Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Feb. 14, 2013

Last week Volume One held it’s first Contributor Hangout/Meeting in quite sometime. About 25 writers, photographers, and V1 staff of all ages gathered in the Volume One Gallery to chow some pizza and imbibe some beer, all the while talking about ...

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The Rear End

You're All Invited to the Nerd Party!

people need to share, not hoard their nerdy, nerdy love

I like knowing things. Yep, I’ll just go ahead and admit it. “My name is Mike and I like to know things.” To be clear, I’m not talking about the general pursuit of knowledge. I like that, too – it’s a noble and worthwhile pursuit, and it’s the ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 14, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Dan Gerlach

“I created ‘Snowberries’ for a portfolio exhibit at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2010 Winter Conference in New York City. This piece is a tribute to two of my favorite illustrators, Elsa Beskow and Beatrix Potter ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Feb. 14, 2013

HIGH ON ART. Artist Raymond Kaselau (smiling in the background) was one of dozens of local artists to display their work at the 2013 Banbury Art Crawl, held Feb. 8 and 9 in Building 13 of Banbury Place.

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Reader Letters

Where Ideas Take Hold

we all have a role to play in developing the Chippewa Valley’s ‘yes culture’

When Volume One just started and we were dropping off the first issue throughout the community, we were met with a fair amount of skeptical looks. There were sometimes comments too, about our inevitable failure or burnout, and even more about ...

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Music

Surround Sound

local high schooler taps friends, family for album

As a rule, high school freshmen are timid. They appear small, they speak quietly, and they still defer to authority. High school freshman aren’t sure how they fit in, they only know that they want to ...

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Here Comes the Cabaret

The air seems to get a little more energetic around the end of February as bands around the Chippewa Valley start channeling their favorite musicians in preparation for Decadent Cabaret. The three-day festival – in its 34th year – showcases ...

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Strumming with the Pines

Minneapolis folk band meanders into the Heyde Center

Described by Rift Magazine as “haunting yet comfortable,” the music, lyrics, and videos of Minneapolis-based The Pines embody a variety of emotions from happy and calm to scared and creepy. This is especially prevalent in the indie ...

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Stage

Flamenco Troupe Brings Global Flair to UWEC

UW-Eau Claire’s Artist Series provides members of the community with frequent opportunities to experience various cultures from around the world. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the campus will play host to the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company, a group...

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A Night at the Opera

UWEC production goes all out with Strauss classic

The music and theater department at UW-Eau Claire is a multi-faceted universe. Students are expected to be well-versed in the classical repertoire of their respective instruments, but many go above and beyond this requirement by immersing ...

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Of Lyrics and Love

CVTG production explores composer’s real-life romance

Continuing with their fabulous 2012-13 season, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild is presenting They’re Playing Our Song at the Grand Little Theatre Feb. 14-17. They’re Playing Our Song is a comedic tale written by Neil Simon based on the real-life...

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Words

South Middle Schoolers Snag Poetry Honors

Powerful lines like these are what you can expect from the talented students at South Middle School in Eau Claire. Recently, four South students were proud to have the chance to stand out among their peers in the Junior Division of the prestigious...

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One Legit Magazine

Jessi Pizur sees herself as a positive person in a negatively focused media world. It was because of this that she made her new online publication, called LEGIT in Life, reflect this positivity. “I decided to make that the center of the magazine ...

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By the Light of the Moon

new Madeline novel explores hard-to-discuss topics

Eau Claire native Jay Gilbertson is a beekeeper, pumpkin seed oil producer (the nation’s first), hospice volunteer, and an ex-salon owner, but he is most well-known as an author. Gilbertson refers to his genre of writing as “Lady Lit,” mostly ...

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Visual Art

From Canvas to Celluloid

new Heyde Center show covers duo of mediums

The Heyde Center for the Arts occupies a grand position overlooking downtown Chippewa Falls. Once a temple to education as McDonell Memorial High School, it now houses the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, providing a needed venue ...

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Flying to the Gallery

Valley’s airport displays rotating selection of local art

For some people, waiting for a flight in an airport is about as exciting as watching five consecutive hours of C-SPAN with great-uncle Harold. Thankfully, the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport has a solution for the boredom that plagues travelers...

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Carving Out Success

local snow sculptors take first at national tourney

A snow-carving team featuring the talents of Eau Claire’s own Winter After Hours snow sculptors Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman – along with Wauwatosa artist Dave Andrews – won first place at the U.S. National Snow Carving Competition in ...

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Local Look

Putting a Stamp on Downtown

pending post office move will open location for development

Eau Claire’s downtown post office will need a forwarding address soon, perhaps as early as the end of the year, and four downtown sites are in the running for its new home.

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Food / Drink

Downtown Abbey

new Menomonie pub offers cozy, old-world vibe

A new pub has risen from the metaphorical ashes of Ba Da Bingz in Menomonie, opening its doors on Jan. 24. The Abbey Pub & Grub at 414 Main St. E. gives nod to elements of monastery style, as well as Irish and English pubs. Co-owner ...

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A Plus-Sized Egg Roll-Plus

popular Eau Claire eatery finally expands after 15 years of high demand

In April of 1998, Bee Xiong opened Egg Roll-Plus, and it has since become one of Eau Claire’s hidden gems, voted 2nd Best Kept Secret in Volume One’s 2012 Best of the Chippewa Valley reader’s poll. The restaurant provides great Hmong, Thai ...

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Recreation

Running with the Dogs

Beaver Creek Reserve offers a taste of dog sledding

Outdoor enthusiasts, dog-lovers, or anyone who just really wants to reenact scenes from “Iron Will” can add dog sledding to their winter bucket list thanks to a new program through Beaver Creek Reserve. Participants can get their mush on ...

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Special Sections

PROS & CONS: Entrepreneurship in the Valley

OK, you want to start a business. You can’t control every factor that could lead to success or failure, but there is one major element you can: geography. So should you pack up your amazing idea and head elsewhere, or is the Chippewa Valley the ...

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Secrets of Success: Mickey Judkins

entrepreneur’s vision valued, from Water Street to the White House

Business comes instinctively to Mickey Judkins. Consider her initial venture: When she opened her first clothing store in Eau Claire, she did a market analysis without even knowing it.

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Working Together

sharing space and making connections in Eau Claire's first coworking facility

The office is a classic setting for films, sitcoms, and half-witted comic strips. You have office politics, cubicle decorating and the classic fridge-heist (which often results in passive-aggressive notes about not taking something with someone ...

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A Class Act for Entrepreneurs

local universities offer coursework geared towards starting your business

Over the past several years, I have come to a much better understanding of who I am, how I tick and what drives me. I have come to not only realize, but fully own, the fact that I like to start stuff. And, if I can’t start something from scratch ...

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Wanted: Innovators

foundation helps match hot new ideas with advice, money

Even those who work in the world of economic development acknowledge that the alphabet soup of resources available to entrepreneurs – from the EDC to DECI to the SBDC – can be confusing. And although novice entrepreneurs may get tongue-tied ...

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