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The Rear End

Bright Lights, Small City

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

So I thought my life would turn out differently. You probably did, too. By now, you and I were supposed to have moved to a big city, rented an apartment with tall ceilings and at least one brick wall ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | May 15, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Leland Brenholt

“My New Year’s resolution was (after almost a decade) to start painting again. I decided to re-do an assignment one of my instructors at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | May 15, 2019

photos by Luong Huynh

ONE OF THE EDGIEST PHOTOS VOLUME ONE HAS EVER PUBLISHED. On Saturday, May 11, locals rappelled down the side of Banbury Place on Galloway Street near downtown Eau Claire to help raise money for the Children’s Dyslexia Center ...

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Custom of the Country

rural waving rituals are one way of cutting through the tribalism of our times

Charlie Schaefer

As I walk my two little dogs up the road, I wave at the cars that go by. Often, the drivers wave back. Many are perfunctory acknowledgement; a raised hand, the minimalist but not unfriendly index finger lifted ...

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Can You Hear It? It Sounds Like Summer

get ready for more summery local tunes in Phoenix Park

V1 Staff

Fourteen summers ago, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series was born in the heart of Phoenix Park. What started as a fun way to celebrate our beautiful park and hard-working local musicians ...

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Musical Chemistry

professor’s love ot music culminates in debut album

Nathan Hopp

On April 22, Dr. Jim Phillips released the debut album of his latest passion project. Titled Jim Phillips Project, Phase I, this unique collection of original songs is separated into nine different tracks ...

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Headbangin’ Good Times

Memorial Rocks Weekend to host a melting pot of rock

Lea Kopke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Memorial Day Weekend, bands from throughout the Chippewa Valley and beyond will join in a musical conglomeration of rock ’n’ roll. Memorial Rocks Weekend, sponsored by Keyeski Construction ...

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Visual Art

Sculpture Tour 2019 Flows Into Downtown Eau Claire

Lauren Fisher, photos by Lauren Fisher

The 2018 sculpture tour came down mid-April, making way for dozens of new works of art throughout downtown Eau Claire. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire placed 54 sculptures this year, making Eau Claire’s tour the second largest of its kind in the United States ...

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Software Scene

four Eau Claire software companies that aren’t Jamf, and what they’re up to

Josh Rizzo

If you live or work anywhere near Eau Claire, you know Jamf. You already know their success story. You already know how they’ve been instrumental, not only as an Apple management tool, but as ...

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Local Look

Double-Barrelled Strategy

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation balances attracting outside investment, growing and gardening existing businesses

Tom Giffey

Economic development programs can sometimes be described as a shotgun approach: spreading your efforts as far and wide as possible in an attempt to stir up positive economic activity ...

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Celebrating a Century & a Half

at 150, Chippewa Falls is still young enough to party

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The City of Chippewa Falls is preparing to launch into the climax of its sesquicentennial year with a series of parades, performances, and more Aug. 8-10. The Birthday Bash weekend, which starts ...

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Stepping Up to Serve

Legacy Community Center supports locals with hot meals, charitable resources

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In May, the Legacy Community Center in Chippewa Falls received a ton of corn on the cob – literally more than 2,000 pounds – as a donation. Almeada Sullivan, the meal coordinator at Agnes’ Table ...

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Bridges of Valor

Chippewa Falls honors veterans with five bridges

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Memorial Day in 2018, five bridges in Chippewa Falls were dedicated in honor of all five military service branches. The bridges, now called the Chippewa Falls Memorial Bridges ...

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17 Can’t-Miss Chippewa Falls Events

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In Chippewa Falls, the calendar is filled to the brim with annual events, celebrations, and more! Here’s a compilation of 17 can’t-miss happenings over the next 12 months, including a 150th-birthday bash ...

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Motoring Around

Chippewa Vallians bust out mopeds for warm-weather cruising

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Jean and Rolf Van Houten have been biking together for more than 30 years. The two retired teachers ride several miles every day from their Lake Altoona home, and then after supper they go out again ...

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City Again Seeks Bids for Former Firehouse

Tom Giffey, photos by Travis Dewitz

Valley Media Works, which operates Eau Claire’s public-access TV channels, still hopes to buy a former Eau Claire fire station even though the city will soon be seeking other bids on the building. In November ...

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Three Hotels Will Add 300 Rooms to City

V1 Staff

Eau Claire could gain 300 new hotel rooms over the next few years if three planned projects reach fruition. Two of the new hotels are slated to be built on the site of the recently closed Clarion Hotel and Green Mill Restaurant ...

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Plugged in to Talk

broadcaster launching topical talk show online

Tom Giffey

A topical, local radio talk will return to the Chippewa Valley airwaves later this month – sort of ...

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A New Hope

Hope Gospel Mission opens new men’s shelter, doubling size to serve homeless population

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Twenty years after Mark and Cindy Donnelly, a local couple who were concerned about the growing but “invisible” population of homeless men and women in the Eau Claire area, founded ...

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Food / Drink

Eating Good Local Meat on a Budget

it’s not always easy, but it is always a good call

photos by Andrea Paulseth, by Nik Novak

Good meat abounds in the Chippewa Valley. But sometimes you have to look for it. There are the farmers markets, of course. And some of you have friends and relatives just outside of Eau Claire ...

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Meat Me in Menomonie

Cut Rite Meat Shoppe offers local selection & expert advice

Danielle Zinsli, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Brent Hanson has been cutting meat since he was 16 years old. “I worked in a grocery store – worked my way into the meat department. And I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Hanson, who owns Cut Rite Meat Shoppe in Menomonie ...

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The Cost of Local Chicken

Lauren Fisher

A Chippewa Falls-raised certified organic chicken cost $5.39 a pound at Menomonie Market Food Co-op in early May. At the same time, an uncertified chicken raised in Pepin by Matt Buvala cost $4.99 a pound at Just Local Foods Co-op ...

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Crafting Something Special

whatever your taste, Chippewa County breweries, distilleries, and wineries have something to savor

Lauren Fisher

Whether you’re in the market for a Summer Shandy at the Leinie Lodge or a sip of something stronger from Chippewa River Distillery, Chippewa Falls has got the drink for you. Chippewa has craft ...

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Nacho Average Restaurant

let’s taco ’bout the Paraíso Escondido Seafood expansion

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Attention Chippewa Valley Foodies: If you swoon at the mere thought of Mexican food, then you need to head to Paraíso Escondido Seafood ASAP. This hidden gem – located in the back of La Misma Luna Mexican Supermarket ...

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Calzones on Wheels for a Good Cause

The Community Table launches its very own food truck

Nealy Corcoran

The Community Table recently announced the newest addition to its outreach program: This spring they celebrated the launch of a food truck. With the help of local organizations and a diverse group of volunteers, throughout the summer the food truck will travel around to low-income ...

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The Marigold

rooted in sisterhood and sandwiches

Lea Kopke

Upon retiring from their respective jobs as an insurance industry worker and a conservation warden, sisters Joy and Sue Miller decided to fill their time with an entirely new venture: the food industry ...

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Kid Culture

Summertime, STEAM Time

UW-Stout's program focusing on tech and arts is now open to middle schoolers

Pam Powers

A UW-Stout Summer STEAM Experience camp will welcome younger students this year for day camps. Sixth- and seventh-graders can take part in the summer youth camp in the following tracks ...

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Ride of the Century

bicyclists gather to pedal 100 miles for good causes

Rebecca Mennecke

Get ready, get set, and go to the Chippewa Valley Century Ride on Sunday, May 26. This bike ride begins and ends in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls, and will feature 35-, 50-, 75-, or 100-mile trail options on blacktop roads ...

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