Longtime Curator Picked to Lead Chippewa Valley Museum

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by V1 Staff

The Chippewa Valley Museum’s longtime curator is now officially its director. Carrie Ronnander, who became interim director last May, was appointed to the job permanently on Jan. 12. “I love this place,” Ronnander said, referring to both Eau Claire and its museum. “Eau Claire is so dynamic right now, and everybody involved in the museum ...

Six More Pickleball Courts Slated for Eau Claire Park

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by V1 Staff

Forget hoverboard racing and lunar golf. The real sport of the future is here now, and it’s called pickleball. The paddle sport – consider it a cousin of tennis and badminton ...

CVTC Event Offers Free Dental Care for Kids

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by V1 Staff

Do you know a kid from a family struggling to afford dental care? If so, here’s something that may put a smile on your face – and theirs as well. Friday, Feb. 5, is Give a Kid a Smile Day at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Dental Clinic in Eau Claire. From 8am to 4pm that day, children ages 2 through 13 will be able to receive free ...

Icy Reflections

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by Eric Rasmussen

laments swirling around the old neighborhood rink

My kids are seven and five, so they don’t know any better. I like to take them sledding at Mitscher Park, the neighborhood park just a block south of our house. There’s no technical sledding hill in the acre-ish field. It is essentially a big divot in the middle of the grid of houses south of Hamilton Avenue, west of Rudolph Road, and east of State Street ...

Everybody Likes to Win Awards, and We've Got Some to Give...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by Nick Meyer

At the end of every January, the staff at Volume One hosts a fun little event in our gallery where several dozen of our contributors – writers, photographers, and illustrators – gather to eat, drink, and recognize each others’ work from the previous year. We call it The Contriby Awards, and in addition to handing out plenty of hardware ...

On the Cover | January 27, 2016

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

learn more about the issue's cover art by Michael Gehrke

This piece was made to be part of Mike’s senior exhibit, which including two other large watercolor paintings and eight pages of a graphic novel. The graphic novel follows the story of Swift ...

Wisconsin's Finest: New movie brings state man’s Coast Guard heroics to big screen

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by Tom Giffey

Maybe it was humility. Maybe it was the aftereffect of trauma. Or maybe it was just old-fashion Midwestern reticence. In any case, Ervin Maske told his daughter almost nothing about his role in one of the most legendary rescues in U.S. Coast Guard history. In fact, it wasn’t until the 50th anniversary of her father’s youthful heroics ...

So Very Cold: You may have noticed that wintertime is now

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

It was 19 degrees this morning, so I opted to put on a thick flannel shirt instead of a coat. “A coat?” I thought. “Let’s not go crazy here. I mean, it’s only going to get warmer as the day goes on, right?” So I left my coat hanging there by the door ...

El Patio/Burrito Express works up a speedy new delivery system

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

by Anne Sandell, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While people rarely sees eye-to-eye on anything, one thing I think all of us can agree on is the beauty of a perfectly packed burrito. Few things in this life are greater than the first bite of cheesy, beefy goodness, all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

ESSAY: Aaron Rodgers Is One Classy Dude

Mon. Jan. 25th, 2016

by Jordan Hagedorn

As Packers fans, we're still heartbroken by the loss to the Cardinals back on January 16th. After yet another beautiful Aaron Rodgers Hailmary touchdown, it was tough to watch the broken play in Overtime that led to the game-losing touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald ...

Looking Ahead: You Can't Spell 'Hotel' Without 'Hot'

Fri. Jan. 22nd, 2016

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Perhaps it would be an exaggeration to call 2016 the “Year of the Hotel” in the Chippewa Valley. After all, we’ve had hotels around here since Eau Claire was born 160 years ago. Nonetheless, the label has some merit ...

In Wisconsin Can You Really Marry Your House?

Thu. Jan. 21st, 2016

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A bunch of trivia websites claim you can do just that. We found out the truth.

While researching Wisconsin wedding laws (and by “researching” I mean “googling”) a year ago, I kept running across one of those “unbelievable but true” factoids that I decided was truly unbelievable. Reproduced on numerous websites ...

Asking the Wedding Experts

Wed. Jan. 20th, 2016

by Renee Sommer, photos by Randy Lee

talking to local photographers, florists, and more about all the crazy weddings they’ve attended

“I saw a bride’s wedding dress nearly get pooped on by her bare-bottomed toddler. I didn’t know the child was about to poop and ended up with a picture of the moment.”

‘I’m Right There With You’

Wed. Jan. 20th, 2016

by Renee Sommer, photos by Randy Lee

as she prepares for her fast-approaching wedding, Renee gives new brides tips for minimum stress

If you could just pay attention for one minute here and remove the god-forsaken glue gun from your hand (the wedding favors can wait), I want to give you all a written hug. This wedding planning stuff is for the birds ... unless you actually like it – then feel free to go back to Pinterest. This letter isn’t for you.

Difficult Postures

Wed. Jan. 20th, 2016

by Mike Seitz, photos by Kelsey Smith

EC native’s novel traces struggles of literary life

Grant Maierhofer, the Eau Claire native currently attending graduate school in Idaho, kicked off his writing career with his novel The Persistence of Crows, published in 2012. His latest novel, Postures, was a result of getting his first book published. “I wrote it while waiting and feeling hopeless that it might go anywhere,” ...

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