YMCA Pulls Out of Sonnentag Center Project

Tue. Dec. 17th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley YMCA will no longer be part of a collaboration to build a shared event and recreation complex on Menomonie Street spearheaded by UW-Eau Claire. Eau Claire Community Complex Inc. – the nonprofit entity ...

Blue Ox Unleashes 2020 Lineup

Tue. Dec. 17th, 2019  |  Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Today, the Blue Ox Music Festival lineup arrived for the sixth annual fest happening June 11-13, 2020 among the trees at Whispering Pines Campground, with some cool new facets this year.

Silent Nights

Christmas memories glowing in the dark

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

We sang “Silent Night,” standing up on the shiny marble steps, up in front of the church. For our parents, brothers, and sisters. For our teachers and the priest. And I guess we sang for the big Jesus hanging high up behind ...

Tornadoes That Ruined Christmas

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  Jan Carroll

Tornados that Ruined Christmas are famed // on the Weather Station, TVs up on brackets // at the checkout, Festival Foods. Not really ashamed ...

Christmas in a One-Room School

children, teachers, and everyone else became part of the annual Christmas program

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  Connie Russell

The return to school after Thanksgiving during the 1940s and ’50s marked one of the most important events during the school year at Pleasant Hour School-: preparation for the Christmas program. Teachers brought out ...

Get Into (Holiday) Gear

hit the trail for SHIFT’s Santa Ride

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  by Tori Johnson

If you’re feeling the winter blues already, a common side effect of 5pm darkness and 20 degree temperatures, the upcoming SHIFT Santa Ride is a perfect way to ...

An Old-Fashioned Christmastime

book recounts western Wisconsin holiday traditions from days gone by

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Like an heirloom carefully wrapped and placed beneath a candlelit evergreen, a compendium of old-time Christmas memories and traditions from western Wisconsin is being passed on to ...

Flying Together

Jack Greenwood brings together friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers on debut album

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  Eric Christenson

When Toy Car Studios was getting its roots laid down just north of Eau Claire a few years ago, Jack Greenwood (a.k.a. Travis Kohnhorst) was helping the studio owner Justin Green build the thing from the ...

Not Just for the Holidays

Florida organizer rejects new holiday volunteers, encourages year-round service

Fri. Dec. 13th, 2019  |  V1 Staff

As the holidays progress, many charitable causes see an influx of calls from individuals and families who’ve caught the spirit of the season. Soup kitchens, shelters, and resource centers field ...

Opening Shot | Dec. 11, 2019

Wed. Dec. 11th, 2019  |  photos by Andrea Paulseth

OH DEER, THIS REINDEER REIGNS SUPREME. Downtown Chippewa Falls saw the 30th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade on Saturday evening, Dec. 7, with over 50 illuminated and musical floats, plus horse drawn wagons lighting up the winter sky.

Dhimiters Goodies Hit Woodmans Shelves

Wed. Dec. 11th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Check out aisle 25 at Woodmans (2855 Woodman Drive, Altoona) for your noshing needs, as that’s where you can find a tidy selection of meats and sauces from none other than Dhimiters, the gyro joint and mobile food truck based in Oakwood Mall. The locally owned ...

Deer Me! 2020 Wisco Deer Season by the Numbers

Wed. Dec. 11th, 2019  |  V1 Staff

Preliminary totals from the Department of Natural Resources indicate that the recently completed 2019 gun deer season was a bust for lots of hunters. While nearly as many hunters bought hunting ...

On the Cover | Dec. 11, 2019

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Norma Larrabee Gabriel

Wed. Dec. 11th, 2019

“‘Barn Cats’ ” was a scene I happened upon while visiting a farm in the Rock Falls area. Above the cats in the window was a barn quilt that was my intended subject ..."

DIVERSITY BRIEFS | December 2019

Tue. Dec. 10th, 2019  |  V1 Staff

The UW System gave the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People to UW-Stout Professor Markie L.C. Twist and UW-Eau Claire's Dr. Silviana Amethyst ...

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