Strange States

exploring the paranormal in the most normal of places: the Midwest

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As the rest of my family peered out the minivan windows trying to spot bison, elk, and prairie dogs during a late-summer trip out West, my mind and imagination drifted closer to home ...

Digging In, Digging Out

Luray’s new album thrives despite life’s challenges

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  Parker Reed

A roots-laden songwriter is making her way back to where things all started for her. Luray is the musical moniker for Wisconsin native and current Richmond, Virginia-based musician Shannon Carey, who released her ...

Long Beds on the Long Road

for Perry, writing lyrics brings him close to his first literary love: poetry

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  Ken Szymanski, photos by Lee Butterworth

Michael Perry has never sounded more at home in a song. “Long Road to You,” the title track of the new EP by Michael Perry and the Long Beds, plays like ...

Showing They Care

more than 900 volunteers will spend their Friday working on community projects

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Sept. 20 won’t be a typical Friday for more than 900 workers from dozens of Chippewa Valley employers. Instead of punching the clock as usual ...

On the Cover | Sept. 18, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Nishant Jain

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Sneaky Art is the practice of drawing beauty from the world around you, without drawing attention. In this piece, Nishant has pulled together various figures and scenes drawn at Phoenix Park ...

Opening Shot | Sept. 18

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  photos by Branden Nall

A FLIPPING AWESOME TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. Downtown Eau Claire’s annual International Fall Festival took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, shutting down N. Barstow Street for food vendors, booths, a petting zone, and of course, the big parade.

Fest With the Best

Lazy Monk celebrates Oktoberfest with week-long party

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Taylor Smith

An entire week of Oktoberfest shenanigans awaits at the end of September at Lazy Monk Brewing in Eau Claire. The Porter Brothers kick off ...

Sweet Comfort

Waffle Shack on Water St. aims to cure cravings at all hours

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019  |  Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For many, waffles are a morning staple – a delicious way to start the day with family or friends. One local man enjoys ‘em so much he made waffles the focus of his new ...

Building New Stories

library seeks $7 million to upgrade aging building

Thu. Sep. 19th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Declaring that the existing 43-year-old building needs upgrades so it can continue to serve the community for generations, supporters of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire have launched ...

Fly Your FREAQ Flag

UWEC’s freaQweek a celebration of LGBTQ+ identity

Thu. Sep. 19th, 2019  |  Maddy Mortimer, photos by Kelly Irish

This Oct. 7-12, UW-Eau Claire campus organizations are partnering with community groups to launch freaQweek, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. FreaQweek is a push to reclaim history, to reclaim identities ...

Living Strangely

Tue. Sep. 17th, 2019  |  BJ Hollars

Of the many items that have found their way into my basement’s cabinet of curiosities, perhaps my most beloved is a Bigfoot sketch drawn for me by a friend. There he is tromping through the underbrush ...

Fashion Focus

fashion-forward individuals talk about their unique style

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2019  |  V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What are you wearing? I am wearing a black romper probably from Kohl’s as well as my fun little shoes. My black boots are from Kohl’s. My earrings, these are super old. I got from a little boutique ...

The Power of the Scrunchie

UW-Eau Claire student brings scrunchies back in business

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2019  |  Rebecca Mennecke

Popular hairdos of the 1980s can sometimes seem a little cringey in retrospect. From long mullets and poofy perms to frizzy crimped locks and hairspray up the wazoo, it can be tough ...

Stitching for the Stars

Menomonie tailor gives celebrity service to locals, stars alike

Fri. Sep. 13th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Erin Hogan-Braker was calm as could be, snacking on a slice of chocolate chip banana bread and sipping coffee at Acoustic Cafe in Menomonie. Her phone, on the other hand, was ...

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