2008 Local Year in Review

a local overview of 2008 from arts to news to a whole lot more

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  V1 Staff

2008 in the Chippwea Valley from Obama to Bon Iver, from the smoking ban to Brett Farve

Mulling Over the Merge

combining school teams increases wins, decreases opportunities

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Luc Anthony

Merging the Old Abes and the Huskies may save money and bring more titles, but ...

A Hero in Black and White

December marks the 90th anniversary of the Eau Claire flu pandemic that killed 58

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  David Mortimer

Ninety years ago this month, a local nun helped battle a virus that shut down Eau Claire.

Powerpop Powerhouse

night of music at Skate America features Jamestown Story

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Aryn Widule

Skate America will host Minneapolis alternative act Jamestown Story.

New Year's Eve Events

celebrate the new year with music, theater, dancing, and more

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Robin Kinderman

Not sure what to do for New Years? There are plenty of options out there for you, my friend.

Ragtime Festival

annual fundraiser celebrating its 10th year

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Emily Thierfelder

For the 10th year in a row, Chippewa Valley residents will get their mega dose of ragtime.

Bump, Set, Dome!

slots still available for one-of-a-kind volleyball leagues

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Trevor Kupfer, photos by Frank H. Robinson

“It has been unbelievable. Everybody walks in the door and says, ‘Wow.’" – Bill “Loopy” Kleitch

Captains of Cork

new shop allows you to brew homemade wine, beer

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Megan Ault, photos by Drew Kaiser

Shawn and Julie-Ann Kluge have turned their hobby of making wine into their business.

A Body of Quirk

the unconventional style, flair of Paula Gorski’s art

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2008  |  Caitlin Heidbrink, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Gorski hopes to express humor and playfulness through narrative paintings and wrapped sculpture.