Farewell to Swing Sets

childhood gear carries memories of days gone by

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Caroline Akervik

Frida Kahlo once said “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” I would like to claim that I was enjoying a mindful moment of reflection ...

8 Tips for School-Year Meal Planning

prep early in the week to help your family eat healthier and more efficiently

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Olivia Lockwood

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. As a working mom, I could not agree with that statement more. Since the birth of our daughter just over a year ago I have been meal planning my butt off and I ...

Orange, Black, & Teal

specially painted pumpkins make Halloween less scary for kids with food allergies

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Susan Krahn

Halloween can be a scary time for the millions of families across the country managing food allergies. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening conditions and are a growing public health issue ...

Who Will Be My Friend?

that’s the question asked (and answered) in a retired teacher’s colorful tale

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Chippewa Valley’s youngest readers have a new book to enjoy at story time. Colfax author Jeanne Styczinski has published her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?

A Tale of Canoeing Customs

kayaks and speedboats may be faster, but there’s no better way to relax and explore Wisconsin waterways than a good old canoe

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015  |  Conrad Leighton, photos by Conrad Leighton

Canoeing the rivers of Northern Wisconsin has been a tradition for children in our family since the 1930s. I have a tinted picture of my dad and his cousins swimming in the Cedar Falls Rapids of the Flambeau River in the 1930s when they were ...

The Natural Approach

Bradley Method of childbirth training emphasizes role of father, value of drug-free labor

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015  |  Tom Giffey

When Amanda and Tim Gunderson were preparing for the arrival of their first child four years ago, they became interested in an approach to natural childbirth known as the Bradley Method. No one taught it locally, however, so the couple ...

Birthing Options: A Rundown

having a baby is an intensely personal experience, but there are numerous kinds of professionals who can guide and help expectant parents through a successful birth

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015  |  Tom Giffey

Childbirth isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Today, parents-to-be are increasingly able to personalize it to fit there needs and desires. Here in the Chippewa Valley, there are a growing range of options ...

Winter at Camp Manitou

kids enjoy snowshoeing, hiking during two-day camp

Tue. Jan. 20th, 2015  |  Barbara Arnold

If your kids like Camp Manitou’s swamp hike over the summer, they’ll love its Winter Camp over Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16. Now in its fourth year, the camp offers outdoor activities...

Tiny Hiney: “My Perfect Library”

Fri. Sep. 19th, 2014  |  Eva Paulus

Tiny Hiney is written by Eva Paulus, the seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter of Volume One columnist Mike Paulus (who writes The Rear End). For this installment, Eva wrote about libraries.

Tiny Hiney: “Why I Like Neighborhoods”

Fri. Sep. 19th, 2014  |  Eva Paulus

Tiny Hiney is written by Eva Paulus, the eight-year-old daughter of Volume One columnist Mike Paulus (who writes The Rear End). For this installment, Eva wrote about neighborhoods.

Stay Safe Out There

Mayo-sponsored kids’ camp focused on safety

Tue. May. 27th, 2014  |  Barbara Arnold

Health care providers and other local experts will teach kids entering the fourth and fifth grades about safety topics at a free Safety Camp sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Health System. Topics include first aid (more than just a Band-Aid) ...

Tiny Tots, Big Dreams

mother wants to transform former Fall Creek church into playhouse/museum

Mon. Feb. 10th, 2014  |  Tom Giffey

Parents of young children know all too well that it can be hard to find kid-friendly activities outside the home that are fun, accessible, and inexpensive. This is especially true for those who live in small towns and rural areas and don’t ...

Stay On Target

Wed. Feb. 5th, 2014  |  Tyler Jennings Henderson

Daniel Langlois has seen the awe and wonder in the eyes of children who have just witnessed the “mystical, magical flight of the arrow.”

5 Local Birthday Hot Spots

Looking to get out of the house for that next birthday party? The Valley doesn’t disappoint.

Wed. Feb. 5th, 2014  |  V1 Staff

It used to be that all a kid needed for a successful birthday party was good friends for a sleepover, plenty of sugar, and a few presents. Oh, those were the days! But now there are many more options for that special occasion offered ...

Eau Claire Gets Icy

from outdoor rinks to indoor lessons, ice skating opportunities abound

Wed. Feb. 5th, 2014  |  Briana Bryant

With the Olympics starting in Sochi in just a few days, winter sports are on everyone’s minds. There is certainly no shortage of places to skate it up in the Chippewa Valley. As far as outdoor rinks, there are six well-known options ...

Tiny Hiney: The Execution of Drawing

Fri. Oct. 25th, 2013  |  Eva Paulus

I like to draw. This is why: It comes really naturally to me. I always draw girls in my pictures (because I am good at drawing them) unless it’s an advertisement without girls in them.

Controlled Carnage

no flame throwers allowed at after school bot battle

Fri. Oct. 25th, 2013  |  Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Rev your engines and sharpen those blades, kiddos: It’s time for robot mayhem. A group of sixth-through-eighth graders from the Voyagers after-school program have been pouring ...

Passing Down the Past

Menomonie authors’ new book encourages passing down family stories

Fri. Oct. 25th, 2013  |  Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Tim Mather

At 9pm on a Sunday, Dick Edwards received a call from his grandson in Iowa. He had a report due the next morning and one request for his grandpa: “Tell me about your life.” ...

Pet-sitting Empire

the nation’s second-biggest network for pet-sitters is based here in Eau Claire

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013  |  Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Jake and Kelly VandenBush have a pretty neat niche in the pet care industry, and they might just be on the way to making Eau Claire even more famous. They began their business, Pet Sitters Associates in 1998, without the foreknowledge ...