Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Briana Bryant

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Totally to Dye For

DIY tie-dye shop offers art and a good time

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s time to get creative in a whole new, colorful way. Started last October, Fun Dye Factory is bringing an accessible way to tie dye to downtown Eau Claire, and according to the staff, they’re doing so well that they’re ...

4 Eau Claire eateries serving odd meats

Briana Bryant

It turns out that the Chippewa Valley has quite the sophisticated palate when it comes to meat. From the rare to the downright unheard-of, we’ve got it all. Check out this list of some strange meats that we’ve discovered. They’re all being served ...

Back to the Garden

community gardens a growing trend in Eau Claire

Briana Bryant

Community gardens are literally sprouting up everywhere (pun intended). There are six community gardens already flourishing in Eau Claire – quite a few for the city’s size. Two are kids’ gardens used for educational purposes by UW-Extension ...

Monstrously Beautiful

exhibit explores how we perceive what’s ‘ugly'

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Janet Carson Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Imagining Otherness: Catching Sight of Monstrosity,” seeks to explore the theme of monstrosity in its various forms. It will be open through April 25, so make sure to check it out before it’s gone ...

Wonka vs. Wonka

Menomonie, EC groups offer dueling productions of children’s classic

Briana Bryant, photos by Tim Mather, Andrea Paulseth

Two theatrical groups in the Chippewa Valley are performing the same play at the same time: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. They will both be performing the same version, one that was written in 2004. This version includes many of the beloved songs ...

Eau Claire Gets Icy

from outdoor rinks to indoor lessons, ice skating opportunities abound

Briana Bryant

With the Olympics starting in Sochi in just a few days, winter sports are on everyone’s minds. There is certainly no shortage of places to skate it up in the Chippewa Valley. As far as outdoor rinks, there are six well-known options ...

The Eau Claire Ski Club: Taking the Leap Since 1886

Briana Bryant

As winter approaches, a great way to explore in the open air is through skiing. Eau Claire houses one of the oldest skiing clubs in the United States. It was formed in 1886 as a ski jumping club and still remains as such. Ski jumping is a ...

Think Inside the Box

Menomonie street feature improves bike safety

Briana Bryant, photos by Tim Mather

Apparently, Eau Claire might have to play a game of catch-up if it wants to be on the same pedal-powered playing field as Menomonie. The city of Menomonie recently created “bike boxes” ...

Precocious Poet

recent North grad already has book under her belt

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As a recent North High School graduate, Alexis Amenson is hot off the presses in more ways than one. She just published a collection of poems this May that cover a wide array of topics. She says she started writing at the ripe old age of eight ...

They've Got Fire Power

Tutto Bene offers wood-fired pizza on location

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When I flew back from my trip to Italy three years ago, I feared I might never taste authentic Italian pizza again. Well thanks to Tutto Bene, Italy has come to Eau Claire. Tutto Bene Wood Fired Pizza is a brand-spankin’ new pizza business that began ...

Staging Anything

classic musical helps build dramatic community

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Anything Goes – the musical involving zany antics aboard an ocean liner sailing for London – will soon be performed at the Heyde Center on July 19-21, using the 60’s revision. Every summer, the Heyde puts on a community musical to get the ...

Pet-sitting Empire

the nation’s second-biggest network for pet-sitters is based here in Eau Claire

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Jake and Kelly VandenBush have a pretty neat niche in the pet care industry, and they might just be on the way to making Eau Claire even more famous. They began their business, Pet Sitters Associates in 1998, without the foreknowledge ...

A Hot New Sub Shop

Briana Bryant

There’s a new sandwich joint coming to town, and it’s certainly turning up the heat. Firehouse Subs, a company that boasts 625 locations currently, will be making its debut in Eau Claire on July 2 at 5413 Prill Road ...

Fixing it For Free

church-sponsored Repair Café brings broken stuff back to life

Briana Bryant, photos by Timothy Mather

You know that thing that’s sitting in the back of your closet, broken and alone, that you desperately want to use but can’t figure out how to fix? Well, fret no more: The Repair Café that has recently sprung up in Menomonie. Here’s the concept ...

Hoopers Town

Hoop Genius covers the invention of basketball

Briana Bryant

John Coy, a former Chippewa Valley author (he now hails from Minnesota), has written a wide variety of books with unique kid themes, 13 in total. He’s written several picture books for the young’ns, a middle grade series, and two young adult novels.

Writers and Readers

local wordsmith event comes to the Mabel Tainter

Briana Bryant

If you like writing, reading, or both, the Mabel Tainter has an event for you! The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie will host A Mid-Winter Gathering of Writers and Readers from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. The gathering will be...

Silver Mine Invitational #127

127th installment of North American Ski Jumping Contest

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Looking to check out some champions and locals get their ski on? You won’t have to wait long. On January 18 through the 20, the USA Cup and North American Ski Jumping Championships will take place at Silver Mine Hill in Eau Claire. It will ...

In The Middle

daughters inspire folkster’s CD for kids

Briana Bryant

In the mood for a kid-friendly nature serenade? Bruce O’Brien’s album, Love Is In The Middle, was recorded in 1995, but is just now available for sale. The album is a fun listen for all ages, but it is especially intended for children. It is the ...

UW-Stout’s animation creations

Briana Bryant

Did you know UW-Stout has programs for Entertainment Design and Game Design and Development? ‘Tis true. And yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. In fact, at the recent Minnesota Electronic Theatre animation festival in Minneapolis, where 14 student ...

The EC Curling Club: Sweep-Sweeping Away Since 1876

Briana Bryant

If you’re looking for something unique to do in the winter that is inside yet also on ice, check out curling. Curling is a very social winter sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. The Eau Claire Curling Club is nothing new ...

The Christmas Village

Briana Bryant

If you’re thinking your life is missing a hint of magic, check out Monica Holtz’s new book. The Eau Claire author just published her book, The Christmas Village, about the 25th anniversary of the Irvine Park Christmas Village. Through fun rhymes ...

RCU Officially Abandons Plans for Second Building

Briana Bryant

Plans had been in the works for more than a decade to build a second downtown office for RCU, but they have now been slashed. The decision was made earlier this year because it was determined that the current downtown building will be ample for ...

Local fire spinners dealing with the heat

Briana Bryant

For the past few summers, the High Octane Fire Spinners have held regular performances following Sounds Like Summer Concert Series concerts down in Phoenix Park. Well, in case you missed it in the L-T last week, the City Council is currently ...

Altoona’s Own Antiques Roadshow

Briana Bryant

Those old antiques you’ve got hiding away in the attic? Probably worth millions. But you can find out for sure on Thursday, December 6 at the Altoona Public Library, starting at 1pm. The event will be hosted by Mark Moran, the author of over 29 ...

The Final Legacy

young author Cayla Kluver finishes fantasy trilogy

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ready to be impressed? The young author, Cayla Kluver, has just published her third book at the age of twenty, which is the last installment of the Legacy Trilogy. The series was published in quick succession, with Legacy in July of 2011 ...

Packer Rockers

Briana Bryant

Have a hankering for some Packer-themed music? Well, you’re in luck because Elroy and the Diehards just came out with a new set of Wisconsin-themed tunage, featuring the song “Green and Gold Cups.” It’s called Packer Party and boasts to be ...

Time Has Come Today

Chippewa Valley Timebank opens shop

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Got some extra time on your hands? There’s a brand new way for you to spend it in Eau Claire, literally. It’s called the Chippewa Valley Timebank. What exactly is a timebank? you ask, brows furrowed. A timebank involves trading time, rather...

Some light recycling, courtesy of Eau Claire County

Briana Bryant

So you’re all ready to put the Christmas lights up on your house, but you run into an irreversible snag. Aw nuts - the pretty lights just don’t light up. Well, instead of using them as a spiky, alternative clothes line, why not recycle them?

Update: The YMCA gets its land

Briana Bryant

The YMCA in Eau Claire that you know and love will soon be larger and in a different location. In a landslide vote of 9 to 2 on Tuesday night, the Eau Claire City Council voted in favor of trading land with the YMCA. The Y has wanted to move ...

150 Years of History

Gustave Clark writes about iconic Wisconsin mill

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Gustave F. Clark was born in Eau Claire in 1943 on Good Friday. Dells Mill Pond in Augusta has been his lifelong home. He describes growing up on Dells Mill Pond as excellent, saying, “There’s nowhere else in the world I would fit in but right ...

Quick Confluence Project Update

Briana Bryant

The Confluence Project continues to fly past barriers and get closer to becoming a reality. On Tuesday, all 11 members of the City Council gave an enthusiastic “yes.” They voted on a general development plan and a proposal to rezone the area ...

Parading Around in the Snow

Eau Claire joins Chippewa Falls and Menomonie with a new winter parade

Briana Bryant, photos by Marie Ketring

For the first time ever, Eau Claire will be hosting a parade to usher in the Holiday season. The theme for the inaugural Clearwater Winter Parade is “A Flurry of Activities.” The event will take place on Dec. 15, with the parade starting at 5pm...

Sorry Sconnie teens, step away from the cellphone. While driving.

Briana Bryant

A law prohibiting all cellphone use by novice drivers is now in effect in Wisconsin. The law applies to any drivers under the age of 18 and to drivers of any age with a probationary license. The ban does not allow any cellphone use, regardless ...

Phoenix Gardens Pavilion gets real y’all

Briana Bryant

The Phoenix Gardens Community Pavilion is finally on its way up – with some major construct completed last weekend. The Phoenix Community Gardens and the North River Fronts Neighborhood will soon have a brand-new structure that seeks to be a ...

Sculpture Tour People's Choice Award Announced

Briana Bryant

Remember those awesome sculptures that cropped up all over Eau Claire this year? Well, after a summer of voting, we have a winner. The victor of the second-annual Sculpture Tour Eau Claire People’s Choice Award is…“The Blind Spot,” a whimsical ...

Area Schools Make the Grade in State Testing

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wondering how your alma mater is doing, or the school your kids attend? The Preliminary School Report Cards from the Department of Public Instruction have been released. The reports focus on priority areas such as reading achievement, math and ...

Familial Exhibition

Janet Carson Gallery to showcase work from longtime local artist and his son

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If John Lawler were to describe himself in a general way, he’d say he’s a designer. But perhaps you know John for his unique sculptures. In that case, you’re in luck because John and his son Aren will be displaying their artwork at the ...

So, where'd them murals go?

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A collection of murals that were formerly displayed in the windows of a vacant building downtown will now be displayed in Banbury Place. Before the move, the murals resided at 2 S. Barstow Street. They were stuck in a city storage building after...

Heartland Thrillers

local suspense writer sets his novels in the Midwest

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you like books that make you double-check the locks before hesitantly climbing into bed, look no further. Gary Johnston, an Eau Claire native who still resides here, has written three compelling thriller novels. Johnston was a history major ...

So, where'd them murals go?

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A collection of murals that were formerly displayed in the windows of a vacant building downtown will now be displayed in Banbury Place. Before the move, the murals resided at 2 S. Barstow Street. They were stuck in a city storage building after...

Tuesday: Funny Men

L.E. Phillips Library reading to bring the comedy

Briana Bryant

If you love reading, you know that hearing writers read their own work is a delight. They just have a way with their own words, I guess. The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire has a great event coming up, called ...

This Week: Clear Vision Empowerment Summit

Briana Bryant

Do you have ideas for how to make the Chippewa Valley a better place? This fall, it’s time to be EMPOWER those great ideas. Starting this week, Clear Vision Eau Claire is hosting its first-ever Empowerment Summit.

Unknown Territory

journeying from Boyd Park to New Orleans by kayak

Briana Bryant

Jonathan Leuthe, an Eau Claire native, has a tale to tell. At the age of 30, he ventured from Eau Claire to New Orleans, traveling along the Mississippi in a kayak, with his brother Kris beside him in a canoe. They traveled a length of ...

Celebrating the Page

Book Festival to feature diverse set of writing styles

Briana Bryant

Attention all you book worms and word lovers, the annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival is coming soon! This year, the festival will take place from October 15th to the 21st, with two pre-festival events on September 24th and October 1st ...

Menomonie High School cans fine arts requirements

Briana Bryant

Don’t like art? Well, if you’re a student at Menomonie High School, that’s not a problem anymore. The school board has decided to cut the graduation requirement of taking one fine arts credit. This change was approved on a 5-4 vote, clearly a ...

Fall Color Coming Early to Wisconsin

Briana Bryant

Good news, leaf fans. Eau Claire County is currently amongst the most autumn-esque counties in all of Wisconsin – with an estimated Go Look at the Awesome Trees Cuz It Only Gets Browner from Here Time (our phrase, not theirs) around the third week...

Menomonie High School cans fine arts requirements

Briana Bryant

Don’t like art? Well, if you’re a student at Menomonie High School, that’s not a problem anymore. The school board has decided to cut the graduation requirement of taking one fine arts credit. This change was approved on a 5-4 vote, clearly a ...

Catherine Emmanuelle Named Newest City Council Woman

Briana Bryant

A seat lay open in the Eau Claire City Council that needed to be filled. Catherine Emmanuelle, an activist hailing from Oakland, California, will fill that space. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s ...

Fall Color Report reports fall colors

Briana Bryant

Good news, leaf fans. Eau Claire County is currently amongst the most autumn-esque counties in all of Wisconsin – with an estimated Go Look at the Awesome Trees Cuz It Only Gets Browner from Here Time (our phrase, not theirs) around the third ...