Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Following the Current

an ambitious new museum exhibit explains how cultures have intersected over four centuries of Chippewa Valley history

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s an old adage that you can never step into the same river twice. Even if the river appears unchanged, the chaotic flow of billions of water molecules, the impact of the elements, and the relentless passage of time mean ...

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Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Rhodes Less Traveled

UWEC senior only second in school history to win prestigious scholarship

by Tom Giffey

UW-Eau Claire senior Tayo A. Sanders II recently achieved something only one other student in the university’s 98-year history has: He was named a Rhodes Scholar. Sanders, a materials science major from Neenah, is among the exclusive ...

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Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Home for the Holidays

new EC post office preserves tradition of locating downtown

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It may be smaller, but the home of Eau Claire’s new post office feels familiar – and not just because of the crates of mail, the stacks of packing boxes, and the posters advertising Christmas stamps. It’s also familiar because ...

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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

Turning A New Page

groundbreaking ceremony marks start of downtown’s biggest project ever

by Tom Giffey

After two and a half years of planning, public debate, political campaigning, demolition, and preparation, ground was broken – at least symbolically – on Nov. 11 for the first phase of the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Digging In

EC’s south side will get its own community garden

by Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley’s growing community garden movement will take root in another location next spring. The Eau Claire City Council recently unanimously approved an effort to create a Southside Community Garden in Fairfax Park. Eau Claire ...

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Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Coworking Collaboration

UW-Eau Claire partners with WorkSpace to give entrepreneurship students a taste of coworking

by Eric Christenson

The business world is in the middle of a transition from giant, elaborate corporate structures to smaller, entrepreneurial ventures and innovative startups. With that change comes a shift in work mentality as well. No longer is business ...

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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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