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A Community Pivots to the ‘New Normal’

Even here in the Chippewa Valley, we’ve arrived at that moment. The one when the shock and confusion over our collective situation has largely fallen into the background, as we’re now forced to move forward, contemplate, and comply with the “new normal” ...

Hang in there, Chippewa Valley.

Like so many organizations right now, our staff is doing everything we can to help where it makes sense, with the tools we have available to us.

Holy Cow, This Is Our 400th Issue of Volume One!

celebrating 400 issues of people, place, & passion

Ideas have birthdays. Just like people and events and even buildings. They have anniversaries. The largest of these milestones tend to come in ...

5 Hot Examples of Summer Fun

We’re all now officially headlong into that famous Wisconsin summer. It’s time to savor the many opportunities that pop up in our community this time of year, and as always, let Volume One be your guide to all there is to see, hear, do, and taste ...

Make a Splash and Make the Most of This Summer

You can feel it starting now. Summer. The most legendary of Chippewa Valley seasons. It’s when it all spills out into the backyards and beaches, to the pools and parks, to the streets and splash pads ...

Think Plaza, Not Park

After many months of public input and planning, last week the Eau Claire City Council approved the final plan for the new Haymarket Plaza, the riverfront public space between ...

Embracing Winter at the Curling Club

As I’m sure many people across the world felt these last several days, as the winter games played out on the other side of the planet in Pyeongchang, the crew at Volume One got a little caught up in Olympic fever. So last week, as part of our staff’s two-day annual meeting ...

Note from the Editor | Jan. 10, 2018

Here we are in a new year, with new opportunities on the horizon. On page 28 we look ahead into the topics many of us across the community will be talking about in the months ahead ...

Looking Backward & Forward

It’s the time of year when many of us often pause to look both backward and forward as we contemplate the year behind us and lay plans for the one ahead. It’s in this final issue of the year that the gang here ...

Barstow & Grand Comes at the Write Time

As I write this in my office at Volume One, the literary event of the year is taking place inside the gallery in The Local Store below me. It’s the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and on this night it features the release event for Barstow & Grand, a new literary journal whose first peer-reviewed ...

Fresh Ideas, New Businesses Prove We've Got Something Going Here

It’s been a strong year for new business ideas in downtown Eau Claire, and it looks like 2018 could shape up nicely as well as momentum continues to build. One metric to watch is the annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. Each year Downtown Eau Claire Incorporated (DECI) ...

When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

Ideally, local news outlets are genuinely local – that is to say they’re independently owned outfits closely tied to the community from top to bottom. They develop local management perspectives, make decisions locally, and maintain the strongest ratio of revenue kept in the markets they cover ...

Restaurant Week: Celebrating Food and Community Like Never Before

The inaugural Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week is almost here, launching for the very first time on Sept. 15! We at Volume One are very excited about how this first effort has come together, creating a brand new culinary and cultural happening ...

Best of the Chippewa Valley Voting Is Moving to Year's End

For the last decade, right about this time of the year we’d tell you voting was now open for our crazily popular Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll. Well, for the many, many thousands of you who vote every year – things are changing ...

Restaurant Week Heats Up

People in the Chippewa Valley, much like anywhere, love going out to eat. And if you’re one of them have we got just the thing for you. In this issue we’re rolling out more information on the first ever Restaurant Week ...