Function Over Fashion

the onset of winter allows Wisconsinites to forego stylishness in favor of staying warm

Tue. Dec. 26th, 2017  |  Caroline Akervik

One of the very best things about winter is winter clothes. Winter allows one to liberate one’s inner fashion outlaw. Cold weather eliminates or overrules the dictates of style all in the name of keeping warm ...

Child Christmas

Mon. Dec. 18th, 2017  |  Max Garland

I wanted god in a manger. \ This was Christmas in Kentucky--1960?61? \ There were flurries in the forecast ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ..."