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The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

Brewing Projekt Sets Sights on Cannery District Building Renovation

Mike Paulus

Some great-looking news from William Glass, owner of The Eau Claire Brewing Project LLC, (“The Brewing Projekt”) and founding owner of The Fire House in downtown Eau Claire. Glass is looking to negotiate the purchase of a property located at 1807 Oxford Avenue, near the small batch brewery’s ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Tristan Splichal studies the cello and the mixing deck

Mike Paulus

Many musicians strive to master multiple instruments, often spanning different musical genres and skill sets. Some take it a notch further. Take Eau Claire eighth-grader Tristan Splichal, for instance, who’s just as comfortable with bows and strings as he is with phasers, flangers, and beat matching ...

Wed. Dec. 23rd, 2015

Monroe, Wisconsin

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

in the very beginning, I got there first

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 9th, 2015

Local Holiday Cover Tunes (2015 Edition)

Mike Paulus

As you read this, Volume One is proud to be hosting 2015's collection of classic Christmas tunes covered by a bunch of local and formerly local musicians – We Wish You Eau Claire-y Christmas ...

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Fri. Dec. 4th, 2015

Blue Ox Music Festival to return in June, announces performers

Mike Paulus

Heads up! In a press release this week, the Blue Ox Music Festival has revealed it's 2016 dates and a partial lineup, returning June 9–11, featuring the likes of Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Pert Near Sandstone, Blitzen Trapper, and Whiskey Shivers. Tickets are on sale now. Check out the details:

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Keith Olsen wields his cards in world contest

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

How many of you can claim to be ranked fourth in the United States at ... well, anything? Well, if you happen to be 11-year-old Pokémon player Keith Olsen, you just raised your hand. The Altoona 5th grader traveled to Boston late last August to compete in the 2015 Pokémon World Championships ...

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015

The Quiet Rolls In

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

sitting in the trees right before dark, and listening

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

5 Meaningful Holiday Traditions (you can start this year!)

Mike Paulus

You’ve probably heard that the key to cutting through the stress and overstimulation of the holiday season is to keep things simple. But that’s easier said than done, especially when most of the season is geared around impossible visions of perfection which will probably cost a fortune and leave you ...

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Probable Gobble

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

an unsolicited tour through my holiday dinner

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

All Across the Floor

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

our eyes can play tricks on us, but so can something else

Mon. Oct. 5th, 2015

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Most Outstanding Sue Orfield

Mike Paulus

Every year we do this Best Of poll, local saxophonist Sue Orfield (either by herself or in one of her various bands) tops the Best Blues Band and Best Jazz Band categories, usually placing first or second – as she did this year, when she also ranked in the top 10 of the Best Rock Band category ...

Fri. Oct. 2nd, 2015

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: "Highest" Bridge

Mike Paulus

With no less than four different bridge repair and reconstruction projects underway this year, the summer of 2015 was quite a time for Eau Claire – a.k.a. the “City of Bridges.” However, one bridge in particular stands tallest amongst its spantastic brethren. You can’t deny it ...

Wed. Sep. 30th, 2015

The Best of the Me 2015

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a craa-zee!

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Sep. 24th, 2015

Target Troll/Chippewa Valley Native Mike Melgaard Strikes Again!

Mike Paulus

Hey, remember Altoona High School graduate Mike Melgaard? He's mostly known as the "Target Troll," because last month he posed as a Target customer service representative to troll people leaving hateful comments and boycott threats on Target's Facebook page – in response to the company's decision ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 23rd, 2015

Do Locals Leave Eau Claire to Find Love? Indeed They Do.

Mike Paulus

Recently, the Star Tribune ran an essay from local UW-Eau Claire English professor Katie Vagnino entitled, Lonely in Eau Claire: Why I started commuting to Minneapolis for romance. The essay details the quest of a local 33-year-old serial monogamist who ...

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Wed. Sep. 23rd, 2015

Take a Look: Water Street Bridge Demolition

Mike Paulus, photos by Tina Ecker

Eau Claire photographer Tina Ecker was out and about this week when she snapped some shots of this demolition crew in their nutty-looking space suits, cutting apart the old Water Street bridge to make way for its replacement.

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

Pull Your Shelf Together

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

these books don't have to go home, but they can't stay here

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Get On That: Menomonie's castle playground

Mike Paulus, photos by Leah Dunbar

The public playground located next to River Heights Elementary in Menomonie would be a fantastic place to romp even without its centerpiece – a super cool, multistory castle. It’s got great swings and bridges, a fun climbing wall, and more than enough classic jungle gym action to keep your kids moving. But the sprawling castle is definitely the belle of the playground ball.

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Carcassonne: weird name, great game

Mike Paulus

If you’re looking to ratchet up family game night (and explore the new breed of “Tabletop” board games roaring into popularity), try Carcassonne. Originally published in Germany and named after a medieval French city, Carcassonne offers the addictive “building” gameplay found in mega-hit Settlers of Catan but ...

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Megan Sauk loves flying on skis

Mike Paulus, photos by Kelsey Smith

The ski jump perched atop Mt. Washington right outside of Eau Claire is hard to miss. But for 10-year-old Megan Sauk, it’s an absolute can’t-miss destination. “Since I was eight months old I have lived in Eau Claire,” she said. “I began ski jumping at age eight.”

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

The Shape of Things That Were

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

bow your heads to mourn the loss of goofy local landmarks

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Tue. Aug. 11th, 2015

WPR Covers the Economic Impact of Eau Claire's Music Scene

Mike Paulus

Do yourself a favor and listen to Volume One co-managing editors Tom Giffey and Eric Christenson on Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time (which aired August 10). They were invited on to discuss the economic impact of Eau Claire's Music scene, as outlined in our huge Music Capital of the North issue.

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Tue. Aug. 11th, 2015

Last Call on the Wagner's Shortcut

Mike Paulus, photos by Nick Meyer

Today! Tuesday, August 11 is the very last day you can cruise through the weird little shortcut running behind Wagner's Lanes in Eau Claire, connecting Brackett Avenue to Fairfax Street. On Wednesday, the often pothole ridden path (which is really a parking lot) will be ...

Thu. Aug. 6th, 2015

Like Moths to the Name

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

why do we insist on giving each other stupid/awesome nicknames?

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 22nd, 2015

GALLERY: Eaux Claires 2015 at 360°

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

Volume One contributing photographers Luong Huynh and Lee Butterworth worked hard over a sweltering two days of live shows at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 17 and 18). Luong took a little time to grab these fun 360° shots of some of the shows, letting you look around at one of the most talked about music festivals of the summer.

Wed. Jul. 8th, 2015

One Guy One Night

Mike Paulus

the bar looks empty, but it’s definitely full of it

Fri. Jun. 26th, 2015

Quick Trip: LARK Toys in Minnesota

Mike Paulus

Kellogg, Minnesota’s famed LARK Toys toy store ain’t your average Toys “R” Us. One of the largest independent specialty stores in the country, LARK houses over 20,000(!) square feet of mind-blowing kid spectacular-ness. Besides room after room of unique toys and games, they’ve got an amazing ...

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Take It on the Road! Local parents spark summer fun with playground tours

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One summer, a group of turkeys meandered up next to the North River Fronts Neighborhood Park and a little boy took off running to see/pet/snuggle the big birds. He was too young to go galavanting on his own, but his worried mom was too pregnant to run down a sprinting, turkey-obsessed toddler. And that’s when everyone else came to the rescue.

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Kiernan Lepp takes leaps and bounds

Mike Paulus, photos by Kelsey Smith

“I love performance because I get to show off all the hard work from practicing and get to express myself. It gives me exercise, and it helped me gain a good work ethic and learn how to work on a team.” That’s Kiernan Lepp talking ...

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

Rocks and Rivers

Mike Paulus

the most fun you can have doing almost nothing

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

I Am The Bat Man

Mike Paulus

a tale of courageous heroic bravery in the face of easily surmountable odds

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 2nd, 2015

Props for the "S" Bridge

Mike Paulus, photos by Janae Breunig

Check it out – Travel Wisconsin put together a list of "11 Unique Wisconsin Bridges You Have to See" and the very first unique Wisconsin bridges you have to see is Eau Claire's own Soo Line "S" Bridge, making for a wavy crossing of the Eau Claire River near Banbury Place. They say …

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Wed. May. 20th, 2015

Twin Cities TV News Covers Eaux Claires Festival

Mike Paulus

KARE 11 news out of the Twin Cities ran a whopping 6-minute story ("whopping" for a large market news program) last night on the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, featuring a long interview with co-organizer Justin Vernon – and shorter segments with the festival's artistic director Michael Brown ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Apr. 28th, 2015

TV: Wisconsin Discovers Eau Claire

Mike Paulus

Last weekend (April 25), Discover Wisconsin – a statewide tourism TV show – ran its episode on Eau Claire (which you may have heard about here). You can watch the episode (which they've broken into four parts), check out some photos, and quite possible learn a few things you didn't know before – on Discover Wisconsin's website.

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Fri. Apr. 24th, 2015

WATCH: Irie Sol does F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mike Paulus

Irie Sol's next album is about Bernice, the eponymous character from Eau Claire found in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." So to write the album they steeped themselves in Fitzgerald and 1920s jazz and history of St. Paul and Eau Claire ...

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

The Ones in the Backyard

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

my closest neighbors aren’t exactly human

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

Big Orange Crane

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

welcoming downtown EC’s tall, but temporary guest

Tue. Mar. 24th, 2015

Steak and Fake Lobster

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Breaking bread with mom and dad, supper club style

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Mar. 18th, 2015

Local artist Eric Lee on Wisconsin Life

Mike Paulus

In case you missed it on Wisconsin Public Television a few weeks back, check out this clip from Wisconsin Life, showing off the work and inspirations of fantastic Eau Claire artist Eric Lee. You'll learn about his unique art, which often blends ...

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015

Staring at the Cherries

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

an Eau Claire eatery’s mundanely meaningful decor

Tue. Mar. 3rd, 2015

The End of a Cat

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

a furry Eau Clairian has come and gone

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Feb. 25th, 2015

National buzz builds around Eaux Claires

Mike Paulus

Here's a quick roundup of articles about and lists including the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, all set for July this summer. Please do check out Volume One's own interview with Justin Vernon and Arron Dessner, as well as our infographic ...