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Confluence Primer Part 1 - Why do we need it?

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

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Confluence Primer Part 2 - How do we pay for it?

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

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Confluence Primer Part 3 - Why Here, Why Now

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

The April 1st election brings two referendums, one from the city and one from the county. It’s critical you understand how to vote, and get you and your friends to the polls.

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Let's do this!

Eau Claire's April 1 election brings two Confluence Project votes. Join me in pledging to vote! Learn more at VolumeOne.org/vote

Eau Claire's April 1 election brings two Confluence Project votes. Join me in pledging to vote! Learn more at VolumeOne.org/vote

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Feb. 6, 2014

Fair warning: If the last couple of years didn’t do it for you, the next four issues of Volume One are going to have a LOT of talk about the Confluence Project. So get ready, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Recent action by both the ...

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Opening Letters

Enough With This Crap, Let's Move Ourselves Forward

The Confluence Project brings economic growth that supports new and existing jobs, increases City and County revenues, revitalizes downtown, enhances tourism, invests in our arts and culture, and advances educational opportunity. So let’s drop ...

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The Rear End

Here's Booking At You, Kid

reading a novel from cover to cover needs to be our next comeback story

A while back, my wife and I came across one of those little infographics people love to share on Facebook. The kinds of things people show off to their friends, aghast at the surprising or sad implications they hold. And usually, some other ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 6, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Andrew Ritchie

“This piece was designed for the cover of the graphic novel adaptation of ‘The Hunting Shack.’ Adapted by Rob Mattison and myself, the original novel was written by Gunnard Landers and published in 1979. He wrote the novel while living in ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Feb. 6, 2014

At the US National Snow Carving Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis. (Jan 29-Feb. 1), local artists Steve Bateman and Jason Anhorn teamed up with Wauwatosa’s David Andrews to take home First Place ... again.

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Music

Music of America

Think you know the musical landscape of America? Well, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra will have you think again with its upcoming concert “American Music, Through the Years.” American music is as diverse and ever changing as our history ...

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Ready, Aim

genre-defying Heart Pills go West in second album

BANGBANGBANGBANGBANG-BANG! This isn’t a common thing to see amid the standard “thank yous” and credits listed on the inside cover of a CD, but it’s the first word that jumps out of the physical packaging of the second full-length album ...

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A Way Out of the Ordinary

Adelyn Rose cements position in indie rock scene

A persistent work ethic and a knack for networking skills, not to mention a bevy of musical talent, have helped to define Adelyn Rose as one of the preeminent indie rock bands in the Chippewa Valley. Since releasing their debut album ...

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For the Love of the Game

DIY Daisy supersizes its raw rock on new record

The creepy kids from down the block may have grown up a bit, got themselves jobs, but don’t let those clip-on ties fool you; they’re (still) plenty capable of making mayhem and mischief. Do It Yourself Daisy are back with a new full-length ...

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Stage

Dressed to Impress

CVTG production explores the lives and wardrobes of generations of women

The play featured at the Grand Theatre in February isn’t a romantic drama in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, but rather a play composed of monologues told by five women telling their life stories and how their clothing played a role.

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Words

Season of Frost

roundabout journey brings priceless poetry collection to UWEC

This story begins and ends – and, in a sense, continues– in a college library. It involves a legendary American poet; a bookish college boy; and a widow dedicated to ensuring the pair’s unlikely literary friendship remains more than just words ...

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Visual Art

Lunchtime in the Gallery

The Furlong Gallery at UW-Stout has launched “Middle Mondays,” an ongoing series of speeches that complement artwork in the gallery. Each Monday at lunchtime the gallery will feature a speaker whose work is in one of the shows currently on ...

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Still Tangled After All These Years

Tangled Up in Hue on Barstow Street has become a fixture and major part of the downtown Eau Claire experience since Erin Roesler and Jamie Kyser opened its doors five years ago. Its website describes it as “one-of-a-kind art collective ...

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Of Men and Landscapes

library exhibit features rural scenery, ‘Guy Things’

The gallery in the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is currently showing the work of two Wisconsin artists, John Meyer and Don Smith. “On Location” is a selection of Meyer’s many landscape paintings of the Mississippi River valley. Smith ...

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Local Lit

Lunch Date

The drive to Madison only took 70 minutes, but it felt like hours. Her feet rustled in the garbage that littered the bottom of Dan’s Prius, greasy McDonald’s bags and bits of stale Kwik Trip hotdog buns mixed with the vague stench of old fishing ...

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Local Look

County Recycling Stats Spike

According to the Eau Claire County Recycling Program, county residents have been breaking records! Household recycling increased 15 percent last year to 141.2 pounds per person. Meanwhile, proper hazardous waste disposal increased 43 percent in ...

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Gragert in Top Gear as Bike Fed Volunteer

Biking around the Chippewa Valley has many perks, and Eau Clairian Jeremy Gragert – who was recently named 2013 Volunteer of the Year by the Wisconsin Bike Fed – wants to make sure that Eau Claire continues to boost its bike-friendly appeal ...

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Referendums at the Ready

future of Confluence hinges on pair of April 1 votes

After months of discussion, debate, and intrigue, the cloudy picture surrounding proposed referendums related to the Confluence Project finally became clear as January ended. On April 1, Eau Claire-area voters will face two ballot questions ...

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Questioning the Locals | Joe Turner

get to know your neighbors!

If you ever peruse the highly active “You Know You’re From Eau Claire When …” Facebook group or the comments at VolumeOne.org – and really, why aren’t you doing that? – you’ve undoubtedly read posts by an Eau Claire native named Joe Turner ...

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Food / Drink

In the Kitchen

Menomonie eatery Norske Kitchen & Kro cooks up ‘regional comfort food’

If you want a little more comfort food in your life, head on over to Menomonie for some true Wisconsin grub. Stephen Weber, owner of the recently opened restaurant Norske Kitchen & Kro has made Menomonie the place to be if you want to get ...

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Kid Culture

5 Local Birthday Hot Spots

Looking to get out of the house for that next birthday party? The Valley doesn’t disappoint.

It used to be that all a kid needed for a successful birthday party was good friends for a sleepover, plenty of sugar, and a few presents. Oh, those were the days! But now there are many more options for that special occasion offered ...

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Stay On Target

Daniel Langlois has seen the awe and wonder in the eyes of children who have just witnessed the “mystical, magical flight of the arrow.”

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Tiny Tots, Big Dreams

mother wants to transform former Fall Creek church into playhouse/museum

Parents of young children know all too well that it can be hard to find kid-friendly activities outside the home that are fun, accessible, and inexpensive. This is especially true for those who live in small towns and rural areas and don’t ...

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Tiny Hiney: “My Perfect Library”

Tiny Hiney is written by Eva Paulus, the seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter of Volume One columnist Mike Paulus (who writes The Rear End). For this installment, Eva wrote about libraries.

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Other Stuff

Catch This If You Can

famous forgery expert hits UW-Eau Claire

One of the world’s most famous con men is coming to Eau Claire. Oh, but don’t worry, he’s a good guy now. Frank Abagnale is one of the leading experts on forgery, a talent he found quite useful as a teenager. If you’ve seen the 2002 ...

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