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 ...

CONFLUENCE WINS BIG

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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Issue #242 Nov. 21, 2013

Committee to City: Cut Bag Use by 80%

A city committee hopes that education – not coercion – will help Eau Claire residents sock it to their sack habit. The City Council-appointed Sustainable Bag Committee met for months in the hopes of reducing plastic (and paper) bag waste in ...

New Eau Claire Police chief Serving and Protecting

Eau Claire’s men (and women) in blue have a new commander. Jerry Staniszewski, who most recently was deputy chief of detectives for the ECPD, was appointed police chief Nov. 6 by the city Police and Fire Commission. “I’m very pleased with the ...

Issue #241 Nov. 7, 2013

'Unexhibited'

pair of CV Museum exhibits closing after two decades

Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

Meet the New Bosses

Eau Claire’s new top leaders say they’re ready to work with the community – and each other – to overcome obstacles

Water Street Patio Plan Possible

Looking for a new place to relax and enjoy the river view near Water Street? Plans are afoot for a new public look-out spot over the river. Downtown Eau Claire Inc. recently gave a $5,000 grant to the Water Street Business Improvement ...

Issue #239 Oct. 10, 2013

New Signs mark miles on Chippewa, Old Abe State Trails

Our for a jog and forgot your pedometer? The Indianhead Track Club is here to help. The running group recently donated $1,600 to the city of Eau Claire to pay for signs marking every half-mile along the city portions ...

City Council gets Confluence Task Force Rolling

The Eau Claire City Council recently approved the creation of a task force to choose the board overseeing the planned Confluence Center, a multiuse, public-private performing arts center. The Confluence Council Task Force will be composed of two City Council members, two representatives of UW-Eau Claire ...

Number of jobs on upswing in the Chippewa Valley

As much as all of us working stiffs are happy when Friday rolls around, deep down we’re still grateful to have jobs. And, according to the latest state stats, more of us in the Chippewa Valley have got ’em. Unemployment in the metro ...

Issue #237 Sept. 12, 2013

Celebrate Eau Claire to Bring Good Times, Laughter Too

To quote the immortal wisdom of Kool and the Gang, “Let’s all celebrate and have a good time!” The occasion is Celebrate Eau Claire 2013, a festival slated for South Barstow Street from 1-5pm Saturday, Sept. 21. Like the annual September ...

Not So Fast!

Landmark Commission vote could slow push for Confluence center

Issue #236 August 29, 2013

UWEC Chancellor Would Like to Ask You Something

Considering that he’s been peppered with questions from new colleagues and reporters since he took the helm at UW-Eau Claire in July, it’s only fair that Chancellor James Schmidt has turned the tables. The new chancellor has launched an online ...

Universities: Let's Get Them Out the Door in Four

With concerns over rising expenses, including tuition and cost of living, officials at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout are working toward increasing four-year graduation rates.
UW-Stout recently announced plans to limit the number of credits ...

JAMF Digs In

construction on downtown office building has begun

Issue #235 August 15, 2013

Two Businesses Take the Leap With Jump-Start Awards

A couple of downtown businesses are getting a little boost from Downtown Eau Claire Inc. DECI’s annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition announced its 2013 winners Aug. 8. The grand prize went to a new downtown business ...

South Barstow Open for Your Vehicular Pleasure

Last year the excitement on South Barstow Street came when you could drive both ways on it for the first time in decades. This summer, the excitement came when you could drive on the street period. On Aug. 9, a five-block stretch of South Barstow ...

Issue #234 August 1, 2013

U.S. News Ranks Mayo in Eau Claire as Fourth Best Hospital in State

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire – i.e., the place most of us still call “Luther Hospital” – can add another feather to its cap: It ranked as the fourth best hospital in Wisconsin in U.S. New & World Report’s annual list of American’s Best Hospitals ...

Livery Lot Gets (Temporary) Facelift

A newly paved, temporary parking lot built to accommodate downtown drivers has opened at the corner of North Barstow and Wisconsin streets. The lot, roughly across from The Livery, is on a vacant property owned by the city Redevelopment Authority ...

Economic Evolution

Sculpture Tour management deal could be sign of things to come for arts council

Note from the Editor | August 1, 2013

Beer and Cheese. If you don’t love one you probably love the other. Or both. I don’t need to tell you they both play a substantial role in the life of many Wisconsinites. And it’s that cultural vibrancy that led us a couple of years ago to first put them ...

Issue #233 July 18, 2013

Meet the New Ramada Owners, Same as the Old Ramada Owners

They’ve been foreclosed on and have filed for bankruptcy, but the owners of the Ramada Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire somehow keep hanging on. The hotel, 205 S. Barstow St., was the subject of a sheriff’s sale on July 2, and after ...

UWEC Chancellor Gets State Budget Surprise

Newly minted UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt didn’t have much of a honeymoon before getting a rude introduction to Wisconsin politics. Schmidt, who most recently was vice president for university advancement at Winona State ...

Note from the Editor | July 18, 2013

We recently launched a website for a citizen’s interest group called Community for the Confluence. These are regular, everyday people who support the vision and goals behind the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire – people who ...

Issue #232 July 4, 2013

Stolen Sculpture Reward Boosted to $2,000

At the end of May some disreputable person or persons pilfered a bronze statue, Mother and Child, that was part of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire’s annual outdoor display. Now it’s up to some of us reputable folks to come forward with information to ...

Eye on the Sky: Local Group Looks to Regulate EC Drone Use

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drone? That third option has been ruffling some feathers nationally as unmanned, flying objects have become cheaper and easier for local governments to use, which brings up lots of questions ...

UWEC Ed. Building Now Centennial Hall

The building they’re building to educate the educators finally has been named a name: UW-Eau Claire’s under-construction academic building, formerly known by the blandly descriptive moniker the Education Building, now has officially been dubbed ...

Make Almost Anything in the Fab Lab

Just because school is out (or you haven’t been to school in years) doesn’t mean you have to stop learning or – in this case – stop creating. If you have ever wanted to learn how to take an idea and turn it into a reality, consider taking ...

Note from the Editor | July 4, 2013

The Thursday night Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park is off to a smashing start this year. In fact, we estimate it’s quite possible we exceeded 2,000 people in attendance for the first time ever on June 27. It was crazy ...

Issue #231 June 20, 2013

Old Abe Trail Gets New Look

If the ride seemed a bit less bumpy during your recent trip down the Old Abe State Trail, it wasn’t your imagination: Late last year, a 10-mile stretch of the trail between Jim Falls and Cornell was resurfaced at a cost of $800,000 ...

EC Gearhead Gears Up For Reality TV Series

Gentlemen, start your engines (and your DVRs): An Eau Claire gearhead is a contestant on a new racing reality series on the NBCSports Network. “Kwik” Kyle Johnson is among 24 competitors on Season 2 of Octane Academy ...

Issue #230 June 6, 2013

Get Your Garden On

Wondering what’s going on at the Forest Street Community Gardens? Head down to the river bank north of Phoenix Park and the Downtown Farmers Market for ...

Study: UWEC has Boffo Economic Boost

Conversations about money and college usually revolve around costs: ballooning tuition bill for students, for instance, or the millions of dollars in state aid provided by taxpayers. Rarely do we hear about...

Questioning the Locals | Amber Dernbach

If Eau Claire’s growing improv comedy scene has a heart and soul, it’s Amber Dernbach. The Eau Claire native had her first improv performance experience at age 17. “It’s been in my blood since,” she ...

Issue #229 May 23, 2013

Work on New JAMF Software office to start in June

South Barstow Street won’t be the only part of Eau Claire’s downtown getting attention this summer: Work will begin in June to prepare the site of JAMF Software’s new office next to Phoenix Park. On May 14, the Eau Claire City Council voted ...

City Gives Final OK to Get Diggin' on South Barstow

All systems are finally a go for the reconstruction of South Barstow Street. On May 14, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to approve a $1.65 million contract with Haas Sons of Thorp to rebuild a five-block stretch of downtown ...

Visit Eau Claire, UWEC Join Forces to Boost Tourism

UW-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire, the local tourism promotion agency, inked a deal May 17 they say could bring millions of new visitor dollars to the region. The agreement gives Visit Eau Claire “preferred scheduling” for ...

UWEC Small Business Center Grabs Statewide Honor

UW-Eau Claire’s Small Business Development Center apparently has developed a reputation for taking care of business … and of businesses. Now, the center is the winner of the 2013 Small Business Development Center Service Excellence Award for ...

Issue #228 May 9, 2013
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