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Fri. Oct. 20th, 2017

New Southside Hotel Will Be Totally Suite

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A hotel scheduled to open on Eau Claire’s far south side next year will be composed entirely of suites aimed at longer-stay travelers. The Candlewood Suites Hotel will be built on Bullis Farm Road, not far from the Holiday Inn Eau Claire. Candlewood Suites is being developed ...

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017

New Building Will Greet Visitors to UWEC by 2020

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UW-Eau Claire recently announced plans to roll out a brand-new red carpet (figuratively, at least) for campus visitors by building a University Welcome Center, which is slated to open in 2020 ...

Wed. Oct. 4th, 2017

Two Regional Artists Win Honors for Sculpture Tour

V1 Staff, photos by Giles Photography

An 8-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture inspired by a solar eclipse is the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2017 Sculpture Tour Eau Claire. The sculpture, “Celeste,” created by Crysten Nesseth of Rice Lake ...

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

6 Tips for Safe Pumpkin Carving

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For all the frivolous fun it involves, Halloween can be a dangerous time of year – and we’re not talking about urban legends of poisoned candy. In fact, injuries around the holiday typically have more ...

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

How to Pick a Good Helmet for Safer Two-Wheeled Adventures

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Picking out a bicycle helmet for your child can be confusing. Sizing and fit are important, so how do you know you’re making the right choice? To make your choice easier, make sure you visit one of the Chippewa Valley’s locally owned, independent bicycle shops.

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

It's No Trick: Head Downtown For Treats

V1 Staff, photos by Randy Lee

In downtown Eau Claire, the bonanza of treats from generous businesses will run from 3-5pm on Monday, Oct. 31. Costumed kiddos (and their grown-ups) will find treats up and down Barstow and Farwell ...

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Break a Sweat, Make a Difference

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Looking to pump those legs and raise some money for a good cause? Autumn is charity run/walk season in Chippewa Valley, with tons of different events happening over the next two months.

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Family STEAM Challenge: Pumpkin Tunnel

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We’re speeding into the fall season with a spooky Family STEAM Challenge! This activity invites families to design and build a pumpkin tunnel for a toy car.

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Sep. 11th, 2017

WATCH: Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex Fly-throughs

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Today the designers of the forthcoming Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex (Ayres Associates) released a pair of fly-through concept videos showing their vision for the the new facilities. The Sonnentag project is the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's huge new events center – to be built along the Chippewa River on Eau Claire's Menomonie Street ...

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Dining on Wobegon

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have dinner with Prairie Home Companion writer Holly Harden

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Carson Gallery Highlights Biennial Winners

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The latest exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center features two of the region’s best artists – and that’s not just marketing hyperbole. The two artists whose work is on display at the Janet Carson Gallery ...

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Thrice as Nice

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Sawdust City Limits is back with a powerful local lineup

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Diversity Discussion Effort Seeks Participants

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UW-Eau Claire has partnered with several community groups to work toward a more racially and ethnically diverse and inclusive environment in the Chippewa Valley by creating Circles of Change, a project that connects residents from a wide range of backgrounds for in-depth discussions ...

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Public TV Wants Input on Eau Claire Episode

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Wisconsin Public Television wants to explore the history of Eau Claire, and it’s looking for local input about what stories it should tell. As part of its series Wisconsin Hometown Stories, WPT will produce an episode about Eau Claire ...

Thu. Aug. 24th, 2017

Mayo in EC Ranks Among Top State Hospitals

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Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire was named the ninth best hospital in Wisconsin and recognized as among the best hospitals in northwestern Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top hospitals ...

Thu. Aug. 24th, 2017

Altoona Wants You to Create a Cozy New Word

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Despite the profusion of words in the English language, sometimes it’s hard to find one with just the right je ne sais quoi to explain what you’re trying to convey. Consider the Danish word hygge, for which there is no precise English equivalent ...

Wed. Aug. 23rd, 2017

Indie Radio in Action

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Blugold Radio hosts Confluence patio concert, Prince tribute

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 22nd, 2017

Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week - Sept. 15–24

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Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week is coming! For ten days in September (15–24), dozens of local restaurants will join together for a huge celebration of local eats. You'll get access to special menus, deals, and contests – and invites to unique food-themed events raising money for community causes.

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

UPDATE: Gordy's Downsizes, Festival Foods Adds Stores

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The ongoing shakeup in the western Wisconsin grocery business has continued, with Gordy’s Markets selling three stores and closing three others. In late July, Chippewa Falls-based Gordy’s announced ...

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

Longtime RCU Employee Picked as New CEO

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A Chippewa Valley native who has worked at Royal Credit Union for more than 20 years became the fourth CEO in the financial institution’s history on July 31. Brandon Riechers, who most recently served as RCU’s executive vice president and chief lending officer, will replace Rudy Pereira ...

Thu. Aug. 10th, 2017

Eat, Drink, & Get Reading

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Fuel your love of Wisconsin’s classic consumables with these and other books from The Local Store.

Fri. Jul. 28th, 2017

Fleet Farm Has Plans to Build Big Eau Claire Store

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Mills Fleet Farm plans to build a huge retail store and lumberyard on Eau Claire’s south side, just off the interchange of Interstate 94 and Highway 93. Brainerd, Minn.-based Mills Fleet Farm ...

Fri. Jul. 28th, 2017

Eau Claire School Boundary Changes to Be Discussed

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The Eau Claire school board voted in June to redraw the boundaries for the city’s two public high schools, Memorial and North, to better balance enrollment (Memorial has 400 more students than North) ...

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017

Check Out the Foundry Sale

V1 Staff, photos by Megan Johnson

Eau Claire warehouse opens its doors and fills up with vintage and antique treasures

Wed. Jul. 12th, 2017

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. In the past few years, fortunately ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 10th, 2017

6 Chippewa Valley Farmers Markets

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Looking for the fresh veg? The Chippewa Valley hosts six different Farmers Markets all summer long and into the fall. Check out our local farmers market listings here!

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Kaleidoscope

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It’s a starry, starry night (or day!) with this issue’s Family STEAM Challenge! This activity invites families to inquire and observe the reflection of light and the colors and patterns it creates.

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

Bakery Style Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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Topped with a sweet cinnamon and sugar crumble, these vegan blueberry muffins are a great way to use up all those ripe, juicy summer blueberries.

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

VOTE NOW!

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GO VOTE! Check out our all-new reader poll — Family Favorites. Add your own poll options and vote on your family’s favorite activities, programs, events, and places – the stuff you love most about the Chippewa Valley. We want to know what you think!

Thu. Jun. 29th, 2017

Up to 12 'Born Learning Trails' to Be Installed Throughout Chippewa Valley

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Ten area communities in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have approved the installation of Born Learning Trails in their area parks. These are in addition to the Born Learning Trail installed last year at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. One more trail is pending approval.

Thu. Jun. 29th, 2017

Modicum, Valley's Latest Taproom, Ready to Pour

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The latest contribution to the Chippewa Valley’s craft brewing boomlet will hold a grand opening on Friday, July 7, at 2pm. Modicum Brewing, a new brewery and taproom, will open at 3732 Spooner Ave., Altoona ...

Wed. Jun. 28th, 2017

Firefighter's Compass Idea Wins Statewide Biz Contest

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An Eau Claire firefighter’s idea for a device to help rescue personnel navigate smoke-filled environments won the grand prize in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Capt. Jeff Dykes is founder of Northern Star Fire ...

Wed. Jun. 28th, 2017

Bringing CVTC to High Schools

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A $900,000 federal grant will help Chippewa Valley Technical College bring manufacturing and information technology education to four rural high schools. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse ...

Wed. Jun. 28th, 2017

Menomonie Will Allow Pooches in Parks

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Bringing your canine critter to Menomonie’s city parks is now OK – as long as that doggo is on a leash. The Menomonie City Council recently voted ...

Tue. Jun. 27th, 2017

Local Harvest Schedule 2017

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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. 27th, 2017

Small Wisco Beverage Makers Form Coalition

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A coalition of craft beverage producers has formed to promote the interests of Wisconsin’s independent brewers, winemakers, and distillers. One leader of the newly formed Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition is Will Glass, of the Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire ...

Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

June 21: Parfaits with a Princess (and Alice in Dairyland!)

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

On June 21 The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire will host a special event called Parfaits with a Princess from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Crystal Siemers-Peterman, the 70th Alice in Dairyland, will join kids.

Thu. Jun. 15th, 2017

Grant Will Help Clean up Event Center Site

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A university-affiliated foundation will receive a $400,000 federal grant to help clean up the future site of an event and recreation complex on Menomonie Street. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 31 ...

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

You're a Grand New Flag

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the votes have been counted. Now it’s time to salute the People’s Flag of Eau Claire

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

University System Approves New UWEC Dorm

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The UW System Board of Regents has given a thumbs up to UW-Eau Claire to build a new $35 million dorm on upper campus. The six-story residence hall, which has been designed to hold 432 students ...