Tom Giffey

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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.

Tue. Mar. 5th, 2019

5 New Apartment Projects Coming to Downtown Eau Claire

Tom Giffey

From brand-new apartment complexes to rehabbed classics, housing options in downtown Eau Claire continue to proliferate. While you will already find plenty of digs to scratch that urban-dwelling itch ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Hollars Releases New Essay Collection

Tom Giffey

Can we really find clues about what’s coming next in our lives? That’s the question asked by prolific Eau Claire author B.J. Hollars in his latest work, Harbingers, an essay collection published ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Community Foundation Posts Record Year

Tom Giffey

If figures recently announced by the Eau Claire Community Foundation are any indication, the Chippewa Valley is a generous place – and its people are growing even more generous. The foundation ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

EC School Superintendent Will Retire in 2020

Tom Giffey

Mary Ann Hardebeck, who has served as Eau Claire School District superintendent for six years, informed the Eau Claire School Board in early April that she intends to retire after the 2019-20 school year. In a press release, Hardebeck said she made the announcement 18 months early to allow ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Scale Back Fundraising Effort, Library Told

Tom Giffey

A project to expand and remodel the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire should aim to raise $7 million from private donors instead of the $11.5 million originally proposed, a consulting firm ...

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019

Business-Building Basics

Tom Giffey

Succeeding as a start-up can be all about meeting the right people and finding the right programs. here are the key ways to do that in the valley.

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019

Center of Community

Tom Giffey

five years on, wellness hub’s founders find themselves surrounded by loving grace

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019

Chippewa Falls Poet, Artist Creates Book of Fun Verses for Kids

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Those rollicking words serve as the opening stanza of Jeannie Roberts’ latest book of poetry, Rhyme the Roost!, a collection of 26 poems for children, each accompanied by an illustration created by the author herself ...

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019

Rallying for the Valley

Tom Giffey

more than 100 Chippewa Valley residents will bend lawmakers’ ears on Jan. 30

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019

Still Tangled After All These Years

Tom Giffey

Back in 2009, Jamie Kyser and Erin Klaus opened a downtown art collective called Tangled Up in Hue, a communal space where members of the Valley’s burgeoning artistic scene – from potters to painters ...

Tue. Jan. 22nd, 2019

Working Together: CoLAB will be a cooperative coworking environment

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Upon stepping into the open-concept second-floor office in downtown Eau Claire, there’s little indication that this space played a critical role in the growth of one of Eau Claire’s most talked-about companies ...

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Classic Picture Books Brought to Life

Tom Giffey

Generations of kids (and their adults) have enjoyed the colorful creations of author and illustrator Eric Carle. From The Very Hungry Caterpillar ...

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

A New Home for the Children’s Museum?

Tom Giffey

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire could have a brand-new downtown Eau Claire home by 2020 if plans by a private developer continue to move forward.

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Then and Now: Boyd Park, a Playground for Skaters

Tom Giffey

The city still floods the middle of Boyd Park to create an ice skating rink each winter, but a lot of other things around the neighborhood have changed.

Wed. Jan. 9th, 2019

The Chippewa Valley's Most Popular Baby Names

Tom Giffey

Below are lists of the top baby names of the just-completed year at Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals in Eau Claire and Menomonie, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.