Issue #335 June 28, 2017

More Fun Than You Can Handle

Northern Wis. State Fair brings big-time fun to Valley

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Get ready to enjoy some delicious fair food, entertainment by nationally known performers (including The Beach Boys, Clint Black, Dennis DeYoung with the music of Styx, and Granger Smith) ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Animating Public Art

new nonprofit aims to bring more art to public places

Tom Giffey, photos by Shane Newman

A new nonprofit organization has been created to enhance public art in Eau Claire by connecting local artists with public places to showcase their work. The Eau Claire Public Arts Council launched in mid-June ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Celebrating Dairyland

a unique love of farming is deeply ingrained in wisconsin

Kathleen Vinehout

‘Do you still milk?” I asked Jim at a recent gathering. “No,” he told me. “My son tells me the most help I can be is to stay out of the way,” he joked. We both agreed that was hard. Dairying gets in your blood ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Classic Fun, New Direction

long-running Doll and Pet Parade has new sponsor, route

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Doll and Pet Parade, an Eau Claire tradition for the last 69 years, is now under the leadership of the Clear Water Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire (a service organization whose mission is to promote the welfare ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

FEATURE: Diverse Perspectives

Circles of Change initiative seeks to move from dialogue to action

Patti See, photos by Patti See, Bill Hoepner

I’m at the front of the pack in this bonding exercise, “Move Forward, Move Back.” To start, all of us lined up along the hallway, shoulder to shoulder as equals. I predicted I might end up in the middle, since I was a working-class kid and a first-generation college student. Another white woman is at the front with me ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

You're a Grand New Flag

the votes have been counted. Now it’s time to salute the People’s Flag of Eau Claire

V1 Staff

The people of Eau Claire have spoken, and now the people have a flag. After thousands of votes were tallied, a design by Mike Berge titled “Clear Water Revival” emerged as the winner in the People’s Flag ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Farewell, Family Ownership

after 136 years, Leader-Telegram sold to newspaper chain

Tom Giffey

The Leader-Telegram – which was one of the few remaining family-owned daily newspapers in the United States – has been sold to a Minnesota-based chain. The newspaper’s parent, the Eau Claire Press Co., announced the sale to Adams Publishing Group on May 31 ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

One Sock in Front of the Other

18-year-old decides to walk from N.Y. to California to give socks to the homeless

Emily Kinzel

When some people graduate high school, their first thought is “Freedom!” They apply to college or get ready to enter the workforce. However, Dayton Nash, an 18-year-old Chippewa Vallian, instead plans to travel across the country from New York to California on a charitable journey ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Block Full of Bluegrass

neighborhood parties can be easy: just add yard games, some food, and a few banjos

Tom Giffey, photos by Dan Zerr

A big music-and-food infused block party on Eau Claire’s Badger Avenue grew out of a small idea Josh Rizzo had: “One night as I was playing guitar, I wondered what would happen if I had a band up on this porch.”

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Cinder City Heats Up

Altoona kicks off summer with annual festival

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

The one and only Cinder City Days, one of the first of the area summer festivals, runs June 8-11 in Altoona’s Cinder City Park. The festival, put on annually by the Altoona Lions Club, has been a draw for locals for more than four decades, offering a little something for everyone ...

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Issue #333 May 31, 2017

Big Beard Bash

Bunyan Camp rolls out the barrel for facial hair soiree

Barbara Arnold

Calling all beer lovers and beard lovers! Grab your beer mugs and ’stache wax to attend the first-ever Northwoods Beer’d Fest hosted by the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park on June 23 ...

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