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27 Years, 80 Acres

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Beautifully written and described story about this photo book of God's Country here in Western Wisconsin.

Free Clinic Finds a Home

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Surprise speaker at last night's event was UW-Eau Claire nursing grad and author Michael Perry. What I love about him is he is still as humble now as he was when first on the speaker circuit at Border's (now BAM) and the Fall Creek Public Library...back in the day. I also got to hear him speak in the 90-degree plus hot and humid Zorn Arena for UW-Eau Claire commencement May 2012 with the blaze orange stole for nursing graduates. Always brings laughs yet brings home the message, and last night, that was the critical importance of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic to our community. In addition, credits his lovely wife Ingrid for who he is today. WIN!

Is anyone else curious about how the…

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Read "The Power of Love" and start practicing it...every single minute of every single day you are alive. All of us--men, women, regardless of what is set forth in the pursuit of happiness--need to start supporting one another if we are to move our country, our world forward. Really! Here are links:
National Public Radio:
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/20/612798691/bishop-michael-currys-royal-wedding-sermon-full-text-of-the-power-of-love
Episcopal Church: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/presiding-bishop-currys-sermon-royal-wedding

Real Food, Real Friends

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Samantha Kobbs, Fabulous article even if you were "exhausted" after a day of teaching. Thanks for taking the time to explore and write about this incredible bistro in the middle of farmland. Lovely piece, and I hope many people take the time to explore Vino Cappuccino!

Does anyone know of any dining…

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Perkins is open on Thanksgiving. I called. They have a great turkey dinner 24/7, 7 days a week, year-round. YEH! First time in years I can sleep in on Thanksgiving, and not be up at 4 am wrestling with a turkey. Whoops~! The turkey; not my boyfriend!

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Reviewed: Roadside Ice Cream and Diner

I am a regular at this place, as it’s on my way home from work, and yes, my hips show it as I typically get a baby vanilla cone as an “appetizer” before dinner. (On my lips, to my hips.) This is THE only Dairy Queen in the Chippewa Valley that gets the curly Q on the top of the cone right. Plus, the service is excellent. No matter how long the lines are, the servers are always smiling and rushing around to get everyone what they want speedily and correctly. Now, I have to admit that I may be biased as I went to high school with the owner, and I know his entire family—his wife and all his kids work there. But I also feel good about supporting a family-owned business, too. The last one is now off to college, and right now they have four kids—yes four in college! WOW! That’s a LOT of dilly bars!

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Reviewed: Thai Orchid Restaurant

Fri. July 5th, Singha Thai Cuisine, formerly Pad Thai Rockie was our terrific server at Singha Thai, and it was busy for a Friday night, considering the Fourth of July four-day weekend, and many have fled to their cabins up north. My cousin who has been to Thailand and had the real thing, pronounced the food superb and authentic. He ordered the Pad Khee Mao ( Thai Drunken Noodles) with beef, and the iced coffee. I had my usual pad thai with chicken with extra peanut sauce and jasmine tea as did our family friend who was on his dinner break at work. I also ordered appetizers of the egg rolls and chicken satay. Regrettably, they were out of the vegetarian spring rolls, but that’s to be expected with the crowd they had. We also split the fried banana dessert, and it was scrumptious. Three people out the door with appetizer, main dish, dessert, drinks and nice tip—I am a former server—for $50. Not bad at all for such delicious food and speedy service on a super-busy night.

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Reviewed: The Livery (aka Cowtown Saloon)

With many restaurants in downtown Eau Claire closed on July 4th, The Livery was our option for dinner prior to the fireworks. Eric was our great server. My brother had two Leinie’s Honeyweiss beers, right up, deservedly so after lots of lawn work at the lake. He ordered the fried cheese curds to share with my cousin; his first time eating the things. They pronounced them “good,” and they vanished before our eyes. I’m not much for cheese curds myself. My brother ordered the meat loaf, his friend the grouper sandwich, my cousin, the rib eye sandwich, and me, the turkey ham sandwich. Everything was excellent, particularly the meat loaf, which I sampled, and served in a timely manner considering the restaurant was relatively crowded. The acoustics are such that it’s still hard to carry on a conversation without shouting; but that’s to be expected from a former horse stable. The cowtown theme is appropriate. My brother paid; thank you very much!