When Push Comes to Shovel

this winter, I bid adieu to my favorite inanimate friend

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I never gave it a name. And the name of a thing is so very important. It was just always there, hanging in the garage, year after year, patiently waiting in reverse hibernation for winter to come. It came alive in cold weather. It lived for the snow ...

Cheering For the Enemy

the inside story of how a Packer backer ended up rah-rahing for the Vikings

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  Luc Anthony

lly in life, we don’t face a dichotomy of personal preference and career choice. For most of us, it is a matter of what is fun versus what gets us a paycheck. Imagine a different example: you support the Packers, but you have an opportunity ...

Downtown Foodie Tour Wins Idea Challenge

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

A new business that hopes to offer food and history tours of downtown Eau Claire was chosen as the grand prize winner of the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp.’s annual Idea Challenge ...

Opening Shot | Dec. 27, 2017

Fri. Dec. 29th, 2017  |  photos by Timothy Mather

SNOWBODY GETS IN OUR WAY. The 14th Annual WinterDaze Parade paraded through historic downtown Menomonie on the night of December 14, culminating in a winter fireworks show over Lake Menomin.

On the Cover | Dec. 27, 2017

learn more about Volume One's cover art from KaoLee Vang

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

"I often find myself complicating everything I make and find myself always going back to the basics and creating something that’s influenced by nature ..."

Looking Backward & Forward

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017  |  Nick Meyer

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 ...

Year in Review 2017 - Take the Quiz!

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

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.

The Signs are Clear, But the Response Isn't

Panhandlers prompt a range of emotions in passersby, but how should we really react?

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Dan Ingersoll

The sign said, “Homeless: Need $168 for a bus ticket to family in Fargo.” The holder of the sign looked sad and frozen to the bone. I drove past and then turned into the Aldi’s parking lot next to where he was standing ...

Party With the Fam

New Year’s celebrations offer fun for the whole gang

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel, photos by Kelly Whitman

For one day out of the year, people around the world throw parties with confetti, champagne, and screenings of the ball dropping in Times Square to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. However, for those who have procreated ...

Tag Team For the Table

top chefs pair up to support The Community Table

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tis the season of giving, and throughout Eau Claire, not all residents have food to spare. To spread a little joy to families in need, The Community Table is teaming up with local chefs for a fundraising event ...

Fame in Vain

UW-Stout faculty produce award-winning short film

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  by Lauren Fisher, photos by UW-Stout News

Vanitá, a film directed by former UW-Stout professor Kevin Pontuti and starring former Menomonie resident Alexandra Loreth, won two awards at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival on ...

Elemental Evolution

UWEC a cappella group adds first female singer, drops album of ’80s classics

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Entering their 20th year, UW-Eau Claire’s very own a capella group, Fifth Element, has embraced change. With the debut of their most recent album, Neon, and the addition of the group’s first female singer ...

Songs Unspoken

Xavly’s first album Exit mixes personal struggles with electronic tones

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Measha Vieth

One day in 2015 a friendship ended. The next day, Austin Steinke found himself writing about it in the Books a Million parking lot. This day was just the beginning of Steinke’s music project, Xavly, and his first album ...

Just Local Food Cooks Up Plans for New Space

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Just Local Food Cooperative in downtown Eau Claire will soon announce plans for relocating and expanding into a new, 9,000-square-foot space. The downtown grocery store hopes to reveal its new location in January ...

Nature School Considered for Little Red

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Could more project-based learning opportunities be coming to the Chippewa Valley? That’s the hope of a group of Eau Claire parents who have banded together to propose transforming the former Little Red Elementary School ...