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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

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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 ...

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls

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Ingredients: 1 can of 8 cinnamon rolls, 8 oranges, Aluminum foil. Instructions ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 4th, 2016

The Lismore: Now Open

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Check out this huge press release from Hilton about The Lismore hotel in downtown Eau Claire, which as of tonight (May 4) is officially open for business ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Swinging for the Fences

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Whether it’s baseball, softball, or T-ball, hearing the crack of the bat for the first time has been one of the best parts of spring for generations of kids. This photo from the Chippewa Valley Museum, which dates to 1953 or 1954, shows an Eau Claire Little League Team called the Midgets ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

A Place to Call Home Beyond Home Plate

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The Eau Claire Express baseball season comes out swinging in May, and while fans are gearing up to scarf down hot dogs and cheer for the home team on the Caron Park fan deck, players are looking for places to call home. Each year, approximately 30 young men from across the nation leave behind their homes and families to play for the Express ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Savor the Flavor at Chippewa Valley Farmers Markets

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who actually grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Grab your shopping lists and canvas carrying bags and head out to load up on fresh fruits and veggies, locally raised meat and eggs, and – of course – amazing baked goods! ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Here's How You Can Fish ... For Free

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We have a continuous fishing season here in Wisconsin on a wide variety of species, but the traditional kickoff for anglers comes when the general inland waters season begins on the first Saturday in May (this year, that’s May 7). According to Department of Natural Resources warden Scott Thiede, “Fishing is important to connect people with nature ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Schools May Cover Costs for Summer Camps and Classes

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Summer fun and education just got more affordable in the Altoona, Eau Claire, and Chippewa Falls school districts. Each district offers to cover tuition for select programs, classes, and summer camps for students within their boundaries. From theater to STEM classes, nature discovery groups to artistic pursuits, parents can get several hundred dollars worth of classes covered ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Feeling Isolated at Home? MOMS Club of Eau Claire can help

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The degree of difficulty of being a stay-at-home parent is evident in a recent Gallup analysis of more than 60,000 U.S. women. Stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) are more likely to report experiencing sadness and anger a lot of the day than other women. So how are local SAHMs fighting the isolation blues? ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Counting Down: final area school dates

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The long-awaited summer vacation is about to begin, so parents mark your calendars and start planning those trips, bucket lists, and beach days! Eau Claire Area School District: June 2: Graduation June 3: Last day of school for students Chippewa Falls School District ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Sensory-friendly Movies create a safe space

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A collaboration between Alex Edwards and Cora Quinn from WAXX Radio and Micon Cinemas is bringing monthly sensory-friendly movies to the area for children with autism and other special sensory needs. Families that attend can expect lower sound volumes and dimmed (but not pitch-black) lights, and a safe environment ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Apr. 5th, 2016

TODAY! VOTE!

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Wisconsin’s spring elections will be Tuesday, April 5. Polls are open between 7am and 8pm.

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | March 23, 2016

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The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center announced this week that Swedish-born indie folk artist The Tallest Man On Earth will play The State Theatre on July 16. Kristian Mattson’s once-sparse solo folk project has now bloomed ...

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Get Out and Vote!

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election features more than presidential hopefuls

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Eau Claire Express Add New Owners

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The Eau Claire Express have brought two new owners up to the plate. The Northwoods League baseball team announced March 7 that Dale Varsho and Andy Neborak ...

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

Altoona Plans River Prairie Event Center

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The city of Altoona wants to build an event center to provide outdoor and indoor gathering space in the northwest quadrant of the new River Prairie Development. The city is seeking proposals from architectural and engineering firms ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Free Clinic Seeks New Home

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The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic is in need of a new home. The clinic, which provides free services to community members who can’t afford health care, announced March 1 that it needed to vacate its current location by June 1. The clinic had been given the opportunity to buy its current facility, 836 Richard Drive, but found that option was “cost prohibitive,” ...

Tue. Mar. 8th, 2016

Former Council Prez Runs for Assembly Seat

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An attorney and former president of the Eau Claire City Council will challenge an incumbent state representative this fall. Howard White, who now lives in Altoona, announced recently that he will run as a Democrat against state Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, in the 68th Assembly District. White, a third-generation native of Eau Claire ...

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

A Mom in a World of Kindness and Facebook

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Stephanie grew up in the small town of Knapp, most famous for the Knapp hill and a single exit on I-94. She graduated from Menomonie High School and went on to received a degree in child care services from Chippewa Valley Technical College. After the day care she directed closed, she took a factory job where she met her current hubby ...

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

The Big To-Do! 5 family event picks for March & April

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Mar. 12 & Apr. 9 • Down to Earth Garden Center • 4pm • You and your little one will have a light lunch of mini sandwiches, mini desserts, and tea, while children design and build their own mini garden to take home, and read a poem all about faeries.

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Get to Know your local school librarians

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If I could be one fictional character it would be: King Bidgood (King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub) because he gets to stay in his enormous bathtub all day long and play.

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Online Tools That Can Help boost your kids’ financial literacy

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Teaching kids how to be financially independent can seem like a daunting task. But the Internet serves up a virtual buffet of websites that make gaining financial intelligence not only easier but also a ton of fun. Check out this small sampling of what’s out there: PBSkids.org/ItsMyLife:This PBS website offers informational articles ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Spring Severe Weather Terms everyone should understand

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Each April, Wiscosnin holds Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, and that means it’s time for families to create severe weather safety plans and learn how to stay informed during weather events. But what’s the difference between a warning and a watch?

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Get Your Annual French Toast Fix

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The annual French Toast Breakfast at Beaver Creek Reserve will be from 8:30am-12:30pm on March 19. Besides a hearty breakfast of French toast and sausage from Augusta Meats, visitors will have the opportunity to win door prizes, participate in nature education games and activities, stroll through the Chippewa Valley Water Color Art Exhibit ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Here We Grow Again with big savings

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Kids are notorious for burning through clothing stashes in record time, either because they’re growing so fast or simply because they’re ridiculously messy. The Here We Grow Again Sale makes filling those closets with stylish, gently used clothing a breeze. Added bonus: It’s super easy on your budget. Each sale features more than 35,000 items ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Lend a Hand for a spring community spruce-up

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Litter-free public spaces aren’t just easy on the eyes; they’re signs of communities that care. That’s why local organizations bring volunteers, both young and old, together for days of community action. City clean-up efforts help to ensure safe and sanitary environments for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get in on the action ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

What Your Teen Needs to get a work permit

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Work permits are required by the state of Wisconsin for anyone under the age of 18 (except for agricultural or domestic service work), and employers have to have a permit on file prior to the minor beginning work. You can apply for a work permit right through your school office. Either the minor alone or the minor and parent must visit the permit officer ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Car Seats installed the right way

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According to Mayo Clinic Health System, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, and 75 percent of car seats are improperly installed. Mayo Clinic Health System and Chippewa Valley Technical College are partnering to offer free car seat inspections March 14 and April 11 from 4-7pm at the Emergency Services ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Craft Time: Pot o' Gold

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Named after a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day has become a cultural mainstay with plenty of parades, potatoes, and pinching ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Library, Museum Launch History Book Club

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The latest James Patterson novel not your thing? Not interested in cracking open Wuthering Heights again? Still hankering to join a book club? The Adventures in History Book Club is made for readers like you. The new group, formed by a partnership between the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the Chippewa Valley Museum ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Cyberbullying Expert Will Talk for UWEC – and Public TV

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UW-Eau Claire professor and nationally known cyberbullying expert Justin Patchin will deliver a lecture March 10 that will later be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. Patchin, co-author of four books on cyberbullying, will give a lecture titled “Addressing Cyberbullying: Promoting Teens’ Positive Use of Technology” ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Eau Claire Library Has a New Director

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An experienced library manager from southern Wisconsin is the new director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Pamela Westby, currently director of the Middleton Public Library and 2016 chairwoman of the Wisconsin Library Association Board, has been appointed to the post. “I’m very pleased with the results of our recruitment process ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | February 2016

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For local people who bought presale tickets to the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Feb. 6 was kind of like Eaux Christmas. For those people only, the festival snail-mailed custom-printed mixtapes – yes, actual cassette tapes – featuring B-sides and rarities from some of the artists on the 2016 lineup. In addition to a never-before-listened-to Bon Iver B-side ...