfest & Autorama Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Menomonie Municipal Airport. The fun ...

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019

UW-Stout Stays Green While Moving Out

Lauren Fisher

Couches, futons, televisions, and more find new homes or get recycled at the end of the school year when Habitat for Humanity, Dunn County Solid Waste, and UW-Stout team up for the Spring Move Out in Menomonie. Members of the ...

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019

Focus On Energy a Win for Wisconsin

Lauren Fisher

Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, focus on Energy, was recently identified as the most cost-effective initiative of its kind in the nation. A federal study ...

Thu. Jul. 11th, 2019

Red Cedar Film Festival Launches With 30 Indie Films

Lauren Fisher

Movie lovers will flock to Menomonie in July to enjoy fresh films on the big screen at the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, or under the stars in Wilson Park, as part of the inaugural Red Cedar Film Festival. Out of nearly 70 entries, festival visionary and UW-Stout ...

Thu. Jul. 11th, 2019

The Jam Offers Musical Experience for EC Youth

Lauren Fisher

Local musician Michael Rambo of CollECtive Choir has started up a new faith-based music program for Eau Claire youth. The Jam will take place Fridays at 3-5:30pm at The Lighthouse (310 E Madison St.) and offer a free ...

Wed. Jul. 10th, 2019

Handmade Objects Meet Their End at Secondhand Stores

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Approximately 2 feet by 1½ feet of white crochet lace is pinned under glass, displaying an anniversary message bordered in a carefully stitched heart. It reads: “25 Years Together.” I found the piece while ...

Wed. Jul. 10th, 2019

7 Tips for Fancy Finds

Lauren Fisher

area junk hunt pro shares her advice for buying vintage

Tue. Jul. 9th, 2019

Thrift a Piece of History

Lauren Fisher, photos by Chippewa County Historical Society

local labels are fun finds in thrift stores