Derby Day 2018 at The Lakely

photos by Taylor Smith

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On Saturday, May 5, The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely held their second annual Derby Day event complete with fun derby fashion, mint juleps, kubb, snacks, and televised coverage of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Prizes were awarded for the best outfits.

A Tribute to Ray “The Menards Guy” Szmanda (1926–2018)

Mon. May. 7th, 2018

Nick Meyer, V1 Staff

Today the news is spreading that Ray Szmanda, the Midwest-famous “Menards Guy,” a multi-decade TV commercial pitchman for everything from paint to faucets to lumber, passed away May 6 at the age of 91. For nearly 25 years ...

A Span Down by the River

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Here’s an exciting, engaging question that’s totally not boring: What’s your favorite local bridge?

Pablo Center Seeks Artists for First Exhibit

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Lauren Fisher

Years of planning, millions of dollars, and countless hours of labor have raised a gleaming palace on the banks where the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers meet. Now, it’s time for artists to breathe life into the Pablo Center at the Confluence ...

Midwest Living Features Eau Claire, Focuses on Music

Thu. May. 3rd, 2018

Lauren Fisher

It's always nice to be noticed. Midwest Living published this quick overview of the city’s developments after the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival rose to fame, as well as its merits as a vacation destination ...

Economic Development Week Salutes Local Job-Creators

Thu. May. 3rd, 2018

Tom Giffey

It’s time to tip our collective hats (and maybe tip back a pint or two) to all those who help our job creators in celebration of the Third Annual Economic Development Week, which runs May 7-12 ...

Drop a Line, Get a Bite: Preparing for this year's fishing season

Wed. May. 2nd, 2018

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Opening day of the 2018 regular inland fishing season follows the coldest and snowiest April on record, meaning it’s a pretty good bet many anglers’ favorite fish species will be hungry and ready to bite, state fisheries officials say ...

Eau Claire Police Department Wins National Social Media Honors

Tue. May. 1st, 2018

by Lauren Fisher

What city has the government agency with the coolest social media presence? That’d be New York City. But coming in second in the Government Social Media Golden Post Awards Outstanding Social Media competition was ...

Just Bag It Fashion Show 2018

photos by Andrea Paulseth

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On Thursday, April 26 UWEC’s annual funky fashion show "Just Bag It" took place in the Davies Student Center, featuring students and their designs made from recycled and repurposed materials ...

Eau Claire People and Businesses Featured in Statewide Video Project

Wed. Apr. 25th, 2018

V1 Staff

For Midwesterners looking for a place to live that offers a rich, fulfilling life both on and off the clock, Eau Claire’s siren song seems to grow stronger every day. A number of recent videos produced by In Wisconsin – for their “Wisconsin Stories” series – focus on the city ...