Challenging Normal

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

by Mike Seitz

exchange program to bring young people from Alabama to Eau Claire\

Everyone has a “normal,” whether we think about it or not. Our day-to-day routine is full of things we become used to, so much so that we might not recognize aspects of our society. This month a new program will take place that might shake up the “normal” for folks in the Chippewa Valley ...

Can You Help Find Mabel's Medallions?

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

by V1 Staff

As part of the yearlong celebration of the beautiful, historic theater’s 125th anniversary, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is holding three medallion hunts in Menomonie. What’s a medallion hunt? Essentially, it’s a treasure hunt during which clues are revealed daily to hint at the location of a prize ...

Out at Coon Fork

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

by Eric Rasmussen, illustrated by Serena Wagner

why we endure the voluntary isolation of camping with family

‘What do you think family camping will be like in 20 years?” my cousin asked. We sat in the middle of the road on folding camp chairs, because that was the only place we could find some shade. Camping weekend is always either too hot or too cold. This was a hot year, and the family all loitered ...

Opening Shot | August 5, 2015

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

photos by Lee Butterworth

HOT HOT HEAT. The Torch Sisters – a local troupe of fire spinners – heated things up on the Phoenix Park Labyrinth following the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 29.

On the Cover | August 5, 2015

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

by Susan Walsh

“Our empty nest has allowed me time to get back to art. ... I have had many hobbies over the years and have lots of various supplies on hand. A few years ago, I ran across art journaling on Pinterest. I loved the idea of experimenting and practice without pressure ..."

Note from the Editor | August 5, 2015

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

by Nick Meyer

Directly above my computer monitor in my office, I have a whole slew of Post-it notes, each with a couple of words written on them in black sharpie. Every one represents an idea or initiative I have in mind for Volume One and our varied endeavors ...

GO NUTS: Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll 2015!

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

by V1 Staff

Our big, giant, massive, Valley-wide Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll is now up and firing on all cylinders. It covers everything from local restaurants to local media to news issues to arts-n-entertainment and everything in between including fried chicken.

Wheely Useful

Tue. Aug. 4th, 2015

by Tom Giffey, photos by Serena Wagner

the Chippewa Valley finally has a detailed bike map

With a fairly robust network of state- and city-designated bike trails, an increasing number of on-street bike lanes and “sharrows,” and a growing culture of biking for transportation and recreation, it’s somewhat surprising that one simple, useful tool has eluded the Chippewa Valley’s bicyclists until now: a good map ...


Tue. Aug. 4th, 2015

by Jeannie Roberts

It's the heavenly sound / when chimes find a song / in breeze, the sparkle / of snow, the back and forth / show where hummingbirds / feed, it's an endless blue sky / when summer's not shy / to shine, the ferment / of leaves, the woodlands / at ease, in fall, it's the call ...

Eau Claire May Dump Odd-Even Parking

Tue. Aug. 4th, 2015

by Tom Giffey

Sick of having to remember which side of the street to park on during the six months of the year when alternate side parking is in force in the city of Eau Claire? You may be in luck: The City Council is considering changing the rules to require ...

Eau Claire County Fair 2015

photos by Amy Marsh, Caitlyn Berlin

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The annual Eau Claire County Fair took place Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2. Every year it focuses on youth and family-centered fair, with animal judging, 4-H exhibits, low cost games and activities for children, and educational exhibits. Photos are from Wednesday through Friday.

How Wisconsin "Lost" the Upper Peninsula

Mon. Aug. 3rd, 2015

by James Johonnott

It's (kind of) common knowledge in Wisconsin that what is now Michigan's upper peninsula was once part of America's dairyland, and was somehow ceded our eastern neighbors. But just like most common knowledge, this isn't quite as true ...

Sat. Aug. 1st, 2015

Vintage Sconnie TV: "Drive Wise" Ad

This video leaves me speechless. It would appear as though the Wisconsin Department of Tourism hired 4th-string hip-hop group "Fresh Force" to rap about safe driving. Between the hypnotic illustrations dancing across the back-drop to the rhythmic perfection of the head bops, I see no flaws. Plus, th

Sat. Aug. 1st, 2015

Vintage Sconnie TV: Old Milwaukee Log Rolling Ad

Here we have a classic story. There’s the logrolling underdog who just can’t rise to the challenge against his heckling opponents, only to come out the hero at the very end – indeed, our hero is better at selecting crowd-pleasing beer than he is at that trendy logrolling. This commercial is pretty

Sat. Aug. 1st, 2015

Vintage Sconnie TV: Wausau Center Mall Ad (1983)

Although it lacks for any sort of narrative, this commercial still captivates the viewer with its jolly cast of characters. Why, there’s Grandpa! And boy does he look confused by a baseball glove. And there’s silly Uncle Joe, hiding his presents in all sorts of boxes! Ha ha what fun! Balloons!

You Can Own a Lion in Wisconsin but You Shouldn't

Thu. Jul. 30th, 2015

by James Johonnott

As you may have heard, there seems to be a lion of some kind prowling the streets of Milwaukee. Police were initially skeptical that a big cat was wandering the streets, but 14 phone calls, two police sightings, and one grainy cell phone video later ...

Bumblebees Are Awesome: Local Short Film Showcases the Buzz

Wed. Jul. 29th, 2015

by James Johonnott

"Native Pollinators: The Bumblebee" is a short film created by Joe Maurer to draw attention to the plight of the bumblebee in the Midwest. The film also appears in "Prairie Enthusiasm! Protecting Our Natural Heritage", a feature length documentary also directed by Maurer.

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