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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 ...

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

EC Attorney Will Lead Board of Regents

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An Eau Claire attorney has become the first president of the UW System Board of Regents from the Chippewa Valley and the board’s youngest-ever president-elect. The 18 members of the Board of Regents ...

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

Minor Gets Major Job Leading EC Chamber

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Eau Claire’s top business group has a new top leader. David Minor has been hired as president and CEO of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, the group announced May 30 ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

RDA Outlining Block 7 Vision

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The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority is developing its own vision for one of the last vacant pieces of property in the North Barstow Street neighborhood. At its May 17 meeting, the RDA voted to hire SDS Architects ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Businesses, Citizens Given City Green Awards

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Several Eau Claire businesses, students, and civic leaders will receive Sustainable Eau Claire Awards from the city’s Sustainability Advisory Committee on June 5. It’s the second time the committee has handed out awards ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Discover Wisconsin Features Chippewa Falls

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An upcoming episode of the travel TV series Discover Wisconsin will feature Chippewa Falls in a starring role. The episode, titled “Chippewa Falls – Pure Fun For Everyone,” will premiere on the weekend ...

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Campus Footbridge Closed for Summer

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Pedestrians and bicyclists have lost one of Eau Claire’s most scenic shortcuts, at least until the end of August. The Chippewa River footbridge – which links the two sections of lower campus ...

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

5 Huge Local Festivals Bring the Heat With Musical Greats

V1 Staff, photos by Mike O'Brien, Luong Huynh

Bluegrass, for being a somewhat niche genre, has a passionate, open, and fun-loving audience all over the globe. So it’s no surprise that the Blue Ox Music Festival, now in its third year, is quickly gaining fiery support in the area and reverberating across the country as one of the best ...

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

2 Can't Miss Big Local Shows

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

Earlier this month, it was announced that The House of Rock, the long-running rock club staple of the Eau Claire music scene, will be shutting its doors for good. The venerable Water Street venue has long been home to Decadent Cabaret ...

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

5 Top-Notch Music Festivals Within Driving Range

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This will be the 50th year of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, billed as the “World’s Largest Music Festival”. An incredible lineup of top-notch headliners featuring performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon ...

Fri. May. 26th, 2017

May 27-29: Weekend Events in the Chippewa Valley

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Don't miss out on all of the action taking place this weekend in the Chippewa Valley, Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29. See our full events calendar for more!

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. May. 25th, 2017

Fairfax Pool Opens for Season on May 27

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dive into summer as Fairfax Pool opens for the season Saturday, May 27. The outdoor pool will be open from 2 to 6pm May 27, Saturday and May 28, Sunday, and then from noon to 6pm Monday, May 29, before resuming its regular season schedule.

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

The Big To-Do: May/June 2017 Installment

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Looking for some family-focused fun in May and June? Check out our 5 family event picks. We receive a number of event submissions on a daily basis and you can find the most current happenings ...

Thu. May. 18th, 2017

UWEC Student Picked for Board of Regents

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A two-year veteran of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate will now be representing university students statewide. Ryan Ring, a sophomore ...

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Eau Claire Receives 2nd Playful City USA Honor

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National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City of Eau Claire with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the 2nd time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country ...

Tue. May. 16th, 2017

Sliding into Home: A Sports Family with a Busy Schedule

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Joel, a father of four, youth baseball and softball coach, and small business owner, has been an active member of the Chippewa Valley his entire life. He attended the Chippewa Area Catholic Schools in grade school and graduated from Chi-Hi (Chippewa Falls Senior High School) in 1994.

Tue. May. 16th, 2017

5 Local Grilling Sidekicks

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1. Sconnie Foods squeezable sauerkraut – Accessibility has never been one of sauerkraut’s advantages, until now. The locally made handheld condiment is a must when you’re out and about and need some kraut.

Fri. May. 12th, 2017

Local Cap and Gown Recycling Program

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Do you have a cap and gown from graduation in the back of your closet or in a box somewhere? Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (“ECAHMAA”) is working to establish a Cap and Gown Recycling Program ...