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Wed. Dec. 4th, 2019

By the Numbers: Local Schools

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released 2018-19 report cards for public school districts. Districts’ rankings in areas such as ...

Wed. Dec. 4th, 2019

Give a Kid in Need the Gift of Reading for the Holidays

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Every holiday season, the Give a Kid a Book Program offers the gift of reading by distributing more than 4,000 new books to children in the Chippewa Valley. Now in its 25th year, this program of the ...

Wed. Dec. 4th, 2019

City and Xcel Set Carbon-Free Goals

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The City of Eau Claire and Xcel Energy signed an ambitious “Energy Future Collaboration” agreement earlier this month, jointly pledging to produce – and use – more clean energy. The memorandum of understanding is ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Nov. 27th, 2019

VOTE NOW: Best of the Valley 2020

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VOTE NOW! Voting is now open in our 2019 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll! We've got lots of categories across 9 different sections. Feel free to jump around and vote on the stuff that's important to you. Voting ends at midnight on Dec. 11 ...

Hilarious Holly Jolly Holiday Special 2019

Tue. Nov. 26th, 2019

It's the Hilarious Holly Jolly Holiday Special from Volume One & The Local Store! You'll see Santa Claus answering your questions, magical surprises, local fun, and special guests like Gabriel the dog! Happy Holidays from us and ours to you and yours!

Mon. Nov. 25th, 2019

Holiday Can't Miss: Chris Kroeze

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The prodigal son returns. Come celebrate the holidays in home town style! After three sold out shows in March and overwhelming demand ...

Mon. Nov. 25th, 2019

Holiday Can't Miss: Irvine Park Christmas Village

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A long-standing Chippewa Valley Christmas Tradition, the Christmas Village in Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park is an impressive display of life-size Christmas scenes built out of over 60,000 ...

Sun. Nov. 24th, 2019

Holiday Can't Miss: 12th Annual Turkey Trot

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Festival Foods Turkey Trot is the perfect guilt-free solution for eating your weight in mashed potatoes. The Festival Foods Turkey Trot allows participants ...

Thu. Nov. 21st, 2019

The Last Last Waltz?

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

This year’s rendition of The Last Waltz presented by The Rhythm Posse is scheduled to be, well, the last. Join them at “Stage Fright” from ...

Tue. Nov. 19th, 2019

Treasure Trove of Hope

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center funds community support programs

Tue. Nov. 19th, 2019

One of a Kind Designs

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Robert Giede Design offers custom and ready-made treasures

Tue. Nov. 19th, 2019

The Perfect Environment

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

May’s Floral is Eau Claire’s destination greenhouse

Fri. Nov. 15th, 2019

[Photos] Local Store Holiday Expansion

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The Local Store has expanded our pantry and foodstuff selection this year to include items like giftworthy sausage, cheese, jams/sauces, pretzels/snacks, candy and MORE!

Fri. Nov. 8th, 2019

6 Ways to Find the Holiday Spirit

V1 Staff, photos by Taylor Smith

This time of year, when the winds start howling and snowflakes start to drift ever-so-gently to the ground, it’s perfect for getting together with family, friends, and ...

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2019

School’s out Day Camp at the Children’s Museum

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The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is now offering a fun solution for kids in grades kindergarten through second grade on days off from school on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26 (right before Thanksgiving). School’s Out Day Camp will ...

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2019

The Kids Need a Break: School Vacation Dates

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The holidays are approaching, which means the kiddos are going to be filled with holiday cheer and delight (or – if you are surrounded by ...

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2019

Learn to Plan for Your Kids’ College Costs

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Planning for college can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire presents “Planning for College: A Financial Strategies Workshop” on ...

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2019

Family STEAM Challenge: Salty Snow

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Don’t be SALTY about the turning seasons! Turn some salt into a beautiful work of art, all while learning about some cool ...

Wed. Oct. 30th, 2019

Public Input Sought on Superintendent Search

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The Eau Claire school district is starting a search for a new superintendent, and it wants members of the community to play a role in the process. As part of ...

Wed. Oct. 30th, 2019

North Side Site Rezoned for 500+ Apartments

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The Eau Claire City Council has rezoned a 108-acre parcel on Eau Claire’s northwest side, clearing the way for a Wausau-area firm to develop more than 570 apartment ...

Wed. Oct. 30th, 2019

State Grant Will Boost Blue Ox Music Festival

V1 Staff, photos by Scott Kunkel

Eau Claire’s own Blue Ox Musical Festival will get a marketing boost next summer thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Visit Eau Claire ...

Mon. Oct. 28th, 2019

10 Chippewa Valley Haunts

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paranormal investigator Chad Lewis shares some of the Chippewa Valley’s most chilling legends

Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019

National Landmarks Status Sought for Two Eau Claire Bridges

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Two historic former railroad bridges in Eau Claire may soon be designated as national landmarks. The Eau Claire Landmarks Commission recently voted to support placing the Chicago ...

Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019

Altoona Mayor Called Champion of the Arts

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Altoona Mayor Brendan Pratt will receive a statewide award for arts advocacy later this month. Pratt, who was elected mayor in 2016, will be honored with an Arts in the Community Award by Arts Wisconsin ...

Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019

City Returns to Old Winter Parking Rules

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The City of Eau Claire’s winter parking rules have gone back to the future. For the past five years, alternate-side parking has only been in effect when the city’s ...

Thu. Oct. 3rd, 2019

Online Medicare Plan Finder Gets Upgrade

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For the first time in a decade, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov/plan-compare ...

Thu. Oct. 3rd, 2019

5 Best Autumn Leaf Colors (Ranked)

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“I am come to autumn / when all the leaves are gold,” wrote British poet G.K. Chesterton. He was talking about aging, and if ...

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Big City Guy Learns About Small-Town Friendliness

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Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Wesley Escondo moved to the Chippewa Valley in 2012 to become CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. When asked if he made the right choice ...

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Family STEAM Challenge: Socks 'N' Seeds

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It’s never too late in the year to grow something! Let’s break some rules and see how what nature can grow without ...

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Disposing of Drugs Safely Can Save Lives

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When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? If you can’t remember the last time you did this ...