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Not Just for the Holidays

Florida organizer rejects new holiday volunteers, encourages year-round service

As the holidays progress, many charitable causes see an influx of calls from individuals and families who’ve caught the spirit of the season. Soup kitchens, shelters, and resource centers field ...

Investing Close to Home

East Coast hyper-local investment company lets locals shape community

We’ve all got one: that one building in your neighborhood that you know could really be something great. Maybe it’s a vacant commercial space that would make the perfect neighborhood grocery if it just ...

Can a Lake Have Rights?

Voters in Toledo say it can. What does this mean for our waterways?

Four years after the water supply for 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, was reported as toxic and unsafe for drinking in 2014, a small community group decided enough was enough ...

The Land Towards Which They Were Going

the story of James Zwerg, a Wisconsin freedom rider

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 ...

The 400 Block

an ambitious downtown project in Wausau funded mostly by the community

Wausau’s “400 Block” town square-ish area just received a long-awaited makeover that includes a kidsy water feature, bandshell, alfresco tables, and more. It also allows for outdoor concerts, art fairs, farmers markets, and Chalkfest.

Using Video Games To Enhance Community

There’s plenty of game companies that try and educate people through physical games. But the good people at the Knight Foundations and Area/Code are taking educational gaming to a very specific level; to see if local communities can solve local

When Drivers Can't Steer Traffic

major cities around the globe downplaying cars

While the discussions on what’s best for the streets of downtown Eau Claire rage forward, an article just released by The New York Times begs – nay, practically demands – us to stop and ask if we’re going the right direction.

Something In the Air

the glory and tradition of air guitar competitions

“Expect the unexpected, unless I do something you’d totally expect just to fool you.” – Magic Cyclops, air guitar rival to champion Romeo dance Cheetah

The Other Eau Claire(s)

our quest to prove we’re the coolest of the Claires

If you’ve ever typed Eau Claire into a search engine, you know that ours isn’t the only one out there. That got us thinking: What makes us unique? Are we even the best Eau Claire?

A Hero in All of Us

international group the Real Life SuperHeroes

One glance at Rascón Córdova – overweight, middle-aged, and by all means slower than a speeding bullet – and it’s clear that, by traditional standards, he’s far from super.

What's in a Mascot

a state bill forces schools to rethink race-based mascots

“If we changed it to Hawks, then will the animal activists come after us?” – Russell Helland, superintendant of the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks

The Art of Aging

experts say involvement in arts keeps you young

On depression and loneliness, those participating in art had better scores. But the results went beyond the qualitative. The painters, singers, and writers reported fewer doctor visits and fewer falls than the others.

What Does a Painting Sound Like?

Dallas Museum of Art and the University of Texas let you listen to artwork

Inspired to engage more of their senses when admiring art, some students have set out to define what individual paintings sound like.

A Wisconsin Writer in Tokyo

local scores gig translating video games

Originally hailing from a farm between Fall Creek and Eau Claire, former V1 contributor Ben Freund has gone the opposite direction and is now living in the Tokyo megatropolis.