Opening Shot | Aug. 21, 2019

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019  |  photos by Michael Bartsch

THE LOOK THAT SAYS “BLUEGRASS.” The WHYS Radio Bluegrass Festival returned to Lake Altoona County Park on Saturday, August 17, featuring the Seeger Boys (pictured), Olive Sings, The Lowest Pair, the Root Tappers, Noah John, Woodland Spring, and the No Man’s String Band.

Die Happy

Them Coulee Boys level up big time for new record

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019  |  Eric Christenson

There’s a proverbial sea of so-called bluegrass music out there in the world that all, for better or worse, sounds exactly the same. I get it, there’s subtleties to the formula, niches yet to be explored, and ...

Help With Healing

musicians and friends band together for benefit concert

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher

The Chippewa Valley’s musical community will come together Sept. 6 to launch a three-day benefit event to support Duane (Danno) Kebschull, founder of DMi Sound, member of the Chippewa Valley Blues ...

Construction Completion

campus projects at UWEC, UW-Stout wrap up as students return

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Summertime means construction time for many a college campus while students are (mostly) away. Here’s an inside look at new campus construction projects at ...

Summertime Souvenirs

the gold we find on summer vacation

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019  |  Ken Szymanski, illustrated by Taylor McCumber

We went searching for gold, and we came home with a rock. It was the classic Wisconsin family road trip – the longest that my family would ever take – to the Badlands of South Dakota. With my parents in the front, my two brothers ...


Mon. Aug. 19th, 2019  |  Richard Terrill

In hindsight what you longed for / seems part of some canon, / items on a list everyone / was supposed to have wanted ...

Dungeons & Dragons in Eau Claire: How to Get Started

Thu. Aug. 15th, 2019  |  Kensie Kiesow

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) which encourages its players to not only do a lot of basic math, but to really indulge in their fantasies and imagination to create a world of magic and combat all their own ...

The Great Chippewa Valley Beer Tour

one woman, two days, three cities, and eight local breweries

Fri. Aug. 9th, 2019  |  Kellie Williams, photos by Drew Williams

I can be one of those meme-worthy, wine-loving moms, but what I really enjoy after a long day is a nice cold beer. I am a Wisconsin girl, after all. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I was introduced to ...

Full Speed Ahead

UW-Stout senior balances Leinenkugel’s internship, cross country training

Fri. Aug. 9th, 2019  |  by Jerry Poling, by UW-Stout News

The summer of 2019 has been anything but a time to relax for Mike Friedman, who will be a senior this fall at UW-Stout. Quite the opposite: He’s taken things up a notch or two. On weekday afternoons ...

Follow the Cheddar Brick Road

spots to visit on the great Southwestern Wisconsin Cheese Tour

Fri. Aug. 9th, 2019  |  Kensie Kiesow

Whether you’ve never visited a factory or your scrapbooks are weighed down with pictures of yourself in front of vats of curd, this unofficial trail of southwestern Wisconsin’s best factories and ...


cheesemaker Steve Bechel gives smart answers to our dumb questions

Fri. Aug. 9th, 2019  |  V1 Staff

Wisconsinites might be cheeseheads, but we’re not all cheesemeisters. When it comes to the real questions about our state snack, it might be best to call in an expert. Thankfully, no question was ...

The Bullet

aka the carnival ride i never rode

Fri. Aug. 9th, 2019  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

I never ever rode the thing. I was too scared, and my little paper tickets were too precious to waste on something I wasn’t sure I’d like. Far too precious to waste on something that could kill me. Discounting the Ferris wheel, it was ...

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