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 ...

Fame in Vain

UW-Stout faculty produce award-winning short film

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  by Lauren Fisher, photos by UW-Stout News

Vanitá, a film directed by former UW-Stout professor Kevin Pontuti and starring former Menomonie resident Alexandra Loreth, won two awards at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival on ...

Elemental Evolution

UWEC a cappella group adds first female singer, drops album of ’80s classics

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Entering their 20th year, UW-Eau Claire’s very own a capella group, Fifth Element, has embraced change. With the debut of their most recent album, Neon, and the addition of the group’s first female singer ...

Songs Unspoken

Xavly’s first album Exit mixes personal struggles with electronic tones

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Measha Vieth

One day in 2015 a friendship ended. The next day, Austin Steinke found himself writing about it in the Books a Million parking lot. This day was just the beginning of Steinke’s music project, Xavly, and his first album ...

Just Local Food Cooks Up Plans for New Space

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Just Local Food Cooperative in downtown Eau Claire will soon announce plans for relocating and expanding into a new, 9,000-square-foot space. The downtown grocery store hopes to reveal its new location in January ...

Nature School Considered for Little Red

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Could more project-based learning opportunities be coming to the Chippewa Valley? That’s the hope of a group of Eau Claire parents who have banded together to propose transforming the former Little Red Elementary School ...

Function Over Fashion

the onset of winter allows Wisconsinites to forego stylishness in favor of staying warm

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Caroline Akervik

One of the very best things about winter is winter clothes. Winter allows one to liberate one’s inner fashion outlaw. Cold weather eliminates or overrules the dictates of style all in the name of keeping warm ...

Child Christmas

Mon. Dec. 18th, 2017  |  Max Garland

I wanted god in a manger. \ This was Christmas in Kentucky--1960?61? \ There were flurries in the forecast ...

Snowing Is Half the Battle

living with the threat of a crusty Brown Christmas

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Brown Christmas. It’s the absolute worst. Sure, there are far more important things about which we can complain, or even try to fix, but no snow in late December? It just doesn’t feel right ...

Almost Winter

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Bruce Taylor

Your windows caulked, washed, / locked and sealed in plastic, / your two sturdy new shovels / and a hundred pounds of sand.

The Christmas Coon

how a frozen critter taught a valuable lesson about doctor-patient communication

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Everin Houkom

This season of dropping temperatures, snow squalls, and ice brings back memories of the first ice storm in Milwaukee my second year of residency. A quarter inch of ice on the streets made me late for my day ...

Laugh Off the Old Year

nationally known comic Palascak stops at The Plus

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

To bid a farewell to 2017, Clear Water Comedy has invited comedian Michael Palascak to Eau Claire. Stop by The Plus for Palascak’s set at 8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 28. Sides will split, snorts will be expelled, and comedy-induced tears will spill ...

Sweet, Sweaty Sweaters

Ugly Sweater 5K offers exercise, fashion failures

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

As the Christmas season begins, some are excited for eggnog and presents, while others enjoy trimming the tree next to a cozy fire. Yet in recent years there has developed a country-wide mania for “ugly” holiday sweater ...

Forming a Friendship

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...

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