Articles in the Current Issue


Julia Johnson - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Partner at Pablo Properties

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Julia Johnson has been involved with the development of Downtown Eau Claire since the early days of Jamf software company. She was involved with the planning and construction of the Jamf Building, the Lismore, the Informalist, ECDC, and the Pablo Center; she continues to serve on local boards and work toward a more accessible, cooperative city.

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Pa Thao - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Executive Director of the Black & Brown Womyn Power Coalition

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Pa Thao is dedicated to uplifting underserved and underrepresented groups within her community. She was the executive director of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for seven years, before becoming the executive director of the Black and Brown Womyns Coalition. Thao’s efforts in the Chippewa Valley have a national, and even international, impact.

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Mike Golat - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

City Administrator of Altoona

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Mike Golat has been on the front lines of the River Prairie Development, an investment that will benefit the Chippewa Valley for generations, for the past 13 years. Through service with the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Visit Eau Claire, Eau Claire county, and various other community organizations, he has helped build the foundation for regional prosperity through city planning.

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Questions of Faith

Nickolas Butler’s third novel grapples with controversial subjects in a familiar landscape

Eric Rasmussen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The advice to ignore certain topics at the dinner table still holds true today, although we often forget that custom. Politics and religion have the power to unite the like-minded and divide everyone ...

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Local Look

Filled With Love

ceramics student ensures Stepping Stones event won’t come up empty

Barbara Lyon, photos by Barbara Lyon

One glance at Sarah Bennett’s footgear shows where she’s been and what she’s been doing. Her comfortable black sneakers are “decorated” with splashes of the pale gray clay she used to create ...

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Other Stuff

Center of Community

five years on, wellness hub’s founders find themselves surrounded by loving grace

Tom Giffey

Everyone needs a place like The Center. I certainly did on a recent Thursday afternoon. I was rushing around after a late lunch, trying to check items off my to-do list. I had just dashed home to let the dog out, and he was relatively ...

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27 Years, 80 Acres

local photographer practices mindfulness from behind the lens

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bruce Siebold believes that there are all sorts of stories to tell, wherever you live. He has made it his mission to tell those that take place in his own backyard. Every day for the past 27 years – that’s nearly 10,000 days ...

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Business-Building Basics

Succeeding as a start-up can be all about meeting the right people and finding the right programs. here are the key ways to do that in the valley.

Tom Giffey

Are you thinking about taking the leap into entrepreneurship? Have you already started your own business but could you still use a hand, a sympathetic ear, or some inspiration? The Chippewa Valley offers ...

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Slow to Start?

Wisconsin ranks low in nationwide index of entrepreneurship

V1 Staff

We have some good news and some bad news about Wisconsin’s national rankings for entrepreneurial activity. The good news is that – unlike the previous three years – Wisconsin didn’t place dead last among the states ...

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Building Community Brick by Brick and Board by Board

market & johnson has created an award-winning business by keeping customers first

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You’re forgiven if you didn’t realize that Market & Johnson’s headquarters is on Galloway Street in Eau Claire. After all, those of us who live in the Chippewa Valley are used to seeing their name everywhere ...

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Nurturing Growth

Small Business Development Center expands at UW-Eau Claire - Barron County

UWEC Integrated Marketing and Communications

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire recently opened an office in Meggers Hall at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County in Rice Lake ...

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Ranked at the Top

U.S. News puts UW MBA Consortium among best online programs in the country

UWEC Integrated Marketing and Communications

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium program among the top nine programs in the nation in its Best Online MBA Programs rankings ...

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Spotting for Start-Ups

Menomonie business owner offers insight into Chamber benefits

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thomas Sampson is chairman of the Young Professionals of the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce and owner of The Machine Shed CrossFit gym. He opened his gym in 2016 and joined the chamber ...

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