Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Extra Innings

with a history dating back to 1908, the Chippewa River Baseball League has been central to summer for generations of amateur ballplayers and fans

Joe Niese

It is hard to fathom that something that has been around for over a century and has had more than 12,000 participants can remain unknown to so many people in the Chippewa Valley. Thus is the story of ...

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Issue #303 April 6, 2016

Can’t Stop the Music

for 50 years, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival has attracted and inspired top musical talent

Garrett Denney

Teaching at what was then known as the Wisconsin State College-Eau Claire, professor Joe Casey hosted the first Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Five decades and hundreds of performances later, it is still going strong ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

Looking Ahead 2016

2016 will be huge for the Chippewa Valley – here’s some stuff we’re looking forward to covering

Eric Christenson, Mike Paulus, Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s a lot in store for the Chippewa Valley in 2016. It’s certainly an exciting time to be here in the middle of all of it, and we’re just as psyched as you are for all the cool things happening around us. So let’s take a quick breather, shake out 2015’s cobwebs, and press in on what ...

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

The Year of the Entrepreneur

an increasing focus on startup businesses in the Chippewa Valley is paying dividends, observers say, with more people taking the risky but thrilling leap into entrepreneurship

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Pivotal years and critical events are often only recognizable in retrospect. Trends are usually hard to spot when we are in the midst of them. And yet, even keeping such cautious Midwestern wisdom in mind, it’s clear that something has shifted in the Chippewa Valley. From new corner stores to globally recognized innovators ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

The Value of Wilderness: A Hunter’s Perspective

Jason Splichal, photos by Jason Splichal

My son and I sit motionless in our tree – two shallow-breathing shadows – shoulder to shoulder above an invisible world. Bright stars move, as if pushed by a gentle breeze, across the inky black. Andromeda and Cassiopeia slip in gentle arcs; there are times when we can almost hear the earth rolling on its belly ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

The Land Towards Which They Were Going

the story of James Zwerg, a Wisconsin freedom rider

BJ Hollars

In late February 1961, 21-year-old James Zwerg – a native of Appleton – took his place in a Nashville, Tennessee, movie theater line alongside all the rest. The tall, white Midwesterner was quiet but anxious, confident though a little afraid. To the ticket seller at the front of the line, his exterior surely pegged him as the perfect patron ...

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Issue #272 January 21, 2015

Making History

over the past 30 years, retiring Chippewa Valley Museum Director Susan McLeod has done more than anyone to shape how we remember our own history

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Historical exhibits – and not those who create them – are the reason people go to museums. That doesn’t make curators, archivists, and others unimportant: In fact, their behind-the-scenes efforts are critical to how we understand the past ...

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Issue #271 January 7, 2015

Looking Ahead: 2015

What will the next year have in store for the Chippewa Valley?

Tom Giffey, Eric Christenson

There’s a lot in store for the Chippewa Valley in 2015. Everything from intense, multi-faceted city development projects all over the Valley to new stuff from your favorite local authors and musicians, 2015’s got it. It’s certainly an exciting ...

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Weddings & Occasions 2015

You Can Get Married At UWEC?

if you so choose, UW-Eau Claire can facilitate your wedding

Scott Morfitt

In the past 15 years, I’ve had many people pop that big $300 question: “Will you be in my wedding?” Because I’m a sucker for small gifts commemorating me wearing a tux, I’ve always said, “Yeah, is there an open bar?”

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Weddings & Occasions 2015

One More Song! One More Song!

a part-time wedding DJ considers - and reconsiders - hanging up the microphone

Ken Szymanski

This wedding dance was supposed to end almost an hour ago, but nobody wants to go home. As the DJ, however, I have to wonder how many encores are too many. The bride and groom instructed me to end the evening, back at midnight, with ...

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Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Following the Current

an ambitious new museum exhibit explains how cultures have intersected over four centuries of Chippewa Valley history

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s an old adage that you can never step into the same river twice. Even if the river appears unchanged, the chaotic flow of billions of water molecules, the impact of the elements, and the relentless passage of time mean ...

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Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Last Call: Prohibition in the Valley

almost a century ago, wets and drys battled on cultural lines over prohibition in the Chippewa Valley

Andy Hanson, Caleb Gerdes, photos by Chippewa Valley Museum

The Chippewa Valley has a rich and frothy history when it comes to beer and other alcoholic substances and the breweries and saloons where said substances were, of course, fermented and imbibed. In fact, if you happen to pick up ...

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Issue #259 July 24, 2014

Signature Golf

exploring the signature holes of some great local golf courses

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

When golf-lovers hear the name TPC Sawgrass Golf Course, many immediately think of their par-three 17th island hole. For Harbour Town Golf Course, the 18th hole comes to mind with its iconic red and white lighthouse. These are the signature holes ...

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Issue #257 June 26, 2014

Jerry Gallagher: Staying Classy

after a dozen years of telling the Chippewa Valley’s stories, Jerry Gallagher has left the News 18 anchor desk

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After a dozen years of telling the Chippewa Valley’s stories, Jerry Gallagher has left the News 18 anchor desk. Before hitting the road, he gave V1 the scoop about what’s true (and not true) about the ‘Anchorman’ stereotype, how Act 10 changed ...

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Issue #256 June 12, 2014

So A Girl Walks Into a Comedy Scene...

two women lead the way in local comedy

Mackenzie Bublitz, design by Serena Wagner, photos by Luong Huynh

On the night of my first improv show with UW-Eau Claire’s The Backwards Thinkers Society, as I collected myself mid-show, I thought, “This is kind of funny.” I wasn’t thinking necessarily ha-ha-funny, but curious-funny. Improv uses no script ...

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Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Meet the Candidates: Kincaid & Lewis

Monica Lewis is challenging Kerry Kincaid for Eau Claire City Council president. Here’s who they are and what they think.

V1 Staff

Autumn elections – the ones we use to pick presidents, senators, governors, and the like – tend to get all the electoral love. But during springtime there are critical elections as well. While races for local offices don’t get nearly as much ...

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