Issue #296 December 23, 2015

The Tools For Building Your Dream

new Chippewa Falls maker space lends heavy tools, experience

by Gigi Roelant

On the first day of Christmas MTC offered me ... vinyl cutters, machine metal fabrication, a seriously loaded woodshop, welding and soldering set ups, computers teeming with design software, a laser engraving station … and a nested CNC Machine. That truncated little jingle doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount ...

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

Meet the New (Old) Guy

longtime city official Peters will be next city manager

by V1 Staff

Dale Peters, who currently serves as Eau Claire’s assistant city manager, will almost certainly become the next city manager on Jan. 1. The City Council recently voted unanimously to offer the position to Peters, and while contract negotiations are ongoing at press time, an official announcement is expected by Dec. 14 ...

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

Strong as an Ape

dumpster bag innovators win Idea Challenge

by Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

For Steve Faacks and Chris Hansen, winning the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp.’s 2015 Idea Challenge was in the bag – literally. The Chippewa Valley entrepreneurs took home top honors in the annual business contest with their creation, the Gorilla Dumpster Bag. The custom-made, bright-orange polypropylene ...

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

Get Your Holiday Parade On

The Valley’s got some stellar wintery parades for you

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Nick Meyer

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade kicks off the holiday parade season on a national scale in New York City. And we had five Memorial High School Old Abes perform in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band this year. While many people might have at least one holiday parade in their community ...

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

Homes for the Holidays

Habitat for Humanity looks to expand its work in the Chippewa Valley

by Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

With the current holiday season in mind, it’s tempting to say that Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity is preparing an amazing Christmas gift for a local family in need: Volunteers for the charitable group are busy building a new house in Menomonie, a house that will be occupied as early as May ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

If You Love Lights, Let Them Glow

Phoenix Park will get a dash of holiday illumination

by Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Love it or hate it, winter is a defining time for us Wisconsinites with frosted and reddened cheeks, rolling hills of white, and truly astounding light displays stretching as far as the eye can see. On Dec. 4, come down at 5:30pm to Phoenix Park for the second annual “Let it Glow!” event. Organized by Downtown Eau Claire Inc ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Council Inks Confluence Agreement

development deal paves way for arts center

by Tom Giffey

Get the fancy silver shovels ready: The Eau Claire City Council has signed, sealed, and delivered a $5 million deal with a developer to help fund a downtown performing arts center. The 78-page agreement between the city and Haymarket Concepts passed on a unanimous 11-0 vote Nov. 10 ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Red Tape Reduction

city council streamlines event approval process

by Tom Giffey, photos by Caitlyn Berlin

Good news, event organizers: It’s now easier to get the administrative approvals needed to hold your fundraiser, fun run, or other event on public property in the city of Eau Claire. On Nov. 10, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to amend its special events ordinance. The bureaucratic rules that governed ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Give The Gift of Local Art

16th annual art fair in Menomonie makes great gifts

by Raquel Dorf

Away with the jack-o’-lanterns, black cats and fake spiderwebs! A new autumn month is dawning, and it’s time to get a head start on your holiday spirit and – more importantly – your holiday shopping. With November comes the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, hosted by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in downtown Menomonie ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

New Year, New Location

annual Hmong cultural celebration has new home

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For landlocked Midwesterners, Eau Claire’s annual Hmong New Year Celebration is the equivalent of an instantaneous international flight to a place filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of a distant land. This year, the celebration will be Nov. 14-15 at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Good Serve

Menard’s gift will build new tennis center for YMCA

by Tom Giffey

Auto racing apparently isn’t the only sport that home improvement magnate John Menard has a soft spot for: On Nov. 3, the Eau Claire YMCA announced that Menard’s family has made a “multimillion dollar gift” to build a new eight-court tennis center on Menomonie Street just west of the entrance to Carson Park ...

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