Issue #287 August 19, 2015

Market Growth

Menomonie Market Co-op celebrates big new digs, looks toward future

by Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

The Menomonie Market Food Co-op’s brand-new store is the realization of a longstanding goal for member-owners of the 41-year-old grocery, which specializes in organic and natural foods. Constricted by a too-small location, the co-op worked for years planning, fundraising, and finding the perfect spot for a new store ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Challenging Normal

exchange program to bring young people from Alabama to Eau Claire\

by Mike Seitz

Everyone has a “normal,” whether we think about it or not. Our day-to-day routine is full of things we become used to, so much so that we might not recognize aspects of our society. This month a new program will take place that might shake up the “normal” for folks in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Can You Help Find Mabel's Medallions?

by V1 Staff

As part of the yearlong celebration of the beautiful, historic theater’s 125th anniversary, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is holding three medallion hunts in Menomonie. What’s a medallion hunt? Essentially, it’s a treasure hunt during which clues are revealed daily to hint at the location of a prize ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Wheely Useful

the Chippewa Valley finally has a detailed bike map

by Tom Giffey, photos by Serena Wagner

With a fairly robust network of state- and city-designated bike trails, an increasing number of on-street bike lanes and “sharrows,” and a growing culture of biking for transportation and recreation, it’s somewhat surprising that one simple, useful tool has eluded the Chippewa Valley’s bicyclists until now: a good map ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Struck by the Spear

The infamous storm of 1980 may have been one of the worst weather events in local history, but it brought out the best in Eau Claire’s people.

by Luc Anthony

By 1980, radar technology had advanced sufficiently that local television stations could operate their own such machines. What used to be the realm of the military and the National Weather Service could now be erected where your TV weathermen did their jobs. That summer, one of these radars ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Savvy Secrets for Job Hunters

We talked to Chippewa Valley experts about what it takes to land the job you want.

by V1 Staff

"Many job-seekers look at job postings and underestimate their ability to do a job. Perhaps it is because the position is in an industry they lack experience in or the position is not exactly in the area they were educated in. Those job-seekers should ..."

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

'I'm Glad You Fired Me'

losing an internship at age 20 has provided valuable life-long lessons

by Christina Berchini

‘Today will be your last day.” These words randomly emerged from the recesses of my memory the other night. I was washing dishes and listening to a TED Talk. I was not feeling particularly nostalgic that evening, or thinking about anyone or anything in particular ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Riding the Workforce Wave

retirement of Baby Boomers creates opportunities – and problems – for younger Chippewa Valley workers

by Tom Giffey

True to its moniker, the Baby Boom generation is still making noise. This time, it’s in the local and national labor market. If you listen closely, the rumble you hear is the tectonic shift of this massive generation – which makes up about 30 percent of today’s workforce – entering retirement ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Curbside Compost: Garbage into Gold

new Eau Claire business will turn your kitchen waste into compost – and take out the trash, too

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Kelsey Smith

Red wiggler earthworms served as the initial inspiration for Zacharious and Jamie Pappas’ newly created business, Earthbound Environmental Solutions, which will offer curbside composting to individuals and families in the Eau Claire area ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Let the Sun Shine In

two Chippewa Valley utility companies launch solar power programs.

by Mike Seitz

Most people love summer for the same reason: the sun. It warms us up after the harsh winters our state is notorious for – at least for a few months. But that great big burning ball of gas in the sky gives us more than a free tan: Many people are recognizing its ability to provide us with a renewable ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Harness the Wind

CVTC prepares for power-generating turbine

by Laura Lash

While on a road trip in California, driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, I came upon a stellar sight. As the landscape got drier, past the city limits and pushing into wide open space, I was greeted by miles of wind turbines at work. It was a beautiful sight; having never seen such a large display ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Lake Menomin: The Good, the Bad, and the Algae

UW-Stout program attracts undergrads from around the country to confront toxic lake problem

by Sam Peters

Lake Menomin and the surrounding watershed are intertwined with the animals, farms, and people of Menomonie. Like so many Wisconsin communities, the city shares a geographic, social, and economic relationship with the local water resources. Unfortunately over time, elevated levels of ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Nowhere to Park

city struggles to find right spot for bike corral

by Tom Giffey

Bicyclists sometimes have difficulty finding a good place to park their wheels while they visit, shop, or otherwise enjoy downtown Eau Claire. To address this problem, last year the city bought a bike corral, a specialized metal rack which can accommodate 10 bicycles in an on-street ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Tewalt Gets City Council Seat

The Eau Claire City Council has a brand-new member: Tim Tewalt was chosen by his council peers-to-be June 9 to fill a vacancy representing District 1 on the city’s north side. Tewalt, who works as program director and instructor of industrial mechanics at Chippewa Valley Technical College, will hold the seat previously occupied by Councilman ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

New Hotel Rising On U.S. 53

by V1 Staff

Altoona’s River Prairie isn’t the only place where development is popping up along U.S. 53. A few miles north, ground has been broken for a 90-unit Fairfield Inn & Suites in the new Princeton Crossing development, which is at the intersection of U.S. 53 and the North Crossing. Haselwander Companies, which is building the hotel, expects ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Eau Claire's Big Plan Needs Your Input

by Tom Giffey

Just as buildings have blueprints, so do cities, and in Eau Claire that blueprint is known as the Comprehensive Plan. That hefty document – which covers everything from land use to parks, from economic development to improving the downtown – is in the midst of a once-a-decade revision. Since last September, an ad hoc committee of ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Up From the Ashes

business to use wood from doomed local trees

by Zack Katz, photos by Zack Katz

A 2014 meeting of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Green Committee raised concerns about the emerald ash borer’s toll on the Chippewa Valley’s many ash trees. Eau Claire City Forester Todd Chwala projected that 40,000 ash trees in the city will need to be cut down in the coming decade due to the impending invasion of ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

New Water Street Landing for Tubers

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tubing down the Chippewa River in Eau Claire has exploded in popularity in the past few years. Tubers, who typically launch from Phoenix Park, enjoy lazy summertime floating in large numbers. One drawback has been clear, however: There aren’t many good places to ...

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

New Altoona School Underway

by V1 Staff

With the help of four shovel-wielding children, the Altoona school district broke ground for a new elementary school June 2. The school will be built at 157 Bartlett Ave. on the northeast side of Altoona, about two miles east of the current schools. Voters approved construction of the school as part of a $23 million referendum last fall. The 82,000-square-foot building will serve kindergarten through third-graders and should be complete by the fall of 2016, WEAU-TV reported.

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

Chippewa Falls District Has a New Leader

by V1 Staff

hippewa Falls Middle School Principal Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos has a new title: superintendent. The Chippewa Falls school board voted to hire Taylor-Eliopoulos, a Chippewa Falls native, to fill the district’s top spot, which was left vacant by the April resignation of Superintendent Brad Saron. “I decided in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher,” Taylor-Eliopoulos told the Chippewa Herald. “I couldn’t ask for a better next step in my career.” She’s been middle school principal for ...

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