Light Up Eau Claire 2018

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Downtown Eau Claire rang in 2019 with its annual New Year's Eve celebration, complete with activities for all ages all evening long, including the "Dragons of the North" lantern parade, live music at multiple venues, a party at The Lismore Hotel, and a midnight fireworks ...

Incumbents Xiong, Stroebel Won’t Seek Re-Election

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2018

Tom Giffey

Two Eau Claire City Council members won’t seek re-election to their at-large seats this spring. Incumbents David Stroebel and Michael Xiong have both said they will not run for a third three-year term ...

New Park Could Go to the Dogs – and the Boats

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2018

Barbara Arnold

By 2020, Eau Claire may gain a third boat launch on the Chippewa River and a third dog park – this one with access to water. City officials presented and explained the proposal at a community meeting ...

For the Love of Kubb

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A Wisconsin Department of Tourism grant will fund a marketing campaign that uses Eau Claire’s status as a kubb capital to attract visitors to the region. The Department of Tourism recently announced that it was giving ...

Embracing the Odd

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

Rayna DeJongh, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Serena Wagner and Elle McGee, founders of Odd Brand Strategy and now Odd Humyns – a downtown Eau Claire art store, 209 N. Barstow St. – are expanding their offerings even further with the opening ...

Night Time Is the Right Time

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now that winter is officially upon us, it might be tempting to lock your doors and burrito-roll inside your favorite blanket. But here in Wisconsin, cold weather doesn’t have to negate outdoor fun ...

Weather Fit for Fat

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

Sean Brandenburg, photos by Jereme Rauckman

With December temps in the mid-to-high 30s, it would seem that snow will come and go this winter. One thing that is here to stay, though, is fat biking. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve likely seen ...

Sweet Home, Barron County

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

Haley Wright

Barron’s own Chris Kroeze made an impression on the nation that no one will soon forget on the 15th season of The Voice, rising to the top two contestants ...

Take the Quiz: Year in Review 2018

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

V1 Staff

We do a Year In Review feature every year, and it's time to be tested by our editors, who have written questions designed to stump, befuddle, confuse, confound, and bewilder you.

Eau Claire Library to Stream Local Music on Digital Platform

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018

Eric Christenson

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking local musicians for its new online streaming and download platform, Sawdust City Sounds. Local artists can submit albums now through Sunday, Jan. 13 ...

Library Seeks Entries for Artswest40

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018

Barbara Arnold

Chippewa Valley artists have no excuse not to submit their creations to ArtsWest, the annual juried art show sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: In celebration of the show’s 40th year ...

City Council Approves Hens, Reduces Cannabis Fines, Welcomes Caretakers

Wed. Dec. 12th, 2018

Lauren Fisher

The Nov. 26 and 27 Eau Claire City Council Meetings totaled more than seven hours, and resulted in the passage of a balanced budget and three notable city ordinance changes. Community members weighed in on the creation of an ordinance allowing for the keeping of poultry ...