Tom Giffey

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Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

A Plethora of Places to Pedal

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

from recreational trails to commuter routes, the network of infrastructure for bicyclists is growing

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

Acres of Potential

Tom Giffey

Mondovi district gets grant to help create charter school

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Grant Can Help Enhance Your Business (And Downtown)

Tom Giffey

If you are the proprietor of a downtown Eau Claire business with a plan to do something new that will make your business – and the neighborhood – better, listen up: The semiannual deadline is fast approaching ...

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

Timber Recyclers, Art Center Among Eco Award Winners

Tom Giffey

A local energy co-op, two businesses that repurpose urban wood, and downtown Eau Claire’s new art center are among the winners of the fourth annual Sustainable Eau Claire Awards, which were handed out June 5 ...

Tue. Jun. 18th, 2019

From Now on It’s ‘Dr. Menard’

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire’s John Menard is many things: home-improvement chain founder, richest man in Wisconsin, auto racing aficionado. Over the last weekend of May, he added another title to the list – doctor – thanks to an honorary ...

Mon. Jun. 17th, 2019

Planned Park Will Let Doggos Run Along Chippewa River

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire will have a big new dog park by the end of next year that will allow pooches – and their owners – to splash along the banks of the Chippewa River. In late May, the Eau Claire City Council approved ...

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

Bill Would Launch Creative Economy Grant Program

Tom Giffey, photos by Taylor Smith

A bipartisan bill pending in the state Legislature would set aside half a million dollars for grants to encourage Wisconsin’s creative economy. The bill would create a program – to be administered ...

Fri. May. 17th, 2019

Plugged in to Talk

Tom Giffey

broadcaster launching topical talk show online

Fri. May. 17th, 2019

City Again Seeks Bids for Former Firehouse

Tom Giffey, photos by Travis Dewitz

Valley Media Works, which operates Eau Claire’s public-access TV channels, still hopes to buy a former Eau Claire fire station even though the city will soon be seeking other bids on the building. In November ...

Thu. May. 16th, 2019

Double-Barrelled Strategy

Tom Giffey

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation balances attracting outside investment, growing and gardening existing businesses

Mon. May. 6th, 2019

Milwaukee Artist Tops Artswest

Tom Giffey

The winner of the Best of Show prize at the 40th annual ArtsWest exhibition isn’t from western ...

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

Look Ma, No Driver!

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire subject of study about feasibility of driverless buses

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

A Plus for the Park

Tom Giffey

Boyd Park revitalization begins with brush removal

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

5 Ways Eau Claire Is (And Isn’t) Developing

Tom Giffey

Nearly half of all residential development in Eau Claire last year occurred on the west side, according to a new report from the city’s Department of Community Development ...

Thu. Apr. 18th, 2019

Love the Earth? You’ll Love These Awards

Tom Giffey

If you know of a person, business, or group that embodies the slogan “Earth Day is Every Day,” consider nominating them for a Sustainable Eau Claire Award. Now in their fourth year, the awards honor ...

Thu. Apr. 18th, 2019

New Faces, Old Barriers

Tom Giffey

Benjamin, Lor proud of council victories, but say they will represent city as a whole

Wed. Apr. 17th, 2019

Weld at the Helm

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

councilman pledges middle course as he takes over presidency

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Apr. 16th, 2019

Work Begins to Light up Grand Ave. Bridge

Tom Giffey

Weekday walkers, bikers, and other peddlers and perambulators will have to find a new way around downtown for the next few weeks because of the second phase of work on the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Footbridge. The installation of architectural lighting ...

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019

Marieke Makes a Gouda Showing at National Cheese Contest

Tom Giffey

The world-famous cheesemakers from Marieke Gouda in Thorp came away from a competition in Titletown last month with a pair of new titles. The judges at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay ...

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019

Traveling Museum Exhibit Explores History, Impact of Prohibition

Tom Giffey

You’ll soon be able to lift a glass – literally – to toast a museum exhibit telling the story of the Prohibition Era in the United States. The traveling exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” will be on display ...

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Retail Vacancies Decline in Eau Claire, Report Says

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The opening of a huge new Fleet Farm store on Eau Claire’s south side contributed to a relatively healthy year for the Chippewa Valley’s commercial real estate market in 2018, according to a new report ...

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Feeding the Need

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Feed My People Food Bank launches expansion plan

Thu. Mar. 21st, 2019

Meet the Candidates 2019

Tom Giffey, photos by V1 Staff

a rundown of Eau Claire City Council contenders

Fri. Mar. 15th, 2019

Campaign Aims to Reduce Child Poverty

Tom Giffey

The share of Wisconsin children living in poverty rose 20 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to a report issued last summer by the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison.

Fri. Mar. 8th, 2019

Downtown Eau Claire Lot Eyed for Redevelopment

Tom Giffey

A city-owned parking lot between North Farwell and North Barstow streets could be the next redevelopment site in downtown Eau Claire. The Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously in February to declare the so-called Railroad Lot, 100 N. Farwell St., as excess property ...

Fri. Mar. 8th, 2019

Public Help Sought for Veterans Tribute

Tom Giffey

Ground will be broken this summer on a $2.2 million project to create a Veterans’ Tribute Trail along the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire. A site plan for the project – which will be built north of Madison Street ...

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

Gov. Evers Backs $109 Million for First Phase of New UWEC Science Hall

Tom Giffey, photos by UW-Eau Claire News

UW-Eau Claire has the backing of Wisconsin’s new governor in its drive to build a new science hall. During a visit to campus Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers announced he was including $109 million for the project in his 2019-21 capital budget ...

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

Chippewa Falls poet & artist, Jeannie Roberts, creates book of fun verses for kids

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While Roberts, of Chippewa Falls, is perhaps best known for her four volumes of poetry for adults, Rhyme the Roost! isn’t exactly a departure: She previously penned a children’s book, Let’s Make Faces! (2009), and some of the poems in the new volume date back nearly two decades.

Wed. Mar. 6th, 2019

Forming a New Family

Tom Giffey

The museum announced on Tuesday, Feb. 19, that its new building – which is planned for the Block 7 redevelopment site on North Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire – will house a pre-kindergarten school in partnership with the Eau Claire Area School District as well as a new home for the Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County.