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Tori Johnson

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Reap-ing the Benefits

city adopts ambitious plan to reach carbon-neutral goal

Tori Johnson

The Eau Claire City Council voted recently to approve a Renewable Energy Action Plan, a detailed proposal that lays out how the city can achieve 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality by 2050 ...

Hear It From the People

we talked to some real CBD users about why they use it

Tori Johnson

“I started using CBD products a couple of months ago. The effects have been outstanding. It has helped immensely with inflammation and joint pain. I recently moved to a new house, and as ...

Come On, Get Healthy

new wellness-focused business opens in Artisan Forge

Tori Johnson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Hannah Koschak has long been striving to educate others on food and health, and with the opening of her new business, Wholesome Endeavors, she is able to do just that ...

Get Into (Holiday) Gear

hit the trail for SHIFT’s Santa Ride

Tori Johnson

If you’re feeling the winter blues already, a common side effect of 5pm darkness and 20 degree temperatures, the upcoming SHIFT Santa Ride is a perfect way to ...

Run for the Right Reasons

Girls on the Run gets kids moving & growing

Tori Johnson

Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley has been positively impacting young girls and women through exercise and community since 2006. Between February and May, girls in third through eighth grades practice ...

Can a Lake Have Rights?

Voters in Toledo say it can. What does this mean for our waterways?

Tori Johnson

Four years after the water supply for 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, was reported as toxic and unsafe for drinking in 2014, a small community group decided enough was enough ...

Menomonie Community Gardens Offer Food to Green Thumbs

Tori Johnson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, a stroll through the Menomonie Community Gardens can be a beautiful thing. Anyone can stop by and enjoy the sight of growing things, or reserve their own spot to get ...

The Kids Are on Wheels

youth cycling program starts ‘em young

Tori Johnson, photos by Michael Bartsch

In 2017, Eau Claire Youth Cycling’s first year, there were 16 members. Two years later they have reached their (current) maximum capacity with 90 members, 38 coaches, and a waitlist.

Budding Businesses: Two new shops focus on hemp-derived CBD

Tori Johnson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Hemp, once a mighty pillar of Wisconsin’s economy, is making its comeback as a staple crop while increasingly being recognized by the public as a natural medicinal substance ...

Spoken Word Showcase Starting Up

Tori Johnson

A new showcase for those whose talents fall into the category of spoken word is starting soon, and it’s destined for great things. Presented by Clear Water Comedy and hosted at The Plus, Loud Secrets Open Mic will begin on Feb. 4 ...

A Fugue Good Men

Orenda Fugue’s latest is a thank you to a supportive, friendly music scene

Tori Johnson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire band Orenda Fugue will perform its new album, Revel, at a free show at the Mousetrap on Dec. 15. We’re Wolves will start the evening off around 9pm, followed with a performance ...

Finished Fermenting: Zymurgy Brewing Opens in Menomonie

Tori Johnson, photos by Timothy Mather

A new microbrewery in Menomonie will host its grand opening celebration on Dec. 1. Zymurgy will add flavor and passion to our community with a party for all (21 and over, of course) ...

Welcome Thoughts

new organization encourages residents to connect with newcomers

Tori Johnson

Moving happens. Whether prompted by a career, spontaneity, or the desire for a fresh start, you may someday find yourself living in a strange new place. Many people are moving into our community ...

Mothers of Music

3 chippewa valley women at the frontlines of music culture

Tori Johnson

The Chippewa Valley has a thriving music scene that has been cultivated for decades. Woman leadership is invaluable to this community, driving forward creative and educational movements. Check out three of these awesome ladies and see what drives them ...

Taking the Long Way

local author recounts globe-trotting trip in Leaving Detroit

Tori Johnson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The story of adventure told in Leaving Detroit is all the inspiration you need to pack up a bag, and begin a journey of your own. Local author Louise Barfknecht recounts her remarkable decision to travel from Detroit to Italy ...

Kids From Wisconsin Set to Show Talents at the State

Tori Johnson

Are you craving show-stopping entertainment in the Chippewa Valley that appeals to all generations and allows you to see the best that Wisconsin has to offer? This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Kids from Wisconsin ...