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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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Label-Free Mindfulness

collaboration bringing Zen Buddhists to a Christian church shows benefits of meditative practice regardless of spiritual affiliation

Chris Hayden

When people think of “mindfulness,” they may associate it with a particular religious or spiritual path, such as Buddhism. But in Menomonie, a seemingly unlikely alliance has brought about the creation ...

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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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