Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | June 14, 2012

Settling into a new space – whether it’s your apartment, home, or office – can be both an exciting and exhausting task. And both are true in the case of the V1 staff moving into our new spot at 205 N. Dewey. We’re all moved in now, but ...

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Opening Letters

Cultural Backdrop

how a year-long stint in China helped reaffirm my faith in democracy

In February of 2011, I was sitting at a computer in Shenyang, China when I stumbled upon a front page story on the BBC news webpage depicting a capitol (my capitol! my gut realized) filling with thousands of people and just as many hand-painted ...

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The Rear End

Once Burned, Twice Awesome

somewhat true adventures in yard work and skin damage

On a cool and pleasant Saturday morning, I found myself toiling away in the ol’ backyard. I was finally tackling some projects that’d been nagging at me for weeks. For example, I cut dead limbs from a tree. I used large, sharp tools to do this ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | June 14, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Christine Johnson

"Wonder was a piece created to evoke an illusion of moving water with a modern twist. In search of different ways to manipulate paper, I found a process that allowed me to create what appear to be splashes of water surrounded by continuous waves..."

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Opening Shots
Music

Daredevil Rides Again

The Daredevil Christopher Wright‘s long-awaited album arrives

A minute and a half into The Daredevil Christopher Wright‘s new single, “Divorce,” lead singer Jon Sunde sings, “The past is past; I can’t undo, so I will make it up to you.” Certainly the song title sums up its own subject matter, but it’s also ...

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Words

On the Lake

new book from Menomonie poet Warren Lang

If you travel to the north a little less than 200 miles, you will eventually stumble upon the beautiful Lake Superior. But you no longer have to take the treacherous car ride to experience the beauty. Thanks to a Menomonie resident; you can ...

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Best of the Best Friends

Julie Bowe releases fifth book in Friends for Keeps series

In the world of best friends, there are subdivisions. Julie Bowe of Mondovi fleshes out these variations with mastery throughout her acclaimed series Friends for Keeps. Due out this summer, the fifth book in the series, entitled ...

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Visual Art

Cover Show

summer art exhibit features Volume One cover artists

Over the course of Volume One’s 10-year history, there’s no question the organization and publication have continued to evolve. That said, the focus and core mission have remained the same: local culture. And for proof, you need look no further ...

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The Art of Endurance

downtown event to benefit Alzheimer's patients

Almost 2,000 people in Eau Claire County suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and even more than that have a friend or relative with the disease. With so many of us that are affected by Alzheimer’s in some way, finding a cure is more important ...

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Cinema

Grand Theft Matrimony

local rom-com premieres

Grand Theft Matrimony is a labor of love, both the movie and the crime itself. For the last three years executive producer Jason Boehm of Eight Foot Squid Productions has been working with a local crew to create a feature film and it’s finally ...

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Local Look

Growing Hope

program teaches inmates how to grow their own grub

Inmates at the Dunn County Jail are growing – in more ways than one. Roughly 20 Huber Inmates have become some of the biggest benefactors in Menomonie, having donated several thousands of pounds of produce to the local food ...

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Questioning the Locals | Maria Van Hoorn

getting to know our neighbors

Maria lives on the Eastside Hill with her husband Tom Stolp. She works for Hagar USA, an international nonprofit organization that provides healing and recovery to survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. She enjoys ...

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Shortcuts | June 14, 2012

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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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Thanks for Asking | June 14, 2012

our local Jack-of-all-Facts tells you how it is

I own Eau Claire’s newest winery and only distillery. We’re about to debut our vodka and my question is: Has there ever been another distillery in Eau Claire?

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Food / Drink

Around the Farm Table

fledgling cooking show to focus on local farming, seasonal food

As a fourth-generation dairy farmer, Inga Witscher grew up working in the barn and cooking in the kitchen alongside her grandmother and mother, who she describes as “entertaining” women – women who always created simple dishes from ...

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Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse

new steakhouse promises a meaty adventure

I’m sure we all have an image in our minds of what a gaucho looks like: A South American cowboy with boots and a poncho, rough and tough. Mark Reams, owner of Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse in Eau Claire, might never have ridden a horse ...

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Exploring Delish Cuisine

It’s not a challenge to find a place to grab a bite to eat on Hastings Way. But how about finding a place where you have a choice between a gyro, a salad, pizza, chicken wings, or fish? Well, we’ve found it! This appetizing smorgasbord that has ...

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Kid Culture

Children's Museum Moving Up

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is looking at expanding to the second floor of its downtown location, adding nearly 4,500 square feet to the current space on Barstow. The extra space will be used for rotating exhibits on ...

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Special Sections

Punching Up Your Workout

The Garrison offers fitness through Mixed Martial Arts

In September 2009, Brandon Nunley was visiting his fiancée’s family in Eau Claire after studying Muay Thai for a year in Thailand, followed by a year of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) with Brazilian Top Team in Brazil. At the time ...

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Exploring Thai Yoga

improving physical, mental, & emotional health

The word is Namaste. This recognition between souls—meaning “I bow to you”—is only the first step in the amazing journey of relaxation known as Thai Yoga. Dubbed “Lazy Man’s Yoga,” or for the politically correct “Lazy Person’s Yoga,” Thai Yoga ...

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Other Stuff

Harvest Some Farm Fun

Farm Artisan and Fiber Festival comes to Whitehall

Bah-bah black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir… at the Harvest Home Farm Artisan and Fiber Festival. On Saturday, June 16, from 10am to 4pm, the Harvest Home Farm in Whitehall, Wis. will be hosting this first event show ...

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A Symphony of Flowers

Chippewa Valley Symphony takes you back to the gardens

It’s about that time of year for pulling weeds and planting flowers and vegetables (and whatever else you feel the need to grow). And if you’ve ever done any gardening – I think it can be agreed that it’s not always an easy job ...

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Mysterious Menomonie

local paranormal investigator takes on Menomonie

There’s some weird and unusual stuff that goes on in Menomonie and Chad Lewis is going to tell us all about it in his presentation, “Mysterious Menomonie (from Ghosts to UFOs)”. On Sunday, June 17, Lewis, a researcher and author ...

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