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New Neighborhoods - Prairie View Ridge

affordable living in a quiet corner of Altoona not far from shopping & recreation

Nestled into a quiet part of Altoona, the new Prairie View Ridge neighborhood will provide mixed-use amenities and proximity to shopping and recreation at an affordable price for all kinds of buyers with opportunities for renters as well.

New Neighborhoods - Hillcrest II

recreational opportunities abound in this neighborhood along Altoona's Otter Creek

Young professionals, families, and empty-nesters in search of a place to call their own can look no further: Hillcrest II in Altoona is the development they’re looking for. C&M Home Builders has affordable options for everyone.

New Neighborhoods - Trilogy

blending country-style relaxation with the amenities of the city

Those looking for higher-end, single-family housing in an up-and-coming part of town may want to look toward Trilogy, the beautifully crafted new neighborhood developed by the trusted and experienced C&M Home Builders.

FEATURE STORY: 30 Years of Tokyo

For more than 30 years, Tokyo Restaurant has brought international cuisine – and understanding – to the Chippewa Valley

Tokyo Restaurant has been located in a modest strip mall on London Road since first opening in 1989. Still, you could say the history of the restaurant truly began in 1969. That’s when the restaurant’s founder, Yoshi Tsuanko, left Japan and came to the U.S.

Photo Feature: Grave Matters

an intimate look at Chippewa Valley cemeteries

So many different worlds are fenced into a graveyard, rooted deep into the earth, surrounded by our cities and towns, tucked between our fields and ...

Framing Up the Farmer

meet the women and men still tending Wisconsin’s farms, fields, and pastures – from the Chippewa Valley and beyond

FEATURE: Finishing Strong in the Race for Home

Ambitious local effort to help the chronically homeless finds some success

A 100 day effort dubbed the Eau Claire Sprint - began in April and ended July 31. The approach focused on identifying which homeless residents are most in need of housing, how to work more effectively with landlords ...

Biking Toward Inclusion

From safety to social dynamics to clothing and equipment – women in biking have it different

Here’s a list of things that Jenn Bast, who has been biking in the Chippewa Valley for almost 10 years, considers when she goes out for a ride. It’s not comprehensive, by any stretch, but it’s representative...

Bike + Bus = Best

Take the bus with your bike!

The Eau Claire Transit System runs a fleet of 22 buses throughout residential, medical, and retail areas in the city – and all of them are equipped with bicycle racks that hold up to two cycles.

Everything has a Purpose

a bike embellished with repurposed materials keeps people happy

Every once in a while around Eau Claire, you might see aBa, a professor of mathematics at UWEC, riding a pretty flashy bike. aBa got his bicycle, nicknamed the “boy bike,” in 2008 when he was studying at the University of Iowa for his Ph.D.

Biking to Work: How & Why to Give It a Try

Despite the sweatiness, a two-wheeled commute is great. Here’s some locals that do it.

Have you ever thought about biking to work? This year, I started biking to work every day that I can, and I wanted to share a few stories of some others who bike to work, why they do it, and some tips they have for getting started.

Not Just for Anybody - Just for You

there’s a new bike shop on the block

Whatever it takes, Eric Johnson can provide it at his new shop, Not Just Anybody’s Bikes & Books (416 Gray St., Eau Claire).

Group Rides 101

Tired of pedaling solo? New to the game and want to get some good experience? Want to dive in to the local biking community? Try a group ride!

Marked Up & Ready to Roll

bicycle signs and traffic laws

A community that bikes requires a bit of infrastructure to keep traffic moving smoothly where cyclists, pedestrians, and automobiles share space.

The Kids Are on Wheels

youth cycling program starts ‘em young

In 2017, Eau Claire Youth Cycling’s first year, there were 16 members. Two years later they have reached their (current) maximum capacity with 90 members, 38 coaches, and a waitlist.

A Plethora of Places to Pedal

from recreational trails to commuter routes, the network of infrastructure for bicyclists is growing

It’s not just your imagination: The amount of bike infrastructure in the Chippewa Valley has been steadily growing in recent years as both bicyclists and public officials have continued to push for dedicated bike trails, bike lanes, and signed bike routes in urban and rural areas.