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l The Shed (See Page 31)

1519 Mayer Road.........................................715-832-8585


n Down to Earth Garden Center (See Page 23)

22223 County Highway O..............................715-289-4567

Eau Claire

n Down To Earth Garden Center (See Page 23)

6025 Arndt Lane...........................................715-833-1234 n Fryszki’s Country Garden (See Page 29)

N1956 State Road 85 (Caryville)...................715-835-8743 n Green Planet Rain Barrels (See Page 2)

By Appointment.............................................715-835-4080 n May's Floral & Garden (See Page 25)

3424 Jeffers Road ........................................715-836-8220

Garden Guide

n Out to Laurie’s Greenhouse (See Page 24)

Greenhouse GURUS! By Charlie Schaaf It's spring and as soon as the daffodils and gentle crocuses poke their faces toward the sun, millions of us mere mortals start thinking about planting our gardens, flower beds and colorful pots. Now, unfortunately, millions of us also don't really know what we are doing. This is no insult, but it is the truth! Heck, my dear Mom once planted about 60 tulip bulbs upside down. The results were meager indeed. And the "rose ordeal" (as my Dad called it) was best forgotten.

6750 Hillview Road.......................................715-835-0140


l Schultz’s Country Barn (See Page 39) 50996 North Main Street...............................715-287-4684

Elk mound

n The Natural Touch Landscaping & Supply (See Page 2)

2051 US Highway 12....................................715-491-8490


n Gathje’s Greenhouse (See Page 41)

N9514 County Road FF.................................715-963-3909 l The Village Peddler of Hixton (See Page 41)

Now all this planting confusion could have been avoided by a simple trip to the local greenhouse! Here are the real experts of growth. I call them the Greenhouse Gurus! These are your friends and neighbors whose lives are devoted to making the world a bit greener and lovelier. They plant the seeds, nurture and thin them, and watch them grow much as a mother duck tends her chicks. When the time is right and the blossoms blooming... the greenhouses open!

124 East Main Street.....................................715-963-2202

But, the greenhouses are more than just showcases of floral beauty. They are your destination when you need planting hints, advice and general gardening help. The friendly greenhouse folk do much more than just box up the petunias. They are the experts.

N15315 Frenchtown Avenue (Withee)............715-229-4746

Pay a visit, indeed make it a family outing, to one of the many greenhouses and nurseries. Let the magic of plants and flowers touch your lives. And if you have a question or problem, just ask you know who! See you in the geranium aisle!


n Bobolink Nursery (See Page 60)

N6548 429th Street.......................................715-231-3901


l DJ's Metal Art (See Page 56) 602 East Mill Street (Withee).........................715-229-2969 n Frenchtown Greenhouse (See Page 56)


n Smith Brothers Landing (See Page 78)

200 East Marina Drive...................................715-442-2248


n Sunrise Greenhouse (See Page 53)

4606 370th Street.........................................715-644-4851 n Greenhouse Gurus + Garden Accents • l Mostly Garden Accents

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To The Chippewa Valley! Welcome to this very special Historical Keepsake Edition of Chippewa Valley’s Hidden Treasures. Inside you’ll enjoy a visit with the milk man, reminisce (or learn) about collecting S & H Green Stamps and read stories from a mink rancher's daughter. You'll delight in the magic of Wisconsin's pure maple syrup, discover our favorite gardening centers and join us on art tours and shows... plus much, much more! Use this issue as a guide to explore these and many other area hidden treasures. Savor the past! Enjoy the present! H a p p y R e a d i n g !

nd Lori, Charlie A ur Friends At The Rest Of Yo s Hidden Treasure ’s y le al V a w pe Chip

TABLE OF CONTENTS Publisher/Designer Lori Schmidt Special Features Editor Charlie Schaaf Contributing Writers Crystal Schmidt Assistants to the Publisher John Schmidt • Shelly Olson © Copyright 2014 Chippewa Valley’s Hidden Treasures. All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced, stored in retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher. We have tried our best to bring you the most current and accurate information in Chippewa Valley’s Hidden Treasures. However, Evergreen Graphics assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information or representations/delivery of services contained herein.

Address Any Correspondence To: Evergreen Graphics Attn: Lori Schmidt 400 Sunday Drive Altoona, WI 54720 Phone: 715-835-0611 Fax: Call For Number Email: Web:

Think Spring: Garden Guide...................................................................... 3 Welcome + Table of Contents................................................................................................4 Calendar of Events.............................................................................................................. 5-11 Eau Claire Map............................................................................................12 Eau Claire | Downtown ...................................................................................................13-19 Got Milk? You Bet!.............................................................................................................20-21 Gardening Wherever You Are!............................................................................................ 22 Eau Claire .............................................................................................................................23-26 Trinity Equestrian Center..............................................................................27 S & H Green Stamps................................................................................................................ 28 A Venture Down Highway 85: Caryville........................................................................... 29 Highway 12: Altoona.......................................................................................................30-31 Highway 12: Fall Creek....................................................................................................32-33 Highway 12: Augusta......................................................................................................34-36 Highway 10 ~ Osseo | Strum | Eleva | Mondovi .....................................................37-39 Hixton....................................................................................................................................40-41 Stories From A Mink Rancher's Daughter.................................................................42-43 Chippewa Falls Map..................................................................................44 Chippewa Falls ..................................................................................................................45-47 The Past Passed Here............................................................................................................. 46 Those Marvelous Maples................................................................................................48-49 Follow the Yellowstone Trail: Cadott | Stanley | Thorp | Owen-Withee..........50-57 Menomonie Map.........................................................................................58 Menomonie.........................................................................................................................59-64 Golf Directory...........................................................................................61 Red Cedar State Trail Map......................................................................63 Boyceville................................................................................................................................... 65 You're In The Neighborhood: Colfax | Elk Mound.................................................66-68 Durand..................................................................................................................................69-71 Antiques & Collectibles Checklist......................................................71 The Great River Road: Nelson | Alma | Fountain City | Pepin.............................72-78

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Gateway to the Lower Chippewa River

Durand, Wisconsin

March 15 Free Seminars - Held at May’s Floral Garden, Eau Claire. Grapevines for Wine Making, Veggies with High Tunnels and Garden Trends

2014 • Durand Improvement Group • EVENTS

Live Entertainment - Held at Sammy's 5th Quarter, Eau Claire. See page 7 Art Exhibition: "Winter Solace" - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma Indoor Flea Market - Held at The Shed, Altoona. Take a tour and Google "The Shed Altoona" Come Sew With Us On Fridays! - Held at The Grain Bin, Boyceville, 9am to 5pm. Open sewing (or any other project) ... we have space! (No RSVP required) March 6-9 & 13-16 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild Guild presents "The Foreigner" - Held at The Grand Theatre, downtown Eau Claire March 13 Seed Starting Class - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Tips and tricks! March 13-16 Open House - Held at Molly's Mercantile, Eau Claire. 15% OFF STOREWIDE! Discover what's new for spring March 14-16 Wisconsin Sports Show - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. RVs, boats, fishing, hunting and much more March 15 3rd Annual Irish Heritage Day - Held at the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire. Live entertainment, educational presentations, limerick writing contest, food tastings and more!

Memorial to Labor Day City Flower Baskets

July 12 Garden Extravaganza

June 6-7-8 51st Annual Durand FunFest

July 24 Crazzee Dazes

Main Street and River Walk

Fairy Garden Tea Party in the Greenhouse - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Limited to 30 people, so please call to register 8th Annual Lunch with the Gardener - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. Call for reservations

June 25 • July 23 • Aug 27 Music In the Park

Last Saturday in April

St Patricks Day Sale - Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details! ongoing Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. See page 6 and check website for updates

April 26 Durand Area Garage Sales

Two weeks after Memorial Day Friday: D'Boys

Saturday: Talent Showcase Yata Performance "Elvis" Returns • Pop Rocks Sunday: Bear Creek Band

Fourth Wednesday • 6pm to 9pm

Second Saturday in July

Fourth Thursday in July

late fall Holiday Decorating City Parks

November 29 Durand Dazzle Day Events and Illuminated Parade Saturday after Thanksgiving

Thorp Area Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Semi-Annual Community Expo - Held at Thorp High School Gym, 10am to 2pm Annual Firemen's Ball - Held at Cindy's Banquet Hall, Thorp March 15 & 17 The Shillelagh Lads - Held at Houligan's, Eau Claire. A foot stompin' Irish show!

Facebook: Durand Improvement Group

March 16 Day Trips In Wisconsin and Minnesota Book Signing Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma march 17

St Patrick’s Day March 19 Opening For The Season Join us at Bobolink Nursery, Menomonie. It's time to get planting! Sign up for fun projects and classes at March 20

First Day Of Spring Greenhouse Opening - Held at Gathje’s Greenhouse, Hixton. It’s time to smell the dirt and get your ideas together for planting March 20 & 29 Miniature Resurrection Garden Workshop - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire

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Live Music wednesdays 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eau Claire, WI

March 19 Nancy Olson 26 Duffy Duyfhuizen April 2 Randy Sinz, Gregg Wheeler & John Lynch 9 Howard Luedtke 16 Layne Yost 23 Gator 30 Two Frets Up May 7 Two Rivers 14 Rich Schroeder 21 Gator 28 Luke Fischer

for more info See page 5 Performers are subject to change

March 21 Great Alma Fishing Float Opens for the 2014 season! Located below Lock & Dam #4 on the Mississippi River, Alma March 22 Planning Your Veggie Garden Class - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire March 27 Mini Herb Garden Seed Planting Workshop - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire

April 5-6 Open House - Held at Jacque's Sugarbush, Thorp, 8am to 4pm. Delicious pancake breakfast and all the fixins! Learn about maple syrup production, check out the farm animals and enjoy a day of family fun!

MARCH 29 "Buyer Beware!" - Seminar held at Bobolink Nursery, Menomonie. Pre-register at Miniature Garden Class - Held at May’s Floral Garden, Eau Claire. Free seminar make and take afterwards (optional) March 30 FFA Alumni Toy Show - Held at Thorp High School. Toys, tractors, collectibles, crafts, food and more. Great family fun!

ongoing Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. See page 6 and check website for updates

April 6 Xcel Energy Kid's Expo - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. Entertainment, games, activities, information and much more!

Indoor Flea Market - Held at The Shed, Altoona. Take a tour and Google "The Shed Altoona"

Open House - Held at Roth Sugar Bush, Cadott. (Our old location.) All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast, fresh maple syrup and more

Come Sew With Us On Fridays! - Held at The Grain Bin, Boyceville, 9am to 5pm. Open sewing (or any other project) ... we have space! (No RSVP required) Thru April 12 Art Exhibition: "Winter Solace" - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma April 1

April fool’s day april 4 thru may 10 "Bring on the Spring!" - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. This is our early more casual fishin' and good time season... Pondside fishin' Friday thru Sunday. See april 5 & 10 Spring Fairy Garden Workshop Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire

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April 10 Chicks Night Out - Held in Menomonie. Shop, socialize and snack! april 12 Fairy Garden Tea Party in the Greenhouse - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Limited to 30 people, so please call to register "Plant Your Own" - Seminar held at Bobolink Nursery, Menomonie. Pre-register at Clean Sweep - Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls. Bring your household hazardous waste The Shillelagh Lads - Held at Houligan's, Eau Claire. A foot stompin', jig dancin', mug pounding Irish show! Don't miss it!!!

april 13 Nature Talk: Turkey Hunting - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma Open House - Held at Roth Sugar Bush, Cadott. (Our old location.) ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast, fresh maple syrup and more april 13 thru July 8 Art Exhibition: "Big, Bigger, Biggest" - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma. Creative ideas!!! april 14 Free Herb Class - Held at May’s Floral Garden, Eau Claire. Learn how to cook, grow and store fresh herbs. Sample great food and plant your own herb garden after class for $20 Gardening Club - Held at Bobolink Nursery, Menomonie. Learn more at bobolinknursery. com. (You must pre-register) april 19 Easter Egg Hunt - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Hundreds of eggs for both kids and parents, games, activities, drawing and more! Rain or shine! Sunrise Greenhouse - Opens for the season in Stanley. Discover this large selection of garden plants, fancy hanging baskets, accessories and much more! Easter Egg Hunt and Meet the Easter Bunny - Held at Schultz's Country Barn, Eleva, 11am to 1pm. Great family fun! West Grand Egg Hunt Held at the corner of First Ave and West Grand, downtown Eau Claire, 2pm. Join us for good old-fashioned fun! 49th Annual Spring FloodRun - Held along the Great River Road. Call Jim at the Nelson General Store to learn more. Help raise funds to benefit children with disabilities, flood victims and people in need

april 20

EASTER Easter Day Grand Buffet - Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. One of the best in town! april 22

eArth DAy april 24 Spring Hanging Basket Workshop - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire april 24-27 Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents "Fiddler on the Roof" - Held at the State Theatre, downtown Eau Claire april 25-26 After Easter Sale - Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details! april 25-27 Open House - Held at Gathje’s Greenhouse, Hixton. We’re set and ready to go! Enjoy refreshments, sign up for door prizes and get planting!

april 26-27 Spring Into The Arts Studio Tour - Held throughout Clark County. Sat 9am to 6pm and Sun 10am to 5pm. Discover the talented local artists! Munson Bridge Winery Opens for the 2014 season in Withee. Relax by the family pond with a glass of wine or walk the gardens. We’re a stop on the Clark County Spring Art tour with six guest artists and extended hours! Valley Art Association: Fine Art Faire at SpringFest, Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. (Formerly Solstice on Grand) Over 50 talented artists displaying their art in an indoor heated exhibit space. See page 6 & 45 Earth Day Celebration Weekend - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Great deals on trees today! Planting demonstration, seed planting for kids and more



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the thundermen Wayne allen the night hawks

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the Poor boyz tba the thundermen the night hawks crystal & the commotion

May 2,9.16 tba 30 the thundermen


Bands Subject to Change For More Info See Page 25

SpringFest - Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls. Over 40 exhibitors, art fair, live music, great food and much more april 26 Community Garage Sales Held in Durand. Pick up your map to bargains in town! City Wide Garage Sales Held in Eleva. Be sure to pick up your map in town! Thrift Sale (Tentative) - Held at Schultz's Country Barn, Eleva. Join us in our heated hay loft. Food and bathrooms too! Roller Derby Bout - Held at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. It's fun to watch!!! Earth Day Clean-Up - Held in downtown Chippewa Falls, 9am to Noon. Call Chippewa Falls Main Street for more info

Please call ahead before you venture out. dates and times are subject to change!


Spring Into The Arts STUDIO TOUR

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 • 9am to 6pm SUNDAY, APRIL 27 • 10am to 5pm This self-guided tour features the studios of painters, potters, woodworkers, metal workers, jewelers and more! For more info or a brochure/map: Clark County Economic Development Corporation 301 N. Main St, P.O. Box 236 • Loyal, WI 54446 715-255-9100 • Signs of Spring 2014 | | Calendar of Events | 7

Travel Back In Time... In Chippewa Falls Photo by Shane Opatz

May 8-11, 2014

The Past Passed Here

Celebrating Chippewa County's History Thursday & Friday 3pm to 6pm Saturday 9am to 6pm • Sunday 9am to 1pm

Allen Park • Chippewa Falls Admission: $3 Per Person, Age 5 & Under Free or $10 Per Family

2 Historic Lumbering Display 2 Impressive Fur Trade Camps 2 Authentic Food Vendors Presented By:

123 Allen St • Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 • 715-723-0619 OUR Lumber BarRon:

april 30 thru May 3 Monthly Sale - Held at Kendra & Co., Fall Creek. Kendra's back with her primitives, country antiques and rusty junk!

ongoing Local Live Music - Held at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. See page 6 and check website for updates Live Entertainment - Held at Sammy's 5th Quarter, Eau Claire. See page 7 Indoor Flea Market - Held at The Shed, Altoona. Take a tour and Google "The Shed Altoona" Come Sew With Us On Fridays! - Held at The Grain Bin, Boyceville, 9am to 5pm. Open sewing (or any other project) ... we have space! (No RSVP required)

2 Knowledgeable Re-enactors

April 26-27 Open House - Held at Fryszkis Country Gardens, Caryville. Sign up for door prizes and enjoy refreshments. Discover our made-fromscratch baked goods!

S P ON S OR S • Studio One Teleproductions

Timber Cruiser: Casper Foundation • Chippewa County Abstract & Title Co., Inc. Trader: Chippewa Falls Rotary Club • Fries Financial Group • Mason Companies Northwestern Bank • Spectrum Industries Trapper: Dave & Evalyn Frasch • St. Joseph’s Hospital Pederson-Volker Funeral Home This event made possible in part by a grant from the generosity of the Harold D. "Mac" McDonald Endowment Fund and the Chet & Irene Lindsay Endowment Fund in the Community Foundation of Chippewa County 8 | Calendar of Events | | Signs of Spring 2014

Art Exhibition: "Big, Bigger, Biggest" - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma. Creative ideas!!!

may 1 thru July 1 Supply Yard Open - At The Natural Touch Landscaping and Supply, Elk Mound. They can help you make your backyard your favorite destination! May 1, 3, 8 & 17 Spring Hanging Basket Workshop - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire May 2-4 Spring Open House - Held at May’s Floral Garden, Eau Claire. Discover our new facility and all we have to offer! Container Planting and Miniature Garden Classes on Saturday may 2 thru July 6 Open Fri, Sat & sun only Cadott Growing Farm Open House - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Cadott! See where we grow our perennials, veggies, pumpkins and hanging baskets. Get first pick from over 20,000 perennials! May 3 Greenhouse Opens and Open House - Held at Out to Laurie’s Greenhouse, Eau Claire. Discover our truly unique collection of plants! (Open just four Saturdays in May) May 3-4 Spring Spectacular Open House - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Great specials, drawing, free food samples and vendors! Kids get to plant a flower for FREE Indianhead Gun Show - Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls

Thru May 3 Monthly Sale - Held at Kendra & Co., Fall Creek. Kendra's back with her primitives, country antiques and rusty junk!

May 3,10,17 & 24 Greenhouse Open - At Out to Laurie’s Greenhouse, Eau Claire. Discover our truly unique collection of plants!

May 1-4 100 Mile Garage Sale - Held along the Great River Road on the Mississippi River. Some Wisconsin towns include Alma, Nelson, Pepin and Stockholm. Discover this beautiful area of Wisconsin and have fun too. Don't miss it!

May 8-11 The Past Passed Here - Held in Allen Park on the banks of Duncan Creek, downtown Chippewa Falls. Hands-on activities, historic re-enactors, camp skill competitions, 1800s style food, traders row and more

May 9 Third Annual - "Not Quite All Night" Extravaganza - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire, 6pm to 11pm. Great selection of unique gifts and home decor, great deals on plants, free hors d'oeuvres, drink specials and much more! 5th Annual Fairytale Ball - Held at Florian Gardens, Eau Claire. Spend a special Disney night: games, carnival, food, dancing, horse-drawn carriage rides, silent auction and much more! See back cover May 9-11 Flyball Boarder Battle Dog Competition - Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls may 10 67th Annual Doll and Pet Parade - Held on Water Street, Eau Claire, 1pm. Great family fun including bands, treats, clowns and more! Theme: Come To The Circus

May 10-11 Mothers Day Celebration Weekend - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Stroll through our greenhouse and grounds, then treat Mom to coffee or lunch at the Five & Two Café. Free food samples, vendors and more! Flea Market - Held next to the Hixton Antique Mall, Hixton, 8am. Antiques and collectibles! 6th Avenue Art Open House "Spring Art Show & Sale" - Held at 113 6th Avenue North, Strum. One-of-a-kind handmade gifts and home decor May 11

Mother’s Day Mother's Day Grand Buffet Held at Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. Delicious!!!

World Belly Dance Day Held at the Grand Little Theatre, Eau Claire, 2pm to 5pm, FREE! Lessons, performance, drumming, prizes and more!

HAPPY MOTHER FISHER'S DAY! Start a new tradition fishin' with Mom at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. HOBO Chefin' season begins, live music (TBA) and fun! See

Mother’s Day Sale - Held at Sunrise Greenhouse, Stanley. Bring mom and discover this large selection of garden plants, fancy hanging baskets, accessories and much more!

May 11 thru September 28 Open With Weekend Vigor Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. See eatmyfish. com and join the fun!

Colfax Sportsman Club Swap Meet - Held at the Colfax Fairgrounds. Boats, ATVs, fishing tackle, guns and much more. Concessions too!

may 12 Gardening Club - Held at Bobolink Nursery, Menomonie. Learn more at bobolinknursery. com. (You must pre-register)

The Shillelagh Lads - Held at Houligan's, Eau Claire. A foot stompin', jig dancin', mug pounding Irish show!

May 15, 17, 20 & 29 Container Planting Classes Held at May’s Floral Garden, Eau Claire. We will help you create a porch pot or hanging basket that is just right for you!

May 10-11 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum - Open in Fountain City. Welcome to our 2014 season! Special discount for moms on Mothers' Day! Flea Market - Held next to the Hixton Antique Mall, Hixton, 8am. Antiques and collectibles!

May 15, 24 & 31 Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers Workshop - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Learn how to create dazzling porch pots!

looking For A nice Gift? One-Of-A-Kind Handmade Gifts And Home Décor

Open House Spring Art Show & Sale May 10-11

113 6th Avenue North•Strum, WI From Highway 10 in Strum, turn right on 5th Avenue (Countryside Co-op) and follow signs.

See page 37

For More Info Call Patty At 715-695-2957 Or Email

Want to see more of our art? Like us on FaceBook! Rag Rugs and Fiber Art by Patty • Gary Barone Woodturner Signs of Spring 2014 | | Calendar of Events | 9

May 16-17 9th Annual Thorp City Wide Thrift Sales - Maps will be available at

See Page 64

Customer Appreciation Days - Held at Frenchtown Greenhouse, Withee. Specials, free tomato plant, refreshments, door prizes and more! may 17 Our City Spring Clean-Up Held in downtown Eau Claire. Help us clean up riverbanks, parks, roads, rails, and also paint, sweep and plant flowers! See page 13 and back cover Open House - Held at Model Train Classics, downtown Eau Claire. We’re celebrating sixteen great years! Fun, prizes and much more Two Year Anniversary Sale Held at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Durand. Call for details!

Graphic Design With Personality By Lori Schmidt 715-835-0611 Newsletters Flyers Brochures Posters Business Cards Letterheads Post Cards Invitations Logos T-Shirts Jackets Hats And More!

Spring Birding by Mini-Train through the Tiffany Bottoms Sponsored by Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma. (Reservations required) may 18 Nature Talk: Making Maple Syrup - Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma may 18 & 25 Live Music: TBA - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. Enjoy Pondside Fishin' and Hobo Chefin' Shorelunches. See May 19-25 Junk Planters Contest Week Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. Bring your old junk and transform it into a planter! (We have junk available for you too.) $100 gift certificate for the best planter!!!

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may 21-24 Monthly Sale - Held at Kendra & Co., Fall Creek. Kendra's back with her primitives, country antiques and rusty junk! may 23-26 Memorial Day and Weekend Fun (Monday too!) - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. Pondside Fishin', Farm Retail Sales, Hobo Chefin' Shorelunches, live music and more! See may 24 Oz Run and Half Marathon Held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls. Join the fun! May 24-26 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum - Open in Fountain City. Join us on Memorial Day weekend... A great way to start your summer! Memorial Day Sale - Held at Down To Earth Garden Center, Eau Claire. We have what you need for your projects. Specials on trees. May 26

Memorial day Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Held in downtown Thorp. Hope to see you there! The "Living Cemetery" Held at Evergreen Cemetery, Menomonie - Call the Rassbach Heritage Museum for more information. may 30 thru June 1 Thorp Dairy Days - Held at Northside Park, Thorp. Carnival, live entertainment, mini-rod pull, truck and tractor pulls, youth baseball, go-kart and motorized bar stool races, kiddie tractor pull, parade Sunday at 12 noon. Food and fun for everyone! Eleva Broiler Festival - Held in Eleva. Carnival, parades, music, history displays and some of "the best" charcoal chicken

Please call ahead before you venture out. Dates and times are subject to change!

May 31 Live Music Night - Held at Munson Bridge Winery, Withee. Rain or shine, bring a chair and enjoy music by 40 Fingers

june 9 Gardening Club - Held at Bobolink Nursery, Menomonie. Learn more at bobolinknursery. com. (You must pre-register)

A Peak Ahead...

june 11-14 Monthly Sale - Held at Kendra & Co., Fall Creek. Kendra's back with her primitives, country antiques and rusty junk!

Thorp Dairy Days may 30, 31 & JUNE 1 At Thorp’s Northside Park

Located North of Hwy 29 on Hwy 73

June 12-14 Main Street of Menomonie's SummerDaze - Held in Downtown Menomonie. Great fun for the whole family! june 2 Live Music: TBA - Held at The Bullfrog Fish Farm, south of Menomonie and west of Eau Claire. Enjoy Pondside Fishin' and Hobo Chefin' Shorelunches. See

June 14 North Star Bicycle Festival Held in Menomonie. Professional bicycle racing along with great food, interactive expo events, stunt riders, amateur races, kids' fun race and much more. See back cover

june 6 Cake and Ice Cream Social Held at Fall Creek Historical Museum in Randall Park, 6pm. Good ol' fashion fun!

June 15 Nature Talk: Miniature Farm Display and Presentation Held at Wings Over Alma Nature and Art Center, Alma

June 6-8 51st Annual Durand FunFest Held in Durand. Carnival, motor car rides, games and great food. Live music including D'Boys, Yata, Bear Creek Band and more

FRIDAY, May 30 6pm 7pm 7:30pm

SATURDAY, May 31 7am 9am 11:30am 12pm 2pm 6pm 7pm

Watch for the summer issue of


July 17-20, 2014 Proclamations • Local Musicians Historical Displays • Open Houses & Tours Parade • Contests • Games • Food Street Dance (The Dweebs) A Day Of Prayer + Much More! •

Dairy Breakfast Date TBa Youth Baseball Tournament Spectrum Carnival & Food Stands Beer Stands Open Kiddie Tractor Pull Starts Truck or Tractor Pull Starts Music by DJ Dinka (Chris Halenka)

Youth Baseball Tournament

12pm THORP DAIRY DAYS PARADE Theme: “THORP” The Home Of Rural Pride 1pm 1pm 2pm

S A V E T H E D AT E Celebrating 150 Years

Motorized Barstool & Go Kart Races

SUNDAY, June 1

June 7-8 Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum - Open in Fountain City. Welcome all scouts! Discount and refreshments for you this weekend

Village of Colfax Sesquicentennial

Spectrum Carnival, Food Stands & Beer Stands Open Youth Baseball Tournament Badger State Dirt Flingers (Rain Date: Sunday 9am) Music by Sound Master DJ (Wade Kroeplin)

Tractor or Tractor Pull Starts Spectrum Carnival & Food Stand Open Beer Stands Open Polka Music

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Sacred Heart Hospital.................. G-5 Luther Hospital................................ F-6 Tourist Information......................... F-6 Carson Park....................................... F-5 Owen Park......................................... G-6 Downtown......................................... F-6 Water Street..................................... G-6 Chippewa Valley Museum........... F-5 Paul Bunyan Logging Camp........ F-5 Eau Claire Children’s Museum.... F-6 Model Trains Classics, LLC........... F-6



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up Downtown Eau Claire! In coordination with Valleybrook Church, dozens of projects and tasks are accomplished during this one-day event. Families, church groups, friends, co-workers and others donate their time in cleaning the Downtown area. They clean up riverbanks, parks, roads, trails, and also paint, sweep and plant flowers. They also help with many projects

Sculpture Tour Our City Spring Clean-Up

at Downtown non-profit organizations. It’s a great day with an amazing outcome! We hope to see you on May 17th! head to for more information! while you’re there, sign up to receive our e-newsletter, “news From Downtown!”

West Grand Egg Hunt SAVE THE DATE... JUNE 6-28

Model Train Classic's 16 Year Anniversary Open House

Wisconsin's Third Annual State Quilt Shop Hop Call The Calico Shoppe for more information!


two great shops under one roof


Farmers Market


Eau Claire's Premier Quilt Shop Over 3500 Bolts Of Quality Fabric!

Something for Everyone Quilt Clubs, Classes & Quilters' Bus Trips

ladies apparel & accessories

214 S Barstow St • Eau Claire • 715-834-9990 Mon-Fri: 10-5 • Thurs 'til 7 • Sat: 10-4

Featuring..."oh My gauze" and "city girl" Make A Quilt, Make A Memory

Jump-Start Business Plan Competition

216 S Barstow St • Eau Claire • 715-834-8400 Mon-Fri: 10-5 • Thurs 'til 7 • Sat: 10-4

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houligans steak & seafood Pub A Tradition of Fine Food and Entertainment

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire take a tour oF the sCulPtures!

Located in a charming, century old brick two story building in the heart of downtown Eau Claire, Houligans Steak & Seafood Pub has served the Chippewa Valley with its fine dining and pub atmosphere since 2002. Houligans is Eau Claire’s premier steak and seafood restaurant and home of their famous "Candied Garlic SauceTM". They're well known for their aged and hand cut steaks, fresh seafood and friendly staff... and all provided to you in a comfortable and inviting pub setting. Enjoy Happy Hour Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 4pm to 7pm, and get $1 off all drinks and appetizers in the Pub lounge. Also, every Tuesday night select wines by the bottle are available at half price when you purchase two full priced entrees. (Other restrictions may apply.) Are you hosting a party in the future? Houligans caters... and it is delicious! Call for a price quote today! The Shillelagh Lads have been Houligans house band since 2010! They put on a traditional Irish show with foot stomping, jig dancing, and mug pounding! Mark your calendars for... March 15 & 17, April 12 and May 10. Visit for all the details and hope to see you there!

tEll thEm you Saw thEiR ad in Upscale Dining In A Casual Pub Atmosphere Featuring Premium Steak And The Area’s Freshest Seafood

415 S Barstow St Downtown Eau Claire


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there are 29 larger-than-life sculptures dotting downtown eau Claire. take a stroll on water street, north Barstow street, Phoenix Park and on the campus of the mayo Clinic health system! Grab a ballot and vote on your favorite!


l.e. Phillips M emorial Public library Juried Art On D isplay Thru April 4th


Charming & Cozy meeting space For rent a Place For... Workshops • Meetings Book Clubs • Crafters ribbon cuttings Day retreats open houses art exhibits Marketplace & More

914 Porter ave Downtown eau claire to schedule your event call 715.831.1633


Janet carson gallery eau claire regional arts center March 14 thru april 25 Imagining Otherness: Catching Sight of Monstrosity May 1 thru June 13 Brian Paral and Christy Skuban June 19 thru august 1 High School Art Show

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Silver • Gold New & Used Jewelry Coins • Guns


emPORIUm Area’s Largest Shop Since 1981

Sporting & Collector Knives

715-832-0075 403 S Barstow St Downtown Eau Claire

SEP thru MAR: Tue-Fri 9:30-5:30 • Sat 9:30-5 APR thru AUG: Mon-Fri 9:30 to 5:30

306 Main St • Eau Claire • 715-832-2494 Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm

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model train Classics, LLC...

where model and toy trains rule!

model train Classics, llC... located at 306 South Barstow is truly a place for the child in all of us! It is an old fashsat, maY 17 ioned kind of shop where model trains OPEN HOUSE•FUN are bought, sold, fixed and... run! And we do mean run! There are operating train PrIZes & more! layouts alive with the magical sounds of trains. But it is not just a shop selling new trains.

CeLeBratInG 16 Great Years!

Sunday, July 6, 2014 11am to 4pm FREE ADMITTANCE

PHOENIX PARK PAVILION DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE This unique and very family oriented event is a FREE ADMITTANCE family expo designed to call attention to the importance of trains, logging and early transportation efforts in the Chippewa Valley! It is also a MODEL AND TOY TRAIN SHOW... with operating toy trains, wonderful vintage trains and many hands on opportunities! Lionel trains will be highlighted! There will also be ANTIQUE CARS, a FIX IT CLINIC for toy and model trains and much more! The PHOENIX LOG LOADER will also be featured... with the hope of securing a FULL SIZE "log loader" for a future expo! For Information Contact Charlie Schaaf • 715-838-8858 MODEL TRAIN CLASSICS, LLC

Model Train Classics, LLC is also a mini-museum simply crammed with significant examples of historic toy trains. You'll find Marx, Lionel, Hornby, Hafner and many more! Many up to 100 years old! The downtown location is a real plus... and the shop is a favorite family destination! This spring, gather up the kids, maybe some friends and visit the "train shoP" and feel your imaginations soar!

see YoU at tHe statIon! Northwest Wisconsin’s premier Model Railway Shop and Toy Train Museum invites you to rediscover the magic of Lionel, Marx & American Flyer plus new & pre-owned HO, O, N, and G scale trains from around the world!

Model Train Classics, LLC 306 S Barstow Street • Eau Claire, WI 54701


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WATER STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT the water street historic District is located along the beautiful Chippewa river and adjacent to the uw-eau Claire campus. Discover the unique shops, restaurants, galleries and taverns. enjoy walking, biking or inline skating along the scenic river trail.

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nual Irish Herita ge Day Saturda y, March 15 Chippewa Va lley Museum Live Entertain ment Educational Pr esentations Limerick Writin g Contest Food Tastings & More

It's time for the Water Street "DOLL AND PET PARADE!" This year's theme is... COME TO THE CIRCUS. This long established family and pet event allows both children and the animal kingdom the chance to pretend. Clever contestants can tell a story, dream about the future or simply enjoy the crowd's reaction when a pet black lab walks down the street dressed like a clown. Contestants are grouped in categories, given a judging number and they parade down historic Water Street and the crowd loves it!

Check for times and details

The parade is a true family and pet classic and has been staged by the WATER STREET MERCHANT ASSOCIATION since day one! Water Street is always worth the trip but especially when it goes to the dogs... and cats... and kids... and kids on trikes... and maybe even a bird or two! The Doll and Pet Parade is on the Saturday before Mother's Day... May 10th at 1pm. (SEE PAGE 9)

stout island Lodge Day Trip Join Chippewa Valley Museum staff for a lovely May journey to Stout’s Island Lodge on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Stout’s Island Lodge is a beautiful lumber baron’s island estate located on Red Cedar Lake near Mikana. In 1903, Frank D. Stout built the impressive summer estate for his family, which was modeled after the famous Adirondack camps of New York. The group will enjoy lunch in the Ice House, and then explore the history of Stout’s Island Lodge on a guided tour. For more information, call Liz reuter at 715-834-7871 and be sure to register by Monday, May 5.

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Legacy Bricks

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild invites everyone to purchase special commemorative bricks, which will be installed outside the Grand Theatre this summer by the Boy Scouts. It's a great way to leave a lasting legacy. Your custom engraved brick could be used to remember a loved one, express gratitude, honor someone or celebrate a person or business. A 4"x8" brick is $60 and a 8"x8" is $100. To purchase a brick, call the Theatre Guild at 715-832-7529 or go to

World Belly Dance Day Sat, May 10 • 2pm to 5pm Held at the Grand Theatre

A day of celebration of women and belly dancing. This event is free, open to the public and family friendly! There will be belly dance lessons in various styles including fusion, bollywood, ATS, Egyptian and choreography. Enjoy a performance, live music, drumming with Terrence Kern and drawings for wonderful prizes. ALL proceeds will benefit the Bolton Refuge House for Women and Children. Come Join The Fun!

Save the Dates! August 2

Summer Fest and Family Night in the Park

September 20

International Fall Festival

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Saturdays in May 7:30am to 1pm Phoenix Park Downtown Eau Claire


Just a stroll across the bridge from downtown!

WEST GRAND AVENUE eau claire is a town of neighborhoods, and one of the best is the collection of truly "neighborly" shops found on West grand avenue! if you're looking for excellent food, exquisite jewelry, wonderful gifts and much more... this is the place. and don’t forget about the grand little theatre... it’s home to the chippewa Valley theatre guild.



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Sat, April 19 • 2pm Join us at the corner of 1st ave and west Grand ave

FIRST FRIDA YS Participating bu sinesses in Downtown Ea u Claire will remain op en later with special events including art, music, prom otions, sales and lots of fun!

A non-profit event in the name of old-fashioned fun! Sponsored by That’s Adorable Children’s Boutique, Eclectica on Grand, 4 Seasons Florist, Randall Park Neighborhood and the West Grand Business District.


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got milK? you bEt! By Charlie Schaaf

For over a century many of our streets echoed with the soft and somehow very welcoming tinkle of the bell from the “milkman and his truck.� Before the era of the truck there was the milkman in a horse-pulled milk delivery wagon. usually painted white (the wagon that is...) and spotlessly clean. For you see, the milk and dairy industry had blossomed after the Civil War and milk was now an absolute necessity on millions of tables around the world. And it needed to be fresh!


Bonnie Brae Dairy submitted by Sarah Curtis and John Curtis from Eclectica on Grand and River Trader Antiques in historic Downtown Eau Claire

The little glass bottles clinked, the horses seemed to know the way and the friendly milkman was respected by all. He pulled up in front of the homes early in the morning, delivered the glass bottles, picked up his coins (usually set out in a neat little pile... to the exact penny) and continued to the next house. Local fresh milk and a routine that may have lasted for over 50 years. As the milk wagon/truck backed up, the little bell rang again. The world was safe, and so was the milk delivery industry... until the era of the supermarket and

the big plastic bottle staring out at you from the refrigerator shelf. I remember my milkman, Pat. It was after the war (WWII... the big one). He had a kind of rounded little white truck, a friendly cow painted on the side and a perpetual smile on his face. I usually heard the bell at about 7am. The two quart bottles were left in our little wooden milk box, and the coins were neatly stacked in a Carnation evaporated milk can by my Dad. Pat was a family friend and his visit many times featured homemade cookies or candy. His milk delivery route went on until about my high school graduation and then, almost overnight the milkman's bell rang for its last time. Progress turned a page again. But Pat is safe in my memory... along with the coins stacked up in the can and the milk bottle with cream on top just waiting for the boy (me) to open. Memories are indeed wonderful.


Photo courtesy of chippewa valley Museum

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durand creamery circa 1920

Elmer olson Pepin county Historical Society Photo collection

Kasson, MN

Photo courtesy of dunn county Historical Society

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Gardening is something everyone can participate in! And you don’t have to have a lot of acreage or experience to grow plenty of your own incredible produce. The friendly folks at your local greenhouse or seed shop are always happy to help you find the perfect plants to fit your needs and space! If you do have a little plot of land to spare, consider putting in a small raised garden bed. You don’t need any heavy equipment or special machinery to tend it. There are plenty of great tutorials available on the internet, but the basic steps are to set up a wooden border however big you would like your plot, fill it with soil and compost, and plant in it. It is low mess and easier on your back since you won’t need to bend over as far. Many people enjoy weeding and harvesting while sitting right on the raised bed!

Your sidewalk, entryway or back porch is a great place to grow plants that are not only beautiful but can also provide food. Lacinato Kale is a stunning blue green color and can grow up to two feet tall. Planted in a row it will make a great backdrop plant and the leaves will still be vibrant when everything else is turning brown. And kale can be eaten at any stage of its growth. Beans are another plant that produces beautiful foliage as well as flowers. The

“pole” variety will climb up your trellis or porch. Bush varieties will stay one or two feet tall and resemble a small bush. Any of the “scarlet” varieties produce deep red-purple flowers that will later turn into green beans. Also consider giant beautiful sunflowers for a south facing area and collect their seeds for eating in the fall. Herbs can be a beautiful addition to your yard, and many of them are perennials that will stick around for years with little effort. Mint, lavender, thyme, and oregano are all great choices. And don’t forget chives- they spring up with beautiful purple snowball flowers in summer and can be used in your kitchen all season!

If you have enough room for a potted plant, you can grow your own vegetables. There are many varieties of tomatoes that are well adapted to growing in containers and will provide you with a bounty of juicy red fruits come summer time. Lettuce is another easy plant to grow, requires a small pot, and will turn into salad greens in only a short time. With only a small amount of space and a little bit of creativity, you can turn the landscape around your home into something that not only looks beautiful, but will provide you with fresh produce in the summer.

Check out for more ideas!

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here & There In eau claire

Molly’s Mercantile

Down To EarTH garden Center in Eau Claire

Not only do they have unique plants that you won’t find anywhere else, they have an incredibly fun-to-browse shop next to the greenhouses. Inside you will find the café, serving blended coffee drinks, soups, sandwiches, salads and cracker crust pizzas. And you can’t help but notice the impressive case of chocolate goodies. enjoy your lunch inside or out amongst the gorgeous gardens. Down to earth’s Country store has such a unique collection of items. Besides being a great place to find all your gardening needs including seeds, tools, soil and fertilizers, they offer "back to the basic" living products. rustic but modern, and most importantly an enjoyable place to shop!

growing farm in Cadott Take a drive down Highway 29 to Cadott and visit their Growing Farm on the weekends. (May 2nd through June 6th.) Here you will find over 20,000 perennials along with veggies, pumpkins and hanging baskets. For more information visit

Dress up for spring and summer with florals and greens. Create a warm mood in your home with a soy candle and a variety of melts. Old screen doors, windows and barn boards...a great accent to any garden.

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2807 e Hamilton ave • eau claire, Wi • 715-839-8535 Mon thru Fri 10-6 • sat 10-5 • sun 12-4 • email:

Visit our website for events, classes, little sprouts Club and more!

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A Little Gardening Advice From The Greenhouse Gals

The greenhouse gals at Out to Laurie’s are always willing to give helpful advice to make your summer plants beautiful. Here are some tried and true gardening tips from our gardens to yours. Your plants need to be watered every day first thing in the morning. Many of us rise and shine better with a cup of coffee, so while we are fueling up to start our day enjoy that cup of coffee while you water your plants. The plants will use the water and the sun’s energy to grow beautifully all day long.


The most difficult thing to do with your flowering plants is to trim them back. We know how hard it is to snip off those beautiful blooms but it must be done. Think how much better your hair looks after a good haircut. Plants will grow faster and thicker if they have a good clean cut to grow from. Get out those scissors and snip away!


Use a good fertilizer once a week on all your plants. Many fertilizers come already premixed and you can attach them right to your hose for easy weekly maintainence. Our bodies need a well balanced diet to do their best. Fertilizer is a well balanced diet for plants. Use a fertilizer that cares equally for the roots, plant, and the blooms. After your plants are established you can also use a bloom booster to increase the number of blooms.


A good rule of thumb for all of us is to be flexible. Watch your potted plants and be willing to move them to get what they need. Ask yourself, Are they getting enough sun, too much sun? Enough water, too much water? They will let you know if they are uncomfortable and need a change. Take good care of your investment and enjoy it all summer long.


Call us or visit our website for more information. 715-835-0140

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it’s a Family tradition!

A Perfect Spring Destination! By Charlie Schaaf Certain words just call to mind certain experiences... and for decades, May's Floral Garden meant the very best of "growing and greenhouse experiences!" And now, with the opening of their new, beautiful huge garden center and floral showroom, they have made the gardening experience even more unforgettable. You can loose yourself in the thousands of beautiful plants, get some of the best of caring advise and choose from everything from blooming baskets and yard accents to exquisite jewelry and one-of-a kind finds! May's means gardening and the new garden center is absolutely a delight. Caring people, awesome flowers, plants and so very much more. Discover the MAY's MAGIC today!

Every family has its spicy little secrets. we spread ours all over town!

come on over! try our BroaStEd cHickEn

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715-831-1300 SaMMy'S PuB 5tH QuartEr

(Located in Back of Sammy’s Pizza)


easTer sUNDay is always the sUNDay after the full moon that occurs on... or... after the sPriNg eQUiNOX on March 21st. The full moon may happen on aNy DaTe from March 21st... to april 18th inclusive. if the full moon falls on a sunday, easter sunday is the sunday following. But easter sunday cannot be earlier than MarcH 22nd, nor later than aPriL 25th. Thoughts by charlie schaaf

here & There In eau claire Stop In And Discover Our NEW Garden Center Today!


3424 Jeffers Rd • Eau Claire, WI • 715-836-8220 Monday thru Saturday 8am to 6pm • Sunday 11am to 5pm

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Green Planet Rain Barrels Reuse-Renew-Repurpose-Recycle

Green Planet Rain Barrels is a family-owned business specializing in creating unique uses for reclaimed wooden wine barrels. They are local and part of the community, focusing on sustainability through recycle-reuse-renew-repurpose.

A message from Fanny Hill Yes, there have been a few changes at Fanny Hill and many tears shed as we end our 35 year Dinner Theatre run. However, wise people tell me that when one door closes another opens. We are in the midst of some exciting changes. We are starting expansion and changes in our theater to make available a new banquet room with outdoor access to our front veranda. Since we will be keeping the stage, there is an opportunity for local community groups and groups passing through the area to use it for their performances.

Their main product is repurposed rain barrels, made from all-natural, hand constructed, recycled, high quality, solid American and French Oak wine barrels from California. Besides being fully functional, these have old world charming and will add to the ambiance of your landscape. They're the same type of rain barrels that your grandparents used when they harvested water for their gardens, their laundry and washing their hair. See what nostalgia you encounter when you ask them about this!

For many, the only time they have been at Fanny Hill is for the theater. However, our steak, seafood and beautifully prepared dishes served in one of our dining rooms are well worth the five minute drive outside the city limits, or even better, stay in one of our beautiful Victorian Inn rooms. They are cozy and warm in the winter and alive and beautiful in the summer!

Rain barrels help reduce peak water demands during the summer months and is a free alternative to city water. The added bonus is that it pays for itself.

Our summer deck music is being booked as we speak, with many of your favorites and some new local names sprinkled in. Look for our specialty wine dinners, theme nights and a fresh spring menu. I heard a rumor of popovers...

Mother Nature's rainwater can actually help improve the health of your gardens and trees. It is naturally "soft" and devoid of minerals, chlorine and other chemicals.

Here & There In Eau Claire See page 6

Did You Know...

Collected rainwater is excellent and less harsh for washing your car. Use rainwater to bathe your pet. You'll love the softness of his/her coat. Animals are healthier when they always drink pure pH-balanced rainwater. Using rain barrels helps reduce stress on well pumps and wells for those not having city water. Harvesting rain helps to reduce storm water runoff to our beautiful lakes and streams.

Join us for the 10th Annual Xcel Energy Kids Expo on Sunday, April 6th from 11am to 4pm! Get in on all the excitement and enjoy activities including huge inflatables, DJ entertainment, performances, family marketplace, face painting, games, prizes and much more family fun! Come on out for the Largest Kids Event in Western Wisconsin!!! 26 | Eau Claire | | Signs of Spring 2014

Just a half inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof yields 300 gallons of water, and that's only during one rainfall! See Front Inside Cover for more information.

All-Day Summer Care on a Working Ranch More Fun & Less Cost Than Most Day Cares June thru August 7:30am to 5:30pm • Monday thru Friday Enjoy Horses, Fishing, Games, Crafts, Sports, Field Trips, Bible Stories & More!

For Kids 7 to 12 Years Just $140 per week!

Space Is Limited! The Learning, Fun & Games In And Out Of The Saddle Are Unmatched Anywhere!

For kids ages 6 and up $325 per camp


Other Trinity Programs Available: Boarding • Training • Lessons • Horse Camps Equine Therapies & More!

S5300 State Road 37 • Eau Claire, WI Just 4 Miles South of Eau Claire on Highway 37

715-835-4530 • Trinity Equestrian Center Kids Kamp, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization

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s & h Green stamps a '50� & '60� ico� � sa�ing� By Charlie Schaaf

Hoo BoY! It was sunday evening and it was "stamp Night"... as my father called it. He had already set up the fun card table and three folding chairs. My mother got the shoe box of s & H Green stamps together and put it on the metal TV table next to the card table. There was a plastic bowl for the loose onesies, twosies and threesies stamps and a damp sponge in a smaller bowl (to save your tongue). Mom had popcorn popping and dad may have opened a can of beer. Marlin Perkins and Wild Kingdom were on... and the fun began! First you counted the completed and filled books of Green stamps. Then you put the loose stamps into the empty books. And finally, you would glue all the onesies and twosies in the book (hence the sponge). The drill was simple and he who had the most filled books won! The popcorn was eaten, the beer disappeared and Marlin headed into the sunset. Many times we would have several dozen filled books. For you see, the stamps were given out by participating supermarkets, gas stations, drug stores (and more) and were premiums for shopping at the participating store. It was a great idea and soon the Green stamps were joined by Gold Bond stamps, Plaid stamps and many others... and all in different colors. The whole deal did tend to make one loyal to that color stamp and particular grocery store. The little books of stamps are gone, and my fondue set, that we earned, is long lost. But, for one little slice of the past, there will always be memories of those little Green stamps. NOTES FROM LORI SCHMIDT... In my own survey I found out that most people picked out items from the rewards catalogue. They ordered cookbooks, clocks, silverware, hand towels, gardening tools and so much more. My husband remembers collecting red stamps from the CO-OP in Eau Claire (see page 18) and thinks he turned completed books in for dollar bills. My mom called them Schuster's stamps (from a department store in Milwaukee) and remembers her mom getting a wood folding card table. My aunt's friend lived in California and they actually had a S&H Store where they shopped to pick out their treasures... including a floor scrubber, silver candle holders and silver plates. My friend Shelly remembers the fun of steaming the stamps over a tea kettle to get apart the ones that accidentally stuck together. She also thought it was fun to rummage through old purses and boxes to find just a few more stamps to finish the book!

Savings Books and Stamps Submitted by Sarah curtis and John curtis from Eclectica on Grand and river trader antiques in Historic downtown Eau claire

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a venture down highway 85



Annuals • Perennials • Hanging Baskets Container Gardens • Trees & Shrubs Garden Seeds • Vegetable Plants • Herbs Earth Friendly Fertilizers & Pest Control Products Native Plants & Much More! OPEN HOUSE APRIL 26 & 27

Healthy plants and friendly knowledgeable service... that’s what you’ll find when you drive over to Fryszki’s Country Gardens... just a short nine miles southwest of Eau Claire, or eighteen miles from Durand. Wind up in the heart of Caryville, where you’ll meet Faye Ryszklewicz. Faye brings several years of experience to the Chippewa Valley offering you quality plants, quality advice and quality service! As an added bonus, they also sell made-from-scratch treats created by her daughter, Monica, at her restaurant, Moneatza's Eats & Treats, located in Banbury Place, Eau Claire.

A Step Back...


ENJOY DELICIOUS Made-From-Scratch Cookies & Cheesecakes By Moneatza's Eats & Treats

Located in the Heart of Caryville N1956 St Rd 85 • Eau Claire • 715-835-8743 Mon thru Sat 9am to 7pm • Sun Noon to 6pm

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lake altoona

Lake Altoona is located just north of the city and offers easy access to fishing, boating, canoeing and all the fun stuff you can do in the water. stop back at the park in summer for a swim at the beach and enjoy a performance by the eau Claire ski sprites. Directions to the Park... Take US HWY 53 north, exit at River Prairie Drive (Exit #89) and turn right (east), turn right at yield sign onto 10th Street West, turn left onto Lake Road, then left onto Park Road and left again onto Beach Road to the park entrance. Watch for signs and remember to purchase a parking pass.


WATCH FOR CINDER CITY DAYS IN JUNE In 1880, the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway chose a site for their new terminal in what is now Altoona. The first depot was completed the following year and the railroad became the community’s focal point for growth. In 1887, Altoona became the smallest city in the United States!

Discover the lake Road Trail in Altoona!

For more info...


eau claire county uW-extension 227 First St W • Altoona, WI • 715-839-4712

And as the railroad grew, so did Altoona. With the railroad came other businesses: hotels, restaurants, general stores, blacksmith shops, a newspaper, a drugstore, flour mills, livery stables, theatres and a barber shop. From population of 721 in 1900, Altoona has grown to over 6900 residents!

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thank you

Discover The Shed in Altoona!

to all of the Hidden Treasures readers that joined us for our ...

fifth Annual

We had groups in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Altoona, Augusta, Mondovi, Durand, Bloomer and Ladysmith... spreading the cheer one carol at a time! Good times and most importantly good memories were created for both young and old. Happy faces peered out of front doors and upstairs windows and people joined us along the way! Some caroled in town, some at nursing homes and there were even hot chocolate and treats!

Walk inside and you'll find many, many booths, tables and cubbies filled with everything from antiques and collectibles to primitives and crafts. There's new merchandise from liquidations and closeouts too! It's an interesting collection... a little something for everyone. Weekends offer an added bonus with flea markets, both indoor and out. (Google "The Shed Altoona" for the latest listings.) This spring be sure to discover the variety of creative and beautiful items, both old and new... all under one roof at The Shed. They're open every day and located at the corner Highway 12 and Mayer Road, just east of Altoona.

Lots Of Garden Goodies From Garden Art to Rakes & Shovels!

Over 40 Vendors Under One Roof!

antiques collectibles PrimItives liquidations amish candy

join us in December!

If you would like to start a Hometown Caroling night in your town, Hidden Treasures has a starter kit to help you on your way. We would love to create a national Hometown Caroling campaign... and just think it's all starting right here in the Chippewa Valley. For More Info Contact Lori AT 715-835-0611 or email :

FLEA MARKET EVERY WEEKEND Take a tour... google "the shed altoona" 1519 Mayer Rd • Corner of Hwy 12 / Mayer Rd (Cty Hwy AA) Just East of Altoona

Open Mon thru Thur 10 to 5:30 • Fri and Sat 9 to 5:30 • Sun 11 to 5

ED: 715-832-8585 • Email:


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connecting People With nature

Fall cReeK historical museum

built in historic randall Park on highway 12, the museum houses many items relating to the history of Fall creek... including the old jail which dates from before 1906. a smaller building features old time kitchen and wash house artifacts.

cake & ice creaM social Friday, June 6 6pm to 8pm Pie & ice creaM social sunday, June 22 12pm to 3pm During the Parade

BEAvEr CrEEK rESErvE is an interpretive center in Fall Creek dedicated to connecting people with nature. The reserve provides programs, activities and experiNEW & USED RECURVES & LONG BOWS ences to help people of all ages explore, discover, learn and share the magic and mysteries of the natural world AIM DON ASH • 715-877-2598 in the Chippewa acre reserve is operated 1210 RIVERVIEW DR • FALL CREEK, WI RAGUMValley. The 360 by eau Claire County and encompasses three unique facilities: eau Claire County Youth Camp, Wise Nature Center and Hobbs observatory.


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Menge house is noW oPen! cake & ice creaM social Friday, July 11 6pm to 8pm

JuNe • July • AuGuSt Will be oPen on saturDays & sunDays 1PM to 4PM Tours Available Anytime By Appointment 715-877-2850

cake & ice creaM social Friday, august 1 6pm to 8pm Bring whatever you collect to show and tell!


A little step Back in time At Kristi's Sweets & Treats In Fall creek

antiques aPPraisal Watch for fall date to be announced. Fall Creek Village Hall • 715-877-2177

Retro-candy • specialty chocolates • ice cream • coffees • Unique Gifts • soups & sandwiches

deli · Ice cream Parlor · candy Store 129 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek, WI • 715-877-1386 Open Monday thru Saturday 11am to 6pm 32 | Fall Creek • Highway 12 | | Signs of Spring 2014



Spring Is On Its Way... And Weaver’s Country Store Is Ready! By Crystal Schmidt

Spring brings many events that most people look forward to - the snow melting, grass and flowers starting to poke through the brown earth, and of course Easter and Mother’s Day.

This year, celebrate the spring thaw with Weaver’s! Weaver’s always has a great candy selection for your Easter baskets, as well as helping you prepare for your Easter dinner. Their big bags of frozen vegetables (many organic) are a great way to feed a crowd. The spices, dry goods, and baking supplies will make your Easter cooking and baking a breeze. And you can impress your dinner guests with the incredible taste of Amish-style roll butter fresh from the dairy and local eggs. They also have a wonderful selection of frozen ready-to-bake doughs including, breads, rolls, pies and pastries!

Weaver’s has the most gorgeous hanging flower baskets every year just in time for Mother’s day. You will be shocked at the great quality and low price! Instead of a bouquet of flowers that will only last a week, consider a hanging basket that she can enjoy through the summer! Looking for a more unique and personalized Mother’s Day gift? Consider an assortment of her favorite foods from Weaver’s. How about a collection of new spices? A big bottle of Pure Vanilla Extract is a welcomed gift for anyone who loves to bake. Chocolate-covered coffee beans and Weaver’s own cashew brittle also make fun and thoughtful gifts. Weaver's is known as a "bulk food" store, but don’t be fooled by this... they have many different size packages, and everything is available in an economical size.

Quality Locally Grown Hanging Flower Baskets Maintenance Free Locally Crafted Polywood Lawn Furniture

take a step back in time!

Kendra & Co. Primitives • Country Antiques Rusty Junk

Bulk Foods galore!

2014 monthly sale dates Open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10am to 5pm on the following dates...

April 30-May 3 • May 21-24 June 11-14 • July 11-12 • July 23-26 August 13-16 • September 10-13 October 1-4 • October 22-25 November 12-15

E13502 Cty Rd AF • Fall Creek, WI

715-214-8173 Take Hwy 12 one mile past Fall Creek and turn right at Weaver's Country Store onto Green Meadow Rd. Turn right on Cty Rd AF, we're the first farm on the right. Watch for signs!

Exotic & Traditional Spices • Pastas Whole Grains • Dried Fruits & Nuts • Pie Fillings Wisconsin Cheeses • Pennsylvania Dutch Meats Frozen Fruits & Vegetables • Frozen Doughs Baking Supplies • Snacks • Soup Mixes Regular & Organic Milk • Coffee & Coffee Beans Regular & Sugar-Free Candies Homemade Soaps • Rada Cutlery • Housewares Electric or Hand Crank Grain Mills

Huge Selection Of Gluten-Free Items!

Now Available... 1 Mile East of Fall Creek or

Wonder 8 Miles West of Augusta on Highway 12 Wonder Mills 715-877-2020 Mills

Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm • Sat 8:30am-5pm • Closed Sundays

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Only a 20 minute drive from Eau Claire, east on Highway 12, you’ll find the small charming community of Augusta. It’s home to the Amish, great shops, home-style restaurants, the Henning Art Gallery and Sleigh & Carriage Museum and the Dells Mill Water Powered Museum. Discover Coon Fork Park, Harstad Park and Lake Eau Claire Park... all nestled near Augusta where you’ll enjoy plenty of opportunity to boat, fish, hunt and camp. Join us in JulY beAn & b Acon dA Ys p

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PUBLIC RESTROOMS AND VISITOR INFORMATION Augusta City Hall on Lincoln Street (Hwy 12) • 715-286-2555

Augusta Meats & Catering Offering Only The Best! It’s business as usual at Augusta Meats and Catering... but now under new ownership. ralph and Kathy Knuth are still offering the same great service and selection that you have come accustomed to... or really should get to know! (ralph was employed at Augusta Meats prior to his purchase, and has been a butcher for over 25 years.) The fresh meat and cheese counter is just that. You’ll find some of the tastiest meat in the Chippewa Valley. Delicious pork chops, steaks and roasts along with beef steaks, roasts and ground beef fill the glass showcase. A personal favorite of ours are the hot dogs and smoked sausage! The freezer is stocked with many items including 16 different flavors of bratwursts, along with so many other cuts of meat. The tall cooler is devoted to cheese, beef sticks and sausage including their famous cranberry summer sausage... a must have! And don’t forget, meat processing services are available for your venison, beef and pork. If you love to feed the birds, they also offer suet at a great price. If you stop in over the lunch hour you’re in for a real treat. You can enjoy one of their tasty lunch specials... and they’re oNLY $5. From pork cutlets and mashed potatoes, prime rib sandwiches, scalloped potatoes and ham to spaghetti, liver and onions and their famous brat plate... you won’t be disappointed. The menu comes out on Monday and does change weekly. Hope to see you in Augusta!

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825 Industrial Drive • Augusta, WI • 715-286-2920

Monday thru Friday 10:30am to 1pm

Open Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 8am to Noon

Dine In or Take Out

From Highway 12 (just east of downtown Augusta), turn South on Ted Anderson Drive (by the Fire Ranger Bear) and follow the road towards the water tower

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Hike • fish • picnic

Tucked Away in Augusta... canoe • camp • swim A Wee Place Of Distinctive Art! Coon Fork Park

is a wilderness park east of the city of Augusta. From Augusta go 1 mile east on US HWY 12 then left onto Cty Hwy CF 5 miles to the park. The park is approximately 30 miles from Eau Claire.

Nestled in its own valley just two miles north of Augusta, you’ll find the Henning Art Gallery, Sleigh & Carriage Museum. The gallery mainly displays draft horse artwork... original paintings and limited edition prints by Rozan Henning. All are displayed among nine different antique sleighs and cutters plus three buggies.

Harstad Park

overlooks the Eau Claire River. From Augusta take US HWY 12 west 2 miles and turn right onto Cty Hwy AF for 3 miles to Cty Hwy HHH then 1/4 miles to the park entrance.

Lake Eau Claire Park is on the west end of Lake Eau Claire.

Take US HWY 12 north of Augusta about 5 miles to Cty Hwy SD, turn right and go 1/4 miles to the park. For More Information, Contact:

Agricultural & Resource Center 715-839-4738

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Rozan has been drawing since she was five, began to paint oils in high school and switched to acrylics in the mid-70s. Many of her ideas for paintings come from what her grandmother and others have told her about life on the farm in the early 1900s, of the hardships and rewards. She tries to pass this feeling on through her work. Sometimes it takes months, even years, to get a painting started, to fit the idea in mind. Although well known for her horse drawn sleigh art, she also offers art featuring flowers and children, displayed in the Victorian Room. From this room you can look through a pair of French doors and peek into her corner studio and see what new painting is being worked on. Rozan’s country gallery is on a working dairy farm and she encourages anyone who wants to come and visit, PLEASE call ahead so she can be there to greet you.

Crossroads Closet

Original Paintings • S/N Prints • Greeting Cards • Gifts

Second Hand Clothing • Household • Collectibles

131 S Stone St • Augusta, WI One Block From The Wood Shed


Rozan Henning • E 21001 Henning Rd • Augusta WI 54722 715-286-2464 • By Appointment or Chance

Open Five Days A Week

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Sidetrip By Lori Schmidt Take a little ride just east of Augusta and discover the sweet little Amish “bent and dent” grocery store tucked away in the valley. You never know what you’ll find each time you visit! Of course... canned goods that have dents, but there's close-out items and more. The prices are great! Last time we were there we brought home a huge box full of groceries including a jar of Mario Batali spaghetti sauce for $1.25. (It actually retails for $8.59). What a savings and what a delicious meal! It’s fun to scope the shelves for high-end and organic products... from fire-roasted tomatoes to delicious dark chocolates. An added bonus is fresh baked Amish goods on Fridays and Saturdays. Cookies, angel food cakes, pies, hand-cut noodles, breads... just waiting for you to enjoy. While you are there, peek out back and venture over to the wood shop where you’ll find some of the most beautiful hand crafted tables, bedrooms sets and chairs.

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Just south of here (Eau Claire, that is) is a whole line of friendly and interesting towns. You'll discover osseo, then picturesque struM and eleVa, next comes MonDoVi and, just a bit further, DuranD. These are all busy Wisconsin towns with much to offer. The Scandinavian heritage is strong and don't be surprised if you see a "Norwegian" flag or two! Make it a day of discovery along Highway 10. An added treat is a visit to augusta. Go ahead! New places. New sites. New shopping experiences. And, most importantly, new friends! go For it!

Artists, Gary and Patty have always loved to create and develop their ideas into form. The most rewarding part of what they do, Patty states, is “watching someone pick up something I made and want to display it in their home.” Traveling around Wisconsin and Minnesota for the past six years, attending shows with other talented artists has allowed them to share their art with many people and bring their dreams to life.

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Gary is a wood-turner, specializing in unique and extremely detailed pieces that are both decorative and functional. He loves to create bowls, urns, vases, and wood display pieces in many sizes and price ranges you won’t find anything else like Gary’s work! Patty is a fiber artist who loves creating one-of-a-kind rugs, both woven and tooled, with everything from wool, to cotton and up-cycled fabrics. using hand stitching, felting and painting, her love of fibers and textures also crosses over to wall hangings and framed art. Patty has an eye for great colors and interesting patterns with amazing detail. Please join Gary and Patty for the 6th Avenue Art open House spring show & sale on saturday, May 10th from 10am to 5pm and sunday, May 11th from 11am to 4pm. A great way to kick off your springtime adventures! Much more than a “craft show,” Gary and Patty are true artists and their unique, quality, handmade items won’t disappoint.


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reuse + recycle = rag Rug

make it today! By Patty Fassino

Toothbrush Rag Rugs are one of the quickest and least expensive ways of rug making. And it's easy to learn! You don't have to have any knowledge of crocheting, knitting or any of that other stuff to do this. They're called Toothbrush Rag Rugs because they were originally made with an old toothbrush handle. The bristles were removed and the end made into a point. The old toothbrushes had a hole on the end... so it became a large needle! Some people compare this to the Norwegian technique called nalbinding. You use strips of fabric and make a series of knots... sort of like a blanket stitch. In some ways making a Toothbrush Rag Rug is recycling because one of the favorite materials for rug makers is old bed sheets. I have seen them made with everything from old wool suit jackets and jeans to plastic bags. There isn't any actual sewing with a needle or thread, the strips are joined together by looping them through slits on the end. Easy and fun!

Toothbrush rag Rug

Classes In Strum By Appointment Groups Welcome

$20 Per Person (Includes Tool) Contact Patty for more details!

Call: 715-695-2957 or Email:

o s s e o • St r u m • e l e va • m o n d ov i Thank You...

to all the people and businesses who helped make the 10th Annual Historical Keepsake Guide possible. Your contribution of time, talent and photos make this issue a truly dynamic collection. Thanks for making our history come alive!

o s s e o • St r u m • e l e va • m o n d ov i The Eleva Broiler Festival is on May 30th thru June 1st. During these three days thousands of people will feast on charcoal chicken and join in the spirit of the small town festivities. From parades and live music to tractor pulls and tournaments, there’s something for everyone. Don't forget to walk over the bridge and check out the History Museum!


Pammy K’s Cafe & Custom Catering Look out your window, what do you see? Tulips, robins, green grass, buds on the trees. Sweet smells of spring are in the air, signs are present everywhere. Pammy K’s Cafe decorated so prettily. Charming spring scenes fill her space. You’ll be glad you came to try her place. Wonderful The Cafe is now open Friday and Thursdays ‘till 8pm. Fish Fry A great deal you’ll receive! Two kids eat free with any adult entree, great food, good service Open Serving at Pammy K’s Cafe. Mother’s Senior Seniors Take Note: Day Meals Dinner available at discounts and Lots of Mon thru Thur 11 to 12 one-half portions available. Great All Counties Free coffee with dinners Specials Welcome! on Friday and Sundays. Conference Room available next door for your banquets, meetings, birthdays and anniversaries, etc. Give us a call for bookings and information. (715-287-3226)

Closed Cafe Hours: Easter Mon, Tue & Wed 6am to 3pm Sunday Thur & Fri 6am to 8pm Sat 6am to 3pm • Sun 7:30am to 2pm

Thanks much for your support!

Happy Easter & Happy Spring

Pammy K 26126 Mondovi Street Downtown Eleva, WI

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Pammy K's In Eleva By Charlie Schaaf

Discover the Fun!

Lots of great events are taking place in Eleva this spring... make sure to mark them on your calendars. Enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th at Schultz's Country Barn. Great family fun starts here at 11am!

One of the real "Hidden Treasures" is Eleva's "Pammy K's." This little restaurant is a real gem of a place. When a friend and I paid a visit last spring we did not know what to expect but as we walked up to the cafe we immediately noticed the Easter decorations and many nice country touches on the outside. It really seemed to want to make friends with you and it did. It is not a huge place put it has all the right mix of ingredients. Friendly and enthusiastic help, down home "cottage-like" decor and most important of all, a group of five or six locals who were there enjoying themselves hugely. We had the special of the morning and it was actually superb. Kind of an "everything skillet" that was actually...everything. The sun streamed in and the patrons did too. It was a very nice dining experience and I recommend it highly. Oh, and as an added bonus the price was right! Pammy K's is a winner. Put it into your next breakfast outing and you will be glad you did! Eating out should be a special time and at Eleva's "Pammy K's" it is!



Discover bargain shopping on April 26th during the Eleva City-Wide Thrift Sales. Be sure to pick up a map in town! At Schultz's they might have lots of bargains up in their heated hay loft, food and bathrooms too, unless they book a wedding... so call first.

Save the Date... 100th Anniversary Celebration of

the Schultz's Country Barn on Saturday, August 2nd. Live music by Ryan Herman, delicious charcoal chicken, friendly hosts and beautiful surroundings... should be a fun time for all!

o s s e o • St r u m • e l e va • m o n d ov i Schultz’s Country Barn Farm Setting • A Place to Bring the Family

A Mixture Of Old & New YEAR 'ROUND GIFT SHOP april 19: Easter Egg Hunt & Meet the Easter Bunny (11am to 1pm) April 26: Thrift Sale In Our Heated Hay Loft (Tentative) August 2: 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Schultz Barn! Sept 13: Corn Maze Opens • Oct 26: Trick or Treat (Kid's Maze)

Check website for more details!

50996 N Main St • Eleva • 715-287-4684 Jan thru March • Open Fri and Sat 10am to 5pm April thru August • Tues thru Sat 10am to 5pm Closed Sun and Mon plus May 31 Ask About Our Loft Rental For Weddings & Parties!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Back in Fall... Corn Maze • Pumpkins Schultz’s Stop Squash • Gourds • Corn Shocks • Indian Corn

Pumpkin Patch

Hay Bales • Fall & Halloween Arts • Wagon Rides

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hixton Oh hello Hidden Treasure readers! You just caught me being silly again. (I didn't realize anyone was watching! Oops!) Allow me to introduce myself... I am a sock monkey... an American classic and surely a hidden treasure myself! What is a sock monkey you may ask? Sock monkeys, like myself, originated during the Great Depression from a pair of Rockford Red Heel socks made at the Nelson Knitting Factory in Rockford, Illinois. This is considered the birthplace of the sock monkey clan and the beginning of our heritage. There was even an Order of Episcopal Nuns in Wisconsin that made dolls like me as a fund raiser during holidays in the decades of the 40s and 50s.

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Gathje’s Greenhouse opens March 20 Open House April 25-27

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(Second Full Weekend of the Month) May 10&11 • June 14&15 • July 12&13 Aug 9&10 • Sept 13&14 • Oct 11&12 Open at 8am • Next to Hixton Antique Mall Free Parking • Antiques • Collectibles Vendors... Call 715-963-3500

Hixton+ antiques

=day trip! Monkey dolls like me are known around the world and are collected and loved by many great people who provide us wonderful homes after our adoptions. We can be eccentric at times, silly, fun, wild, bizarre, adventurous, creative, funky, and most importantly, a best friend. We have real big hearts and give unconditional love. We are very low maintenance, plus, we don't eat, so do not add to your food budget. (We do like a little banana or some peanuts once in a while for a snack though.) Although, humans will never know what mischief monkeys get in to while they are away (hee hee)! Many even believe that we are good luck charms. Some of us like to travel and be curious, (especially to visit the wonderful places and stores that I read about in Hidden Treasures), while others prefer to just relax at home and observe the humans. Would you like to order and adopt a wonderful hand-crafted-with-love monkey friend? They make wonderful gifts! Monkeys can be dressed however you would like! Custom orders being taken now or purchase already completed monkeys by email: or by calling 715-279-4933. 40 | Hixton | | Signs of Spring 2014

in Stop Back for Summerand in s Blueberrie pples at Fall for A chard! Cain's Or 36 Miles From Eau Claire • 47 Miles From Chippewa Falls 65 Miles From Menomonie

Gathje’s Greenhouse

Can You Smell the Dirt?

Just three miles north of Hixton on Cty Rd FF, the Gathje family has been growing plants since 1978. Gathje‘s Greenhouse started out small by Jim’s father with a few plants and a tin can. You know... the self-service honor system can. Today Jim and his wife Joan, along with help from their children, yep family run for three generations, offers you 10 inviting greenhouses (that’s 1/2 acre under cover) with over 1000 varieties of plants, including 3000 hanging baskets. They germinate nearly 750,000 of their very own seeds and offer over 100 varieties of vegetable and herb plants as well. So... if you couple that with their bulk and packet seed offerings you have a very nice selection for vegetable gardeners. The Gathjes passionately love growing high quality plants at reasonable prices. They’ve been called one of the best kept secrets in the state and people drive from all over, even as far as Illinois for their springtime planting needs. The Gathjes grow mostly annuals and perennials, but do offer a variety of flowering shrubs, rose bushes, grape and raspberry plants and much more. They’re not "florists," but they enjoy designing custom pots and offer Memorial Day planters and Easter lilies. Gathje's Greenhouse always opens around the first day of spring, this year on March 20th. They invite you to "Come and smell the dirt... it smells alive!" It’s a great time to feel the extra warmth of the springtime sunshine in one of their greenhouses, see what’s growing and purchase your bulk seeds. Everything will be set and ready to go by their Open House on April 25th, 26th and 27th... a weekend to win door prizes, enjoy cookies and coffee and most importantly discover some of the nicest people in the Chippewa Valley who “know a little bit about a lot of stuff” and can certainly help you get growing this spring.




715-963-3500 Open 7 days a week 10 to 5

One Block off Main Street in the Old High School

The Village Peddler of Hixton ANTIQUES Plus More We Buy One Item Or Entire Estates

124 E Main St • Hixton • 715-963-2202 Open Seven Days A Week Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 Noon to 5pm

Growers Of The Largest Selection Of Spring Plants In The Area! High Quality • Competitive Pricing

N9514 Cty Rd FF • Hixton • 715-963-3909

Three Day Spring Open House Fri, April 25 • Sat, April 26 Sun, April 27 Free Refreshments And Prizes Each Day!

March 20 thru April 24 • 8am to 4:30pm • Mon thru Sat (Sundays if Warm Weather Permits) New Hours Starting April 25th... 8am to 7pm • 7 Days A Week

Geranium Planters • Bulk & Packet Garden Seed • Seed Potatoes & Onion Sets • Grape & Berry Plants Nice Selection of Herbs • Summer Flowering Bulbs • Large Variety of Bagged Soils & Mulches Signs of Spring 2014 | | Hixton | 41

Stories From A Mink Rancher's Daughter By Judy Gilles • Cabin Ridge Rides in Cadott, Wisconsin

Folks may not be aware that the mink coats and mink accessories that their grandmothers, mothers and aunts wore might have had their start right here in the Chippewa Valley. There were numerous mink ranches in the area starting in the 1940s and into the early 1970s. I was raised on one of those ranches in Cadott, Wisconsin. My father never enjoyed dairy farming and at the end of World War II he was looking to diversify. In the summer of 1947 he entered into a partnership with Max Connell from Chicago. Max was from the Irish Settlement and a family friend. It was decided Max would put up the money and dad would provide the labor and space. They started with eight black females and two males. Max passed away within the year, so Dad bought out his share and increased the business to about 100 female mink.

The mink pen was a six foot high fenced in area with one side being the back of the house and the fence was topped with a slanted piece of tin. Inside the fence, each mink had its own wire cage with a small house attached to it. Mink are very agile, able to get out even the smallest hole, which was the reason for the high fence around the cages. When one got out of its cage, the race was on to catch it! In those days mink were quite vicious. I believe ranchers have worked to breed more docile mink today. Even with thick gloves catching one by hand often meant getting bit. If we were quick, my mother and I could grab an escaped female, however our hands were not strong enough to hold a male, and even dad had trouble with some of those. The easiest method was to set a small wire cage in the corner of the fence and try to convince the mink to go for it. The mink took a lot of work. In the summer they had be watered two to four times a day depending on the temperature. Although there was shade over their cages they would get very hot in those little fur coats. They love water and would try to swim in their watering cans, emptying them out in the process. They were also fed twice a day. In the early days my parents would go to a meat plant in either Chippewa Falls or Fall Creek to buy 50 pound frozen blocks of meat, liver and cereal. Once thawed the blocks were mixed together and fed to the mink. We had one of the first chest freezers in the area in order to hold the meat. In the late '50s, area fur ranches came together to form a feed coop. A building was built in Hallie, near the current Shopko and fresh meat was delivered in a refrigerated truck one to five times a week.

Sept 1929 • Near Friendship, Wis • On Our Kilbourn Trip 42 | Stories From A Mink Rancher's Daughter | | Signs of Spring 2014

go along to town with my parents. While they were at the meeting I was allowed to go to a movie. I remember seeing Journey to the Center of the Earth which I thought was spectacular.

Fur Ads Submitted by Sarah Curtis and John Curtis from Eclectica on Grand and River Trader Antiques in historic Downtown Eau Claire

We all worked together to prepare the mink skins so we could take them to market. Thanksgiving always found us in the middle of pelting. While we did this, Mom would walk me through how to prepare meals. That is how I learned to cook, starting a very young age. After being prepared, the pelts were hung to dry for four days. Final preparations to the hides would be completed, which included fluffing the tails before packing them into cartons. We would then drive the pelts to the New York Fur Auction in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mink have a particular odor, similar to a skunk, but not as strong. It would cling to a person and their clothes. During pelting season the smell was especially strong on us and in the house. I can only imagine how thrilled people were to see us come to church and other events. When coming to our house people would often comment on the odor. My dad, with his shy smile and Irish accent, would say "it smells just like money". In the late 50s The National Mink Foods Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin sponsored an essay contest with the prize being a ton of mink food, which was a bagged cereal product. My mother always loved a challenge, so she entered the contest... and won! For us that was an enormous amount of feed. A big semi-truck delivered the feed and all the neighbors were awestruck to see a semi on our little country road. I can still see the truck at the end of our driveway trying to decide if our yard was big enough to turn around in. It was. What excitement! My parents, for some reason, did not expect the ton to be delivered all at once. The biggest thrill for me was being featured in a national magazine, complete with photo. The Chippewa Valley Fur Growers was an active group of ranchers who met monthly in Chippewa Falls. Whenever possible they would have a speaker and occasionally a genetic expert would come from a university, which was always of great interest. When I was older I was able to

The Chippewa Valley Fur Growers also had an annual banquet, usually held in the ballroom of the Hotel Northern in downtown Chippewa Falls. In the summer there was a picnic and show. We did not win a lot so dad was really proud the Submitted by Chippewa Falls Main Street year he won a trophy. In the late 1960s my dad could see the bottom was starting to fall out of mink prices. He was lucky, he got in when prices were low and out when the prices were high. Some were not so lucky. They had bought in when prices were high and had a lot invested. Hoping to ride out the low prices they waited too long to sell out. I remember hearing a lot of money was lost. Being raised in a dairy area I loved being able to say we were mink ranchers! It was a sad day when the last mink left. However I have great memories.

Fannie Ingram,

Daughter of Orrin Ingram, Eau Claire Lumberman Circa 1885 to 1890

Photo Submitted by Chippewa Valley Museum

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Please call before you Venture out to any of our hidden treasures destinations! dates and times are Subject to change. and Remember.. Sometimes you need to dial 1 First! 44 | Chippewa Falls Map | | Signs of Spring 2014

St. Joseph’s Hospital................... B-11 Tourist Information ........................E-7 Downtown ........................................E-7 Irvine Park ........................................B-5 Lake Wissota .................................H-11 Heyde Center for the Arts .......... F-8 Area History Center ....................... F-8 Cook-Rutledge Mansion ............. F-6 Northridge Center ........................ G-9

chippewa falls You'll find one-of-a-kind specialty shops, outlet stores, great restaurants and a lot of history lurking around every corner. Enjoy the Old Abe Bike Trail which connects to the Duncan Creek Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail, a five mile loop in the city connecting several local attractions. This spring is filled with many events... make sure you join in the fun!

The Valley Art Association Fine Art Faire, formerly known as the solstice on Grand, will be held in conjunction with springFest at the Northern Wisconsin state Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. The Fine Art Faire will take place on saturday, April 26th from 12 noon to 7pm and sunday, April 27th from 12 noon to 4pm.

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over 50 local and regional artists will display their beautiful two and three dimensional art in an indoor heated exhibit space. There will be many forms of art to purchase including painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, fibers, weaving and much more. Plus, the artists will be on hand to discuss their art! If attendees don’t find what meets their needs, they may be able to commission an artist to make it for them. This Art Faire is a fabulous time to find that perfect piece of art for your space whether it’s for home, office, den or as a gift. Beside the art, there will be live music, libations, activities and entertainment for all ages. Parking is abundant and free. The 5th Annual SpringFest event (April 26-28) is a fundraiser for the special educational project of the Chippewa Falls Rotary, hence the $5 admittance donation. Details about this amazing family-friendly event can be found at SpringFest-cf. com. More information about the Fine Art Faire can be found at Signs of Spring 2014 | | Chippewa Falla | 45

The Past Passed Here… A Journey Back in Time! By Jim Schuh

The Past Passed Here 2014 marks the 11th anniversary of this award winning, educational, special event. Adults and children alike enjoy this “living history” step back in time! They explore authentic French fur trade era reenactor camps and participate in hands-on camp activities and skill competitions. Many re-enactors travel from other states to share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Many of the re-enactors who started this event in 2003 are still involved but each year new people join the Fry Bread veteran volunteers to donate Yum! their time and talent to help people experience living local history. Lumberjack and pioneer tools are featured in the local history display. Food vendors feature fare typical of the 1800s. Previously Native American fry bread with various meat and fruit fillings were popular. Emmitt’s Voyager stew with one of Ursula’s fresh German soft pretzels was a satisfying meal. A buffalo burger with a giant dill pickle

made a tasty combination. Draft root beer and floats made with Olson’s ice cream washed down the kettle corn. For desert the Pie Lady baked steaming pies over a campfire in Dutch ovens and old-fashioned candy and fudge were treats to take home. The event location, Allen Park in Chippewa Falls, was once the site of Native American and French fur trade camps. Later it was the location of the largest sawmill in the world under one roof. The events’ name, The Past Passed Here, was selected to celebrate and reflect the significance of this historic site. Annually about 600 fourth grade students participate in full day, hands-on activities. Teachers have commented that this excellent historic re-enactment reinforces the Wisconsin history curriculum that the children study during the school year. School rules do not allow the public to attend during school day student field trips.

Kids' Welcome

Cat & Mouse Game

The Past Passed Here In Historic Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Open to the Public May 8th thru 11th Thursday and Friday: 3pm to 6pm • Saturday: 9am to 6pm • Sunday: 9am to 1pm. There is a $3 admission fee. For information call co-chair Mary Brown at 715-723-0619 or visit 46 | The Past Passed Here | | Signs of Spring 2014

Earth Day Clean-up Saturday, April 26 • 9am to Noon

Go green and help clean up downtown Chippewa Falls. Central Lutheran Church is providing a FREE breakfast to the public and all volunteers along with FREE t-shirts!

Historic Walking Tour Downtown Chippewa Falls

For a brochure to your self-guided walking tour, stop in at the Main Street office at 514 North Bridge Street.

Spring Events at the Northern Wisconsin Fairgrounds Clean Sweep • Springfest • Fine Art Faire Oz Run and Half Marathon • Indianhead Gun Show Flyball Boarder Battle Dog Competition

More information at

Area History Center Tour a 50-room museum and/or research genealogy and local history in the extensive library.

123 Allen St • Chippewa Falls • 715-723-4399

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C o nsign m ent ! The easiest way to recycle high quality "gently used" furniture and accessories. Whether you have one item or an entire estate, you will receive the highest possible return with the least amount of effort and risk! In the current time of economic flux, consumers are watching their dollars; thus, resale shopping is attracting an increasing number of customers. A new breed of super-shoppers are taking advantage of the values found in both purchasing and consigning items. For more information call Sharon and Dianne today or

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Those Marvelous Maples

Imagine yourself eating a tall stack of pancakes dripping with golden brown maple syrup. Did you ever wonder where this sweet maple treat comes from? Genuine maple syrup is made from nature, from the sap of maple trees, harvested in the late winter and early spring. If you buy your syrup from the grocery store, however, it’s most likely made of artificial maple flavoring. Look at the label to find out. If you haven’t tasted the natural sweetness direct from the maple tree, try some real maple syrup made right here in Wisconsin. Here’s how the whole tradition started:

The Chippewa, Menominee and Winnebago tribes of the Great Lakes region awaited this time of year for centuries. It meant the harvest of an important and tasty resource. The Native Americans would move their tribe’s people to the sugar camp to harvest the sap. First, they tapped the tree with a spout made from a reed or a hollow twig. Then, they collected the dripping sap in a trough made from hollowed out branches. Finally, they collected the sap in containers and heated it over an open fire until it thickened into syrup or turned to sugar. The Chippewa

A sap run is the sweet good-bye of winter. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and the frosts. John Burroughs, Signs and Seasons, 1886

Spring brings us the season of sap flow. Most people look for the robin as the sign that spring has finally arrived. Native Americans knew that spring came much earlier. They set up "sugar camps" in the early spring when sap flows from tree roots into trunks, breathing life back into the trees. They knew that sugaring time had arrived when streams began to trickle, animals awoke from their wintry slumber for a stretch and icicles began to drip. Even the red squirrels knew and pierced the bark to drink the sugary sap. This magic flow inside the tree was (and still is) triggered by cold nights below freezing and warmer days with temperatures pushing above the freezing mark into the 40s. 48 | Those Marvelous Maples | | Signs of Spring 2014

DID YOU KNOW... Sap flows when we have freezing nights and warm days.

Keep your maple syrup fresh by storing it in the freezer... it will not freeze! Early settlers called maple syrup "Indian Molasses." It takes about forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. When the maple tree buds, the harvest of sap for maple syrup ends.

used the sap as a tasty sweet drink, syrup, and candy. The Menominee made maple sugar and used the syrup as a seasoning much like we use salt. Winnebagos sweetened their food with syrup and used the sap as sugar. One of the best times of the year for most tribes was during "sugaring" time as people came together with family and friends at the maple grove following a long winter. They enjoyed the spring with games, fun, and the harvesting of sap. Syrup was not only a tasty treat, it was also valuable to the Native Americans as a trade item with the early settlers. Eventually, the settlers were taught the traditional ways of making syrup and began producing their own supplies.

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Have you ever heard the term "sugar bush?" This means an area where maple trees grow abundantly and provide an area for maple sugaring, probably the same locations the Native Americans used as "sugar camps." Sugar maples have the greatest amount of sugar in the sap to make syrup out of, but you can also tap red and silver maples, box elders and birch trees. An average maple will produce about 20 gallons of sap in the spring, which only amounts to 2 quarts of syrup. Most of the sap content is made up of water. Traditionally, the sap was boiled down over a hot fire for up to 5 days to get the thick liquid that we know as syrup. You can tap sugar trees yourself and try this traditional method of making syrup. Experts recommend using about six trees for your first maple sugaring experience. This will give you nearly a gallon of syrup. It takes a lot of work, but the rewards are sweet! Syrup isn’t made the traditional way much any more. Many people use the invention of "gravity flow" systems which funnel sap from the tree right into a holding tank where the impurities are taken out. Then the sap is boiled in large vats. Voila! You have syrup. Why not take part in a traditional maple sugaring celebration to see first hand how to make this golden treat? Maple sugaring demonstrations and familyowned maple syruping operations can be found all over Wisconsin. Article reproduced with permission from EEK!Environmental Education for Kids, ( Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources



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1958 A Hidden Treasures Look At

By Charlie Schaaf

Every so often (and for no apparent reason) we take a brief look at one particular year. We know the readers enjoy it and so do we! This time around, we are taking a look at 1958. Dwight Eisenhower was president, Elvis and his "hips" were Army bound and the polka-dot dress was the queen of fashion! 1958 started with the US of A in a recession, but all-in-all things were good. Gasoline was (and had been for quite a few years) selling for 25¢ a gallon. A big one pound box of spaghetti cost 9¢ while the average older middle class home sold for $2400. Building your own new home was a bit costlier at about $12,500, while a beautiful and loaded with chrome and "finned" to your finest fancy Cadillac would set you back about $5,500 or so. (And remember that older home that sold for $2400… you could buy two for the price of one Caddy!) Toys were becoming "fads" and Wham-O had a hit with the hula-hoop which sold over 100 million pieces in a year... and sent many of us to the chiropractor. The movies were still extremely popular, and inexpensively made monster movies could turn a huge profit as well as quite a few stomachs! TV was still the entertainment king with Ed Sullivan having a wildly popular variety show, while Candid Camera made us quiver with laughter and Alfred Hitchcock made us shiver. Auto sales were strong but the "imports" were here with Toyota and Datsun heading our way. The micro-chip was born and the fine old car company of Packard went out of business. American "mourned" the loss of a true classic! Edsel made the Pacer, Ranger, Citation and Corsair, but sales lagged and America "yawned."

Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Owen • Withee • Curtiss


Veterans' Tribute Flags on display 24 hours a day! At the Intersection of Hwys 27 & 29

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The YELLOWSTONE TRAIL is a truly awesome "Historic National Automobile Route" that originated in 1912, before routes were numbered, and allowed thousands of Americans to hop in the ol' tin lizzie and travel from PLYMOUTH ROCK (Massachusetts) to PUGET SOUND (Washington.) It would become a major tourist gateway to the west and particularly the popular YELLOWSTONE PARK that the route would be named for! The trail happens to go through seven unique Wisconsin towns that are filled with delightful boutiques, delicious little cheese shops, beautiful churches, fun thrift stores, relaxing parks, maple syrup producers and seasonal garden shops. The seven towns on the trail (that now follows County X) are Cadott, Boyd, Stanley, Thorp, Owen, Withee and Curtiss. So, c'mon and hit the Trail. And even if you don't make it to YELLOWSTONE think of the journey!

(Thoughts by Charlie Schaaf)

Bridge over the River Kwai was a Hollywood hit that asked us about sacrifice, patriotism, bravery and compassion. Questions valid in 1958 and still valid today.

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Follow the Yellowstone Trail Roth’s Sugar Bush in cadott Maple syrup making comes naturally when you own 120 acres filled with maple trees! What started as a small operation tapping 200 trees in 1956 has grown to an incredible 7000+ tree tapping business today. Roth’s doesn’t only produce 100% real maple syrup for much of Wisconsin, they are also one of the state’s leading distributors of maple syrup equipment. Whether you’d like to start your own sugar bush or tap just a few maples in your backyard, Roth’s is happy to help you get set up and started! Roth’s big announcement this year is that they have a brand new facility at 656 Tower Drive in Cadott. (You'll find them located behind the truck stop with the flags, at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 29.) Here they will offer their maple syrup as well as many other locally produced products from our great state. You won’t want to miss Roth’s famous All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast featuring, yes you guessed it, their incredible maple syrup. What a great way to welcome in spring and enjoy fresh, local maple syrup in its greatest glory. Also please note that the pancake breakfast will be held at the old Roth’s location at 10976 Cty Hwy EE. (Take 29E to Hwy 27. Go north 2 miles on Hwy 27 to Cty O, take a right. Go east on O for 2 miles till you hit EE - take left (north) and go 2 miles.) With almost 60 years experience making maple syrup, you can bet that this is some of the best stuff around!


growing farm In Cadott.... See Page 23

Maple Syrup & Equipment Peter & Dawn Roth


Eau Claire • Chippewa Falls • Menomonie • Altoona Fall Creek • Augusta • Osseo • Eleva • Strum • Mondovi Foster • Hixton • Elk Mound • Colfax • Cadott • Stanley Thorp • Owen • Withee • Downsville • Durand Nelson • Alma • Fountain City • Pepin • Stockholm ...And Many More Towns Along The Way!


656 Tower Drive • Cadott, WI • 715-289-3820 Behind the Truck Stop on Hwy 29 & Hwy 27

Open Monday thru Friday • 8:30am to 4pm

Please join us for our Open House on Sunday, April 6 & Sunday, April 13

We Deliver

Pancake Breakfast

AT our old location (See copy above) All You Can Eat Pancakes • 7am to 1pm Proceeds to benefit the Snowmobile Club & Veteran’s Administration

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Follow the Yellowstone Trail

Ma and the Auto

Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Owen • Withee • Curtiss


Stanley Rodeo • Father's Day Weekend

Before we take an auto ride Pa says to Ma: "My dear, Now just remember I don't need suggestions from the rear. If you will just sit still back there and hold in check your fright, I'll take you where you want to go and get you back all right. Remember that my hearing's good and also I'm not blind, And I can drive this car without suggestions from behind."

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Ma promises that she'll keep still, then off we gayly start, But soon she notices ahead a peddler and his cart.

Stanley Veterans Memorial

"You'd better toot your horn" says she, "to let him know we're near; He might turn out!" and Pa replies: "Just shriek at him, my dear." And then he adds:"Some day some guy will make a lot of dough By putting horns on tonneau seats for women-folks to blow!" A little farther on Ma cries: "He signaled for a turn!" And Pa says: "Did he?" in her tone that's hot enough to burn. "Oh there's a boy on roller skates!" cries Ma. "Now do go slow." "I'm sure he doesn't see our car." And Pa says: "I dunno, I think I don't need glasses yet, but really it may be That I am blind and cannot see what's right in front of me." If Pa should speed the car a bit some rigs hurry past Ma whispers: "Do be careful now. You're driving much too fast."

Stanley Area


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And all the time she's putting out the dangers of the street And keeps him posted on the roads where trolly cars he'll meet. Last night when we got safely home, Pa sighed and said: "My dear, I'm sure we've all enjoyed the drive you gave us from the rear!"

A poem from "MOTHER" by Edgar A Guest • 1925

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Follow the Yellowstone Trail Sunrise Greenhouse Opens On April 19th Just a quick little jaunt south of Highway 29 in Stanley is the family-run Sunrise Greenhouse. Mervin and Marian Newswanger moved to the Stanley area from Lancaster, Pennsylvania fourteen years ago. The land was reasonably priced and the setting was beautiful. Marian's parents operated a greenhouse in Pennsylvania, so with the move to Wisconsin, she brought that knowledge. They decided to build a greenhouse ten years ago and today you can walk through four greenhouses filled with lots of "old time" traditional favorites. You could say their business blossomed with bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, flowering shrubs, perennials and so much more! The selection is wonderful and the prices even better! Take a little drive this spring and discover their large selection of plants and gardening accessories... you won't be disappointed!

Come Visit Our On-Site Cheese Store!

Fresh Cheese Curds Over 50 Varieties of Cheeses Including Our Specialties...Colby & Cheddar! Pepper Jack • Monterey Jack • Habanero Jack American Slices • Mozzarella German Brick • Muenster Farmers • Provolone Baby Swiss • Parmesan WI Brick • Limburger Regular Swiss • String Cheese Smoked Cheddar Cheese Spreads • Blue Cheese Flavored Cheese: Bacon, Garlic, Swiss, Caraway, Salami & Onion

LaGrander’s Hillside Dairy W11299 Broek Rd • Stanley, WI


Mon thru Fri 8am to 5pm Sat ‘til Noon Located six miles off Highway 29, southeast of Stanley off Cty Rd N/NN and Fernwall Ave

Flowering Shrubs

Take A Look Inside The Container Shed For A Large Selection Of Planters and Fancy Hanging Baskets!

Fertilizer for Baskets Potting Soil


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Annuals • Perennials • Vegetable Plants • Hanging Baskets • Planters • Grasses • Herbs 1000’s Of Potted Plants For Your Container Gardens! We Can Custom Fill Your Planters!


Mervin & Marian Newswanger

4606 370th Street • Stanley, WI



Only 4 Miles South of Stanley on Hwy H East on 40th Ave 1 Mile • North on 370th St • First Place on the Left

Mon thru Fri: 8:30am to 8pm • Sat: 8:30am to 5pm • Sun: Closed (Closed Ascension Day: May 29) Signs of Spring 2014 | | Follow The Yellowstone Trail • Stanley | 53

Follow the Yellowstone Trail Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Withee • Owen • Curtiss



Calendar of Events

March 9 Annual Smelt Feed American Legion Hall March 15 Thorp Area Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Semi-Annual Community Expo Thorp High School 10am to 2pm March 15 66th Annual Fireman's Ball Cindy's Banquet Hall March 30 Thorp FFA Alumni Toy Show Thorp High School

Opens in June! Thorp Aquatic Facility June 18 Music at the Pool Thorp Aquatic Facility 6pm to 9pm June 22 Thorp Lion's Club Demolition Derby Northside Park

May 16-17 9th Annual Thorp City Wide Thrift Sales May 26 Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony Downtown Thorp

July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza & Music in the Park Northside Park 6pm to 11pm Music at 7pm, Fireworks at Dusk

August 20 Music in the Park Yellowstone Trail Park 6pm to 9pm

may 30 - June 1 Thorp Dairy Days Northside Park

October 4 18th Annual Thorp Pumpkin Festival Downtown Thorp 9am to 4pm

Find All the Details At... 715-669-5371

Discover Thorp Dairy Days! Head out on Highway 29 this spring for Thorp Dairy Days being held on May 30th thru June 1st. Enjoy the Spectrum carnival, live music and youth baseball all three days! Truck and tractor pulls, barstool and gocart races add to the fun. There's lots of great food including the famous Dairy Breakfast on Saturday and don’t miss the Grand Parade on Sunday at noon. Family fun for everyone in the charming community of Thorp. Hope to see you there! See page 11 for all the details! Mark your calendars for May 16th and 17th and be sure to venture over the 9th Annual Thorp City Wide Thrift Sales. Lots of households participating and lots of treasures to be discovered! (Pick up a map at Super Valu.)

Have you "herd" about them? Thorp is home to life-size themed cows which are placed throughout the city. It's a fun activity to see how many you can find and also a wonderful tribute to their dairy and agricultural heritage. Learn more at

It’s Back! One Of The Area’s Favorite Shows! FFA Alumni Toy Show • Sun, March 30 • Thorp High School Need More Info? Give Charlie A Call At 715-669-5235.

RUSTIC RESALE Downtown Thorp Largest Consignment Store In North Central Wisconsin! 301 N Washington St Thorp, WI 715-669-5097 Mon-Fri 9:30-6 • Sat 9:30-3 Closed Sundays & Holidays

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Follow the Yellowstone trail Family Fun At JACQUE’S SUGAR BUSH In Thorp!

our family would like to invite your family out to our sugar bush for a day of fun and information about maple syrup production. Did you know that it takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to yield a gallon of the sweet maple syrup? Yep, that means gathering a lot of sap! We use the tubing method to collect most of his sap, but you’ll also find a few traditional pails throughout the woods. Most of the equipment used to harvest the maple syrup has been made and crafted by us and is also available for sale. We also use the reverse osMosis “ro” machine made by Membrane Process and Controls in edgar, WI - it greatly reduces the amount of fuel oil, electricity and labor needed to produce the rich maple goodness we all enjoy. the Jacque Girls!

Join us for our open house on april 5th and 6th. Visit the woods where the trees are tapped and see the evaporation process. (Weather permitting.) enjoy our farm setting! We have chickens, purebred rabbits, pigeons, ducks, dogs and cats along with a pony, donkey and horse. (remember to dress for the weather and bring your boots!) We'll be serving an all you can eat pancake breakfast including both potato and buttermilk pancakes, sausage, cheese, applesauce, coffee, milk and the best part... pure wisconsin Maple syrup. Maple syrup products will be available for sale including recipe books and our very own BBQ sauce! Hope to see you in April!

In the old days, when maple syrup making was a community affair, children and adults alike enjoyed the taffy-like candy made by pouring hot syrup onto wellpacked snow. this first treat of the maple season should always be accompanied by plain doughnuts and sour pickles, which provide a necessary contrast to the sweetness of the maple. heat the desired amount of syrup to 22º above the boiling point of water. Without stirring, pour immediately to form a thin coating onto packed snow or shaved ice. Wind the taffy onto forks for eating - it’s too soft to pick up. a quart of syrup is sufficient for 12 to 16 people, depending on how many of them are under ten.


JacQUe’s sUGaR BUsH open House • april 5 & 6 • 8am to 4pm aLL YoU can eaT pancake BReakfasT

From Chippewa Falls take Hwy 29 East to Thorp, then 7 miles south on M to Popple River Rd, then west 1/8 mile, first place on the left.

Mike, Debbie, Mitchell, Abigail, Chloey & Paige Jacque

W9753 Popple River Rd • Thorp • 715-669-3059

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Follow the Yellowstone Trail Cadott • Boyd • Stanley • Thorp • Withee • Owen • Curtiss Great Garden Stops!

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DJ’s Metal Art

Custom Custom CNC CNC Metal Metal Design Design & & Cutting Cutting Dennis Jasmer Artist & Manager

Barbara, Assist. Manager

602 East Mill Street Withee, WI 54498 715-797-4300 715-229-2969

At DJ's Metal Art you'll find a wide variety of readymade items for purchase, or DJ's can custom make something just for you. Your ideas can come to life, whether it be a logo, sign or beautiful art... the possibilities are endless! Visit them in person or online and discover lots of design ideas, finished metal art for sale and some of their customized projects. Don't forget to check out their nice selection of metal yard art that will be a wonderful addition to your outdoor decorations this spring! What started out as a hobby on the family dairy farm, is now today the family-run Frenchtown Greenhouse. You’ll discover four greenhouses with just about everything you need for gardening. From annuals, perennials, planters and hanging baskets to trees, shrubs, May 16-17 small fruit and mulch... their Customer selection is huge and the prices Appreciation Days very reasonable! You’ll find Specials • Door Prizes them just a quick mile west Free Tomato Plant of Withee on County X, then Refreshments two miles north on Frenchtown Avenue. Be sure to stop back in fall... they offer lots of seasonal decorations including pumpkins, gourds and over 4000 mums!

Take the Hidden Treasures challenge and make your very own year of historical discovery!

OPEN Mid-April to October

Frenchtown Greenhouse, LLC Annuals • Baskets • Planters • Perennials Vegetable Plants • Herbs • Small Fruit • Shrubs Fruit, Shade & Ornamental Trees • Mini Garden Items

N15315 Frenchtown Ave • Withee, WI 2.2 miles north of Hwy 29, on Frenchtown Ave

715-229-4746 Mon thru Fri 8am to 8pm • Sat 8am to 6pm After July 1 Mon thru Sat 8am to 6pm • Closed Sundays


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Follow the Yellowstone Trail Spring Into The Arts

Studio Tour

Opening April 26 Wed thru Sat: 11am to 6pm June thru Aug Fridays ‘til 9pm

Sun: 1pm to 4pm Closed Mon & Tue Closed Thanksgiving and the Saturday before Christmas thru Spring

April 26 & 27•2014 Sat: 9am to 6pm • Sun: 10am to 5pm

Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau is hosting its Fourth Annual Spring Into The Arts Studio Tour on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th. The tour will feature many of Clark County’s finest artists and their creations. The selfguided tour meanders along the scenic country roads and through their quaint communities to the studios of painters, potters, woodworkers, metal workers, jewelers and more. Follow the map and discover where the artists live and work, view their processes and inspirations, and have the unique opportunity to purchase directly from the artist. For a brochure/map and more information, contact Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau at 715-255-9100 or Detailed information about each artist and their location along with the map will also be available at


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Seed Catalogues In The Mailbox Black-Capped Chickadees Singin' In A Tree Crocuses Flowering In The Sunshine And... The Spring Issue Of Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures!!!

owen train depot Early 1900's

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Shops On Broadway

Where Healthy Meets Home! Bulk Priced Wholesome Foods

Natural & Organic • Cooking & Baking Supplies Sugar, Allergy & Gluten Free • Spices • Dried Fruits Specialty Coffee & Tea • Nuts • Beans we've expanded! Flours & Whole Grains • Pasta Quilting Fabric, Rice • Candy • Canning Supplies Books, Patterns & Specialty Gifts • And Much More! Workshops

Bakery Items Made Fresh Daily! E4548 Cty Rd FF • Boyceville, WI • 715-632-2800 Open Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm • Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

From Menomonie: Drive 15 miles north on Hwy 25 to Cty Rd FF. Turn left on Cty Rd FF and we're just one mile down the road!

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Hospital.............................................F-10 Tourist Info (Rest Area)................. A-8 Tourist Info (Chamber)................. G-6 Downtown........................................ G-6 Wakanda Park .................................B-7 Lions Club Game Park...................B-7 Dunn County Rec Park................. G-8 Red Cedar State Trail..................... G-3 Clock Tower Plaza.......................... G-6 Mabel Tainter Theater.................. G-6 Heritage Museum...........................B-7 Junction Mall.................................... A-4

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Back in 2010, Kathy Mikla started creating glass garden art and selling her creations at craft and art shows. one thing led to another and in 2011, she opened up Glass From the Past Thrift store and Consignment. Kathy isn't making as much glass art today, she has shifted gears toward metal art and funky junkbots... and all one-of-akinds! But wait, that's just a small part of her unique shop... Glass From The Past is filled to the brim with vintage goodies from over 50 consigners! The sign in front says it all... vintage, variety and funky junk. Discover this great mix of cool stuff conveniently located just six blocks south of I-94 on Highway 25 in Menomonie.

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Main Street of Menomonie


• Vintage • Variety • Antiques

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• Funky Junk 1120 N Broadway St • Suite B • Menomonie, WI 6 Blocks South of I-94 on Hwy 25 • Next to Furnish 123 Kathy Mikla • 715-505-7734 • Email:

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Start Your Springtime Ventures With A Trip To Bobolink Nursery! Locally owned and family operated, Bobolink Nursery is Menomonie's newest full service garden center. Dan and Amy opened their doors in 2008, but are really bringing you over 25 years of experience with their knowledge and education. They're both certified nursery professionals and look forward to helping and answering any questions you may have. One of their secrets to success is offering you products that are winter hardy. A little over 98% of their plant material is wintered right here on sight in Menomonie... that means all of the nursery stock you purchase will survive in our climate. They also offer everything you need for landscaping, from their planting service to design. Their huge and beautiful barn-like garden center is filled with everything from annuals, perennials, vegetables and seeds to shrubs, trees, evergreens and so much more! You'll discover a most unique selection of gifts with both a garden accent and general purpose. From statuaries and framed original art to fun things for babies and kids... you might just find that special something you've been looking for!

Opening Monday, March 19th, 2014 Annuals • Perennials (Over 220 Varieties!) • Vegetables


Gift Shop • Unique Outdoor Gifts Shrubs • Evergreens • Container and 25 Gallon Trees Landscape Items • Hardgoods • Statuaries Pest/Disease Solutions & More! Certified Nursery Professionals On Staff Every Day! 98% Of Our Plant Material Is Grown At Our Location And Is Winter Hardy!

Fun Projects & Classes

Celebrating Seven Years!

We're Open... March 19th thru June 28th: Mon-Sat 9-6 • Sun 11-5 and July 9th thru October 15th: Wed-Sat 9-6 • Sun 11-5 (We're Closed... June 29th thru July 8th)

N6548 429th St, Menomonie, WI • 715-231-3901 From I-94, take Hwy 25 south towards Menomonie. Take a right onto Hwy 12. Take Hwy 12 to 429th St. From Menomonie, take Hwy 25 north. Take a left onto Hwy 12. Take Hwy 12 to 429th St.

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Mabel Tainter center for the Arts The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a 123-year old, Victorian-era facility that includes a recently restored, fully-functional theater. In addition to visual arts programming, they offer a year-round performing arts season that features local and regional performing artists. To schedule a guided tour of the historic facility, call 715-235-0001, ext. 106. The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that owns and operates a nationallyrecognized historic building.


311 E MAIN ST • MENOMONIE • 715-231-5253

coMe For The races, sTaY For The Fun! Welcome the north star bicycle festival with Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s finishing circuits in downtown Menomonie on saturday, June 14th. enjoy the stage 5 road race where the women will cover a 76 mile course, and the men’s race is 95 miles. In addition to the race, the event will offer spectator rides suitable for families and recreational riders, plus two Gran Fondo rides designed for fit cyclists. The rolling hills of Dunn County and western Wisconsin serve up bicycle-friendly roads, challenging climbs and scenic landscape for participants and visitors alike. Come for the races. stay for the fun. Visit for more information and race day schedule, or contact the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 715-235-9087.

Let's Ride! And... on June 12th, 13th and 14th you can enjoy Main street of Menomonie's suMMerdaZe. It's great fun for the whole family! Log on to for more info.

Mon thru Thur 10am to 6pm Fri 10am to 5pm • Sat 10am to 4pm


eau claire golf & country club (private) 715-836-8420

chippeWa FallS lake Wissota 715-382-4780 ojibwa 715-723-8823 Timber Terrace 715-726-1500 lake hallie 715-861-5442


Whispering pines 715-289-4653

cochrane Walnut grove 608-248-2800


Whitetail 715-962-3888


rolling greens 715-627-8139

eau claire hickory hills 715-878-4543 Mill run 715-858-7960 pine Meadow 715-832-6011 princeton Valley 715-834-3334 Wild ridge 715-834-1766

MenoMonie chippewa Valley 715-235-9808 Menomonie country club 715-235-3595 pinewood 715-235-2900

MonDoVi The Valley 715-926-4913


osseo golf & recreation center 715-597-3215


Meadowview 715-229-2355


Viking 715-695-3306


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Have you ever seen this bumper sticker?

What Can You Do In

Wakanda Park? Play a game of Disc Golf • Launch a Boat Check out the Indian Mounds • Enjoy a Picnic

Visit the Heritage Museum Be sure to check out the

Lion’s Club Game Park & Nature Trail

20-30 Minute Self-Educating Walk Wonderful Plant Life • Live Deer, Elk and Ducks

Just Around the Corner... Splash in the Water Park • Have a blast at FreedomFest 909 Pine Ave, Menomonie 715-235-5050

It originates out of Menomonie, well actually a little closer to Downsville just a few miles south of Menomonie, at "family-run" The Bullfrog Fish Farm. Herby Radmann and the farm crew work very hard all year long and raise Rainbow Trout to supply restaurants and stores throughout the Chippewa Valley. Better yet they offer good times for family and friends. If you are looking for adventure this is the place to go. You can watch your order being netted, cleaned and iced, sample smoked products, experience fishin' round the pond (you don’t need a fishing license) or maybe even "cop" a tour. Make sure The Bullfrog Fish Farm is on your list of "must dos" this year!

Bring on the Spring!

This is their early more casual season! Once again the smoke from their fire pits are whisking through the spring time air... go to for all the hoots and happenings!

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The Bullfrog Fish Farm is a good place to be…


Pondside Fishing • Hoots & Happenings Farm Retail Sales & More...

One of Menomonie's Hidden Treasures!

Devil's Punchbowl Located on rustic Hwy 89 just southwest of Menomonie.

Seasonal Shorelunches & Occasional Live Music Open Pondside April thru October • Fri, Sat & Sun • Noon to 6pm Otherwise by appointment Group Outings & Educational Tours by Arrangement Most Anytime


For more info, contact the Chamber of Commerce

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Info @ 715-664-8775 or

Red Cedar State Trail • Four Seasons of Fun!

Be among the thousands of hikers, cross-country skiers, bicyclists and joggers who have enjoyed the striking beauty and peaceful solitude of the Red Cedar State Trail. The trail is nestled in the heart of western Wisconsin and provides four seasons full of scenic river beauty and rural Wisconsin farmland. Experience the trail as it passes through wooded sandstone bluffs, prairies and wetlands for over 14 miles along the Red Cedar River.

History: The Red Cedar State Trail originates at the site of the rail freight depot located in Menomonie. The “Lumber Era,” during the 1800s, was responsible for the establishment of the Red Cedar Junction Line which served the Knapp, Stout & Co., the largest lumber producing company in the world at that time. During the next 100 years, the line was operated by various railroad companies. When abandoned in 1973, the Red Cedar Junction Line was acquired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which currently operates and maintains the trail. Depot Visitor Information Center: The original railroad freight depot in Menomonie houses an interpretive center with various nature and historical displays and programs. Trail passes and t-shirts can be purchased here. The friendly staff can answer questions and tell you about other Trail Segments area attractions and services. Menomonie to Irvington 2.7 miles Irvington to Downsville 4.3 miles Downsville to Dunnville 4.2 miles Dunnville to Durand 6 miles

Trail Passes: Wisconsin Statutes require bicyclists and skiers age 16 and older to purchase a trail pass. Please use self-registration boxes if no attendant is available.

6 miles to Durand

Accessibility: The Red Cedar Trail, Depot and rest areas are all accessible to people with disabilities.

For More Info: Menomonie Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-283-1862 or the DNR at 715-232-1242 Signs of Spring 2014 | | Menomonie | 63

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Evergreen Cemetery Association cordially invites you to attend this year’s presentation of our LIVING CEMETERY event Memorial Day Monday, May 26th from 1pm to 4pm. The hour long tours will take you through the beautiful and historic island cemetery created in 1874 by the Knapp Stout & Company Co. Along the route, you will learn the history of the cemetery and meet some of the residents through first person portrayals. This year will focus mainly on the pioneering men and women who helped to settle and create the farms, families and communities of today.

Friday, April 25 • 9a m to 6pm Saturday, April 26 • 9am to 3pm Menomonie Vete ran's Center E4710 County Trun k BB You can drop off do nations on Wednesday, April 23 from 9am to 7pm at the Veteran' s Center

For More Info Or To Volunteer 715-556-4117 or 715-962-9176

Horse drawn wagons and carriages will transport you around the ten acre scenic island. Tour guides will entertain each group and introduce the resident portrayals. Tours will be departing from the historic caretakers shed every 15-20 minutes, giving everyone the opportunity to share the experience with small groups. The Reverend J. C. Sherwin (deceased) of the First Congregational Church will be your MC and help you explore the history and interesting features of Evergreen Cemetery. Along the way you will meet with the sometimes sad, tragic and inspiring lives of those early settlers who helped to carve Menomonie out of the pine woods and develop a spirit of inspiration and community for generations to come. Please join us for this free event and allow us to share our past with you. Donations willingly accepted. Parking is at Mayo Health Systems (Menomonie) parking lot with a shuttle bus to and from event. For further information, visit our Facebook page at Evergreen Cemetery Association or call the Rassbach Heritage Museum at 715-232-8685. (See page 10)

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In Memory of Jennifer Elliott Proprietor of Folk Art Emporium An inspirational gal who welcomed everyone that came into her shop. She was one of those people, that the first time you met her, you felt like you knew her all your life.

Do You Suffer From An


Autoimmune Disease?

A few scenic miles northwest of Menomonie

It seems that more and more people are dealing with autoimmunity than ever before.

Watch For the "Cucumber Festival" (AKA Pickle Fest) In August

Autoimmune disease is caused by your body lacking the ability to differentiate between proteins belonging to itself and those of a foreign invader (like a bacteria or virus). This leads the body to start attacking its own tissue - joints in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the intestines in the case of Crohn’s Disease are a couple examples. It can attack virtually any tissue in the body, and there is even newer evidence to suggest that Alzheimer’s disease has roots in autoimmunity.

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Why does this happen? This is a question I am faced with daily in my natural medicine practice. My job, as part doctor, part detective, is to figure out what specific reasons have caused this to happen to you. Genetic predisposition typically makes up part of the reason. But there are other factors such as diet, hormone function, lifestyle, infections (both past and present), exposure to toxins, and your weight that can also have a profound impact on autoimmune disease and the symptoms you experience. The good news is that these are things that you can control and work towards improving! Having an autoimmune disease doesn’t mean you are sentenced with those symptoms for life. Finding the cause of your autoimmunity is the key to finding relief, and it can be done! Dr. Crystal L. Schmidt • Doctor of Chiropractic Natural Medicine Center of WI LLC • 715-579-7145 (See Back Inside Cover)

Boyceville From Space in 1965 • Very Busy Times!

Village of Boyceville • 715-643-2351

A relaxing country get-away just north of Menomonie. Discover forty acres of peaceful land, beautiful views and four rooms each with private bath, fireplace and sitting areas. Enjoy full gourmet breakfasts featuring the products of our land: eggs, grass finished beef and pork, apples, rhubarb and blackberries. Rest assured that any season during which you choose to visit will instantly become your favorite! Gift Certificates Available! • N8754 380th St • Boyceville, WI • 715-643-9004 Signs of Spring 2014 | | Boyceville | 65

You're In The Neighborhood!

Hoffman Hills state recreation area

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The hills are well known for over eight miles of challenging cross country ski trails, groomed for both stride and skate ski styles. Sledding and snowshoe areas are also available for winter visitors. There's an outdoor group camp for organized youth groups.

Colfax Railroad Museum

Hoffman Hills is located ten miles northwest of Menomonie. From I-94 or State Highway 29, exit north toward Colfax, on State Highway 40 and follow the signs. For additional information check out the Wisconsin DNR website or call the DNR office in Menomonie at 715-232-1242

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Boats, ATVs, fishing tackle, guns and more. Concessions too!

Finish your day with a quick ride over to the super-duper lookout tower located in Elk Mound. What a view! And what a tower! Built in the ‘30s this tower looms over the Chippewa River Valley and looks truly like a “castle” from the past. Take in the view... today! (Thoughts by Charlie Schaaf)

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Save the Date: July 17-20, 2014 • Village of Colfax Sesquicentennial


In July, the Village of Colfax is celebrating its sesquicentennial. The Colfax railroad Museum, a major attraction in Colfax, is also celebrating a number of important anniversaries this year. This summer, the museum will be marking the centennial of the depot that houses its collection. Along with the depot, the museum’s collection also has a caboose celebrating its 100th birthday and a mail car that turns 130 years old. The depot was opened February 19, 1914 with a Grand opening Dinner that included oyster cocktails and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. The dinner was served by the Dunn County Agricultural school in Menomonie. soo Line Caboose #256 was the first piece of equipment that arrived at the museum. It was built by American Car & Foundry in 1914 and served the railroad for almost 75 years before being retired. It was found in a house mover’s yard in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and was moved to elk Mound, Wisconsin for restoration, before eventually arriving at the museum in 1996. omaha route Mail Car #305 was built in Hudson, Wisconsin in the omaha route shops and worked the western Wisconsin rails until the early 1930s. It was sold

to an individual in Altoona, Wisconsin and was taken off its wheels and converted to a house. In 2000, it was brought to the museum and eventually placed back on wheels where it is currently still undergoing restoration. The museum has worked with the smithsonian to document the heritage of this car! It turns out that this is the oldest mail car still in existence in the united states. It was also discovered that it carried a famous character. In the late 1880s a dog named owney adopted the postal mail service and rode the country in mail cars. This is the only known car documented to have carried owney during his travels. Another special event this summer will be the arrival of a steam engine for display at the museum. The engine was built by the Porter Locomotive Company in 1911 for use at a phosphate plant in Florida. The engine has spent the last 45 years sitting in a field in central Minnesota. The museum has acquired the engine and will be moving it this summer, as funding permits. Anyone interested in helping with this effort can contact the Colfax railroad Museum at 715-225-0688. (Submitted by Herb Sakalaucks, Colfax Railroad Museum)


Colfax Arts and Antique Mall LLC

603 Main St • Colfax, WI

Antiques • Art Jewelry • Collectibles

Booth Rent/Consign NEW: Fresh Floral Arrangements

ANTIQUE SHOPS: 715-704-6086

a little bit of everything!

Mon thru Fri: 10 to 4 Sat: 10 to 3 • Sun: Noon to 5


COFFEE SHOP: 715-704-6155 Mon thru Fri: 7 to 4 Sat: 10 to 3 • Sun: Closed

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Ever wonder how a community was named? Well, we have. Hope you enjoy these bits of town lore!


Originally known as Bridge Creek but changed to Augusta in honor of the prettiest girl in town, Augusta Rickard, who actually was just a visitor!


Called Dallas, but there already was one in Texas, so the fledgling town was renamed Barron in honor of an early St. Croix Falls district judge.


This busy railway town was originally called East Eau Claire but changed to Altoona by a railroader called Beal who hailed from... you guessed it... Altoona, Pennsylvania!

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A name reflecting its French heritage and meaning "Clear Water." In the early, early days the settlement was called simply Clearwater.

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Though there are different versions, most agree that after an early grain elevator had been built, workers started to paint ELEVATOR on the side. Interrupted by nasty weather they gave up and all that had been painted was E - L- E - V - A !

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Plan to spend the weekend with friends and family and relax in our rural river town full of Pepin County history, outdoor activities, historic main street and beautiful river walk.

Bike or walk the Chippewa River State Bike Trail. Discover the Tiffany Bottoms Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a day at the Historical Court House Museum. Fish at the Veteran's Memorial along the river. Durand Improvement Group (DIG) volunteers provide family friendly community events throughout the year. When we warm up this spring, memorial flower baskets will beautify main street and the river walk. The Community Garage Sale is on the last Saturday of April with BARGAINS GALORE! Did you know... the Chippewa River State Trail is paved from downtown Durand all the way to Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire! Come and enjoy a weekend in the quaint town on the banks of the Chippewa River. For more information visit www.durandimprovementgroup. org and Facebook.

Wisconsin's Finest Cheeses - Factory Direct to YOU! Cheese • Gifts • Wine

Ladies Fashions & Footwear

First Place • Parmesan third place • Asiago

201 W Main St • Durand • 715-672-8661


Find us on Facebook for Promotions, Sales & New Fashion Arrivals

Hours: Mon thru Fri 9am to 5pm Sat 9am to 1pm • Closed Sunday

Where you can find STYLE ~ from your HEAD to your TOES!

N6765 St Hwy 25 • Durand, WI • 715-283-4211

Open 7 Days A Week

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New Location

715-672-4125 STORE 715-495-0337 ROBIN’S CELL


Sun & Mon: Closed Tue, Wed & Fri: 9am to 5pm Thurs: 9am to 7pm Sat: 9am to Noon

312 West Main Street • Durand, WI 54736

Accepting Donations During Business Hours


The Old Courthouse Museum The Old Courthouse Museum was the Pepin County Courthouse built in 1874; it’s the only wooden courthouse left standing in Wisconsin. The museum is located downtown on Washington Square and open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursday thru Sunday from 11am to 4pm or by appointment anytime year ‘round. For tour and research reservations call: 715672-5423. (Free Admission)

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Glassware • Furniture Toys • Clothing Tools & Hardware Purses & Accessories & MUCH More!

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Stop in for a Great Taste of Wisconsin!

Open at Every Day


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Monday Night Hamburger Steak Pork Chops Tuesday Night Fettuccini Alfredo 8 oz Sirloin Steak

Donations of new and gently used items accepted during open business hours

825 E. Prospect St., Durand • 715-672-8975

Open Tues thru Fri 10-5 • Sat 10-4 (Closed Good Friday + Memorial Day)

Tiffany Wildlife Area Ten thousand years ago, rushing waters from the melting Wisconsin Glaciers created the fertile Chippewa River Valley and the delta that now makes up the State of Wisconsin's Tiffany Wildlife Area. It's 13,000 acres include one of the largest stands of bottomland hardwood forests in the state and offers excellent whitetail deer and waterfowl hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, semi-wilderness canoeing, hiking (no marked trails), cross-country skiing and camping (by permit only). The Tiffany Wildlife area is located in Buffalo and Pepin counties, along the Chippewa River, between Nelson and Durand. It’s west of Highway 25 and mostly north of Highway 35. For more information, visit

Round Hill Round Hill is located on the Chippewa River and is a natural destination for those seeking beauty, peace and sacred space. Visitors are welcome to this walk-in site. For more information contact St. Mary's Assumption Parish at 715-672-5640.

Delicious Home-Made Food Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Warm Up With Our Soups & Chili!

Welcome... Bike Trail Users! Park Bikes Under Deck

Canoe & Kayak Rentals please Call Ahead

Wednesday Night Beef Tender Tips Broasted Chicken Wings Thursday Night Beef Liver, Bacon & Onions Broasted Chicken NEW: All You Can Eat BBQ Ribs!!!

Fri Sat Sun


318 W Main St Durand, WI

7 Blocks South of Bridge


Family Owned for 36 Years! All Major Credit Cards Accepted ATM • Handicapped Accessible

Served 11am to 9:30pm Friday Broasted Cod Fish Fry Saturday Jumbo Shrimp Rib Eye Steak Broasted Walleye Sunday Broasted Chicken

antiques & Collectibles checklist



Chippewa Falls

fall creek

o Gently Kissed Treasures*

o Kendra & Co.*



o Crossroads Closet*

o Schultz's Country Barn*

o Colfax Arts & Antique Mall o The Blue Butterfly

o Glass From The Past

Eau Claire

o The Market Place*

stanley new!

7th Annual e Blues on th Chippewa

o Eclectica On Grand o River Trader Antiques o Greater Midwest Mercantile o Dell's Architectural Antiques o Antique Emporium o Molly's Mercantile* o Down to Earth*

August 1-2-3

*Retail store with a smaller variety of antiques and collectibles.



o Rustic Resale*

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By Charlie Schaaf Hidden Treasures has been around for a decade now, but that mightiest of rivers, the Mississippi, has been streaming along for many thousands of years. It has been one of the most important waterways for centuries and the hand of man has been brushed by it every day and in every way! Wonderful towns and villages sprung up and still beckon us to enjoy that special "life along the river." Whether it is soaring eagles, magical sunsets, quaint gift shops or even brooding bluffs above, you will find much to touch your soul. The bluffs, the bridges, the birds, the laughter and so very much more all await your discovery. Savor all the towns and villages. Meet the people. And drink in this rare and majestic land of beauty truly touched by the hand of God.

Looking For Something To Do In alma? Visit Buena Vista Park! On a clear day you can view the Minnesota bluffs and farmland up to 30 miles away.

See Pages 74 & 75

Watch the barges traveling up the river and locking through Lock & Dam #4. Find the Ten Steep Staircases! (Look for the street names that connect Main Street with Second Street.) Ask the merchants about the Secret Gardens!

The Junction of Highways 25 and 35...


Bring a lunch to Castleberg Park. (J & J BBQ has delicious take-out meals!) Go fishing, walking or canoeing in the beautiful Tiffany Bottoms. (This Mississippi backwaters area is a forest three miles wide and ten miles long!) Visit the shops in town for more info!

Have You Ever Heard Of The

The FloodRun?

The FloodRun is a motorcycle run that’s mission is to raise funds to benefit children with disabilities, flood victims and people in need. The 49th Annual Spring FloodRun is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th. Visit their website at or call Jim at J&J BBQ (715-673-4717) to learn more.

There's lots to do and lots to see along the Great River Road...

The Alma Cemetery is worth a little visit too! And then there’s the Alma Fishing Float. Do you love to fish in deep water? A shuttle boat will take you over to the float just below Lock and Dam #4. Opening March 21st!

ALMA email: 608-685-3303

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Elmer's Toy & Auto Museum Weekends Art Exhibits • Nature Talks • Wine Tastings Birding by Mini-Train • Great Alma Fishing Float The Flag Memorial • 100 Mile Garage Sale Barge Watching on the Mississippi River

We're On Main Street in Historic Nelson, WI


Gifts ~ Jewelry ~ Antiques And So Much More! 201 N Main St • Nelson, WI • 715-673-4104

N218 Main St • Nelson, WI • 715-673-4141 Open 9am to 9pm 7 Days Week

(Located in the old Amish furniture building)

Laura Grandy, Owner

J&J BBQ & CaTERInG WE'VE EXPANDED! NEW: Larger Dining Area

NEW: Full Service Bar~GRAMPA'S SALOON NEW: On-Site Catering For Parties In Our Banquet Rooms

COmE & GET IT! Smoked Meat & Fish • Catering Daily Specials • Ice Cream

Best Ribs

On The River... An d Now You Can Enjoy Th em With A Beer!

DInE In OR TaKE OUT N208 N Main St • Nelson WI


Wed & Thur 10:30am to 7pm • Fri & Sat 10:30am to 8pm Sun '10:30am to 6pm • Closed Mon & Tue Signs of Spring 2014 | | The Great River Road | 73

WINGS OVER ALMA WINGs oVer ALMA offers a 50 foot viewing platform overlooking the upper Mississippi river and refuge. The views from inside the center with scopes and binoculars is a favorite activity as the Mississippi river Flyway brings hundreds of migrating birds past the center’s view. Inside the center local and regional artists display their work in rotating exhibits. special art demonstrations are held throughout the year. During the winter months, dozens of eagles can be viewed feeding in the open water below Lock and Dam #4. They have a wide screen TV... and they’ll be showing fascinating nature and educational DVDs every day! You’ll also find local and regional visitor information along with a gift shop, popcorn and coffee.


MINI-TRAIN Through Tif fa ny State Wild life Area MAy 17 & SE PTEMBER 27 (reservations

required) riding the Ch ippewa Valley railroad Assoc Mini-Train w iation's ith a guide through the Bottoms duri Tiffany ng the spring or fall migrati unforgettable on is an experience. D uring the 2011 event 76 spec birding ies of birds were sited! Fo information or r more to reserve you r spot, contact over Alma Nat Wings ure and Art Ce nter.

JOIN US! March thru april 12 arT eXhibiTion "Winter Solace"

March 16 booK Signing Day Trips in Wisconsin and Minnesota april 13 naTure TalK Turkey hunting april 13 thru July 8 arT eXhibiTion: "big, bigger, biggest" May 17 birding by Mini-Train through the Tiffany bottoms (reservations required) May 18 naTure TalK Making Maple Syrup June 15 naTure TalK Miniature Farm Display and presentation

© K C Goodman, Alma

Living close to the land and thriving on real food.

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A blog about one couple's journey towards health and homesteading.

100 MiLe GaraGe saLe aLonG THe MississiPPi!

daNZINGer VINeyards Wisconsin Grape Growers association

2013 Winery of the year!

By Charlie Schaaf

Perched atop the Alma Bluffs in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, Danzinger Vineyards overlooks the mighty Mississippi river. We invite you to come take in the view while enjoying a glass of one of our finest wines on our patio. our vineyard includes 16 acres and was started in 2003. We opened our Tasting room in 2010. All grape wines are made into estate wines. Grapes used are Frontenac, Prairie star, st Pepin, La Crescent, La Crosse, Frontenac Gris, st Croix and Marquette. We also have some fruit wines available.

MAY 1-2-3-4•2014

If you are planning a trip with ten or more friends, please call us to schedule a time for your group to taste. We recommend all large groups to taste before 1pm, so our staff can accommodate your group.

Opening For The season March 15th

spring has always been my favorite season. Warmer temperatures, birds singing, trees in delicate leaf, new life, new loves and new adventures... but most of all... THe reTurN oF THe GArAGe sALe!! You got it! The magic of the garage sale is nowhere stronger than along the "Mighty Mississippi!" Yep. That’s right. Fourteen Mississippi towns steeped in history, natural beauty and simply loaded with garage sale treasures, host a 100 MILe GArAGe sALe in early May. That's right... you heard me correctly! 14 ToWNs. TWo sTATes. HuNDreDs oF GArAGe sALes! The mind truly boggles! Participating Wisconsin towns include Alma, Nelson, Pepin, stockholm, Maiden rock and Bay City. Minnesota towns include red Wing, Frontenac, Lake City, Camp LaCupolis, reads Landing, Wabasha, Kellogg and Winona. This is one big garage sale event that you just can't miss!!!


danzinger Vineyards

S2015 Grapeview Ln • Alma (One Mile On County Road E)


Wine Tastings • Event Hall • Scenic View & More


DOWNTOWN ALMA Re-opening for the 2014 season in April.


402 S 2nd St • Alma, WI

608-685-4231 Across from the Courthouse

April 12 • Spring Fling • Alma Area Schools • 9am to 1pm Crafts, Local Businesses, Baked Goods, Brunch, Vendors & More

Climb atop the VIEWING PLATFORM... for the best seat in the house! You’ll be able to see Lock and Dam No. 4 and all its happenings.


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Fountain City Motel Clean Rooms • Affordable Rates • Free WiFi

We're Located On Scenic Highway 35, We heat & Only 20 Minutes From Alma And cool with GeoThermal! 10 Minutes From Winona.


Call Today... 608-687-3111

By Charlie Schaaf

OK. Unless you have been living in a hole with no TV, you probably know about our state’s lovable “Bucky Badger” mascot. Hard not to recognize the little tyke. Furry, strutting along in red and white and often times wearing layers of sweaters or scarves and lots of Badger decals. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love ‘em. College football is great and “Bucky” is one of the best little critters around. But where really did the Wisconsin Badger come from? And as you might imagine, this being our annual history issue, Bucky goes back to hallowed antiquity. Kinda. Back in the 1840s, Wisconsin was full of prospectors. Some looking for gold, some looking for silver and some... just looking. Mineral wealth appealed to many and wealth in general to most! Lead was highly sought after and southern Wisconsin had a lot of it. Lead has been mined for more than 2500 years, much of it in Cornwall, Britain. So when lead popped up in Wisconsin, so did the Cornish miners! And boy, did they know their stuff! Mines were dug and the mineral extracted... however the terrible three WWWs (Wild Winters in Wisconsin) popped up as well and more than one mining camp had to weather the storm by staying in their own mines. They would be dry and warm-ish but would have to hole-up ‘til spring... like... BADGERS! So, these hardy miners were nicknamed Wisconsin’s Badgers... and the rest is collegiate history. And I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the miners should have used their holes for shelter because... a mine is a terrible thing to waste.


fountain city ! r e v o c s i D o t s r u Yo

Gift Shops • Fountain City Historical Museum Prairie Moon Museum & Rock Garden Fishing • Hunting • Boating • Bike Trails Many Very Fine Dining Establishments Merrick State Park • And More!

City of Fountain City • 608-687-7481

The Great River State Trail Enjoy 24 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the midwest, along the Mississippi River, on the Great River State Trail. This trail travels through prairies and backwaters of the upper Mississippi River valley. Built on an abandoned Chicago-Northwestern railroad line, the trail has a finely crushed limestone surface suitable for walking and bicycling for much of the year and snowmobiling, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

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DISCOVER THE GREAT RIVER ROAD Rolling down the beautiful back roads of Buffalo county, between Buffalo City and Cochrane…


The flags are displayed prior to, on and after National holidays. Take a drive on County Highway O off the Great River Road and envision this splendor… take a few moments to reflect on the sacrifices these veterans made for us. For more information on this wondrous display, please go to http://theflagmemorial. By S.A. Olson

on Prairie Mos GardeFonuntain City &


That's what it has been called!

Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum is truly an unbelievable collection! It's like something you'd see on TV... and it's right here in Fountain City on top of Eagle Bluff, the highest point on the Mississippi River. Elmer and Bernadette have five buildings and a house chock full of well, you name it... everything from classic cars to toy pedal cars to a carnival carousel. What started out as a private collection has been generously offered to the public for the past twenty years!

The Flag

rane Between Coch

"Six Museums In One"

Start your journey in the house where you'll find a collection of antique dolls dating back to the 1800s. In the living room is a full size 1929 Model A Phaeton in pristine condition, yep right in the living room! Venture along to one of three buildings filled with over 100 full size, beautiful antique, classic and muscle cars from Models As and Studebakers to Corvettes, Mustangs and even a Rolls Royce. The walls are lined with the world's largest display of pedal cars... over 700 of them! Nestled in between you'll find motorcycles and scooters and bicycles and high wheeled bikes and riding toys!


Discover the treasures in the barn... it's filled with antique toys ranging from pedal airplanes and tractors to sleds, trucks and vintage go-carts. There's even an old tool collection. Your next stop, Elmer's favorite building, filled with toys, toys and more toys... thousands of them. From cast iron, pressed steel and Japanese tin to wind-up and battery operated. Their last count was at well over 35,000 collectible toys! Grab your family and friends, pack a lunch and plan to spend the day at Elmer's on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. A day trip well worth your time!

See you there!

Elmer’s is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Eau Claire. If you’re heading out of Alma, it’s only about 20 minutes south on the Great River Road.

100 Antique, Classic & Muscle Cars Motorcycles • Scooters • Bicycles • Wagons • Go-Carts

The Largest Collection in the World! MUSEUM 700 Pedal Cars... Pedal Airplanes & Tractors • Antique Dolls & Tools

1000s of Toys Dating Back to the 1800s High Wheel Bikes • Riding Toys • And So Much More!

Admission: Adults $8 • Seniors(+65) $7 • Students(6-17) $4 • Under 6 Free

W903 Elmers Rd • Fountain City, WI • 608-687-7221

2014 Schedule Open Weekends 9am to 5pm May 10-11, 24-25-26 June 7-8, 21-22 July 4-5-6, 19-20 Aug 2-3, 16-17 aug 30-31 & Sept 1 Sept 13-14, 27-28 Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 Groups and tour buses welcome on other dates... must call in advance!

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DISCOVER THE GREAT RIVER ROAD Smith Brothers Landing 200 East Marina Drive Next to the Pickle Factory On Lake Pepin

Please Tell Them You Saw Their Ad In

Open Daily

April thru December

Metal & Glass Studio Decorative Metal Work Perennials • Hostas

pepin We're A Stop On The

Fresh Art Tour In June


Thank You!

Heading north on Highway 35, your destination is a wonderfully scenic river town called Pepin. Named after two early French trappers (the Pepin brothers) this town has it all! A wonderful and busy waterfront, a great marina, fine dining, quaint gift and art shops, and bed and breakfasts to make your stay memorable. Pepin was the birthplace for noted author Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was born in a small cabin about seven miles from Pepin and her influence is felt everywhere in the town. There is a Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, a recreated cabin of her birth site on County CC and a unique festival (called, you guessed it: Laura Ingalls Wilder Days) in September. There is a Pepin railway depot museum, smack dab in the middle of the Laura Ingalls Wilder park. Add to all this glittering sand beaches and world-class fishing and boating and you will see that Pepin is a real "jewel in the crown" of the Mississippi River Valley. Thoughts by Charlie Schaaf

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If you are looking for unique perennials and hostas for your garden... make sure you put the Smith Brothers Landing on your list of garden stops this spring. Dave and Jane Smith have a wonderful assortment of plants... but that’s not all! You can complement your garden with their metal and glass sculptures, which are hand crafted upstairs in their studio.

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April 18 • 2014

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FREE Operating Layouts • Model Train Swap Meet Toy Trains From Around The World Live Steam Demonstrations Local Railroad & Manufacturing History

11am to 4pm For More Info


LOADS OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Sponsored by Riverfest Group • Indianhead Model Railway Club • Chippewa Valley's Hidden Treasures • Quality Quick Print

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Bike Race & Festival Returns To Menomonie!

Let's Ride In Menomonie North Star Bicycle Festival (Formerly The Nature Valley Bicycle Festival)

Saturday, June 14, 2014 Gran Fondo + Spectator Rides For more information contact the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 715-235-9087.


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our City spring Clean up

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summer Fest and Family night in the Park

sePtemBer 20

international Fall Festival

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