Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Celebration & Relocation

spurned by Water Street, winter parade shifts to Grand Avenue

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After it was evicted from its original home on Water Street earlier this year, things were looking bleak for the Clearwater Winter Parade. And while the decision to keep it going nonetheless isn’t exactly a Christmas miracle, it’s good news ...

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On the Money 2014

Learning About Your Money

Western Dairyland financial literacy specialist Adrian Klenz on the Valley's need for financial educational

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Adrian Klenz wants change. As a financial literacy specialist at Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, his vision is a world where everyone is financially literate, they’re taught the basics of personal finance alongside math ...

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Issue #264 October 2, 2014

Somewhere to Park

just how big should the new downtown ramp be?

by Tom Giffey

In one sense, the impending parking crunch in downtown Eau Claire is a good problem to have: The presence of two major employers and the continued influx of residents and businesses mean our downtown is growing healthier – as is the community ...

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Issue #263 September 18, 2014

They Raised the Roof

neighborly businesses pitch in to aid theater group

by Steve Freuhauf

A 50-year-old roof and some serious Wisconsin weather have made life pretty hard on staff members at the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Eau Claire’s oldest community theater group, for the past few winters. Executive Director Ann Sessions ...

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Issue #263 September 18, 2014

Altoona’s New Front Porch

mixed-use development on track for River Prairie

by Tom Giffey

Neighborhoods often grow arbitrarily: Some housing here, a few business there, a park (or not), streets that connect well (or not so well), with the rest of the community. Depending on the era, zoning rules (or misrules) and other laws may have ...

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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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