Chapter 7

Chapter 7
Walker: A Memoir

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Rice Lake, with a current population of 8500, was (and still is) the largest city for 100 miles in any direction, save for Eau Claire 60 miles away, which is where I went to college. Cedar Mall opened in 1976 on the south end of town, when I was in eighth grade, decimating the downtown when the department store Herberger’s moved to the mall. Along with Woolworth and JCPenney for anchor stores, the mall was the place to be. Very uptown. I’ve visited Cedar Mall in recent years, however, and it’s now a near-abandoned little ghost town…