Tom Giffey

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Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Boys & Girls Club Opening Again in Menomonie

Tom Giffey

An after-school option for elementary students in Menomonie is up and running again as of Monday, Feb. 13, thanks to generous community donations and an agreement with the Menomonie school district ...

Thu. Mar. 23rd, 2017

Feeding Friend-sy

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

our guide to impressing visiting guests when they want to dine out

Thu. Mar. 23rd, 2017

Hey Valley Artists: Get Outside and Go Paint!

Tom Giffey

The hills will be alive with artists May 6-13 during the Fifth Annual GO Paint! Chippewa Valley. Artists will be invited to paint the riverbanks, farms, forests, prairies, and towns within a 10-mile radius ...

Thu. Mar. 23rd, 2017

Breaking Free

Tom Giffey, photos by Shane Newman

Eau Claire ministry helps inmates express themselves through unique magazine

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 20th, 2017

Wisco Domination at U.S. Cheese Contest

Tom Giffey

Wisconsin cheese stood alone in the winners’ circle at the recently completed 2017 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay. West-central Wisconsin’s own Marieke Gouda of Thorp took ...

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Former Eau Clairian Pens Children's Book About Accepting Yourself

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ava Gustafson’s charming children’s picture book, Willow, drew its inspiration from a yoga class exercise and a childhood dream about a loving tree. The book, which was published late last year, is a gentle, poetic tale of personal acceptance and love.

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Draganowski Wins Restaurateur of the Year

Tom Giffey

Claudia Dragonowski will be honored as Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year by the West Wisconsin Chapter of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association at the statewide group’s annual awards dinner March 14 in Milwaukee ...

Tue. Mar. 7th, 2017

Budget Delays UWEC Projects

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Walker’s plan delays Haas, Governors Hall renovations

Tue. Mar. 7th, 2017

Condos Coming?

Tom Giffey

owners of former Huebsch property are considering a big riverside condominium project

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Planning the Plaza

Tom Giffey

design revealed for public space at the confluence

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

5 Wisconsin African-Americans You Should Know About

Tom Giffey

Phillips, a lifelong Milwaukee resident, is a consummate trailblazer. The first woman to graduate from the UW Law School (1951), she became the first woman and first African-American elected ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Seeking Peace in Words, Music, and Movement

Tom Giffey

Are your kids interested in expressing themselves through dance, music, drama, art, or poetry? If so, there’s an opportunity for them to take part in a unique, multidisciplinary project in Eau Claire ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Feb. 7th, 2017

Micon to Bring Movie Magic to Wausau

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Micon Cinemas plans to expand beyond the Chippewa Valley by building a 10-screen movie theater in downtown Wausau by next year. The Wausau City Council recently ...

Fri. Jan. 27th, 2017

Listen for the Birds

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

in Flock Together, Hollars reminds us that extinct birds’ fates may be our own

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Banbury Art Crawl Draws Together Community

Tom Giffey, photos by Michael Lundebrek

Each year, during the depths of winter, Eau Claire’s Banbury Place becomes of a warm, bustling hub of creativity and community for the Banbury Art Crawl. The hallways and studios of the repurposed ...

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

Wedding Advice From the Pros

Tom Giffey, photos by Kate Bentley

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 10th, 2017

Library Hopes to Put Free Books on Eau Claire Buses

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new effort to put free books on Eau Claire Transit buses isn’t just a way to give riders something to do if the Wi-Fi goes out (although that’s not a bad idea, come to think of it). It’s also a serious effort ...

Wed. Jan. 4th, 2017

Top Eau Claire Baby Names for 2016

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley said “hello” and “awwwwwww!” to a lot of Jacksons and Madelines in 2016 – as well as to a bouncing bundle of Owens, Harpers, Sawyers, and Adelines. These were among the top names bestowed on newborns at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire during the just-completed year ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

A New Place to Skate

Tom Giffey

growing Chippewa youth hockey program has new rink

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Frigid Fun After Dark: Winter After Hours starts in Boyd Park in January

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Timothy Mather

Winter can be an isolating time, and sometimes even we hearty Wisconsinites need a nudge to break our routines and actually get outside and enjoy the season’s snowy splendor instead of complaining about it. We need motivation to pull on our stocking caps and dig our ice skates out of the closet or even strap on some snowshoes ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Bicycle Advocates Look to Create Eau Claire Bike Share Program

Tom Giffey

Bicycles boosters in Eau Claire are taking a second look at creating a bike share program to help potential riders pedal the pavement with the swipe of a smartphone. Members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission have recently met with representatives ...

Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

All That Jazz

Tom Giffey, photos by Mike O'Brien

public TV documentary highlights EC Jazz Festival

Tue. Dec. 13th, 2016

We Three Friends

Tom Giffey

Yata, Sinz, and Orfield album offers acoustic gems

Tue. Dec. 13th, 2016

Old Xcel Energy Sign Re-Energized

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Irvine Park isn’t the only place in Chippewa Falls ablaze with light this holiday season. Xcel Energy recently refurbished and relit the iconic NSP sign that has been atop the hydroelectric plant ...

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

'Happy Holiday to You'

Tom Giffey

now that we’ve slogged through election season, let Andy Williams bring us together

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

Mystery Solved

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire author’s research may have had role in arrest of Wetterling killer

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2016

Forging Outward

Tom Giffey

Artisan Forge Studios on verge of big expansion

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Making Tracks for Holiday Fun

Tom Giffey

Long before anyone had ever heard of Legos, Pokemon, or Nintendo, kids waited anxiously to see if Santa would leave a toy train under the Christmas tree. Electric toy trains made their debut around 1900, and quickly became more sophisticated as model railroading caught on as a hobby for kids and adults alike...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Making Carson Park Even More Playful

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Considering all of the attractions in Carson Park – the baseball stadium, the trains, the two museums, the fishing spots and horseshoe pits – it’s easy for some of us to forget that the park is also home to one of the Chippewa Valley’s biggest and best playgrounds...

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016

Fireball Focus

Tom Giffey

road rally TV series will come to Eau Claire next fall