Camping in Amish Country

Tue. Jan. 2nd, 2018  |  Mike Forecki

We rarely rise to see the sun rise, but now / it tauts and scorches our canvas tent. The / camp air is green from last night's ...

Chippewa Roasters Keep it Fresh

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Jake Johnston, photos by Madisyn Kephart

Have you heard of coffee? Did you drink some this morning? Probably. Do not worry. You and I are among hundreds of millions of people globally who do. We are talking about one of the most consumed beverages ever.

Grandma’s Coffee Pot

a story of family, loss, and how we grow up without even realizing it

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser

love coffee, so it’s easy for me to forget that I used to abhor the stuff. I started drinking it in my early 20s, as a way to cope with being a night owl in an early bird’s world. I had previously worked ...

When Push Comes to Shovel

this winter, I bid adieu to my favorite inanimate friend

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I never gave it a name. And the name of a thing is so very important. It was just always there, hanging in the garage, year after year, patiently waiting in reverse hibernation for winter to come. It came alive in cold weather. It lived for the snow ...

Cheering For the Enemy

the inside story of how a Packer backer ended up rah-rahing for the Vikings

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Luc Anthony

lly in life, we don’t face a dichotomy of personal preference and career choice. For most of us, it is a matter of what is fun versus what gets us a paycheck. Imagine a different example: you support the Packers, but you have an opportunity ...

Downtown Foodie Tour Wins Idea Challenge

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

A new business that hopes to offer food and history tours of downtown Eau Claire was chosen as the grand prize winner of the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp.’s annual Idea Challenge ...

Opening Shot | Dec. 27, 2017

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  photos by Timothy Mather

SNOWBODY GETS IN OUR WAY. The 14th Annual WinterDaze Parade paraded through historic downtown Menomonie on the night of December 14, culminating in a winter fireworks show over Lake Menomin.

On the Cover | Dec. 27, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from KaoLee Vang

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

"I often find myself complicating everything I make and find myself always going back to the basics and creating something that’s influenced by nature ..."

Looking Backward & Forward

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017  |  Nick Meyer

It’s the time of year when many of us often pause to look both backward and forward as we contemplate the year behind us and lay plans for the one ahead. It’s in this final issue of the year that the gang here ...

Year in Review 2017 - Take the Quiz!

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

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 Signs are Clear, But the Response Isn't

Panhandlers prompt a range of emotions in passersby, but how should we really react?

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Dan Ingersoll

The sign said, “Homeless: Need $168 for a bus ticket to family in Fargo.” The holder of the sign looked sad and frozen to the bone. I drove past and then turned into the Aldi’s parking lot next to where he was standing ...

Party With the Fam

New Year’s celebrations offer fun for the whole gang

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel, photos by Kelly Whitman

For one day out of the year, people around the world throw parties with confetti, champagne, and screenings of the ball dropping in Times Square to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. However, for those who have procreated ...

Tag Team For the Table

top chefs pair up to support The Community Table

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tis the season of giving, and throughout Eau Claire, not all residents have food to spare. To spread a little joy to families in need, The Community Table is teaming up with local chefs for a fundraising event ...

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