Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Big Fun With Big Rigs

truck show moves to Chippewa Falls, adds monster trucks

Max Martinson

Previously staged in the Chippewa Valley Technical College parking lot in Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show has grown too large for its original home, and has hit the highway for the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Leinie's Goes Big

famous local brewery to throw huge birthday party

Max Martinson

Leinenkugel’s began brewing beer in Chippewa Falls in 1867, and they’re still going strong as ever. The storied local brewery and the family that has owned and operated it all this time are celebrating 150 years ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

A Blue-Ribbon Time

Eau Claire County Fair offers old-fashioned fun

Barbara Arnold

Hankering for a good old-fashioned county fair featuring 4-Hers, Future Farmers of America, and FUN? Then git to the 93rd annual five-day Eau Claire County Fair, which runs Wednesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 30 ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Jobs by the Numbers

V1 Staff

It’s easy to get snow blindness from the blizzard of employment numbers you hear on the news. Unemployment statistics are updated monthly, sometimes get adjusted when new data comes in, and they constantly fluctuate. In the past few years, fortunately ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Wisconsinites Are Money Smart

study says we’re financially literate, but we still act like everyone else

J. Michael Collins

In recent years, communities, schools, and families have sought to help people be better able to avoid money troubles by promoting financial literacy and, in turn, financial capability. A new national study shows these efforts are finding success in Wisconsin ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Every Little Bit Helps

when it comes to college savings, even small amounts can inspire success

UW Extension

A doctor or singer or maybe an astronaut? Young children have plenty of dreams when it comes to what they want to be when they grow up. Parents know those career dreams keep changing as their children ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

One-Stop Fest Prep Shop

Red’s Mercantile brings in friends for Back Alley Market

Eric Christenson

With music festivals looming, it’s good to prepared, and when it comes to festival preparedness, look no further than the Back Alley Market hosted by Red’s Mercantile on the day before the Eaux Claires festival, June 15 ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Don't Pass by the Past

travel in time to the fur trade era in Chippewa Falls

Barbara Arnold

Step back into an authentic reenactment of a huge 1800s French fur trading camp at the 14th annual “The Past Passed Here” from Thursday, May 11, through Sunday, May 14, at Allen Park in Chippewa Falls ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

In the Garden, in the Zone

a Chippewa Valley master gardener shares her gardening expertise

by Maggie Cook, by Laura Wolter, photos by Laura Wolter

Gardeners are lucky to have myriad traditional resources for finding plant information such as garden books, magazines, garden center staff, University Extension agents, and Master Gardener volunteers ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Can You Dig It?

maybe not ‑ only diggers Hotline knows for sure

Tom Giffey

When sprig finally arrived in the snowbound Chippewa Valley a couple of years ago, my wife and I were eager to put in a modest garden behind our new home. And while I’m a newbie when it comes to gardening ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Housing Demand Is Growing

local home builders say tight market makes new construction more attractive

Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association

With the local job market continuing to improve, demand among homebuyers has continued to grow steadily despite rising mortgage rates. This demand has created record-low inventory in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Let the Parade Begin

Chippewa Valley builders put their work on display for 43rd annual home showcase

Tom Giffey

A couple of the houses originally slated to be part of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s 43rd Annual Parade of Homes had to drop out – and for good reason: They have already been sold ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

6 Generous Bird Bushes

Conrad Leighton

We seem to think of gardening primarily for summer flowers, but there are other seasons and attractions to consider: fall, winter, spring – and birds. When we moved into our house 29 years ago, the yard offered green grass and little else ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Open Your Mind

Psychic & Wellness Fair features Reiki, readings, more

Emily Kinzel

The annual Spring Psychic & Wellness Fair is blooming with presentations, vendors, readers, and more! Events ranging from spiritual therapy to wellness coaching to healing paraphernalia ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

A Passion - Not a Hobby

president of Wisconsin Car Enthusiast Club talks the future of Midwest car collectors

Hillary Bell

A car might be just a car to some people, something to get them to work, to home, and to places in-between, but to the president of the Wisconsin Car Enthusiast Club, Alex Martinez, cars ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Shark Attack!

an Eau Claire man’s dream car is now one of the show circuit’s hottest hot rods

Tom Giffey

Like its aquatic namesake, the Shark is impressive to read about. And, like its namesake, it’s even more impressive when you’re face to fin with it ...

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