Thursday, Apr. 10th, 2014

New Eau Claire baseball park to open by next year?

Like this.
Like this.

This week (as seen on WEAU TV-13), the Eau Claire community Foundation announced that it would begin construction on a large project for Jeffers Park, located on Eau Claire’s northwest side. The Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association has volunteered the contractor labor - to build a multi-field baseball/softball complex, complete with a pavilion, playground, and trails. Most of the money will be generated by donations and many of the youth sport leagues involved have been working diligently to raise their portion of $300,000. More announcements are supposed to be coming at an upcoming Parks and Recreation Dept. meeting. The park could open by the spring of 2015.

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Tuesday, Jun. 4th, 2013

No laughing matter?

(That's a hyena.)
(That's a hyena.)

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!

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Monday, May. 27th, 2013

Fishing Downtown Eau Claire

 

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.

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Friday, May. 10th, 2013

Bike to work, you say?

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!

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Wednesday, May. 1st, 2013

Nature is ready for its close up

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.

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