Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Raquel Dorf


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Savage Move: Nightclub-style fitness studio upgrades, expands into new location

Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Savage Fitness, the Chippewa Valley’s premier boxing nightclub, is about to get a hell of a lot more savage with a new grand opening later this month in Altoona. The fitness center, which has been operating out of a space at Banbury Place since December, offers boxing, fitness, and sky yoga classes ...

4 Weekends, 4 Big Music Festivals

Raquel Dorf, Haley Wright, Julia van Allen, Measha Vieth, photos by Caitlyn Berlin, Marcie Pannell

Rock Fest, Country Jam, OneFest, and Blues On The Chippewa are up next. Here are the details ...

Fest With the Best of ’Em

Northwoods Blues Festival, Rock Fest, and Eaux Claires are on deck. Are you ready?

Julia van Allen, Raquel Dorf, Joseph Lynch, photos by Luong Huynh

Rock n’ roll fans from around the world will gather Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14 for some head-banging, crowd-surfing, beer-drinking kind of fun at Rock Fest ...

Mighty Ducks: make sure to feed the ducks the right stuff

Raquel Dorf

If you duck out this summer to to visit one of the Chippewa Valley’s beautiful parks, you may spot some of the our Mighty Chippewa Ducks. Feeding these friendly water animals is a great summer activity and always a quacking good time!

Little Bits of Grace

new Michael Perry book compiles best Roughneck Grace columns

Mike Paulus, Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you ever called him a “celebrity” to his face, area writer and humorist Michael Perry would probably reply with his trademark humility, his deep voice murmuring something about pig farming or raising chickens. Over the years ...

Swan Song

retiring music teacher commissions final concert piece from former student

Raquel Dorf

The Northstar Middle School band is busy tuning instruments, memorizing sheet music, and practicing parts for their Annual Spring Concert ...

Harmony Within

all new music from flute virtuoso Phippen

Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It was by accident that a flute caught Peter Phippen’s eye while shopping at a furniture store back in 1987, and after deciding to purchase it, the instrument captured his curiosity and ignited a new passion ...

French Toast Fix

this year’s Beaver Creek event has a syrupy addition

Raquel Dorf

Since 1947 Beaver Creek Reserve has been serving the greater Chippewa Valley area by providing individuals with the opportunity to learn about the wonders of nature, but once a year ...

Family University offers parenting skills to community

Augusta School District event teaches techniques and strategies to parents

Raquel Dorf

Being a parent can sometimes be confusing and chaotic, and as the expression goes, “Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.” That’s why the Augusta School District and the Healthy Schools Grant Team paired up to offer free parenting classes for community members.

A Hookup You Won't Regret

legendary Second City troupe laughs in the face of love

Raquel Dorf

The iconic comedy club that brought America comedic champions such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, and many, many more is coming to Eau Claire for a live performance ...

A Family's Best Friend

remembering her childhood dog, one page at a time

Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire resident Mary Heimstead recently penned a tale about the beloved dog her family had when she was growing up. The book, A Prince of a Dog, was recently awarded the 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The national award came with a huge celebration ...

Children’s Books Teach about numbers and parental love

Raquel Dorf

Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Jeanne Styczinski is back at it again, gearing up to publish her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?, in 2016. Styczinski, a UW-Stout graduate and Menominee kindergarten teacher, is the two-time recipient of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award ...

Bad Robots, Smart Kids

Raquel Dorf

While typical middle-schoolers have spent their time gluing together papier-mâché planet displays, some Chippewa Falls students have revved engines, sharpened knives, and built homemade robots for battle.

Wisconsin-Raised Shrimp

you wouldn’t think you’d be able to successfully raise and sell shrimp in Wisconsin, but you totally can

Raquel Dorf

Got shrimp? Bloomer entrepreneur Mike Hable does, and he’s proving that there isn’t anything a Wisconsinite can’t do, even raise shrimp. Hable is the owner of the Bohemian Ovens bakery in Bloomer, and he had been a dairy farmer for 27 years before deciding to swim in a new direction ...

Help Kickstart "The Monster of Phantom Lake"

Raquel Dorf

Local composer Adam Boll is seeking to bring his show, “The Monster of Phantom Lake,” to the stage in the Chippewa Valley, but with a little help from community members. “The Monster of Phantom Lake” production, is a musical adaption of a 2006 independent comedy film directed by Christopher Mihm ...

Peanuts Movie Features Graphic Work by Stout Alum

Raquel Dorf

Charles Schultz’s characters from the classic comic strip “Peanuts” are currently making their debut on the big screen, but they wouldn’t be there without the help of UW-Stout arts alumni. 1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate Jason Sadler was part of the creative team that brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy ...

Connecting Your Business to the World Map

Raquel Dorf

The Eau Claire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is gearing up to help small businesses grow their online network with a “Let’s Put Eau Claire On The Map” workshop. The event will take place on January 13 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library from 6 to 8pm. At the workshop, business owners ...

Keeping Up With Kim

valley native has penned an original operetta, and plans to do lots more

Raquel Dorf

Eau Claire native Kim Osberg is making national waves as an emerging composer with her own brand of classical contemporary music. The North High School graduate recently composed an entire 35-minute operetta, Thump, based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” ...

Breathtaking Flips on Stage

Golden Dragon Acrobats do their thing at the State

Raquel Dorf

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, the leading Chinese acrobatic touring company in the United States and around the world will be stopping by the State Theatre on Dec. 4. Representing a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the Golden Dragon Acrobats combine traditional Chinese acrobatics with theatrical enhancements ...

Menomonie baker’s desserts rank amongst world’s best

Raquel Dorf

Retired UW-Stout professor Gladys Earl recently headed to the kitchen arena of culinary competitions – the World Food Championships – to fight for the title of “World Dessert Champion.” After getting bored of retirement, Earl, 76, pursued her baking passion with her own Menomonie-based baking operation ...

Students Bring Award-Winning Vibrtor Play to Kjer Theatre

show explores baffling 19th century medical treatment

Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UW-Eau Claire’s Kjer Theatre is presenting In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), a provocatively charming show about intimacy, marriage, passion, and electricity in the 19th century. The play, set in the 1880s, just after the advent of electricity, follows a young doctor as he uses new vibrator therapy on “hysteric” female patients ...

Staging the Holidays: What Valley theater groups have planned for this holiday season

Raquel Dorf

As winter begins to roll around, actors and directors across the Chippewa Valley area are busy producing a slew of holiday-themed plays and musicals to help us usher in the Christmas season. These festive performances, including both classic holiday titles and a few fresh winter picks, are not to be missed ...

The Roaring '20s Come Roaring Back

after hugely successful first year, Gatsby’s Gala returns

Raquel Dorf, photos by Randy Lee

Step back in time to the enticement and allure of the roaring ’20s at the 2nd Annual Gatsby’s Gala, hosted by UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire Jazz Inc. As a celebration of the history and the culture of the Flapper Era, Gatsby’s Gala invites ...

Give The Gift of Local Art

16th annual art fair in Menomonie makes great gifts

Raquel Dorf

Away with the jack-o’-lanterns, black cats and fake spiderwebs! A new autumn month is dawning, and it’s time to get a head start on your holiday spirit and – more importantly – your holiday shopping. With November comes the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, hosted by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in downtown Menomonie ...

Country Confessional

rising star Jason Isbell to take State Theatre stage

Raquel Dorf

Alt-country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell is riding a wave of critical and commercial success into his one-night-only gig at the State Theatre in Eau Claire Nov. 13. The artist, a former member of Drive-By Truckers, is celebrating the release of his fifth solo studio album, Something More Than Free ...

Sweet Sisterly Songs

three sisters from Baldwin share the mic on debut EP

Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Put down the Bon Iver and explore the sounds of new and upcoming local artists, the Morton Sisters – three sisters making alternative folk-pop music. The singing trio from Baldwin is currently celebrating the release of Neap Tide, their debut EP ...

Downtown's New Sweets

Butter B Bakery keeps your sweet tooth on its toes

Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire sweets lovers can celebrate in the news that a new bakery opened downtown in early October. Liz Zea, owner of Butter B Bakery, 309 E. Grand Ave., is already excited about what her bakery is going to bring the greater Eau Claire community. “I want to have a place where people ...

Good Reason to Light the Night

Bolton fundraiser gala supports domestic violence victims

Raquel Dorf

Eau Claire’s Bolton Refuge House, Inc will be hosting their annual “Light the Night Gala,” on Nov. 7 at the Westgate Sportsman’ Club. The fundraising event will be an exciting evening lavished with live musical performances from UW-Eau Claire’s all-female a cappella group, Audacious ...

Windy City Sculpture

Foster show features works by Chicago sculpture group

Raquel Dorf

The Foster Art Gallery will be hosting a new show entitled “CSI: Themes in Contemporary Sculpture.” The invitational exhibition is composed of works done by members of the Chicago Sculpture International. A part of the International Sculpture Center, the CSI seeks to advance the understating ...

Musical, Botanical Madness

feed me! ECCT set to take on “Little Shop Of Horrors”

Raquel Dorf

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is setting the stage for a production of Little Shop of Horrors. This zany musical is the comedic tale of a man-eating plant that combines both horror and comedy with rock ’n’ roll. Little Shop of Horrors is guaranteed to send chills down your spine and bring you plenty of laughs ...

What Is Normal?

rock musical aims to destigmatize those with mental illnesses

Raquel Dorf, photos by Timothy Mather

Theater is more than simply an enjoyable form of entertainment; it also can be used as a channel to open a dialogue about complex issues. One show that opens doors for discussion is Next to Normal, a musical that depicts members of a family trying to help each other ...

UW-Stout Alum Designs Mosaic Mural For Lucette Brewery's Pizza Oven

Raquel Dorf

The Lucette Brewery Company, a brewery and pizza eatery in Menomonie, recently welcomed a stunning new glass mosaic project. A beautiful mosaic wall in the brewery serves as background to an imported Italian wood-fired oven, the centerpiece of the display. The design for the mural and pizza oven ...