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Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Answering Your Kids' Most Colorful Fall Questions

by V1 Staff, photos by Michael Lundebrek

Most of us vaguely remember hearing the word “photosynthesis” at some point in school. But for those who played hooky that day, let’s take a quick refresher course, so we can understand what’s really ...

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

UWECCelebrates Entrepreneurs

by V1 Staff

For the second year, UW-Eau Claire’s College of Business is setting aside a week to celebrate and educate entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. Entrepreneur Week runs Monday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 16, and will feature panel discussions with entrepreneurs ...

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

YMCA Tennis Center Gets Final City Council Ok

by V1 Staff

Time to start working on that backhand: The Eau Claire City Council has given the final OK to construction of a new Eau Claire YMCA tennis complex. The Menard Family Tennis Center will be funded ...

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

UWEC Ranks High on U.S. News College List

by V1 Staff

UW-Eau Claire has another reason to celebrate this fall (other than its centennial, of course): For the 22nd year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UWEC as one of the best public regional universities ...

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Apple, Bacon & Cheddar Pizza

by V1 Staff

You can infuse your family’s pizza night with a little autumn flavor with this great recipe we found on ...

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Meet Some Seasonal Spirits at the Ghosts of Dunn County

by V1 Staff

Looking for some locally themed Halloween chills? The place to be this spooky season is the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie for the third annual Ghosts of Dunn County Event ...

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

It's No Trick: Head Downtown for Treats

by V1 Staff, photos by Randy Lee

If you’re a candy-loving kid, it’s never too early to plot your trick-or-treating route for Halloween night – or Halloween afternoon, as the case may be. In downtown Eau Claire, the bonanza of treats from generous ...

Fri. Sep. 16th, 2016

Podcast Preps Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online

by V1 Staff

Most of us spend a big share of our time online these days, and children are no exception. And as easy as it is to let your kids veg out in front of a screen – they’re using that iPad for homework, right?

Fri. Sep. 9th, 2016

7 Tips for Health & Safety This School Year

by V1 Staff

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. It’s also a nerve-racking one. Homework, practices, new friends, new germs – it’s a lot to handle. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals offer these words of advice to help your family have a healthy and safe start to the school year.

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Jump-Start Contest Contenders Announced

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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'

by V1 Staff

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!

by V1 Staff

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

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Chippewa Falls A-Go-Go: Community Unveils New Tourism Branding

by V1 Staff

Looking to go somewhere with “natural beauty and local charm” – not to mention quaint shops, brewery tours, and a zoo? How about Chippewa Falls? That’s the theme of the new “GO Chippewa Falls” tourism ...

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

State Buys Xcel Land for Natural Area

by V1 Staff

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!

by V1 Staff

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

by 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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by 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!

by V1 Staff

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

by 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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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 ...

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

Local Harvest Schedule 2016

by V1 Staff

Get your food when it was meant to be gotten! Make sure you’re buying your stuff in season! Don’t know when that is? Here’s a handy chart that should last you through the summer.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 28th, 2016

Check Out Fairfax Pool's Dollar Swim Days

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by V1 Staff

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

by 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

by V1 Staff

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 ...