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MOVIE REVIEW: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

When “Furious 7” was released, a film critic suggested that the Academy Awards add a new category for best stunt work. If that were to happen, “Max Max:

6 hrs ago
The Classic Garage awaits permit

Classic burger fiends and Cadillac maniacs take note: parking is to blame for the lengthened anticipation for the opening of The Classic Garage on Eau Claire’s

4 days ago
"Pitch Perfect 2" is a good follow-up on original

Film history has shown that a successful original movie has spawned dreadful sequels, just thrown out there as a ‘cash-grab,’ such as “The Matrix Reloaded

4 days ago
The 'Piano Man' returns for first solo show in Minnesota since 2007

MINNEAPOLIS – For years, Billy Joel has been the concert act I’ve waiting to see live. There hasn’t been anyone even close on my wish-list of performers. I

4 days ago
Blues legend King a special performer

The May 14 death of blues legend B.B. King, much like the emotion-laden music King so artfully played on his famed guitar, Lucille, prompted feelings in me of both joy and

4 days ago
May weather has been varied

It's been a hot and cold spring. Late April was warm and anglers were finding bluegills in shallow water bays where they were attracted by the warm water.

4 days ago
Thrift sales more about talking than buying

I didn’t buy any of the shirts, pants, coats or other assorted clothing hanging on racks in yards scattered across Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill neighborhood May 16

4 days ago
Menomonie's Ludington Guard Band kicks off 2015 season June 2

   Menomonie’s Ludington Guard Band kicks of June 2 at 8 p.m. at Wilson Park.

4 days ago
Surprise passenger hitches a ride

Maybe I've watched too many movies over the years, but I've always been a little afraid of a stranger lurking in the backseat of my vehicle.

5 days ago
Boston bomber appeals ridiculous

I’ve never understood why open-and-shut capital punishment cases languish for decades.

6 days ago
Eau Claire cracks top eight in Best Town contest

And then there were eight.

1 week ago
Menomonie's Broadway Street construction to start Monday

A heavily traveled street in Menomonie will undergo construction starting Monday.

1 week ago
Shooting of 'warrior' horse senseless

I am sad, upset and angry. Sometime between midnight and 4:30 a.m. Thursday, someone shot our neighbors’ horse in a pasture on my family’s rural Eleva property.

1 week ago
Megabucks has record jackpot for Saturday's drawing

The lottery gets a lot of attention when jackpots for multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions reach triple-digit levels.

1 week ago
Eau Claire reaches magazine's Sweet 16

Eau Claire continued its Cinderella run through through Outside magazine’s Best Town Ever contest on Wednesday with a stirring, come-from-behind victory over popular

1 week ago


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