Tom Giffey

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The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Nov. 20th, 2013

The ex-Ramada will actually close (for real this time)

Mike Paulus, Tom Giffey

It looks like the hotel currently known as "the hotel formerly known as the Ramada in downtown Eau Claire that keeps changing hands as deals to buy it fall through" (now called the Eau Claire Hotel) will actually close its doors on Sunday ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Nov. 18th, 2013

Backers asked to rally 'round the Confluence

Tom Giffey

Gimme a “C”! Gimme an “O”! Gimme an “N”! Gimme a “FLUENCE”! What does that spell? “CONFLUENCE!” OK, so there might not be rhythmic chanting or cheerleaders with pompoms, but the supporters of the proposed Confluence Project are planning a pep ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2013

We have a gap in our skills

Tom Giffey

The skills that Chippewa Valley employers need and the skills potential workers have don’t always line up, leaving a gap that hinders the local economy. That’s the gist of a new report by the Eau Claire Economic Development Corp. ...

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

Sipping Seminar

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Gloria Jean’s can help you hone your coffee palate

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

Coffee Sins

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

Many of us make our own coffee in the morning (or evening), but what are we messing up when we don’t leave it to the pros?

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

Turned Upside-Down

Tom Giffey

guitarist who overcame condition headlines epilepsy gala

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

A Vote of Confidence

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

Eau Claire City Council pledges $5 million to Confluence Project

Thu. Oct. 24th, 2013

Finding Your Center

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new business offers space for ‘creative spirituality’

Thu. Oct. 24th, 2013

Meet the New Bosses

Tom Giffey, Nick Meyer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire’s new top leaders say they’re ready to work with the community – and each other – to overcome obstacles

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Oct. 18th, 2013

City could pledge $5 million to Confluence Project

Tom Giffey

After a year and a half of talking about the Confluence Project, the city of Eau Claire may finally put its money where its mouth is. On Tuesday (Oct. 22), the Eau Claire City Council is schedule to vote on whether to pledge $5 million toward ...

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

Hope and Healing

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wellness Shack a safe space to tackle mental illness

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

Local Novel Journeys from Midwest to New York City

Dustin Hahn, Tom Giffey

Eau Claire writer Grant Maierhofer is leaving the realm of poetry with the hard-copy publication of his novel, The Persistence of Crows. The novel follows Henry Alfi, a college ...

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

New Signs mark miles on Chippewa, Old Abe State Trails

Tom Giffey

Our for a jog and forgot your pedometer? The Indianhead Track Club is here to help. The running group recently donated $1,600 to the city of Eau Claire to pay for signs marking every half-mile along the city portions ...

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

City Council gets Confluence Task Force Rolling

Tom Giffey

The Eau Claire City Council recently approved the creation of a task force to choose the board overseeing the planned Confluence Center, a multiuse, public-private performing arts center. The Confluence Council Task Force will be composed of two City Council members, two representatives of UW-Eau Claire ...

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

Number of jobs on upswing in the Chippewa Valley

Tom Giffey

As much as all of us working stiffs are happy when Friday rolls around, deep down we’re still grateful to have jobs. And, according to the latest state stats, more of us in the Chippewa Valley have got ’em. Unemployment in the metro ...

Thu. Oct. 10th, 2013

Uphill Progress

Tom Giffey, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

plans for winter recreation paradise move forward

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Oct. 8th, 2013

Banking on a festival?

Tom Giffey

About a dozen times a year, 100 bonfires are set ablaze atop the three rivers that flow through downtown Providence, R.I., bringing thousands of visitors out to listen to music and experience a dramatic nighttime mixture of water and fire ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2013

Task Force Tasked with Forming Confluence Board

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

An audacious, transformative plan is proposed. An elite task force is drawn together from diverse backgrounds to make the plan a reality. While that’s a tried-and-true action movie formula, it’s also a description of the step taken this week ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Sep. 19th, 2013

The Ramada Saga, Episode IV: A New Hope?

Tom Giffey

The ongoing tale of the downtown Eau Claire hotel formerly known as a Ramada Inn took another twist this week, with a new buyer seemingly riding to the rescue of the troubled business. Could this be the savior needed to bring the Barstow Street ...

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2013

Put Up or Shut Up

Tom Giffey

canning autumn’s bounty can be easy – as long as you’re careful not to poison yourself

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2013

Celebrate Eau Claire to Bring Good Times, Laughter Too

Tom Giffey

To quote the immortal wisdom of Kool and the Gang, “Let’s all celebrate and have a good time!” The occasion is Celebrate Eau Claire 2013, a festival slated for South Barstow Street from 1-5pm Saturday, Sept. 21. Like the annual September ...

Thu. Sep. 12th, 2013

Helping with Hunger

Tom Giffey

documentary aimed at highlighting food insecurity

Thu. Sep. 12th, 2013

Not So Fast!

Tom Giffey

Landmark Commission vote could slow push for Confluence center

Wed. Sep. 11th, 2013

Show-Offs

Tom Giffey

library art committee tries to attract new talent by exposing itself

Wed. Sep. 11th, 2013

Buy Just Local

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Just Local Food now letting customers become owners

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Sep. 9th, 2013

5 TV Shows Set in Wisconsin

Tom Giffey

The all-American city of Milwaukee was the setting for this all-American tribute to 1950s nostalgia. If there’s ever any question that Wisconsinites are cool, look no further than The Fonz (Aaay!), even if he – and the show – eventually jumped ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 4th, 2013

Landmark panel vote could delay Confluence Project

Tom Giffey

The proposed Confluence Project hit a detour Tuesday when the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission voted to pursue a historic designation for one of the buildings that would be torn down to make way for the multiuse arts facility, a move it took only ...

Thu. Aug. 29th, 2013

Top Tale Tellers

Tom Giffey

storytelling festival bigger – and scarier – for 2013

Thu. Aug. 29th, 2013

UWEC Chancellor Would Like to Ask You Something

Tom Giffey

Considering that he’s been peppered with questions from new colleagues and reporters since he took the helm at UW-Eau Claire in July, it’s only fair that Chancellor James Schmidt has turned the tables. The new chancellor has launched an online ...

Thu. Aug. 29th, 2013

JAMF Digs In

Tom Giffey

construction on downtown office building has begun

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Aug. 28th, 2013

Menomonie-to-Eau Claire bus route ready to rev up

Tom Giffey

A mass-transit route linking Eau Claire and Menomonie is about to become a reality. On Aug. 21, the Eau Claire Transit Commission OK’d an express route that will make three daily trips to the McDonald’s/Greyhound station northwest of Eau Claire ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Aug. 23rd, 2013

Downtown: New JAMF building on the way

Tom Giffey

Ground was broken in a big way for the new JAMF Software building at 215 Riverfront Terrace, just across the street from Phoenix Park. Instead of the traditional gold shovel, the Aug. 14 ceremony featured a backhoe, and JAMF has equally sizable ...

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Whiteboard Confessional

Tom Giffey, design by Kaitlyn Bryan

these professors’ tales of students gone wrong can help you do it right in college

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

How Local is Local?

Tom Giffey, design by Kaitlyn Bryan, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market prides itself as a showcase for locally grown food. But some vendors are worried that a new rule mandating local ingredients in prepared foods might ...

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

Robin Hood 2.0

Tom Giffey

EC novelist’s latest melds classic hero, cybernetic future

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2013

South Barstow Open for Your Vehicular Pleasure

Tom Giffey

Last year the excitement on South Barstow Street came when you could drive both ways on it for the first time in decades. This summer, the excitement came when you could drive on the street period. On Aug. 9, a five-block stretch of South Barstow ...