Xcel: Clean Energy Helps Hold down Rates

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Xcel Energy is crediting its investment in “clean energy” for a recent agreement it reached with several consumer groups that would keep utility rates below 2018 levels through 2021. The proposal ...

Waste Not, Want Not?

a deep dive into the wonderful, wacky world of organic waste disposal

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019  |  Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

My husband paused halfway between the trashcan and kitchen sink, clutching an apple core. “Tell me again what I do with this?” “Compost.” I pointed to the green compost bin, courtesy of our new trash haulers, Earthbound Environmental Solutions. He paused. “Why is that better ...."

Rinse, Tumble Dry, Repeat

webcomic aimed at people who are “nervous and overwhelmed with life”

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019  |  Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Before he headed to college at UW-Stout in 2007 for a degree in studio art, Tyler Haas knew he was destined to be great. That expectation was tempered somewhat when he leveled up. “As it turns out, being the ...

The Local Poverty Puzzle

local poverty rates are among the worst in the state, but the reasons why aren’t exactly clear

Tue. Jul. 23rd, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

While the overall poverty rate is falling in Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley is one of only two areas of the state where the share of people in poverty is significantly above the state average, a new study ...

8 Weird and Wondrous Wisconsin Summer Festivals

Wed. Jul. 17th, 2019  |  Kensie Kiesow

Wisconsin festivals are, by far, the most classic, Midwestern affairs to experience during the year. Here there be eight Wisconsin festivals to visit this summer, as well as a bonus festival listed at the bottom that you’ll just have to check out ...

Gods or Spacemen

Pyrrhic debuts after seven years in the making

Thu. Jul. 11th, 2019  |  Broc Seigneurie

It’s often said that the creative process is something that can’t be rushed. That theory has been put to the test by regional rock group Gods or Spacemen with their debut release, Pyrrhic. The result is a bluesy indie-rock passion project

Sabeen Sadiq Graces the Plus

Laugh it up to support the Red Letter Grant

Thu. Jul. 11th, 2019  |  Rebecca Mennecke

Comedian. Writer. Spectacular human. That’s Sabeen Sadiq, a Chicago-based comedian and actor, according to her website. As a part of the Red Letter Grant Comedy Night, hosted by the Menomonie Market ...

Dhimiters Gets Saucy at Food Truck Friday

Thu. Jul. 11th, 2019  |  V1 Staff, photos by Adam Smith

Dhimiters gyros began with a trip Vangjel Kapbardhi took to Germany. Kapbardhi stopped at the kabab stands to grab a donër — which is essentially the same as a gyro, he said. Once home, Kapbardhi recreated the donër and, thus, Dhimiters gyros was born. In addition ...

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