Issue #276 March 18, 2015

EC City Council Accepts Results of Downtown Parking Survey

The Eau Claire city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to accept the results of the parking study carried out by Andy Miller of consulting firm Carl Walker, Inc. While the resolution has not bound the city to carry out all of the study’s ...

Donations Add Up for Confluence Project

Two more Eau Claire business recently made major donations toward the proposed Confluence Project performing arts center. Commonweal Development, a commercial real estate company, announced March 9 it would pledge $100,000 to the campaign ...

The Post Digs In

team resurrects the Chippewa Valley Post with nonprofit local journalism

Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Downtown Honors Go to JAMF, The Plus, and The Local Store

Oh, and speaking of JAMF Software (see item above), they also brought home some kudos from the annual Downtown Eau Claire Inc. awards banquet Feb. 25. The firm’s new downtown office building was selected as Development of the Year ...

JAMF a Paragon of Business, Economic Development Group Says

In addition to being one of the most buzzed-about local businesses to come along in years, JAMF software is now a local award-winner. The software firm recently received the Paragon Award from the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp. ...

Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Eau Claire City Council: Urban Hives Are the Bee's Knees

After buzzing over a variety of amendments, the Eau Claire City Council made it clear Feb. 10 that it is sweet on the idea of urban bees, unanimously approving an ordinance to allow beekeeping in the city. The new rules are the culmination ...

Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015
Issue #272 January 21, 2015
Issue #271 January 7, 2015

You Can Help Shape EC's Comprehensive Plan

Since last fall, an advisory committee has been hard at work updating the city of Eau Claire’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan – a virtual bible of community planning – is rewritten every decade or so, so the decisions made by community members ...

Chippewa Valley Museum Nabs New Director

The Chippewa Valley Museum has written a new chapter of its own history: The institution has a new executive director, Julie Bunke, who took over on Jan. 5, replacing the retiring Susan McLeod. Bunke has 18 years of experience in museums ...

Issue #270 December 23, 2014

Region's UW Campuses Want to Create Engineering Consortium

The leaders of three universities in our corner of the state are pushing to create a shared program to meet what they say is a shortage of engineers in the region. UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-River Falls have asked the UW System ...

Hot Idea

firefighter’s potentially life-saving concept wins Idea Challenge

Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Following the Current

an ambitious new museum exhibit explains how cultures have intersected over four centuries of Chippewa Valley history

Issue #268 November 27, 2014

Turning A New Page

groundbreaking ceremony marks start of downtown’s biggest project ever

Holiday Handbook 2014

Beacon House Offers Families Shelter From the Cold

For more than a decade, Beacon House in downtown Eau Claire has provided a bright light of hope for Chippewa Valley families who find themselves homeless. The shelter, a collaborative effort among more than 20 local religious congregations ...

Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Digging In

EC’s south side will get its own community garden

On the Money 2014

Learning About Your Money

Western Dairyland financial literacy specialist Adrian Klenz on the Valley's need for financial educational

Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Coworking Collaboration

UW-Eau Claire partners with WorkSpace to give entrepreneurship students a taste of coworking

Development Plans Sought for Downtown Sites

The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority is looking for developers who’ve got good ideas for the future of the former post office and a nearby parking lot on North Barstow Street. The RDA, which owns the two downtown parcels, recently ...

Issue #265 October 16, 2014

CVTC Gets $20M to Boost Health Training Statewide

Chippewa Valley Technical College has always had a strong health care program. Now it’s about to get stronger: CVTC will receive $20 million in federal grants to help it and the rest of the state’s tech schools boost health care education ...

Oakleaf Hospital Officially Opens Doors in Altoona

OakLeaf Surgical Hospital has officially relocated to a brand-spankin’-new 108,000-square-foot hospital just off U.S. 53 in Altoona’s River Prairie Development. The physician-owned hospital moved from its original location near ...

Issue #264 October 2, 2014
Issue #263 September 18, 2014

Eau Claire Wants You Healthy!

The City of Eau Claire wants you to be healthy (so does your mom, spouse, and kids!). Last year, the City Council adopted a new section into the Comprehensive Plan known as the Health Chapter, the goal being to promote overall public health ...

YMCA, UWEC to Spot Each Other on Rec Complex

In a few years, members of the Eau Claire YMCA could be sweating alongside UW-Eau Claire students and staff in a new shared activity center. The Y’s board of directors voted recently to pursue an agreement with the university to partner on a new ...

Issue #262 September 4, 2014

A Look at the Future?

panels ponder multiuse Confluence building; Regents gives thumbs up to performing arts center

Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Ski Club Buys Hill for a Buck, Plans Upgrade

Who says you can’t get anything for a buck these days? Last we heard, McDonald’s still had a dollar menu. But if your tastes run toward rocketing off a ski jump instead of a gorging on one-buck McDoubles (cheese costs extra), the world still ...

String Shop Tops Jump-Start Biz Contest

Entrepreneurial innovation was honored Aug. 6 at the annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition. The awards, which are given out by Downtown Eau Claire Inc., are designed to stimulate business growth downtown. The big winner was ...

Fostering Success

new UW-Stout program aims to help foster kids reach college – and excel

Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Election Season Heats Up with August Primary

Mark your calendars, citizens: Tuesday, Aug. 12, is the fall primary election for partisan offices in Wisconsin. (Until a few years ago the primary was in September, so it’s still called the “fall” primary.) Consider the primary ...

Issue #259 July 24, 2014

EC City Council Says E-Nuff to E-Cigarettes

Smokers of those new-fashioned nicotine-delivery devices known as e-cigarettes won’t be able to puff inside city buildings or buses in Eau Claire under a new city ordinance. The ban, approved on a 9-1 vote by the Eau Claire City Council ...

Park It Here

new parking ramp seen as key to continued DT growth

Issue #258 July 10, 2014

Building It Better

new Water Street bridge will have classic look, bike- and walk-friendly design

Issue #257 June 26, 2014

Governor Walker: I Support the Confluence Project

During a June 23 visit to Eau Claire, Gov. Scott Walker made his most definitive comments yet in support of the Confluence Project. “You’ve got a great partnership with the private sector and the public sector coming together, so I’m here today ...

Issue #256 June 12, 2014

You Can Surf for Free at (Even More) City Parks

In an growing number of Eau Claire city parks, nets aren’t just for fishing and webs aren’t just for spiders: The city recently flipped the switch on public Wi-Fi in Owen and Phoenix parks, and access is expected soon at the soccer park, too ...

Still Time to Join Shared Garden

Lacking space for a garden at your home or just worried that your thumb isn’t green enough to sustain one by yourself? Community gardens are designed for people just like you. While all the individual rental plots at the Forest Street Community ...

Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Going National

Eau Claire is aiming to be named one of America’s best cities

Gaming History

Chippewa Valley Museum collaborates with Stout program for an interactive experience

Issue #254 May 15, 2014

Bremer Banks on Bigger Branch

Bremer Bank, a fairly recent addition to the Chippewa Valley’s financial scene, has announced plans to build a new bank at the southeast corner of Oakwood Hills Parkway and Damon Street on Eau Claire’s south side. The St. Paul-based bank ...

Healthy Applause for Health Chapter Author

The man who helped create the recently adopted health chapter of Eau Claire’s comprehensive plan – which focuses on improving citizens’ health through the physical environment around them – has won a public health award. Ned Noel, associate ...

Goodbye, Pagoda. Hello, Pharmacy War

A legendary Eau Claire restaurant soon will be replaced by a brand-new drugstore. The Eau Claire Plan commission recently approved the construction of a 13,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy at the northwest corner ...

Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Living Up

exploring loft apartments in downtown Eau Claire

Issue #252 April 17, 2014

What Do You Want to See at the Priory?

It’s time for UW-Eau Claire students and faculty as well as the community to come together and start thinking about future plans for the grounds at The Priory. The former convent, just south of Eau Claire, houses the university’s day care ...

Historic Building Rehab Can Mean Tax Breaks

Historic Downtown Menomonie is more than just an impressive title: It’s an invitation for building owners who rehabilitate their historic properties to receive special benefits. Owners of eligible properties are able to take advantage of both ...

Ramp It Up

city ponders new parking facility on post office site

Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Bus Report Calls for Chippewa Falls Route

What’s got 44 headlights and more than a million passengers? The answer can be found at a bus stop near you: Eau Claire’s public transit system. Eau Claire Transit recently commissioned a study to assess the quality of that system and determine ...

Oxbow Music Fest Postponed

You may remember reading last fall about the possibility of a two-day music festival to take place next September in Carson Park. The Oxbow Music & Arts Festival, proposed by Wisconsin native (and Austin, Texas, music promoter) Nick Barbian ...

Werthmann Gets Earthy Honor

Earth Day is just a few weeks away, so it’s an appropriate time to honor one of the Chippewa Valley’s most recognizable environmentalists. Eau Claire City Councilman Andrew Werthmann will receive the annual Earthgreen Award – which honors ...


city voters reject a second referendum; county voters OK contribution to project

Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Realityworks Lets Sparks Fly with State Award

Eau Claire has another reason to be proud of its businesses: Local company Realityworks Inc. has won the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Special Award for Innovation Excellence for its newest product, the teachWELD Welding Simulator ...

Native Land

Ho-Chunk, UWEC partnership will create cultural learning community

Issue #249 March 6, 2014

DECI Honors Halmstad, JAMF with Top Awards

If Downtown Eau Claire Inc. had a “Man of the Year” award, it likely would have gone to Zach Halmstad. The co-founder of JAMF Software won the Above and Beyond Award while his firm took Developer of the Year honors at DECI’s awards ...

Issue #248 Feb. 20, 2014

Commercial Property Vacancies Edge Upward

Vacancy rates for retail and office property in the Eau Claire area rose slightly last year, but remain below national averages, according to a new report from Commonweal Development, a brokerage, development, and property management firm ...

Boy Scout Council Honored

The Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America received a pretty impressive merit badge recently: The Eau Claire-based council, which serves more than 4,000 young people in 10 northwestern Wisconsin counties, got the highest score among ...

Charter Bank Offers to Match Confluence Pledges

Pondering making a donation to help the Confluence Project reach its ambition goal of raising $15 million from private donors? Now might be the time to get out the personal (or corporate) checkbook. On Feb. 17, Charter Bank announced that it ...

City Residents' Online Input Favors Confluence

In the second use of the City of Eau Claire’s new public perception tool – the Electronic Eau Claire Conversation, or E2C2 – City Manager Russ Van Gompel posed a question that’s on everyone’s minds these days: “What do you think about ..."

Pro-Confluence Political Action Group Created

With two ballot referendums that could decide the fate of the Confluence Project approaching on April 1, a new committee has formed to educate voters and promote the project. Voices for Growth is a nonpartisan referendum action committee ...

Issue #247 Feb. 6, 2014

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 ...

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 ...

Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

Referendum Rundown

Eau Claire voters may get three chances – or zero – to vote on the Confluence Project

Welcome to the Neighborhood, N. Barstow!

People who live in the newly redeveloped North Barstow area in downtown Eau Claire now have a neighborhood to call their own – or, at least, a neighborhood association. The North River Fronts Neighborhood Association recently “closed a gap” ...

Hotel Revival

JAMF co-founder’s property group buys former Ramada

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