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Sound of Silence: Blue Ox Pulls Plug on 2020 Festival

dates set for 2021 gathering

After doing their best to weather the pandemic by first holding a virtual event and then rescheduling their in-person festival to late August, organizers of the Blue Ox Music Festival have finally decided to ...

LOCAL LIT: ’Hope Is ... A View from the Bridge’

Dogs are the chief beneficiaries of shelter-in-place in my neighborhood. They give us license to move about and expect, in return, longer walks and more of them. So instead of turning around at the river ...

Addressing Teacher Shortages

COVID-19 may exacerbate concern addressed at UW-Stout summit; Gen-Z may provide the answer

At the virtual summit on June 23-24, David DeGuire – director of teacher education, professional development, and licensing at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – noted that 40% of teachers leave the profession in their first five years. Because of COVID-19, DeGuire estimates one in five are not planning to return in the fall.

Jobs by the Numbers 2020 for Eau Claire Metro Area

For nearly a decade, these numbers told a pretty positive story about the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin, and the nation as a whole, with the economy expanding and unemployment steadily dropping.

9 Top Tips for Job Hunters

polish your résumé – and your attitude – to land your dream job

Volume One reached out to these Chippewa Valley experts and organizations to help compile this job hunters’ guide. Keep in mind these nine tips while seeking the job that’s right for you.

Uncharted Territory

coronavirus drives Chippewa Valley unemployment to historic highs, but there are bright spots

Things have changed dramatically in just a few months. The coronavirus-driven shutdown caused the unemployment rate to spike to 12.3% in the Eau Claire metro area (Eau Claire and Chippewa counties) in April.

Side-Gig Jobs Get Hit

local rideshare and delivery drivers see less demand for rides, more demand for delivery as a result of pandemic

Asp is one of many drivers for Uber, Lyft, Door Dash, Bite Squad, and other rideshare and delivery services in the Eau Claire area that has been hit hard by the pandemic. Between fewer people needing rides and ...

Antique Store Gets a Fresh Vibe

Town and Country Antiques 2 in Eau Claire geared more toward younger demographic

When long-time collector Sylvia Gengenbach opened Town and Country Antiques 2 (222 Main St., Menomonie) two years ago, she discovered that the store had a completely different customer ...

Treasure in Hixton

tiny village is a great destination for antique lovers

Every small town needs a claim to fame – something to hang its identity on and to lure visitors to exit from the highway. For Hixton, that claim is being the Antiquing Capital of Wisconsin ...

Just My Type

local typewriter collection caps about 100

Click. Clack. Oh snap! Karman Briggs has an extensive typewriter collection, comprising just about 100 typewriters – including typewriters with keyboards of various languages (German, Spanish, French and English), an assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes ...

Gear Up for Outdoor Adventures With Rentals at Beaver Creek

kayaks, GPS units, telescope can be rented out this summer

Beaver Creek Reserve has been a nature lover’s paradise for the Chippewa Valley since 1947. Even with so many years under their belt, they’re still coming up with new and inventive ways to keep locals fascinated by nature. With the ...

That’s a Wrap

Red Cedar Film Festival rolls onward with 30+ films

Taking place in the gorgeous Mabel Tainter Theater, this Menomonie festival — which is in its second year — will showcase over 30 films from filmmakers around the world (including Singapore, Ireland, and Sweden — as well as locally made and student-made films) from July 29 to August 2.

Getting Fit With Fido

fitness club encourages dog owners to work out with pups

If you want to get in shape with your furry pal by your side, here’s an opportunity. The No Limits Virtual Fit Club just started this summer, organized by Noelle Chaltry, owner of No Limits Canine and a certified professional canine fitness ...

Seize the Day

ECCT set to perform Newsies outdoors at fairgrounds

‘The World Will Know” that the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is slated to stage the hit Disney movie-turned-Broadway musical Newsies — by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein — at 7:30pm from July 22-24 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.

THE REAR END: Salt on Watermelon

and all manner of late night treats

The sky was black and crickets were droning on in the grass just outside the open windows. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t have air conditioning back then, and humid summer air pushed in through the screens.