Opening Shot | Dec. 13, 2017

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017  |  photos by Brett Walker

The 6th Annual Clearwater Winter Parade kicked off the holiday season in downtown Eau Claire on the evening of Friday, Dec. 1 with a fireworks display marking the start of the parade. A fairly mild night for December in Wisconsin, plenty of people were on hand to see the parade meander down 1st Avenue.

Red Letter Roundup

up-and-coming women-owned businesses

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Cassandra Kyser

Twice a year, the Red Letter Grant is awarded to female entrepreneurs right here in the Chippewa Valley. Becca Cooke, owner of Red’s Mercantile, 224 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire, started the grant to encourage women to pursue ...

Chosen to Lead

female officeholders challenge the status quo

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s been nearly a century since Wisconsin became the first state in the union to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, and yet women hold less than ...

Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Kimera Way is key to UWEC’s future

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kimera Way has played a crucial role in some of the biggest headlines impacting UW-Eau Claire – and the Chippewa Valley as a whole – in recent years. Through her positions overseeing both the UWEC Foundation ...

Lots of Dots

Eau Claire-founded network connects dynamic women in business

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Women nationwide and beyond are banding together in the community-based organization, Polka Dot Powerhouse. This women’s network, founded in Eau Claire by Shannon Crotty, allows members ...

A Lifetime Climb

Chippewa Valley woman heads up Eau Claire manufacturing company

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sue (Kildahl) Tietz, president/CEO of McDonough Manufacturing, truly is a Chippewa Valley Woman in the Lead. She is a trailblazer as leader of an Eau Claire-based company that has been in business since ...

Power of the Purse

local women use collective giving to support community

Tue. Dec. 12th, 2017  |  by Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dozens of local women gathered Dec. 6 for the Eau Claire Women’s Giving Circle Gift of Giving Breakfast, where the organization awarded more than $40,000 in grants to eight local community support programs. Thanks to ...

The Local Store: Locally-designed and handmade goods

Thu. Dec. 7th, 2017

"Hard work is how many of us in the Chippewa Valley define ourselves. But supporting the hard work of others is just as important. We collaborated with some of our favorite local makers for this short video about the store and the locally-designed ..."

Blue Ox Unleashes 2018 Lineup

Wed. Dec. 6th, 2017  |  Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

For its fourth year, the Blue Ox Music Festival is back with a loaded lineup of rootsy greats to come play some tunes in the pine and hardwood forests just outside of Eau Claire. Hosted by Minneapolis band Pert Near Sandstone ...

5 Can't Miss Holiday Stage Shows

get festive with holiday productions coming our way

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017  |  James Johonnott

The holiday season is full of classic stories on screen, page, and stage. The theatre scene of the Chippewa Valley offers a ton of great opportunities to share these holiday stories ...

5 Holiday Concerts to Get You in the Spirit

a musical winter wonderland right here in the Valley

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017  |  James Johonnott

We’ve all heard the classic holiday tunes on the radio or in stores this season. But nothing quite beats listing to your favorite classic carols done live by local performers ...

Orchid Eaton: Eau Claire born-and-bred

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017  |  Eric Christenson

You’re gonna want to keep tabs on Orchid Eaton, a new project from Eau Claire born-and-bred native Matthew Leavitt, formerly of EMOT. It’s a stark basement pop project that features another local native ...

Foundation Wants to Give Your Org Money

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

Are you involved in a local nonprofit organization looking for funding? If your answer is “yes,” then you should consider applying for a grant through the Eau Claire Community Foundation ...

Click Here for Public Health

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Making choices to improve your own health often begins with a few simple questions: How can I eat better? Where can I go to exercise? The same is true for making the Chippewa Valley as a whole ...

Former House of Rock to Become "Social Club"

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017  |  V1 Staff

The owners of the former House of Rock plan to turn the building into a party venue called the Social Club. In documents submitted to the City of Eau Claire, owners John Mogensen and Lisa Aspenson ...