Seeking Business Paragons

EC AREA Economic Development Corp. wants nominees for annual award

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

Do you know of a local business that’s risen to the top of the class – one that’s a model for others because of its growth, innovation, and job-creation prowess? If so, you’ve got a potential Paragon Award winner on your hands. The Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp. is seeking nominees ...

Embracing the Odd

Odd Humyns + Odd Brand Strategy introduce the School of Odd

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Rayna DeJongh, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Serena Wagner and Elle McGee, founders of Odd Brand Strategy and now Odd Humyns – a downtown Eau Claire art store, 209 N. Barstow St. – are expanding their offerings even further with the opening ...

Waffles for a Cause

Chippewa Falls nurse opens coffee and waffle shop to fight homelessness

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chippewa Falls boasts a new coffee shop with a noble purpose at 1629 Hallie Road. Jewelstone Cafe and Waffle Bar opened its doors in September to offer caffeinated concoctions and sweet treats ...

On the Paper Trail

a stranger's lost to-do list sparks many, many questions

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

Winter is an important time for me. Because wintertime is the time in which I found a handwritten shopping list on the floor of a grocery store. It was late at night, Dec. 13 (a Wednesday), and the store was almost empty ...

Some Nineties Nostalgia We Could Do Without

lackluster year for Packers, Badgers football and basketball calls to mind ho-hum early ’90s

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Luc Anthony

The three most popular teams in Wisconsin, including our part of the state, are the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers football, and Badger men’s basketball. We like the other prominent teams ...

Cackling for Canines

hometown star Harmston headlines benefit show

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Breana Good

The Dunn County Humane Society will host “Guffaws for Paws,” an 18+ comedy night on Saturday, Dec. 29. The show will be at the Off Broadway Banquet Center in Menomonie, a space that the Stout Ale House donated for the event. DCHS is a non-profit, no-kill facility that relies on the generosity ...

Drilling Down

western Wisconsin firm finds success with specialty ice fishing products

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Barbara Arnold

In early December, you might have seen many an ice angler out on Half Moon Lake, including a few bright red pop-up tents with the brand name Eskimo. With a name like that, you might think Alaska or Canada ...

Buck Up for the Birkie

skiers from near and far gear up for North America’s largest cross-country race

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Nealy Corcoran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bob Burch is a world-class skier who has skied the largest cross-country ski race in North America, the American Birkebeiner, every year for 36 years. This February he will make the drive from Eau Claire ...

Night Time Is the Right Time

chilly fun comes to Pinehurst Park on Thursdays this January and February

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now that winter is officially upon us, it might be tempting to lock your doors and burrito-roll inside your favorite blanket. But here in Wisconsin, cold weather doesn’t have to negate outdoor fun ...

Weather Fit for Fat

local fatbiking scene welcomes newbies, old helmets

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Sean Brandenburg, photos by Jereme Rauckman

With December temps in the mid-to-high 30s, it would seem that snow will come and go this winter. One thing that is here to stay, though, is fat biking. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve likely seen ...

Sweet Home, Barron County

western Wisconsin’s Chris Kroeze gains national fame via The Voice

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Haley Wright

Barron’s own Chris Kroeze made an impression on the nation that no one will soon forget on the 15th season of The Voice, rising to the top two contestants ...

Take the Quiz: Year in Review 2018

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  V1 Staff

We do a Year In Review feature every year, and it's time to be tested by our editors, who have written questions designed to stump, befuddle, confuse, confound, and bewilder you.

The Christmas Santa Got Shot

Wed. Dec. 19th, 2018  |  Judy Sarles

Living at Grandpa’s house was a wonderful experience for my brother, sister and myself. Our Grandma had died recently, leaving Grandpa alone in his big house. So when the war ended, my Dad, Mom, and the three of us kids moved back ...

Unleash the Extension Cords

’tis the season for judging your neighbor’s holiday decor

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

The holiday yard over-decorator has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years. Their plastic-packed yards, while revered by some, are largely considered gaudy and gratuitous. “Why turn your yard into a spectacle?” people ask ...

Mudd Meets Midwest

Puddle of Mudd to perform at The Metro

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher

Twenty-eight-year veterans of the grunge metal scene Puddle of Mudd will perform at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire on Dec. 30. The Missouri-born band has been jamming since the release of its first album ...

Wintry Fun in Dunn

Winterdaze presents ‘Up North Christmas, Eh?’

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Downtown Menomonie Inc. will host the 15th annual Winterdaze Parade Dec. 16. It all starts at 4pm with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will provide a photo opportunity for families. Small farm ...

Drama, Comedy, and Dragons

UWEC production explores family tragedy, role-playing

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018  |  Haley Wright

She Kills Monsters, a dramatic comedy produced by the UW-Eau Claire Music and Theatre Arts Department, will debut at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Dec. 11 and run through Dec. 16 ...

Microgreens With Macro Potential

local chiropractor raises tiny, nutritious plants

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018  |  Justine Childs

When my friend Dr. Dan Czedlatdko told me he was growing microgreens I had one thought: What the heck are microgreens? While in Arizona early this year, Dr. Dan came across microgreens. Upon exploring further, he discovered that a study done ...