Snowing Is Half the Battle

living with the threat of a crusty Brown Christmas

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Brown Christmas. It’s the absolute worst. Sure, there are far more important things about which we can complain, or even try to fix, but no snow in late December? It just doesn’t feel right ...

Almost Winter

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Bruce Taylor

Your windows caulked, washed, / locked and sealed in plastic, / your two sturdy new shovels / and a hundred pounds of sand.

The Christmas Coon

how a frozen critter taught a valuable lesson about doctor-patient communication

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Everin Houkom

This season of dropping temperatures, snow squalls, and ice brings back memories of the first ice storm in Milwaukee my second year of residency. A quarter inch of ice on the streets made me late for my day ...

Laugh Off the Old Year

nationally known comic Palascak stops at The Plus

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

To bid a farewell to 2017, Clear Water Comedy has invited comedian Michael Palascak to Eau Claire. Stop by The Plus for Palascak’s set at 8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 28. Sides will split, snorts will be expelled, and comedy-induced tears will spill ...

Sweet, Sweaty Sweaters

Ugly Sweater 5K offers exercise, fashion failures

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

As the Christmas season begins, some are excited for eggnog and presents, while others enjoy trimming the tree next to a cozy fire. Yet in recent years there has developed a country-wide mania for “ugly” holiday sweater ...

Eau Claire Is Lit

Visit Eau Claire hosts second annual New Year’s event

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The award-winning Light Up Eau Claire New Year’s Eve celebration is quickly approaching on Sunday, Dec. 31. The event – which is produced by the cultural tourism committee of Visit Eau Claire ...

Forming a Friendship

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...

In the Paint

artist turns love of sports into fan-friendly art

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Bryan Reynolds

For those of us who have watched or played sports in the past, it is easy to picture a particular game or moment that has made an impact on you. We have all skimmed the newspaper the day following ...

Caught Up With Film

local photographers band together for film-only zine

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Eric Christenson

In a world that’s lush with digital photography and some of the most incredible image-making technology fathomable, it’s easy to get used to vivid colors, pristine editing capabilities, and endless ways to tinker with ...

Devil of a Story

UW-Stout professor illustrates century-old local fairytale

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

For long-time residents, the folklore behind the Devil’s Punchbowl in Menomonie is old as time. Rumors of hauntings, gnomes, and enchantments in this outdoor recreational area are well-known ...

Music Quick Hits | Dec. 13, 2017

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Eric Christenson

It’s been a hot minute since we heard the sweet sounds of Idle Empress’ debut self-titled EP, but now – having recently relocated to the Twin Cities – the trio is back with two brand new singles, “Envy” and “Habits.” The songs, which premiered ...

Nothing Really Mattress

a new Distant Friends album for dark times

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Andrew Patrie, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s not every band who can claim a “cease and desist” order from Lucasfilm as part of its history, but Eau Claire’s power-pop / “no coast” surf punks Distant Friends can. In 2016, the group, then known ...

UWEC, UW-Stout Set to Launch New Grads

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

A flurry of mortarboards will fly skyward on Saturday, Dec. 16, as two Chippewa Valley universities hold end-of-year graduation ceremonies. Commencement exercises for 665 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held in Zorn Arena ...

UW-Stout Scholars Program Gets $1M Boost

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  by UW-Stout News

The U.S. Department of Education has approved more than $1 million in funding for the McNair Scholars Program at UW-Stout. The program recently received a five-year continuation grant ...

Pedals to Paper

three counties coordinating bike/pedestrian plans

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If the routes that carry our cars and trucks are planned collaboratively among multiple communities, then so should the pathways followed by bicycles and pedestrians. That’s the underlying goal ...

Oh Come, Little Children

a dirt-brown bus, a bearded man, and a simple gift form an indelible Christmas memory

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  Johannes Strohschann

As soon as he reached the mile-long dining table, the little boy spotted a place setting with steel utensils, quickly grabbed spoon and fork and licked them, spending a generous amount of spit. No one was going to steal ...

On the Cover | Dec. 13, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Melissa Burke

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

"An early morning walk through the garden can be a wondrous thing. The fleeting, soft quality of light brings out subtleties that would otherwise go unnoticed. The lacy fronds of this Japanese painted fern appeared to glow ..."

Opening Shot | Dec. 13, 2017

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  photos by Brett Walker

The 6th Annual Clearwater Winter Parade kicked off the holiday season in downtown Eau Claire on the evening of Friday, Dec. 1 with a fireworks display marking the start of the parade. A fairly mild night for December in Wisconsin, plenty of people were on hand to see the parade meander down 1st Avenue.

Tireless Task

history buff continues decades-long writing project about Uniroyal

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  by Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ring the doorbell of Jack Zais on a Friday in December and you’ll hear a muffled Christmas tune on the other side of the front door. He welcomes guests into the tidy blue living area where 13 of the books ...

Red Letter Roundup

up-and-coming women-owned businesses

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser

Twice a year, the Red Letter Grant is awarded to female entrepreneurs right here in the Chippewa Valley. Becca Cooke, owner of Red’s Mercantile, 224 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire, started the grant to encourage women to pursue ...

Chosen to Lead

female officeholders challenge the status quo

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s been nearly a century since Wisconsin became the first state in the union to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, and yet women hold less than ...

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