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Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

EC City Manager Will Resign

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Less than three years after he became Eau Claire city manager, Russ Van Gompel announced his resignation at a City Council meeting Sept. 8. According to WEAU-TV, Van Gompel cited “personal reasons” in a statement he read to the council. “I would like to thank the City Council ...

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Supercomputers and More at Chippewa Tech Museum

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The Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry & Technology is a great spot for the tech nerds (or soon-to-be tech nerds) in your family. The museum celebrates the local contributions made to some amazing advances in technology throughout history, from computing to footwear to firefighting ...

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Kid History: strike up the band!

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Back-to-school season means a return to reading, writing, ’rithmatic – and band practice. Back in the early 1920s, music education started at an early age for the kids in the “model school” at what is now known as UW-Eau Claire (and was then the recently established Eau Claire State Normal School) ...

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Speedy Scares at the haunted hustle

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Whoever said you can’t run from your fears never took part on the Haunted Hustle, a 5K run/walk during which you’re bound to be dashing away from something “spooktacular.” The third annual event – which will be Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Eau Claire’s Owen Park ...

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

5 Uses for Apples (other than eating them)

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If your family is anything like mine, autumn is time for apples – lots of apples – and sometimes you end up with more than you know what to do with. If you’re tired of making applesauce and apple pie, here are some ways to use apples that don’t involve putting them on your plate.

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Fall Color Report puts autumn beauty online

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Interactive technology too often keeps kids (and – let’s be honest – grownups as well) sedentary and glued to our screens. But it can also be helpful in getting us into the great outdoors. If you need motivation to get you driving, hiking, or paddling out in Wisconsin’s annual autumnal explosion of color ...

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Chippewa Valley Family Fall 2015: catch us out & about

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After the release of our inaugural issue in July, we’ve been busy popping up all over the Chippewa Valley with our mobile tent to hand out issues and sign people up to win a year-long membership to the ...

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Growing Economy = Growing Baby Bumps

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Did you know the economic recession led to a baby recession? Well, it’s true. (In case you hadn’t noticed, the little buggers are pretty expensive to care for.) And now that the economy is on the rise, so is the birth rate: In fact, the U.S. birth rate grew last year for the first time since 2007 ...

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

Another Gouda Showing for Cheesemaker Marieke

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The team of cheesemakers at Marieke Gouda in Thorp has collected a few more honors for its remarkable cheeses, winning four awards at the American Cheese Society Conference (a.k.a. the “Oscars of cheese”), held July 31-Aug. 2 in Providence, Rhode Island. Three Marieke Gouda varieties ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

A Mom in the Spotlight

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All the world’s a stage (or at least an improv scene) for this Eau Claire native who inspires theatrical creativity in her kids and students ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Annual Ink & Paper Print Sale Adds $2500 in Cash & Prizes for Local Artists

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Artists interested in submitted their work for the Volume One Gallery’s annual Ink & Paper Print Sale now have another incentive to do so: This year, $2,500 in cash and prizes will be available to the artists. Volume One has partnered with Powertex Group – a design, printing, and e-commerce firm in Eau Claire – to bring the event to this next level ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Sculpture Tour Seeks Local Submissions

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Sculpture Tour Eau Claire – the organization behind the ongoing outdoor art gallery on the city’s streets – is seeking submissions from Chippewa Valley artists for consideration for next year’s tour. “In order to grow the tour, it is important that we encourage local and regional artists to submit ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Hot Yoga Studio Wins Jump-Start Competition

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A new downtown Eau Claire yoga studio earned a major local business accolade within days of opening its doors. Amy Erickson’s Latitude 44 Yoga Studio won the grand prize – the Jim Mishefske Award – in the ninth annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition ...

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

Mascot Smackdown!

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They’re both blue, made of fuzzy foam, and boost school spirit. But which Chippewa Valley university mascot is the baddest of all?

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

Great Scots!

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UWEC professor’s definitive book on Scottish cinema

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Fireman's Invention is Semi-Finalist for International Award

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Eau Claire firefighter Jeff Dykes may have a million-dollar idea – literally. Dykes’ business, Northern Star Fire, is a semi-finalist for a Powerful Answers Award, a worldwide technology competition sponsored by Verizon Wireless. If the business is named a finalist next month in the award ...

In Memory of the Wagner's Shortcut

Wed. Aug. 12th, 2015

Enjoy a driving tour of the "Wagner's Shortcut" – a street-like path in Eau Claire, Wis. running behind the Wagner's Lanes bowling alley, connecting Brackett Avenue to Fairfax Street. Used by locals for decades, the popular shortcut was finally closed on August 12, 2015 ...

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Can You Help Find Mabel's Medallions?

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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 ...

Wed. Jul. 8th, 2015

Why Invest Now?

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big gains can be enjoyed from smart public & private investment in our scene

Fri. Jun. 26th, 2015

A Busy Mom on the Run

V1 Staff, photos by Sharp Portrait Studio

A Southern California girl finds her place here in the Chippewa Valley, inspiring others to get outside and stay active.

Fri. Jun. 26th, 2015

The Big To-Do! 5 family event picks for July & August

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U.S. Junior Kubb Championship | July 10 • Eau Claire Soccer Park • 9am | Held the same weekend as the U.S. National Kubb Championship, the little ones are welcome to register for a team of their own ...

Fri. Jun. 26th, 2015

6 Wonderful, Family-Friendly Chippewa Valley Hikes

V1 Staff, photos by Mary Mihajlov

The air conditioner can make staying inside all summer an attractive option. But do not let its icy blast lull you into being a summertime couch potato. It’s up to you to get the family outside and loving the natural beauty that makes the Chippewa Valley such a great place. And here are a few places to do just that.

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

New Hotel Rising On U.S. 53

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Altoona’s River Prairie isn’t the only place where development is popping up along U.S. 53. A few miles north, ground has been broken for a 90-unit Fairfield Inn & Suites in the new Princeton Crossing development, which is at the intersection of U.S. 53 and the North Crossing. Haselwander Companies, which is building the hotel, expects ...

Thu. Jun. 11th, 2015

Cabin Ridge Rides

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Want a rustic rendezvous or a woodsy wedding? Check out this rural Chippewa County gem.

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

New Altoona School Underway

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With the help of four shovel-wielding children, the Altoona school district broke ground for a new elementary school June 2. The school will be built at 157 Bartlett Ave. on the northeast side of Altoona, about two miles east of the current schools. Voters approved construction of the school as part of a $23 million referendum last fall. The 82,000-square-foot building will serve kindergarten through third-graders and should be complete by the fall of 2016, WEAU-TV reported.

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

Chippewa Falls District Has a New Leader

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hippewa Falls Middle School Principal Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos has a new title: superintendent. The Chippewa Falls school board voted to hire Taylor-Eliopoulos, a Chippewa Falls native, to fill the district’s top spot, which was left vacant by the April resignation of Superintendent Brad Saron. “I decided in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher,” Taylor-Eliopoulos told the Chippewa Herald. “I couldn’t ask for a better next step in my career.” She’s been middle school principal for ...

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Sat. May. 30th, 2015

WANTED: Sconnie Speakers

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Ah, the Wisconsin accent ... as nuanced as it is beautiful – right, youse guys, or no? UWEC graduate Michael Fox has spent the past decade researching the intricacies of dialects within Wisconsin. ...

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

Education Publisher Scores Book Award

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Eau Claire-based PESI Inc. is known nationwide as a provider of continuing education – seminars, conferences, and the like – in the health care and behavioral health fields. But the nonprofit organization has a publishing arm as well, and back in April PESI Publishing and Media won three awards ...

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Wed. May. 27th, 2015

Area Doctors Pledge $1M to the Confluence Arts Center

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More big Confluence Project news. In addition to the Joint Finance Committee restoring $15M for the arts center to this year's state budget, OakLeaf Medical Network in Eau Claire has announced a new $1M pledge to the project. Here's the press release ...

Tue. May. 26th, 2015

New Downtown Bus Loop Costs 50 Cents

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A new circulator route will make getting around downtown Eau Claire easier this summer. On May 20, the Eau Claire Transit Commission approved the creation of a new route that will follow a five-mile loop around the central city each 20 minutes ...

Wed. May. 13th, 2015

Chippewa Falls School Again to Seek Superintendant

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The Chippewa Falls School District will soon be looking for a new top administrator. Brad Saron, who has served as superintendent for two years, announced April 29 that he had accepted the same job with the Sun Prairie School District ...

Wed. May. 13th, 2015

Eau Claire Transit Considers Summer Downtown Bus Loop

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Getting around in downtown Eau Claire might be easier than ever this summer: The Eau Claire Transit Commission is considering adding to its downtown service area in the coming months ...

Wed. May. 13th, 2015

UW-Stout Hires New 'Chief Academic Officer'

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UW-Stout will have a new “chief academic officer” beginning this summer. Patrick Guilfoile will become the Menomonie-based university’s provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs on July 1 ...

Wed. May. 13th, 2015

Clear Vision Eau Claire a Finalist for National Honor

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An organization dedicated to getting Eau Claire residents more engaged in their community is a finalist for a national good-government award. Clear Vision Eau Claire, a civic engagement and community planning group, is one of four finalists for the Ash Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award, which is given annually by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University ...

Fri. May. 1st, 2015

8 Quirky Wisconsin Museums

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Whether it’s mustard, accordions, or angels, Wisconsinites have a unique way of taking a hobby and turning it into an exhibit hall. Our state is home to an eclectic mix of museums that go beyond the ordinary and are the product of a passionate person with a vision: a vision so ...

Thu. Apr. 30th, 2015

Time to Spruce Up Downtown

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Spring cleaning isn’t just for your own home and yard: City streets, parks, and sidewalks need some springtime love, too. If you can push a broom, pick up trash, or squirt Windex, Downtown Eau Claire wants your help for the annual Our City Spring Clean-Up ...

Thu. Apr. 30th, 2015

Visit Eau Claire Wants Bigger Share of Room Tax

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Visit Eau Claire, the region’s tourism promotion agency, wants to tap into a larger share of the motel room taxes generated in the city of Eau Claire. Currently, Visit Eau Claire gets 56 percent of these taxes, which amount to about $969,000 last year ...

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | Apr. 15, 2015

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Eau Claire’s premiere bluegrass outfit, Evergreen Grass Band, is currently kickstarting funds to finally release a second full-length album. The band’s first album, For Sheriff came out in 2010, and the band has toured relentlessly ...

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

Recount Possible After Eight Votes Separate Candidates

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A recount is possible in an Eau Claire City Council race after initial vote totals showed a mere eight votes separated incumbent Councilman Bob Von Haden and challenger Sandra McKinney. According to unofficial totals from the April 7 spring ...