Issue #262 September 4, 2014

A Look at the Future?

panels ponder multiuse Confluence building; Regents gives thumbs up to performing arts center

by Tom Giffey

Depending on when you read these words, demolition is likely complete on the future site of the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire. And even as the old buildings were coming down, we got a first look at what might replace them ...

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Memorable Joynt

famed tavern gets city historic designation

photos by Katie Lebrun

A notable bar on Water Street since it opened in the 1970s, The Joynt has been recognized as a local historic landmark by the city of Eau Claire’s Landmarks Commission. As of Aug. 4, the bar known for its jazz history and lack of light beer ...

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Fostering Success

new UW-Stout program aims to help foster kids reach college – and excel

by Tom Giffey

For most college students, a free ride, a few bucks, or a shoulder to cry on are only as far away as a call or text to Mom and Dad. But that’s not the case for students who have reached college after aging out of the foster care system ...

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Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Reflecting On the Past

retiring UW-Stout chancellor recalls highs, lows of 26-year tenure

by Tom Giffey

Outgoing UW-Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen once lost 25 pounds in a single month. He mentions this not to brag about some extreme weight-loss technique, but to explain the stress caused by the biggest crisis of his professional career ...

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Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Finding Solid Ground

UW-Eau Claire gets $10M donation for event center with capacity of 7,500

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Marisa Wojcik

A $10 million donation from a pair of UW-Eau Claire alumni will be a literal and figurative game-changer for the university and the community, providing a location for a privately funded 7,500 capacity multipurpose venue that will eventually ...

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Issue #259 July 24, 2014

Park It Here

new parking ramp seen as key to continued DT growth

by Tom Giffey

Continued development around Phoenix Park is gobbling up surface parking in the neighborhood, so – like the new buildings – parking in the North Barstow district will have to rise higher. The city of Eau Claire has long intended to build a ...

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Issue #258 July 10, 2014

Building It Better

new Water Street bridge will have classic look, bike- and walk-friendly design

by Tom Giffey

A glance at pictures of the bridges that once crisscrossed Eau Claire’s rivers reveals that such spans of wood, steel, and stone can be more than simply utilitarian: They can be beautiful, too. Those who traversed above the city’s waters ...

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Issue #257 June 26, 2014

Jerry Gallagher: Staying Classy

after a dozen years of telling the Chippewa Valley’s stories, Jerry Gallagher has left the News 18 anchor desk

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After a dozen years of telling the Chippewa Valley’s stories, Jerry Gallagher has left the News 18 anchor desk. Before hitting the road, he gave V1 the scoop about what’s true (and not true) about the ‘Anchorman’ stereotype, how Act 10 changed ...

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Issue #257 June 26, 2014

Honored Across America

National Civic League says Eau Claire among 10 best cities

by Tom Giffey

As Midwesterners, we Eau Clairians typically stay humble about our hometown. If there’s ever a time to brag, however, it’s now: On June 15, Eau Claire was one of 10 winners of the National Civic League’s prestigious All-America City Award ...

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Issue #257 June 26, 2014

The Rail Thing

Carson Park’s mini-train an intergenerational treat

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Riding the mini-trains in Carson Park is an annual tradition for innumberable Chippewa Valley families, among them the Kents of Eau Claire and Hudson. This year’s trip fell on Father’s Day, when three generations of the family gathered for the ...

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Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Look to the Sun

two solar energy projects could dawn in region

by Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley may be poised to become a hotbed of solar energy, and not just among sun worshippers reveling in the long-awaited summer weather. True, the two solar energy proposals on the drawing board locally don’t necessarily make for a ...

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