Tom Giffey

Editorial - Managing Editor

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Thu. Aug. 9th, 2018

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Tom Giffey, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Thu. Aug. 2nd, 2018

All Aboard! Mini Railroad Seeks Engineers

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Have you ever wanted to put on a striped engineer’s cap and guide a streamline diesel train or a genuine coal-burning steam locomotive down the track? If so, the Chippewa Valley Railroad can help you fulfill ...

Thu. Aug. 2nd, 2018

Extended-Stay Hotel Planned Next to Mall

Tom Giffey

A new extended-stay hotel has been planned for the south side of Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Plan Commission recently approved plans to build a new Home2 Suites by Hilton at 4109 Oakwood Hills Parkway ...

Thu. Aug. 2nd, 2018

New Bike Trail Spans I-94 in Menomonie

Tom Giffey

The City of Menomonie has added to its growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system by paving a new trail segment that crosses Interstate 94, linking the north and south sides of town. In recent weeks the city completed blacktopping ...

Thu. Jul. 26th, 2018

Grant Will Help Illuminate Hollywood Sign

Tom Giffey

Valleybrook Church wants to bring a bit of old-fashioned Hollywood razzle-dazzle to downtown Eau Claire with an energy-efficient upgrade it its historic sign and marquee, an effort that will be aided by a $2,000 grant ...

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Egg-stra-ordinary Egg-xhibit

Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

children’s museum displays extinct elephant bird egg in new ‘reading nest’

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Melting Memories

Tom Giffey

a Wisconsin farm boy, a coveted ice cream cone, and the complexity of interpreting family history

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Parting Words: Kerry Kincaid

Tom Giffey

former Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid talks about her record, her resignation, and Eau Claire’s future

Wed. Jul. 11th, 2018

Eau Claire Earns Less but Has More

Tom Giffey

We’ve got a lot of things going for us in the Chippewa Valley: natural beauty, friendly people, plentiful beer. Unemployment is low, and so is the cost of living. And now, according to some number-crunchers ...

Wed. Jul. 11th, 2018

The View From the Top

Tom Giffey, photos by Joel Pearish

Brandon Riechers, CEO of Royal Credit Union, has climbed the ladder of success

Fri. Jul. 6th, 2018

Take a Ride with Student Artwork

Tom Giffey

This wasn’t the beginning of a field trip; instead, the students filed on and off the buses to check out the art inside – art they had created themselves that was displayed as part of the Art on the Bus program ...

Fri. Jun. 29th, 2018

Family Resource Center Faces Financial Challenges

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now, however, it’s the center itself that has a big need: A steep decline in funding this year has posed a serious challenge for the organization ...

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

Elk Mound Spot Specializes in Cajun-Style Seafood

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

When sisters Kay Vang and Yang Xiong decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to start something different. They found what they were looking for at the bottom of the sea – and deep in the bayou ...

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

A Tale Fit for a Queen

Tom Giffey

religious theater group stages female-fronted biblical musical

Wed. Jun. 13th, 2018

Mabel Tainter Taps New Executive Director

Tom Giffey

The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie has hired an arts administrator from Illinois as its new executive director. Jeff McSweeney, who most recently was executive director of Youth Music Illinois in Peoria ...

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2018

Exhibit Features Objects From State Theatre’s History

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Even among those eagerly awaiting the opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence later this year, the impending closure of the State Theatre (a.k.a. the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center) is tinged ...

Wed. May. 23rd, 2018

A Moment With the Mayor

Tom Giffey

Greg Hoffman will soon mark 10 years as Chippewa Falls' chief executive

Tue. May. 22nd, 2018

Thinking Globally, Growing Locally

Tom Giffey

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation focuses on fostering local employers, encouraging exports

Wed. May. 16th, 2018

5 Famous Names From Chippewa Falls

Tom Giffey

Before he lent his name to the city’s most popular park, William Irvine was a 15-year-old who moved from Illinois and got a job in a Chippewa Falls sawmill. He rose through the ranks and in the 1880s became manager of ...

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Altoona Found Fashionable for Feathered Friends

Tom Giffey

Please forgive the pun, but Altoona has gone to the birds. The city has been recognized as a Bird City Wisconsin, a list that now includes 108 communities across the state, including Eau Claire ...

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Rainmaster, Boxx Get Top Honors From EC Chamber

Tom Giffey

A lawn care and irrigation company and a sanitation firm have been named Small Businesses of the Year by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. RainMaster Lawn Systems, founded in 1999 ...

Wed. May. 2nd, 2018

Everyone Loves a Parade

Tom Giffey

annual Parade of Homes offers diverse price ranges, options for potential home-buyers

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018

Karen Loeb Becomes City’s Writer in Residence

Tom Giffey

The city of Eau Claire has a new official writer in residence: Karen Loeb, a professor emerita of English at UW-Eau Claire. Loeb was unanimously approved for the position by the Eau Claire City Council on April 10, replacing Max Garland, also a UWEC English professor emeritus ...

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2018

Fireball Series Taps EC Jazz for Theme Song

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire will be featured in every episode of the next season of streaming TV series Fireball Run – musically, at least. The road-rally show, which streams on Amazon Video, recorded the first episode ...