The Valley's Newest Music Festival Is a Party of One

Christian music festival OneFest brings family fun

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher

When Heather Flashinski’s first son started attending Sunday school in 2016, she was surprised to discover that the program didn’t include learning the small songs and hymns she remembers from her own childhood ...

You Gotta Taste It to Believe It

Leinenkugel’s quality control program creates sensory experts, blemish-free beer

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Eric Christenson

You have four beers in front of you. They all look the same, some even smell and taste very similar. But do you think you could pinpoint even the subtlest blemish or defect? Maybe something’s a little off ...

Growing in Harmony

Albrecht's Nursery and Orchard offers education and organic trees

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Don Albrecht had been collecting apple varieties for years, and working in orchards for decades, by the time he decided to open his own fruit tree farm. His wife, Janeen, sent him out to Chippewa Falls ...

A Moment With the Mayor

Greg Hoffman will soon mark 10 years as Chippewa Falls' chief executive

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

This summer Greg Hoffman will celebrate 10 years as mayor of Chippewa Falls, a decade that has heralded steady growth and civic improvement in the city. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” said Hoffman ...

Pure Water Days Offers Pure Family Fun

for 42 years, Pure Water Days has highlighted one of Chippewa Falls’ most vital resources

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Situated on the banks of the Chippewa River, bisected by Duncan Creek, and known far and wide for the beverages it puts in bottles, Chippewa Falls is in many ways defined by water ...

Thinking Globally, Growing Locally

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation focuses on fostering local employers, encouraging exports

Tue. May. 22nd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

Much like the awesome Chippewa River – swift, mighty, and always flowing – so too is our local economy. Like the economy itself, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation is in a constant state of movement ...

Ash Borer 101

Wed. May. 2nd, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of beetle that infests and kills ash trees, was discovered in Eau Claire County in December of 2017. It’s been a slow crawl across the United States from Michigan ...

Locomotive Commotion

conference to examine future of rail in region

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher

The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition has been laying the tracks to revive passenger rail service from Eau Claire to the Twin Cities for decades, and now, Leadership Eau Claire is helping ...

Hiking Beyond the Valley

grab your boots and bug spray, then hit the road to find these fabulous hiking spots

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018  |  Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

Last year, I wrote an article for Volume One titled 25 Hiking Trails in the Chippewa Valley, which you can read online at For hiking enthusiasts willing to drive a bit outside of the area ...

5 Names Immortalized on Chippewa Valley Institutions

Tue. Feb. 20th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

You’ll find Lewis E. Phillips’ name on more high-profile Chippewa Valley facilities than any other, including Eau Claire’s public library, the senior center, a drug and alcohol treatment center, a career development ...

Why the Hell Would I Drive to Chippewa?

maybe it’s time you explored the rest of the Valley

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

The other day I was trying to figure out what you call someone from Chippewa Falls. I settled on “Chippewa Fallsian.” Sure, it sounds like a rebel assassin from Star Wars, but I think it works. We’ve been ...

LOCAL BABIES: The Year of Jack (and Jackson and Jaxson)

the biggest baby names of 2017

Tue. Jan. 23rd, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

If you don’t know Jack, you will soon enough. “Jack” and several of its variations – Jackson and Jaxson – were among the most popular baby names in the Chippewa Valley during the just-completed year, according to area hospitals ...