Garrett Denney

Writer, Marketer, Skiing Extraordinaire

MLS Cup Recap: Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

I wrote the following article for E Pluribus Loonum, a sports website that covers Minnesota United FC and MLS. Read the original here.


Two of Major League Soccer’s marquee teams lined up today in the first of two games to decide the Western Conference Final.

After Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready opened the night with a soaring rendition of the national anthem on electric guitar, the match started without a hitch (no redrawn penalty box lines needed).

The Rapids started the first half with a quick tempo, particularly on the counter. While the Sounders managed a dangerous attempt on net in the seventh minute, substitute Colorado keeper Zach MacMath protected the net admirably. Colorado quickly brought the ball back into play and sent six men on the attack, a blitz that nearly resulted in a goal after a well-placed cross by Dominique Badji.

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Flying into the Future

The following is a story I wrote for Volume One. Read the original here.


While we’re still weeks away from regular snowfall, a flurry of fundraising activity is underway at a local ski club.

Eau Claire’s Flying Eagles Ski Club recently kicked off its first-ever capital campaign. Dubbed “Flight into the Future,” the fundraising effort is aimed at raising $2 million to invest in club infrastructure and an endowment.

“Ski jumping is the longest running winter sport in Eau Claire,” says Dan Mattoon, former U.S. Ski Team member and capital campaign vice chairman. “These funds will takes the Flying Eagles to the next level and pave a way for the next generation of young athletes to grow and compete right in our backyard.”

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V1 Best of the Chippewa Valley 2K16

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Each year Volume One puts out a mammoth “Best Of” section that give honors to the top three local businesses/people/things in a huge variety of categories.

This year, I bit off a big chunk and had a blast doing it. Browse my blurbs below, or head to VolumeOne.org to peruse the entire list!

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A photo by Paul Itkin. unsplash.com/photos/NKSGuJzExIo

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Dottie’s Diner is the kind of place you expect to see in a quaint 1950s film. Nestled alongside the paper mill parking lot off Main Street in White Pine, MN, the polished chrome exterior and rotating neon signpost are calling cards to weary travelers hopping off the interstate in search of a quick and tasty meal. “Breakfast all day!” exclaims the sign in bold black lettering.

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Infinity & Beyond: Infinity Beverages Expands

The following is a story I wrote for Volume One about the expansion of a local wine and spirits maker. Enjoy!


Small batch wine and spirits have a big new home as one local company cuts the ribbon on a new production facility and tasting room.

Infinity Beverages recently moved its growing operation to a new home on Mall Drive in Eau Claire, a space that previously housed the Coffee Grounds.

“We had some pretty humble beginnings,” says founder, winemaker, and distiller Matthew Rick, “so to have the growth we’ve had is just fantastic.”

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Explain it to Me: Pokemon Go

Below is a page clipped from the July/August 2016 edition of WINDOW, a 16-page corporate newsletter I write, design, and publish six times a year. The project features a mix of corporate content, industry updates, and general tech news. Enjoy!


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The Cat’s Meow: Humane Society Expansion

The following is a piece I did on a local Humane Society expansion for indie magazine Volume One. Enjoy!


A local humane association is the cat’s meow as they put the finishing touches on a big construction project.

The Dunn County Humane Society recently completed a yearlong expansion of its facilities. Aimed at reducing over crowding of the society’s cat population, the increased footprint more than doubles existing facilities for housing and caring for felines the shelter takes in.

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Start Playing Around: Clearwater Con II

The following is a short write up I did on a local board game convention for indie magazine Volume One. Enjoy!


Break out your D20 and grab some friends,  because a local tabletop game convention returns for its sophomore outing this July.

Two years ago, No Brand Con, a longstanding local anime convention, picked up its life tokens and took its talents to Wisconsin Dells. In its wake, demand built for a new gaming convention to take its place. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of No Brand’s exodus arose Clearwater Con, a board gaming convention and expo.

The aptly titled “Clearwater Con II – Wrath of the Con” (I see what you did there) runs July 16-17 at Eau Claire’s Plaza Hotel & Suites. A weekend pass is a mere $30 and grants the holder access to two days of gaming, vendors, live panels, and a board game library.

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“Star Wars: A New Hope” Contained in 404 Page

404 pages have long been the playground of creatives. From fun pixel art to smarmy messages, the humble 404 is a fun – and often hidden – showcase for something fun.

It should come as no surprise then when the internet unearths a graphic artist that built a 404 page containing Star Wars: A New Hope IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Check it out at swanh.net.

 

While you’re at it, don’t miss this week’s edition of the exceptional Star Wars Show, straight from the halls of Lucasfilm.

 

The Sound of Star Wars Ep. VII

Few movies are more easily identified by their sound alone than Star Wars. From shrieking TIE Fighters to the menacing buzz of a lightsaber, the Star Wars universe has been home to some of the greatest sound design of all time.

Sound design is a often under appreciated art. When done well, it is a glue that can hold the whole film together. Ideally, it’s a discipline you never think of while in the theater, and that’s exactly what makes it so easy to pass over.

Treat yourself to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens highlight reel below from Zachery Ramos-Taylor; You’ll be glad you did.

 

Read the original article on Gizmodo.

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