Issue #332 May 17, 2017

What's in a Name?

the people behind the monikers you see around Chippewa Falls

The Chippewa County Historical Society

William Irvine was born in Mount Carroll, Illinois, in 1851. When he was only 15 he moved to Chippewa Falls and was employed by the sawmill. At age 22 he married Adelaide Beardsley in Mount Carroll and the two made their home at Chippewa Falls. They had one adopted daughter ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Riverfront Revival

downtown Chippewa Falls’ new park project brings visitors down to the water

Tom Giffey

Considering that Chippewa Falls was born along the river, it’s fitting that its next chapter is taking root there, too. Work is ongoing to transform what was once an underused commercial and industrial ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Cheers to Oktoberfest

a beer-lovers' German cultural celebration in the heart of Chippewa Falls

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about Oktoberfest that gives me the urge to throw on a dirndl. I’m pretty sure I could rock the Alpine cap as well (though that's not traditional for us German women) ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Adding on for a Growing Family

Chippewa Valley Family YMCA ponders a new capital campaign for renovation, expansion

Hannah Mumm

The YMCA is a gathering place for the whole community. It is meant to be an inclusive space – it’s not limited to those who can afford membership at an upscale gym – that promoting wellness ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

A Dam Fine History

Lake Wissota and the dam that created it turn 100 this year

Barbara Arnold

Lake Wissota, one of Chippewa Falls' crown jewels – which sparkles like hundreds of diamonds on a sunny day – and the dam that created it celebrate their 100th birthday this year ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Time Is Tight for Pagoda

museum needs big space to stash iconic restaurant roof

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

The Chippewa Valley Museum is racing against time to find a home for an iconic remnant of a Chinese restaurant it salvaged three years ago. Last month, the museum announced that it will end efforts to restore ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

36 years after falling in love with Eau Claire, Linton retires from Mayo Clinic leadership role

Tom Giffey, photos by Jeff Thompson

When Dr. Randall Linton came to Eau Claire in 1981 fresh from a medical residency at the University of Iowa, he joined what was then a relatively small practice known as Midelfort Clinic. Thirty-six years later ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Another Artistic Confluence

Confluence Council will absorb ECRAC next year

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The skyline of downtown Eau Claire isn’t the only thing changing because of the ongoing construction of the Confluence Arts Center. On April 19, the Confluence Council, the entity that will operate ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Traveling in Time

1930s guidebook offers a glimpse of what awaited tourists in the Chippewa Valley

Tom Giffey

Putting yourself in the mind of a visitor to your own city is an interesting exercise: If I didn’t live here, you ask yourself, what would I find interesting? What would I visit? What would strike me as unusual?

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Get on the Bus!

new Chippewa Valley travel company offers retiree-friendly motorcoach trips

Tom Giffey

If you want to take a day trip without the hassle of planning, parking, navigating, and (not least of all) driving, a Menomonie-area entrepreneur’s new business may be just the ticket for you ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

New Digs for Blugolds

UWEC-affiliated foundation buys apartments in new Water Street building

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The apartment building rising in the 200 block of Water Street in Eau Claire has a new owner – or at least most of it does. The Blugold Real Estate Foundation – an arm of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation – announced April 7 ...

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