Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Blue Devils in Their Hearts

couple who met as UW-Stout students get married on campus

by UW-Stout News

Kira Blake and Mike Sullivan met as students in 2009 at UW-Stout in Menomonie, and it didn’t take them long to make a connection. Soon, they were getting together in the mornings for coffee and enjoying Scrabble dates ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

You Can Get Married at UWEC?

if you so choose, UW-Eau Claire can facilitate your wedding

Scott Morfitt

In the past 15 years, I’ve had countless people pop that big $300 question: “Will you be in my wedding?” Because I’m a sucker for small gifts commemorating me wearing a tux, I’ve always said, “Yeah, is there an open bar?”

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

White Winter Wedding

summer isn't the only season to tie the knot: Winter can provide a stunning setting for your big day

V1 Staff, photos by Leslie Duffy

A white wedding can mean more than the color of a bride’s dress: In the case of Renee and Mike Sommer of Eau Claire, it meant being surrounded by a crisp blanket of snow when they were married ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Wedding Advice From the Pros

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible.

Tom Giffey, photos by Kate Bentley

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible ...

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ESSAY: Santa Claus, Childlike Wonder, and Reindeer Poop on the Roof

one father’s struggle with maintaining belief in the jolly old elf

BJ Hollars, illustrated by Serena Wagner

There comes a time in every Santa-believer’s life when that believing hits a snag. Often the seeds of doubt are planted by way of schoolyard bullies, or dream-shattering friends, or one’s own late night sneak from a bedroom to catch a parent in the act ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

'Happy Holiday to You'

now that we’ve slogged through election season, let Andy Williams bring us together

Tom Giffey

As I sat down to work on Volume One’s annual Holiday Handbook, it was inevitable that a seasonal song would emerge from my mental playlist and get stuck in my head ...

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Issue #320 November 16, 2016

Fireball Focus

road rally TV series will come to Eau Claire next fall

Tom Giffey

A TV adventure series in which participants race from city to city across the American landscape in a “2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game” will begin its next season by highlighting the city of Eau Claire ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

The Flyest of Hairstyles

fundraiser for veterans puts awesome ‘dos on the runway

Hannah Mumm

Local hairstylists Amanda Jonas and Coli Burke combine creativity and charity in the second annual Hairica show: Hairica: Unlit. Part hair show, part dinner party, and part fundraiser, Hairica is the only event ...

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Issue #319 November 2, 2016

Think Globally, Buy Locally

Eau Claire Global Market will boost multitude of international projects

by Bonni Knight

Fifty years ago, Ginny Close was assigned to a small village in Turkey as a Peace Corps volunteer. She recalls being struck by the beautiful tatting (lace-making) the women in her village were doing ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Happy Hundredth, Blugolds!

UW-Eau Claire is celebrating its centennial this fall, and you’re invited

V1 Staff

In case the name of the newish Centennial Hall and the presence of a giant “1916” sign in the middle of campus didn’t tip you off, UW-Eau Claire had a big birthday coming up. The university turns 100 this year, and several celebrations will mark the historic occasion ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

Supreme Study Spots

find the serenity you need to blast through your schoolwork with these academic alcoves

Hailey Novak

Cramming. Hitting the books. Putting your nose to the grindstone. Whatever you call studying, it’s something every college student is familiar with. Whether you treat it like a part-time job or try learning everything an hour before the big test ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

A 'Love Haiti' Relationship

valley volunteers drawn to help in beautiful, troubled island nation

by Bonni Knight

When I saw Tina Fern-Denzer last month in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she was grinning from ear to ear. She had been on the ground for less than two hours after a long day of travel from Woodville, Wisconsin ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Swords and Rewards

locals' fantasy board game gets majorly kickstarted

Caleb Gerdes

The game is called Ravingspire: Assault on the Tower of Madness. The stats: A deck-building, rotating-dungeon board game of swords, sorcery and madness ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

In Wisconsin Can You Really Marry Your House?

A bunch of trivia websites claim you can do just that. We found out the truth.

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While researching Wisconsin wedding laws (and by “researching” I mean “googling”) a year ago, I kept running across one of those “unbelievable but true” factoids that I decided was truly unbelievable. Reproduced on numerous websites ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

Asking the Wedding Experts

talking to local photographers, florists, and more about all the crazy weddings they’ve attended

photos by Randy Lee

“I saw a bride’s wedding dress nearly get pooped on by her bare-bottomed toddler. I didn’t know the child was about to poop and ended up with a picture of the moment.”

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

‘I’m Right There With You’

as she prepares for her fast-approaching wedding, Renee gives new brides tips for minimum stress

photos by Randy Lee

If you could just pay attention for one minute here and remove the god-forsaken glue gun from your hand (the wedding favors can wait), I want to give you all a written hug. This wedding planning stuff is for the birds ... unless you actually like it – then feel free to go back to Pinterest. This letter isn’t for you.

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Issue #289 September 16, 2015

Change is Possible

civil rights trio will open UWEC’s season of Forums

Tom Giffey

As daily headlines demonstrate, the movement for civil rights and justice in the world has not been consigned for the history books. It’s a long-term struggle that requires the participation, in large and small ways, of countless human beings – starting with you. I Am the Change is the theme ...

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