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Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

4 Ideas for Dealing with Holiday Stress

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The holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful. From financial worries to scheduling conflicts to long-simmering family feuds rearing their ugly heads, this time of year is full of anxiety triggers. How can we cope? The key, experts say, is setting realistic expectations ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Parents, Mark Your Calendars! holiday breaks are coming

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It seems like the kiddos just went back to school, and already we’re starting to talk about turkeys and Santa Claus (although if you’ve got young kids, they probably never stopped talking about Santa Claus). Public school districts in the Chippewa Valley offer varying dates for Thanksgiving and winter vacations ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

3 Ways to Keep Turkey Day Local

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1. Eat Cranberries - Other than turkey, football, and shopping, nothing says “Let’s give thanks for a plentiful harvest” better than plopping a can-shaped blob of jellied cranberries onto your Thanksgiving table. And when it comes to growing cranberries, Wisconsin is the undisputed ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Hmong New Year a time for everyone to celebrate

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t the only holidays to mark this time of year. Another important occasion is the Hmong New Year, which is celebrated by the thousands of Chippewa Valley residents who trace their heritage to Laos. You don’t have to be Hmong to enjoy the festivities, fun, and food ...

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015

Check Out What Took Tops in This Year's Ink & Paper Print Sale

V1 Staff

Our annual holiday season print sale, Ink & Paper is in full swing with giftworthy artwork from over 100 local visual artists. This year’s awards span all different kinds of media from painting to digital illustration to graphic design ...

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015

EC City Council Eases Alt-Side Parking Rules

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On-street parkers of Eau Claire, rejoice! No longer will you have to calculate tomorrow’s date and squint at house numbers when determining which side of the street to park on overnight. On Oct. 27, the City Council voted 7-2 to change the alternate-side parking rule, which previously had been in force ...

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015

New Hotel Planned for Downtown Chippewa Falls

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Eau Claire isn’t the only city in the Chippewa Valley that will soon have new downtown lodging options: The Chippewa Falls City Council voted in late October to sell a vacant lot at the entrance to downtown to a Neenah-based firm, WHG Companies, which plans to build a Cobblestone Hotel and Suites there ...

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

'Tis the Season to Be Crafty

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Whether it’s at the library, the mall, or the park, every year the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council’s ARTmobile helps foster creativity in thousands of Chippewa Valley youngsters. Here are two artistic ideas from the ARTmobile’s colorful archives that fit the holiday season like a warm mitten.

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Five Idea Challenge Finalists Announced

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The Eau Claire Economic Development Corp.’s Idea Challenge always highlights a host of creative ideas from Chippewa Valley entrepreneurs, and – with products ranging from skin powders to smartphone apps – this year is no exception. The EDC recently unveiled the five finalists in the competition ...

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

UWEC Gets Grant for STEM Internships

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In today’s job market, getting an internship (or two or three) in one’s chosen field is a virtual necessity for college students if they hope to be gainfully employed after graduation. For UW-Eau Claire students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, getting such internships ...

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Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Apple may owe UW-Madison $862M in patent lawsuit

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"Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices."

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | October 2015

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Brooklyn electro R&B outfit Doe Poaro released their album “After” on Sept. 25, which was recorded at April Base in Fall Creek – Justin Vernon’s recording studio – and includes a bunch of contributions from local folks like Sean Carey (production), Davy Sumner (arrangements), and Andy Hofer (horns) ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 23rd, 2015

Eaux Claires Ranked Amongst Top 5 Summer Music Festivals

V1 Staff, photos by Lee Butterworth

Music site Consequence of Sound just ranked their favorite summer music festivals of 2015, and they placed last July's Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival at number 5, beating out the likes of Pitchfork and Bonaroo and Austin City Limits. Coachella was their top choice ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 22nd, 2015

Searching for Wisconsin's "Best" Sandwich

Ty Randerson, V1 Staff

Can we take a minute to talk about sandwiches? They’re great, if only because anything can be made into a sandwich if you try hard enough, even the planet Earth (seriously, go make an Earth sandwich). And one could say that each State of the Union, or region of the country, has it's own iconic 'wich. Some have obvious connections, such as the Philly Cheesesteak, but some are less apparent.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Sep. 17th, 2015

Saturday! International Fall Festival

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The official start to fall may not be until the 23rd but we’re kicking it off early with the 38th annual International Fall Festival – this Saturday, Sept. 19. One of our favorite annual events, IFF closes down South Barstow Street and brings it to life with people and vendors crowding the motorway ...

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

Lifters Medal at World Meet

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Two Chippewa Valley powerlifters are hefting some new hardware after the recent International Powerlifting Federation Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. UW-Eau Claire student Mariah Hamm earned a gold medal in her weight class (84 kilograms) in the junior division ...

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

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

V1 Staff

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. ...