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Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Wisconsin and Premature Birth

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Following the annual March of Dimes premature birth examination nationwide, Wisconsin returned with a “B” on its report card ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Start Packing! spring break is nearly upon us

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It's hard to believe, but spring break is right around the corner. Public school districts in the Chippewa Valley offer varying dates for spring break, so take a look at the list below and get these dates on the calendar ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Start Planning your Eau Claire pavilion party

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Registration for Eau Claire park pavilions is now open! According to the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, pavilions don’t usually completely book up citywide on any particular day ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

5 Tips for Painless Penny Pinching

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It seems as though everyone feels a financial crunch now and then, and when you’re in that situation the thought of saving money seems nearly impossible. At that point, you’re just hoping you have enough money until payday ...

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Winter Fest Event Aims for Snowmobile World Record

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If you’re a Chippewa Valley snowmobiler, you’ve got a chance to get yourself into the Guinness Book of World Records this winter. The second annual Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games, which will be Jan. 29-31 on the frozen surface of Lake Wissota ...

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Want to Run for Local Office? Now's Your Chance.

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Election season is almost upon us – and we’re not actually talking about the presidential race. (Despite the endless campaigning, we won’t actually vote for the next leader of the free world ...

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

UW-Stout Music Students and Faculty Head to China to Perform and Meet

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UW-Stout has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to take its Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra and Chamber Choir to China for a three-city tour from May 11 to May 21, 2016. The jazz group and choir are scheduled to perform in Yinchuan, Guilin and Hangzhou ...

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

Boys & Girls Club Buys Former First Lutheran Church

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The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley will soon have a new home: The group’s board of directors voted Nov. 18 to buy the former First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, for $900,000. The purchase will allow for the relocation of the club and its offices from the Mary Markquart Center, 201 E. Lake St. ...

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

Developer Unveils Plans for N. Barstow Livery Lot

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Developer Unveils Plans For N. Barstow Livery Lot Eau Claire developer Geoff Moeding is seeking public approval to fill one of the last vacant spots in the booming North Barstow neighborhood in downtown Eau Claire. Moeding, who has been involved in the development of numerous buildings in the Phoenix Park ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

Keeping It Local on Small Business Saturday

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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 ...

Thu. Nov. 19th, 2015

Home Cooking: Your Favorite Holiday Recipes

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There’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal fresh out of the oven around the holidays. That’s the inspiration behind Home Cookin’, Volume One’s newest special section. For this effort, we gathered treasured family recipes from our friends and contributors (well, the ones they were willing to share, at least) and ...

Thu. Nov. 19th, 2015

Community Builder Extraordinaire

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In her personal and professional life, she strives to connect the people of the Chippewa Valley around shared values.

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

The Big To-Do! 5 family event picks for Nov. & Dec.

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The Continental Ballet’s The Nutcracker • Dec. 18 • Mabel Tainter Center • 7:30pm • Whether produced by Bloomington, MN’s Continental Ballet Company or Russian performers who fly in for an annual tour, take the kids along for a this enchanting classic ballet.

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

6 Steps to Winter Fun for Kids

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

They might complain about the cold sometimes, but taking your kids outside and having fun in winter can actually be pretty beneficial to their well-being. According to loads of officials* around the country, they’re more likely to grow up an environmental steward with physical and emotional well-being ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Kid History: it came upon a midnight clear

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Wintry parades, caroling parties, and other cheery gatherings have been holiday traditions for generations of Chippewa Valley children and adults. Just before Christmas in 1964, families gathered in downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park to sing carols at a Nativity display. According to a contemporary newspaper account ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Nabs State Honor

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The great outdoors is a great place to be in Wisconsin, and a curriculum designed by the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department is doing a great job getting kids out and about in it. The Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association recently awarded the local department its Silver Star for excellence ...

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

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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 ...

The Daily Shakedown

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 ...