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July 25: Confluence Project Public Discussion

It’s been a while since we’ve heard too much new news about the Confluence Project, but developers haven't been sitting idly by. And on Wednesday, Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. will be hosting an Idea Lounge discussion about the project, originally ...

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Shortcuts | June 28, 2012

Lake Hallie chiropractors Kevin Schultz and Drew Kaminski will travel to London this summer for the 2012 Summer Olympics to work with United States contestants participating in Greco-Roman style wrestling. Schultz and Kaminski will give athletes ...

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Shortcuts | June 14, 2012

West Carson Park Drive and Rod & Gun Park are now reopened. After the windstorm on May 24 a lot of debris remained to be cleaned. The city plans to have all the remaining hanging branches and fallen trees cleared out in time for weekend picnics ...

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According to Plans

Eau Claire is currently experiencing a "planning boom," and with each new plan, the schematic of a bold and exciting city takes shape.

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Saturday Event Picks (May 26)

From early in the morning and into the night – lots of fine quality events occurring on Saturday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do.

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Calmer Waters

Visit Bayfield, a quaint community on the shores of Lake Superior that offers both adventure and relaxation. Take a kayak trip out to water-sculpted caves or hang back on shore and enjoy an afternoon of exploring museums, orchards, and berry ...

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Tuesday: “New community arts center” announcement

An important press release was, well, released to local media today regarding a press conference set for next Tuesday (5/15) at noon at the RCU Corporate Center. Issued via email by Clear Vision Eau Claire, the PR tells us to expect a big, huge ...

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Short Drive Shows (Now-May 22)

Check out this list of big upcoming entertainment options just outside our area. These totally drive-to-able events maybe just thing to scratch your mini-road trip itch. Or, if you just need to get out of town for the day ...

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Shortcuts | May 3, 2012

Congratulations, Menomonie, you’re one of the best small towns in America. According to Smithsonian Magazine’s article, “The 20 Best Small Towns in America,” Menomonie ranks number 15. Smithsonian teamed up with Esri, a geographic information ...

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Saturday Event Picks (April 28)

From early in the morning and into the night – a lots of fine quality events occurring on Saturday like the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls' last bout and a burlesque show. Wanna know more? Of course you do.

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Saturday Event Picks (April 21)

From early in the morning and into the night – lots of fine quality events occurring on Saturday, including big shows from The Daredevil Christopher Wright and Basic Physics, not to mention multiple city clean-up events. Wanna know more?

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Shortcuts | April 19, 2012

Sacred Heart Hospital is getting a major upgrade to its exterior to the tune of $20 million. The three-year undertaking includes replacing the windows, framing, and colored panels that have been there since 1964. It also includes heating and ...

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An Eau Claire Events Center Take 2: Where & How

There will be another public forum where community leaders seek your input on large event facilities in Eau Claire – on April 25. The main thrust of the discussion will be "where and how", meaning possible locations and different models of financing.

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Ten Years of Volume One

Meet locals who’ve shaped the past decade
. Consider people poised to shape the next ten years
. And check out some big V1 announcements ...

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Everyone Loves a Pillow Fight

Yep, it's almost time for another citywide pillow fight. In two days, you can get together with the rest of the Chippewa Valley and swat each other in the face but for fun this time. This is the sevent year we've done this, and it gets bigger ...

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Local leaders want your input on new event center

Take this seriously. It is a rare chance to help direct major community action that will impact Eau Claire for the next 50+ years. Volume One is honored, excited, and considerably delighted to be hosting an online comment forum to collect your ideas.

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Shortcuts | Mar. 22, 2012

In an email to teachers and staff, Eau Claire Area School District Superintendent Ron Heilmann announced on March 16 his intention for an early release from his contract. His contract was to be extended through June 2013. In the email, he says ...

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The Big Events

Community-wide studies like Clear Vision and The Good Life recommended it. City leaders examined the feasibility of it. And all the while residents have been clamoring for it. Now it sounds as though the community has been heard, as a group ...

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Shortcuts | Mar. 8, 2012

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. hosted their annual awards banquet on Feb. 29 to honor local businesses in a variety of categories. The winners were chosen by a public survey with a few hundred respondents. The big winner was Brent Douglas, with the ...

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V1 staffer begins epic hike for charity

Starting today, a long-time member of Volume One's staff, Shawn Brunner, is taking a four-month sabbatical from us to hike the entire 2,000+ mile Appalachian Trail to raise money for National Suicide Prevention – in honor of his brother ...

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Saturday Event Picks (February 25)

From early in the morning and into the night – a lots of fine quality events occurring on Saturday. We've got a huge hip-hop show, a huge all-ages show, and annual barstool races. Wanna know more? Of course you do.

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It's Business ... and It's Personal

Being organized is huge. Other than that, it’s being outgoing, a multi-tasker, and objectively realistic instead of idealistic. Can you afford to fail? If you cut your revenue in half, and doubled your expenses, can it work?

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Business Plan Do's and Don'ts

Do: Finish it. Take your time to address every point, especially the financing portion. Don't: Over-estimate your revenue or product, nor under-finance ...

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Secrets of Success: Rick Olson

To some, the principles that guide KRM Information Services will come off as touchy-feely New Age garbage – they’ll scoff, and turn away. But after 38 years as a successful entrepreneur in the Chippewa Valley, Rick Olson considers them ...

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Free Money For Your Business

We asked more than a dozen local entrepreneurial experts and officials what questions are most commonly asked of them. All but one of them said almost the exact same thing, word for word: “Where can I get grants to start my business?” ...

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Menomonie mulls backyard chickens

Last year, Eau Claire's backyard battle to raise chickens within city limits came to an end with the city council rejecting the movement. Now the movement has sprung up again. This time in Menomonie. “It’s the practice of getting back to basics ...”

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Shortcuts | Feb. 23, 2012

Even though it hasn’t been very cold this winter, UW-Eau Claire junior Julie Lilla has still been hot on the ice as part of a nationally recognized curling team. Lilla is a member of the Minnesota ...

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Saturday Event Picks (February 11)

From early in the morning and into the night – a lots of fine quality events occurring on Saturday – fashion shows to farewell rock concerts to frozen bike races. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do.

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State Theatre expands into singing telegram biz?

This Valentine’s Day, you can express some love for that oh-so-special someone and the arts all at the very same time. The State Theatre has partnered with Avalon Floral and Obsession Chocolates to offer their “Sweet Notes” singing telegram service.

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Shortcuts | Feb. 9, 2012

Eau Claire’s City Council President Kerry Kincaid reflected on the past year and the upcoming projects and challenges for the city recently in a public address, bringing back a tradition from a over a decade ago. Her State of the City theme was...

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Chiseled for Cheap

Hockey: No teams necessary for this co-ed free-for-all 8:45-10:15pm every Wednesday at Hobbs Ice Center through March 28. This is for ages 18 and older costs $6 a session and you can slap shot 654 calories away in the first hour. Snowshoeing: ...

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Shortcuts | Jan. 26, 2012

Few jewelry collections have held public fascination like that of the late Elizabeth Taylor; nearly each piece has its own established myth. Following Taylor’s death in March 2011, Christie’s of New York ...

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Today: The Internet Protests SOPA and PIPA (Say What?)

We depart from our regularly scheduled local and state news to join the rest of the forward thinking Internet in raising awareness about two dangerous bills set before Congress: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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Your favorite local shows from 2011

What was the best show you saw in the Chippewa Valley in 2011? The "show" can be a concert, an art exhibit, a theater performance, a loud political debate in a gas station, whatever – one of each, if you want. Touring or local, public or private ...

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Holiday Event Picks (Dec. 24-25)

There's isn't a ho-ho-whole lot going on this weekend, what with the looming arrival of some sort of major US holiday, but there are a few items of note, especially for those who enjoy a good cardio blast, barns, community meals, and rocking ...

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Volume One Exclusive: Irie Sol releases special single

One local band isn’t afraid to get political during one of the most tumultuous political periods in Wisconsin’s history – Eau Claire’s Irie Sol is speaking their mind by cutting a brand new single. Because six members of the band either worked ...

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Shortcuts | Dec. 22, 2011

Eau Claire is the “Neighborhood with the Most Holiday Spirit” according to MaxPoint Interactive Interest Index. MaxPoint claims that we process more love for Christmas than any other “neighborhood” in the whole ding-dang U. S. of A.

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Questioning the Locals | Eugene Keppers

Favorite part about your job? Letting the little ones across, my little kids. I like Halloween, Valentines Day, and Christmas a lot. I’ll bring a bag of candy bars and give them to the little guys, and they enjoy that.

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LIMITED: The Local Store has Bon Iver gig posters

If you’re looking for an amazing gift for the Bon Iver fan in your family/circle of friends/Friday night Dungeons and Dragons club, The Local Store just got a petite supply of official show posters from the band’s hometown duo of Zorn Arena shows.

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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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The Best Defense

Read your lease carefully. Understand everything and ask questions. Leases can be changed if your landlord is open to it, so if you find something unreasonable, alter it, cross it out, or make additions to it.

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