On the Cover | Dec. 12, 2018

learn more about our current cover art from Michael Iver Jacobsen

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2018

“This illustration is the first of an eventual series of holiday cards focusing on birds and angels. This one in particular was influenced by Audubon illustrations and the Christmas ..."

Opening Shot | Dec. 26, 2018

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2018  |  photos by Luong Huynh

HAVING A SLAY OL’ TIME. UW-Eau Claire’s production of She Kills Monsters ran in the Jamf Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence Dec. 11-16. The dramatic/comedy relied on homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and plenty of ’90s pop culture to tell a tale of grief and Dungeons & Dragons.

Chartering a New Course

Mondovi location eyed as project-based school for grades 6-12

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2018  |  Katie Larson

Choices: We all want them. Whether it be choice in what we buy, how we live, what we eat, who we support, what we want to be when we grow up, choice matters. But when it comes to educational opportunities ...

For the Love of Kubb

tourism grant will highlight Eau Claire as a kubb destination

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A Wisconsin Department of Tourism grant will fund a marketing campaign that uses Eau Claire’s status as a kubb capital to attract visitors to the region. The Department of Tourism recently announced that it was giving ...

Seeking Business Paragons

EC AREA Economic Development Corp. wants nominees for annual award

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

Do you know of a local business that’s risen to the top of the class – one that’s a model for others because of its growth, innovation, and job-creation prowess? If so, you’ve got a potential Paragon Award winner on your hands. The Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp. is seeking nominees ...

Embracing the Odd

Odd Humyns + Odd Brand Strategy introduce the School of Odd

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Rayna DeJongh, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Serena Wagner and Elle McGee, founders of Odd Brand Strategy and now Odd Humyns – a downtown Eau Claire art store, 209 N. Barstow St. – are expanding their offerings even further with the opening ...

Waffles for a Cause

Chippewa Falls nurse opens coffee and waffle shop to fight homelessness

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chippewa Falls boasts a new coffee shop with a noble purpose at 1629 Hallie Road. Jewelstone Cafe and Waffle Bar opened its doors in September to offer caffeinated concoctions and sweet treats ...

On the Paper Trail

a stranger's lost to-do list sparks many, many questions

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

Winter is an important time for me. Because wintertime is the time in which I found a handwritten shopping list on the floor of a grocery store. It was late at night, Dec. 13 (a Wednesday), and the store was almost empty ...

Some Nineties Nostalgia We Could Do Without

lackluster year for Packers, Badgers football and basketball calls to mind ho-hum early ’90s

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Luc Anthony

The three most popular teams in Wisconsin, including our part of the state, are the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers football, and Badger men’s basketball. We like the other prominent teams ...

Cackling for Canines

hometown star Harmston headlines benefit show

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Breana Good

The Dunn County Humane Society will host “Guffaws for Paws,” an 18+ comedy night on Saturday, Dec. 29. The show will be at the Off Broadway Banquet Center in Menomonie, a space that the Stout Ale House donated for the event. DCHS is a non-profit, no-kill facility that relies on the generosity ...

Drilling Down

western Wisconsin firm finds success with specialty ice fishing products

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Barbara Arnold

In early December, you might have seen many an ice angler out on Half Moon Lake, including a few bright red pop-up tents with the brand name Eskimo. With a name like that, you might think Alaska or Canada ...

Buck Up for the Birkie

skiers from near and far gear up for North America’s largest cross-country race

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Nealy Corcoran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bob Burch is a world-class skier who has skied the largest cross-country ski race in North America, the American Birkebeiner, every year for 36 years. This February he will make the drive from Eau Claire ...

Night Time Is the Right Time

chilly fun comes to Pinehurst Park on Thursdays this January and February

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now that winter is officially upon us, it might be tempting to lock your doors and burrito-roll inside your favorite blanket. But here in Wisconsin, cold weather doesn’t have to negate outdoor fun ...

Weather Fit for Fat

local fatbiking scene welcomes newbies, old helmets

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Sean Brandenburg, photos by Jereme Rauckman

With December temps in the mid-to-high 30s, it would seem that snow will come and go this winter. One thing that is here to stay, though, is fat biking. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve likely seen ...

Sweet Home, Barron County

western Wisconsin’s Chris Kroeze gains national fame via The Voice

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  Haley Wright

Barron’s own Chris Kroeze made an impression on the nation that no one will soon forget on the 15th season of The Voice, rising to the top two contestants ...

Take the Quiz: Year in Review 2018

Thu. Dec. 27th, 2018  |  V1 Staff

We do a Year In Review feature every year, and it's time to be tested by our editors, who have written questions designed to stump, befuddle, confuse, confound, and bewilder you.