Look out Simba! Rumor has it that the hyenas are in town! The Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls added two hyenas to its summer line-up last week according to this Chippewa Herald article.
Hyenas, who are typically found in parts of Asia and Africa, are “dog-like carnivores” whose origins go back nearly 22 million years. The pair is currently making a home where the cougars were previously kept and will remain at the zoo until August. Among other furry friends at the zoo this summer are zebras, lemurs, grey foxes, a yak, and many more.
These lovable carnivores will be chuckling as they bask in the Wisconsin sun all summer long, so stop by and say hello. But please, no petting!
We give a lot of credit to the Chippewa Valley’s rivers for making our home here in northwestern Wisconsin what it is. Heck, we even dedicated an entire issue (and a section of our website) to our waterways.
We might not be the only ones recognizing our watery attributes, either.
We found a nice little article in the Wisconsin State Journal about a fishing trip with Dave Bakken, an Eau Claire native and avid fisherman, on the Chippewa River – right in downtown EC.
Our man Dave, along with his father Ron Bakken, has built himself a drift boat out of plywood that he uses to fish the waters around town. It’s a pretty cool piece of equipment that is 16 feet long with two identical ends you steer with oars.
If you’re into the more technical aspects of boats, this is a story for you. It’s a pretty amazing process that took the Bakkens from a drift-boat fishing trip near Hayward to fishing on their own handcrafted boat here in Eau Claire.
There’s no place like home for the Bakkens, especially when home is the quiet waters and old-school architecture of the surrounding structures that make the Chippewa River a great spot to fish.
Watch out though, the pictures accompanying this article are taken on the Eau Claire River, not the Chippewa (as stated), just a stone’s throw from the Volume One World Headquarters.
Oh, one cutline on the WSJ’s website even talks about Bakken navigating “rapids.” Perhaps that’s a little dramatic for the water running through downtown Eau Claire, but we’ll take it.
Next week is Bike to Work Week throughout the great state of Wisconsin, and Volume One is ground zero for Eau Claire's two-wheeled, pedal-powered promotion of the healthy habit. The city's official kick off event will be held on Tuesday morning at the V1 World Headquarters in downtown Eau Claire, starting at 6:30am (details below). Many Volume One staffers will be participating all week long, and we hope to post pictures and stories of getting to work on our bikes both here and on our Facebook page, so be on the look out. You may want to shield your eyes.
Learn more about Bike to Work Week here!
Bike to Work Week Kick Off Event Tuesday, May 14 • 6:30-10:30am • The Volume One World Headquarters Parking Lot (205 N. Dewey St.) • free • Sponsored by Volume One, this event features a kickoff party at 8am including free coffee/snacks, "local celebrities" riding in, local bike trees, cool custom bikes on display including pedicabs, unicycles, tandems, and vintage bikes. Also the Wisconsin Bike Fed will be on hand in full force. Pedal on over!
It’s time to submit your very best(est) photos to the Beaver Creek Reserve for their annual nature photography contest. Contestants may enter up to ten photos each with a $2 fee per photo, while youth photographers pony up $1 per photo. Each photo entered has the chance to appear in the Reserve’s 2013 calendar with the winning photos exhibited in the Wise Nature Center, September through November.
The categories include Mammals, birds, dynamics of nature, landscapes and plant life, man and nature, a student category, and “other wildlife.” The photos must be submitted with no frames or signatures and cannot extend larger than 12”x 16”. Winning entries will receive a gift certificate to Sharp Photo. All photos need to be submitted before Friday, May 31. You can download this PDF with more details.
Eau Claire was neglected the first time around on MSN’s “coolest cities in the Midwest” list but after receiving loads of feedback, they decided to add us to a second round list (at #5) – largely due to our designation as the “Kubb Capital of North America.” If the long winter of 2013 has stunned your memory, and you don’t recall what “kubb” is, it’s one of the fastest growing lawn sports in the country where, to put it (very) simply, the object is to knock over your opponents’ wooden blocks by throwing wooden batons at them.
The U.S. National Kubb Championship is held in Eau Claire each July and it’s the largest kubb tournament outside of Europe, where the sport began and grows bigger every year. Since the tournament began in 2007, numerous large annual tournaments have sprung up throughout the midwest, and a thriving community of stout-hearted kubb enthusiasts have worked hard to spread the game as far as possible – on neighborhood lawns and city parks, as well as online.
“A few weeks ago, we received an email from MSN stating that they were hoping to get some pictures from the U.S. National Kubb Championship for a piece about cool Midwest cities,” stated Eric Anderson director of the national Tournament. “He said that when they looked at Eau Claire, the Championship stood out as something unique, cool, and that no other community has, and that they would like to highlight it for their page on Eau Claire.”
Although we missed MSN’s first round draft picks, we still find it pretty cool to be recognized. Other cities on the list include Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Duluth, Lawrence, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and the Twin Cities.
If you'd like to know what all the fuss is about (presuming you are unfamiliar with the fuss), the U.S. National Kubb Tournament will be hosting a "learn to play" event on May 19 in Eau Claire's Boyd Park on Main Street, 1-3pm.