2020 Vanguard Awards: Meet the Honorees!

Wed. Feb. 26th, 2020  |  V1 Staff

Presented by Volume One and Charter Bank, the Chippewa Valley Vanguard Awards recognize high-level community achievers who’ve made a significant local impact ...

Man in a Blue Shirt

Mon. Feb. 24th, 2020  |  Dan Lyksett

I’ve haven’t been a big fan of Valentine’s Day since 1961, fourth grade, when I didn’t get a card from Pammy Ritchie, crushing my budding crush ...

Berating Skating

(I don’t care how quintessential it is)

Fri. Feb. 21st, 2020  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

No, dammit – I can’t skate. Not on wheels and not on ice. And besides a brief stint as a hardcore thrasher back in the fourth grade, I can’t even ride a ...

An Illiminating Upgrade

Eau Claire Ski Striders fund new trail lights at Tower Ridge

Fri. Feb. 21st, 2020  |  Olivia Kroner

This winter, members of the Eau Claire community are seeing cross-country skiing in a whole new light – literally. Thanks to $32,000 raised in donations by the Eau Claire Ski Striders, and a matching grant from ...

The Cold Can’t Hold Us Back

Altoona’s Frosty Fun Series draws community outside

Fri. Feb. 21st, 2020  |  Lauren Fisher

Altoona’s Frosty Fun series of winter events is underway, inviting locals to don their warmest coats and make the most of the opportunities winter offers. In partnership with the ...

Priory Writers’ Retreat Offers Focus on Craft

Fri. Feb. 21st, 2020  |  V1 Staff

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is inviting writers to its second-annual Priory Writers’ Retreat, which will be June 25-28 at The Priory, a former monastery just outside Eau Claire. The retreat gives writers the opportunity to learn from each other and from seasoned instructors while enjoying ...

City Joins Sonnentag Project

hurdles remain for plan to expand arena’s size

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Tom Giffey

The Eau Claire City Council has voted unanimously to take part in a university-led project to build a major event center on Menomonie Street, but numerous steps are ...

Take on The Summit

wellness conference encourages connectedness and curiosity

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Next month, the Chippewa Valley will host a two-day wellness summit that will challenge peoples’ minds, bodies, and souls to reach for something more ...

The Infinity Monologues: An Excerpt

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Jack Bushnell

In this play, part-history-part-fiction, Amelia Earhart, Stephen Hawking, and Lawrence Oates (of the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole) recount together their stories of ...

Neighbors Can Speak Out on New Boyd Park Plan

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Tom Giffey

Want to offer your thoughts about the proposed redesign of Boyd Park? A public input session will be held at 6:30pm Thursday, March 5, at Spirit Lutheran Church, 1310 Main St. The gathering will be hosted by ...

Granny Shots

basketball league for “women of a certain age” keeps ladies active and having fun

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Luc Anthony

I did not expect to discover I was related to a reigning national champion by going to a family reunion. On a hot and sultry late-August day in 2018, I headed down to ...

Fire Ball Is Hot Stuff

Pride Is A Riot will heat up Ojibwe Ballroom

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  author & photographer by Nate Cooksey, photos by Luong Huynh

Each year, UW-Eau Claire’s Fire Ball brings drag performers from around the country to Eau Claire for the largest drag ball fundraiser in the Midwest. Participants celebrate the individuality, self-realization and ...

Queering the Conversation

Foster Gallery exhibit examines queer identities in the Midwest

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Catey Leonardson

UW-Eau Claire is illuminating often-silenced voices with a new exhibition in the Ruth Foster Gallery. “Midwest Queeritivities” gives a platform to queer artists throughout the region and beautifully showcases a ...

City of Eau Claire Seeks New Writer in Residence

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  V1 Staff

Do you have the literary chops to raise the profile of the written word in the Chippewa Valley? If so, consider applying to be the next city of Eau Claire Writer in Residence by the March 1 deadline. The position is filled every ...