The Valley's Newest Music Festival Is a Party of One

Christian music festival OneFest brings family fun

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher

When Heather Flashinski’s first son started attending Sunday school in 2016, she was surprised to discover that the program didn’t include learning the small songs and hymns she remembers from her own childhood ...

You Gotta Taste It to Believe It

Leinenkugel’s quality control program creates sensory experts, blemish-free beer

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Eric Christenson

You have four beers in front of you. They all look the same, some even smell and taste very similar. But do you think you could pinpoint even the subtlest blemish or defect? Maybe something’s a little off ...

Growing in Harmony

Albrecht's Nursery and Orchard offers education and organic trees

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Don Albrecht had been collecting apple varieties for years, and working in orchards for decades, by the time he decided to open his own fruit tree farm. His wife, Janeen, sent him out to Chippewa Falls ...

A Moment With the Mayor

Greg Hoffman will soon mark 10 years as Chippewa Falls' chief executive

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

This summer Greg Hoffman will celebrate 10 years as mayor of Chippewa Falls, a decade that has heralded steady growth and civic improvement in the city. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” said Hoffman ...

Pure Water Days Offers Pure Family Fun

for 42 years, Pure Water Days has highlighted one of Chippewa Falls’ most vital resources

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Situated on the banks of the Chippewa River, bisected by Duncan Creek, and known far and wide for the beverages it puts in bottles, Chippewa Falls is in many ways defined by water ...

Thinking Globally, Growing Locally

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation focuses on fostering local employers, encouraging exports

Tue. May. 22nd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

Much like the awesome Chippewa River – swift, mighty, and always flowing – so too is our local economy. Like the economy itself, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation is in a constant state of movement ...

A Sporty Retorty

I’ve never gotten along with sports, and perhaps I never will

Mon. May. 21st, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

This is a story I love to tell. I end up telling it all the time. At the bar. At parties and get-togethers. In the car and at family gatherings. In awkward conversations with people I hardly know while waiting ...

These Failed Attempts to Set Free

Mon. May. 21st, 2018  |  Jan Carroll

When the two homeless men— // one red sleeping bag, one green—fled // from the cave-like encampment // under the footbridge downtown, all they left ...

Teaching Makes Me Rich

Taylor Swift offers the perfect response for those who question this future educator’s career path

Mon. May. 21st, 2018  |  Lindsey Bispala

‘Are you prepared to be poor for your entire life?” Add this question to the long list of responses that future teachers get after expressing their occupation choice ...

Movin’ Along the Trail

boozy book will encourage you to try new beverages

Fri. May. 18th, 2018  |  Emilee Wentland

It’s no secret the Chippewa Valley is a great place to try a wide variety of craft beverages. From Autumn Harvest’s apple-based wines to Leinenkugel’s trademark brews, it’s hardly possible to get bored ...

Cabin Coffee Co. Comes to River Prairie

Fri. May. 18th, 2018  |  Hillary Bell

A family-friendly coffee franchise is on its way to Altoona. Although no official date has been set for completion, construction of the brand-new Cabin Coffee Co. shop should be complete by mid-August ...

Chalkfest 2018 Is on the Way

Thu. May. 17th, 2018  |  Emilee Wentland

It’s almost time to decorate UW-Eau Claire’s sidewalks with vivid colors and unique designs through chalk art. Every summer, Volume One and UWEC team up to present Chalkfest, a day-long celebration of all things artistic, creative, and, of course, chalk-related ...