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PROS & CONS: Entrepreneurship in the Valley

OK, you want to start a business. You can’t control every factor that could lead to success or failure, but there is one major element you can: geography. So should you pack up your amazing idea and head elsewhere, or is the Chippewa Valley the ...

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Carving Out Success

A snow-carving team featuring the talents of Eau Claire’s own Winter After Hours snow sculptors Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman – along with Wauwatosa artist Dave Andrews – won first place at the U.S. National Snow Carving Competition in ...

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A Poetic Position

It is poetic justice that someone named Max Garland would win a top prize in his field; it’s even more poetic when that field is poetry. Garland, an Eau Claire resident and UW-Eau Claire English professor, was named Wisconsin’s poet laureate in ...

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The Pinehurst Project wants your opinion

As you may recall, some winter loving locals are working to hard to revamp Pinehurst Park, converting the ski hill turned sledding hill into to a frosty shangri-la of wintertime activity. A meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16 ...

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2012 Year in Review: Downtown Goes Other Way

While the rest of the world fretted about the looming end of the Mayan long-count calendar, some Eau Claire residents worried about another kind of apocalypse: the conversion of Barstow Street and Graham Avenue in downtown Eau Claire to two ...

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2012 Year in Review: Joe’s Kitchen Takes Off

It was hard to believe when we first saw the Joe’s Kitchen YouTube video reached 1.2 million hits. Sure, videos go viral all the time, but one right here? And on top of that, this wasn’t any old 10 second viral video, it was a full cooking lesson ...

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2012 Year in Review: Michael Perry Sells Best

Michael Perry has been well known nationally as a writer for a while now. His previous books, like Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story, have been critically acclaimed and widely distributed around the country. But Perry’s newest release ...

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2012 Year in Review: Fro-Yo Proliferates

Step aside, ice cream. Take a hike, soft-serve. Beat it, frozen custard. A new chilly concoction took the Chippewa Valley by storm in 2012: frozen yogurt. This year Eau Claire went from having zero to four fro-yo shops in the span of a few months ...

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2012 Year in Review: Owen Park Revamp Planned

In a seemingly sudden action, Owen Park in Eau Claire was redesigned and upended when Xcel Energy was forced to remove 25,000 tons of contaminated soil and 75 trees from the land. The contamination, which was left over from the Eau Claire ...

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2012 Year in Review: Loch Chip Monster Mystifies

Justin Vernon wasn’t the only enigmatic and artistic Chippewa Valley resident grabbing national headlines in the past year. Shortly after it was sighted in the Chippewa River in late April, the cast-concrete critter that became known as the ...

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2012 Year in Review: The Good Life Study Unleashed

“The Good Life” isn’t just a Tony Bennett tune: It’s what we have here in the Chippewa Valley, and something we can make even better by capitalizing on our natural, human and historical resources. That was the point of “The Good Life,” a ...

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2012 Year in Review: UWEC Razes and Raises

It’s been a tumultuous year for the UW-Eau Claire campus mall. The green space has been mainly fenced off dirt as the face of the campus is shifting quickly. In the course of the last year, the university tore down the existing Davies Student ...

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Bring in the Clowns!

"Not too long ago I had to stop in a small town to ask for directions to an event. The only public place open was a bar, so I walked in wearing my full clown getup to seek out some help ..."

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Bijou Bistro

For a long time, Eau Claire’s restaurant scene seems to have been missing a place that provides high quality, upscale food that keeps presentation in mind alongside an inspiring, elegant atmosphere in which to experience it. Well, thanks to ...

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Keeping it local on Small Business Saturday

Back in 2010, "Small Business Saturday" was started as a way to contrast the all-encompassing rush of Black Friday and its young cousin "Cyber Monday." Organizers figured that people will be spending extra money on holiday shopping no matter what ...

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Serving Up Cheer

The Community Table in Eau Claire will again be providing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year for members of the community in need. The dinners will take place at The Community Table, 320 Putnam Street in Eau Claire. Here’s a quick chat ..

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A Buy Local Gift Guide (2012)

Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home. And with the following guide, it’

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New upscale eatery in the works?

A group of experienced local individuals – restauranteurs and retailers – are ready to make a serious play in the local restaurant scene, with plans for a small “chef-driven, farm-to-table” fine dining restaurant right here in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Land swappin' with the YMCA

The new YMCA that has been proposed and on the horizon for the last few years moved a little closer to reality on Oct. 24 when Eau Claire’s Waterways and Parks Commission suggested a land swap between the YMCA and the city where the Menomonie ...

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Renter’s Cheat Sheets!

Here are some helpful tips for the serious renter from Volume One, Rental Resources, and the Tenant Resource Center. Cut them out. Laminate them. Place them in silver, heirloom frames and pass them on to the next generation.

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Renters Insurance

It covers your personal property in circumstances like theft, fires, natural disasters, and more. Obviously there’s exceptions and exclusions, but, in general, your stuff is covered when the crap hits the fan.

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EXPERT ADVICE

We know your sister’s boyfriend’s bandmate will tell you everything you need to know about renting a place for the first time, but in case he misses something we went straight to the source.

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Eau Claire's getting a winter parade?

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department announced a new winter parade in Eau Claire that’s set for Dec. 15 of this year. The aptly named Clearwater Winter Parade and Family Fun Celebration is meant to promote community and family activities...

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Found Footage Festival Pranks Wisconsin

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are returning to Eau Claire and you know what that means: The Found Footage festival is back. As in the past, Pickett and Prueher are teaming up with Volume One to put on two rollicking shows at Downtown Cinema on ...

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Confluence Project wants to hear from you!

Hey, the organizers of the Confluence Project are seeking your input. Yeah - you! They're looking to "gauge the level of audience participation a new venue in Eau Claire might realize." So they've set up an online survey to do said gauging ...

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Amy Goodman's in town Friday

Community radio stations WHYS 96.3 and WIEC 102.7 are hosting Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan on their nationwide speaking tour to mark the 16th anniversary of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and to launch their new book ...

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On the Cover | Sept. 20, 2012

This issue's cover was designed in house at Volume One for our special "Rethinking Our Rivers" themed issue. This is only the second themed issue in Volume One's 10-year history.

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Listen: Bon Iver remix contest results

As you may have heard, Bon Iver recently ran a contest where fans could remix any of the tracks from Bon Iver, Bon Iver and win up to $10,000 ($1,000 per song), as well as a featured spot on an exclusive Spotify release. You can listen to the ...

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