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Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Jump-Start Contest Contenders Announced

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Four finalists have been named in the annual Downtown Eau Claire Inc. Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition, which awards up to $5,000 in start-up capital and other prizes to businesses ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 30th, 2016

Eau Claire Wants YOUR Opinion

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The City of Eau Claire is asking us to participate in The National Citizen Survey, designed to provide a baseline of how our local government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the Eau Claire, and to make comparisons with other cities.

Thu. Aug. 25th, 2016

Group Health Steps up for National Wellness Award

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On their way to winning a nationwide wellness competition, the employees of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire walked around the world – twice. Earlier this summer, Group Health’s employees were named the champions of the “On the Move” company ...

Wed. Aug. 24th, 2016

Tennis, Anyone? City Council Says 'Game On'

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The Eau Claire City Council has unanimously approved the Eau Claire YMCA’s plan to build a tennis center near the entrance to Carson Park. The city sold the property, near the intersection of Menomonie Street and Carson Park Drive, to the YMCA in 2008 as a site for a future new YMCA building ...

Wed. Aug. 24th, 2016

Happy Hundredth, Blugolds!

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UW-Eau Claire is celebrating its centennial this fall, and you’re invited

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

State Buys Xcel Land for Natural Area

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Nearly 1,000 acres along the lower Chippewa River will be preserved for future generations after being purchased by the state Department of Natural Resources from Xcel Energy. Xcel’s predecessor, Northern States Power ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 9th, 2016

GO NUTS: Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll 2016!

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Our big, giant, massive, Valley-wide Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll is now up and firing on all cylinders. It covers everything from local restaurants to local media to news issues to arts-n-entertainment and everything in between including fried chicken.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 2nd, 2016

New Downtown Parking Ramp Opens Early

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Opening in time to serve this summer's Farmers Market shoppers and attendees of the Sounds like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park, Eau Claire's new downtown parking ramp on North Barstow Street is set to open ...

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016

Women's Giving Circle Seeks Young Philanthropists

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The Women’s Giving Circle of Eau Claire wants to expand its circle to include more young people interested in improving their community. To do so, the Women’s Giving Circle has announced ...

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016

NBC Sports Buys Blugold Alums' Twin Cities Tech Firm

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A Minneapolis-based sports technology company founded by two UW-Eau Claire alums was purchased in early July by NBC Sports Group. Sports Engine (which until the sale was known as Sports Ngin) describes ...

Eau Claire's Booming Feedback Loop (Video Excerpt)

Wed. Jul. 20th, 2016

Perhaps you've felt the exciting new energy in Eau Claire recently. Well, hot tip – here's what's really going on. This recent explosion in development? All the new ideas, events, and businesses? Underneath all of it you’ll find what we call a “feedback loop.”

Thu. Jul. 14th, 2016

Chippewa Valley Growing Faster Than State, Census Says

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The population of the Chippewa Valley is growing faster than the state’s as a whole, with Eau Claire County as a particular standout, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau ...

Thu. Jul. 14th, 2016

Smoot Returns to Lead Dunn County Historical Society

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Longtime local history authority Frank Smoot is back in the Chippewa Valley, this time as executive director of the Dunn County Historical Society. Smoot was recently hired to succeed ...

Wed. Jul. 13th, 2016

Local Jobs by the Numbers

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It’s easy to get snow blindness from the blizzard of employment numbers you hear on the news. Unemployment statistics are updated monthly, sometimes get adjusted when new data comes in, and they constantly fluctuate ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Getting Their Feet Wet

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Rivers are inseparable from the Chippewa Valley – after all, our rivers literally formed the valley – and their influence, positive and negative, has been huge. Rivers can be fun, but they can also be dangerous ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Take a Swing at America's Pastime

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Back in the good ol' days(whenever those actually were) summer and baseball were inseparable, especially in all-American places like the Chippewa Valley. Around here ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Don't Get Ticked Off, Just Get the Tick Off!

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There’s nothing that’ll induce a case of the heebie-jeebies quicker than a creepy crawler, and lets face it – ticks are among the preeminent creepy crawlers in our neck of the woods ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Cool off at the Irvine Park Splash Pad

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s something about the act of splashing that opens up a particular part of the child’s brain – the part that stores total insanity. You may have seen this happen at home in the bath where, if not quickly checked ...

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

6 Perfect Picnic Places

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There are scores of parks, playgrounds, rest stops, and other assorted sites across the Chippewa Valley outfitted with picnic tables just waiting for your checkered tablecloth and wicker basket ...

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

Solar Power Info Sessions Scheduled

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Want to plug into clean energy from the sun but don’t know where to start? Check out one of two upcoming informational meetings in Eau Claire hosted by the Midwest ...

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

JAMF Foundation Donates Artwork

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Downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park will soon have a major sculpture that reflects its mythical name. On June 28 the Eau Claire City Council was expected ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 28th, 2016

Check Out Fairfax Pool's Dollar Swim Days

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If saving money floats your boat, Fairfax Pool’s next Dollar Swim Day should be smooth sailing. Anyone with a floatation device can swim for $1 from 11:30am to 7pm on Thursday, June 30, at 4200 Fairfax St.

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

Innovation Series Will Change Your Thinking

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Thinking differently in the workplace means more than just putting up a few motivational posters. It involves developing creative, flexible strategies to solve the problems ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 13th, 2016

UPDATE: Downtown Menomonie Hotel OK'd

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A developer has proposed tearing down a commercial building in downtown Menomonie to erect a 51-room, four-story Cobblestone Hotel. Demolishing the building, which currently houses ...

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016

Council Extends Parking Fees

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You’ll no longer be able to park free during evenings and weekends in the municipal ramp across the street from Eau Claire City Hall ...

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2016

Eau Claire YMCA Offers Swimming Scholarships

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Want your kids to learn how to have fun in the water this summer, but worried that you can’t afford swimming lessons? The Eau Claire YMCA can help. A grant from the Y of the USA ...

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

2016 Music Festivals

V1 Staff, Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh, Caitlyn Berlin

take some of the biggest names in the music industry, and make a weekend of it

Fri. May. 20th, 2016

Council Picks Bus Hub Sites

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The Eau Claire City Council has picked five downtown sites as possible locations for a future bus transit hub. The sites are a city-owned parking lot at Gray and Farwell streets ...

Fri. May. 20th, 2016

Free Clinic Moving Downtown

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The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, which provides basic health care to those who can’t otherwise afford it, will move to a new home on the second floor of the Syverson Lutheran Home ...

Tue. May. 10th, 2016

A Single Dad, a Veteran, and a Master Tickler

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Tim is a busy single father of five who works full time and also serves as a major in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Originally from Mt. Horeb, he is a graduate of Viterbo University and works as safety and security manager at eBay Enterprise in Eau Claire, where he does his part to help keep people safe and plan for when things go wrong. He’s proud of his 16 years of service in the National Guard ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Get Your Kid Hooked on Fishing

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For some of us, nothing brings on a wave of nostalgia like the idea of sitting next to dear ol’ dad in a jon boat while casting out a fishing line in hopes of reeling in the big one. But unfortunately, many kids today aren’t getting that same opportunity ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

The Big To-Do! 5 family event picks May and June

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Seventh Annual Fairytale Ball May 6 • Florian Gardens, Eau Claire • 6-8:30pm • Disney characters, games, live entertainment, dress-up, horse carriages and much much more. Princess Leia and all her friends from a galaxy far far away will be there. The Past Passed Here May 12-14 • Allen Park, Chippewa Falls • Travel back in time and experience ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

5 Fantastic Pizza Farms Within Driving Distance

Travel Wisconsin, V1 Staff

A recent trend has Midwestern farms converting themselves into gourmet pizza parlors across the state. Farms have found a new way to utilize their resources by harvesting fresh, homegrown ingredients to craft mouth-watering pizzas that can be enjoyed right there on the farm. Round up your family and friends ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Fawn Over Critters at Fawn-Doe-Rosa

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If you want to get in a little furry fun outside of the Valley, head to Fawn-Doe-Rosa in Saint Croix Falls. This 53-year-old, 17-acre wildlife educational park gets you and the kiddos up close and personal with a variety of animals. Deer, birds, goats, and sheep roam freely around the park and are extremely friendly to their human visitors ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Summer Camps Offering Something Special

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This three-day camp (Aug. 1-3) gives campers the chance to learn about Nordic languages (think Swedish and Norwegian), practice their kubb skills, and sample dishes, arts, and music from Scandinavian countries ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Urban Wood Program Honored

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An effort to turn downed Eau Claire trees into furniture and other useful products instead of wood chips has garnered a statewide award. The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council has honored the partnership between the City of Eau Claire and Madison ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

New Museum Planned in Chippewa Falls

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The Chippewa County Historical Society took the first step toward building a new museum with the April 25 demolition of a former Dairy Queen near the entrance to Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Werthmann Seeks State Democratic Party Post

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u Claire City Councilman Andrew Werthmann has his sights set on another office: He is running to be one of Wisconsin’s four representatives to the Democratic National Committee. Werthmann, who has been a council member since 2009 ...

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

Xcel's Solar Garden Gets Ok

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Xcel Energy says it’s moving ahead with a community solar garden on Eau Claire’s south side. The April 28 announcement by the utility provider came just days after the Eau Claire City Council approved a lease with San Francisco-based solar developer Pristine Sun ...