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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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Arnold Wins National PR Award

by Tom Giffey

The essence of public relations is fostering relationships and making an impact on a community. Barbara Arnold excels in both areas, and now she’s been honored for her tireless work in the public relations field through a national award. Arnold, of Eau Claire, received the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Arena Unveiled

UWEC shows early plans for huge new event and recreation center

by Tom Giffey

In case you’ve forgotten, the Confluence Project isn’t the only major collaborative, multiuse facility on the drawing board in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire YMCA are working together on an even bigger project, and now you can feast your eyes on drawings of a major event facility and recreation center ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Sweet Sisterly Songs

three sisters from Baldwin share the mic on debut EP

by Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Put down the Bon Iver and explore the sounds of new and upcoming local artists, the Morton Sisters – three sisters making alternative folk-pop music. The singing trio from Baldwin is currently celebrating the release of Neap Tide, their debut EP ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Check in to the Oxbow

state grant aids revival of ex-Green Tree Inn into boutique hotel & restaurant

by Tom Giffey

A half-million-dollar state grant will fill a gap in the funding needed to transform a shuttered downtown establishment into a unique hotel that will embody both Eau Claire’s natural beauty and its rising artistic urbanism. The new owners of the Oxbow Hotel – formerly known as the Green Tree Inn & Suites – announced Nov. 10 ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Good Reason to Light the Night

Bolton fundraiser gala supports domestic violence victims

by Raquel Dorf

Eau Claire’s Bolton Refuge House, Inc will be hosting their annual “Light the Night Gala,” on Nov. 7 at the Westgate Sportsman’ Club. The fundraising event will be an exciting evening lavished with live musical performances from UW-Eau Claire’s all-female a cappella group, Audacious ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

A Holiday Tradition

The Great Russian Nutcracker, straight outta Moscow

by Nicole Lanzer

Get ready to lace up your dancing flats. The Moscow Ballet is coming to town to kick off this year’s holiday season. The touring company will give two performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker Nov. 9-10 at The State Theatre. Whether it’s the whimsical costumes, the spirit-filled music, or the world-class ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Starting a Movement

world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater arrives in EC

by Brianna Willer

Sure, Pilobolus is a fungus, by definition. But it is also the name of a world-renowned dance company that will be stopping into UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 12. Pilobolus Dance Theater, named after the light-loving fungus that propels its spores with incredible strength and speed, has visited more than ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

UWEC Gets Grant for STEM Internships

by V1 Staff

In today’s job market, getting an internship (or two or three) in one’s chosen field is a virtual necessity for college students if they hope to be gainfully employed after graduation. For UW-Eau Claire students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, getting such internships ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Trojan Horse Wins EC Sculpture Tour Vote

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

With the stealth of the Greek soldiers who filled the belly of its legendary predecessor, Trojan Horse sneaked into our hearts this year, winning the Sculpture Tour Eau Claire’s People’s Choice Award. The looming equine, which has stood sentinel since the spring outside the Mayo Clinic Health System Pharmacy ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

The Time is Now

anonymous challenge grant will push Confluence fundraising toward goal

by Tom Giffey

What once seemed a nearly impossible challenge – raising $13.5 million in private donations for the proposed Confluence Arts Center – is nearing reality, and fundraisers are optimistic that the goal can be reached soon. The campaign recently passed $10 million, and a critical challenge grant will bring ...

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