From a personal standpoint, 2016 wasn’t a great year. My mother-in-law passed away in January, and my family and I had a string of medical appointments in February and March that racked up a TON of expenses. Not a great way to start the year. In fact, it was horrible. But in some sort of weird way that I can’t explain life moved on, and I discovered how resilient humans truly are.
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“Do the people of Eau Claire realize they have within the city limits the best piece of ground in the state for a park?” – Eau Claire Leader, 1899
Eau Claire locals love Carson Park! When I asked a group of friends what they love most about the park, I got at least a dozen different answers and numerous stories. Truth is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another park that offers as many amenities and attractions as does Carson Park. Whether this is your first time to the park or your thousandth, I want to help you get the most out of your Carson Park experience. Here is a list of 15 must-do activities.
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I love Carson Park! Between Express games, picnics, train rides, and running around the playground with my boys, I probably spend more time at Carson Park than at any other local attraction. And I not only love what Carson Park offers my family and me today, but I also enjoy learning about what Carson Park offered locals over the past 100+ years. It’s fun to think about what the park was like all those years ago, and I love looking at old pictures of the park like the one above. I recently dug into some research about Carson Park at the Chippewa Valley Museum and discovered a few fun and interesting facts.
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Can I ask you a favor? Could you please take 5-10 minutes to participate in a survey?
My friend Maggie over at Northern Expenditure is doing a large-scale research project about money, and her goal is to get 500 responses by January 9.
Take the Money Moose Survey
Seriously, it’ll only take you 5-10 minutes, and the more data Maggie can collect the cooler this project is going to be.
Eau Claire, WI has seven footbridges that span the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. They’re all a part of the almost 29 miles of recreational trails that bring people together for work, school, and play while also offering bikers and pedestrians a breathtaking view of the scenery within the city. But how did we get here? What are the stories behind the seven footbridges that connect our community?
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See that beauty above? That’s the ’96 Odyssey I used to own. When I bought it seven years ago we officially became a two-vehicle family. Until then, my wife and I shared one car, and it was absolutely beautiful. But with our three boys coming home we knew we needed to add another vehicle.
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Over the past few months I’ve become super interested in city planning. I never realized how much thought goes into planning a city and how those thoughts and actions have a huge impact on the well-being of the people. I didn’t know that a poorly planned city will keep its citizens disconnected and stifle the economy and that a well planned city can foster community and economic growth.
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