Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Haley Wright

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A Lifetime Climb

Chippewa Valley woman heads up Eau Claire manufacturing company

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 ...

Red's Dresses to Impress

carefully selected, American-made threads at Red’s Mercantile

Haley Wright

Red’s Mercantile, a locally owned boutique in Eau Claire that offers a variety high-quality, American-made household items, is expanding its offering to women’s clothing and footwear ...

In the Mood: Menomonie boutique offers style … and coffee

Haley Wright, photos by Timothy Mather

A new boutique, Mood, has arrived in downtown Menomonie, offering women’s fashion celebrating women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. The venue features chic accessories, shoes, home décor, gifts ...

Downtown Frights: Have a spooky stay at The Haunted Hotel

Haley Wright

The amazing Ski Sprites waterski organization is gearing up to scare locals at its annual haunted house fundraiser. This year’s theme is The Haunted Hotel, and there are plenty of exciting new features.

The World Is a Gallery

artist has grand plans for local pop-up art galleries

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kelsey Wenberg, instructor and fiber/macramé artist in residence at Blue Boxer Arts, is bringing a whole new way to experience art to Eau Claire through ArtFly, which offers pop-up art shows right ...

Hiking for Home

walk benefits homeless families in the Chippewa Valley

Haley Wright

The annual HIKE for the Homeless Walk to Benefit Beacon House/Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley will hit the trail from Phoenix Park at 9am on Saturday, Sept. 30 ...

Pop the Cork!

Arc fundraiser features art, beverages, and music

Haley Wright

Want to enjoy local art and locally-made beverages? The Third Annual Corks, Canvas, & Brews fundraising event for the Arc of Dunn County will be Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 5-7pm at Lucette Brewing Company, in Menomonie ...

Lights, Camera, Lumber

film brings timber era to life with local settings

Haley Wright

The Lumber Baron, a locally written, locally produced movie about the Chippewa Valley’s fabled timber era, has almost completed filming and will debut shortly after the new year. The film was written by Karen Hurd of Scene & Hurd Productions ...

Buckshot's Big Birthday

Eau Claire’s original run celebrates 35 years helping Special Olympics

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Buckshot Run – an event that originated in the Chippewa Valley, is exclusive to the Chippewa Valley, and is named after a Chippewa Valley notable. The anniversary is cause for special celebration ...

One Hot Little Shop

Red Coal BBQ offers up quick, meaty meals

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Red Coal BBQ, a new barbecue hotspot, has opened at 1907 Brackett Ave., in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (formerly the site of Samboney’s and Al’s Dog Haus). Owner Jon Ray described Red Coal BBQ as a locally owned place offering locally produced food made in small batches, with a passion for quality and flavor, not quantity ...

New Yarn, Old Space

Blue Boxer Arts opens in former Tangled storefront

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Blue Boxer Arts, a new store from the owners of Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire, features locally created fibers and beads, classes to learn new skills, and a space to gather to work on projects ...

Jeremiah Got the Bullfrog

Menomonie’s Bullfrog Fish Farm finds new owners

Haley Wright, photos by Timothy Mather

Bullfrog Fish Farm, a Chippewa Valley family favorite destination for fishing and foodstuff on the outskirts of Menomonie, has changed hands after being owned and operated by its “soul proprietor” Herby Radmann ...

Peek at the Past at the Cook-Rutledge Mansion

Historic Chippewa Falls home turns visitors into time travelers

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A tour of the Cook-Rutledge Mansion at 505 Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls – which is offered at 2pm Thursday through Sunday during the months of June, July, and August, as well as during the Christmas season.

More Fun Than You Can Handle

Northern Wis. State Fair brings big-time fun to Valley

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Get ready to enjoy some delicious fair food, entertainment by nationally known performers (including The Beach Boys, Clint Black, Dennis DeYoung with the music of Styx, and Granger Smith) ...

Micon: The Return

Micon Cinemas 7 remodel upgrades the movie magic

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A whole new VIP movie-going experience is bubbling in Eau Claire thanks to the remodel and revamp of the Micon Cinemas 7 theater on London Road, including the addition of a bar and restaurant ...

Classic Fun, New Direction

long-running Doll and Pet Parade has new sponsor, route

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Doll and Pet Parade, an Eau Claire tradition for the last 69 years, is now under the leadership of the Clear Water Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire (a service organization whose mission is to promote the welfare ...

Eight Decades of Art

retrospective features Susan Phelps Pearson’s paintings, assemblages

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

80 for 80: A Retrospective of the Art of Susan Phelps Pearson debuts at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on June 14 and runs through July 12. As its name suggests, the show features more than 80 works of art, focusing principally on paintings and assemblages ...

Cinder City Heats Up

Altoona kicks off summer with annual festival

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

The one and only Cinder City Days, one of the first of the area summer festivals, runs June 8-11 in Altoona’s Cinder City Park. The festival, put on annually by the Altoona Lions Club, has been a draw for locals for more than four decades, offering a little something for everyone ...

Simple, Beautiful, but Not Ordinary

Hello Adorn opens modern chic jewelry studio in downtown EC

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new downtown studio workspace for Hello Adorn – the beautiful handmade jewelry line formerly sold at local boutique Isabelle and Co. and currently sold online at the Hello Adorn website ...

Get on the Beer Bus

Eau Claire Brew Hop will offer local brewery tours

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Western Wisconsin – particularly the Chippewa Valley – is home to many local breweries, distilleries, and wineries. A new service called Eau Claire Brew Hop, the area’s the first and only craft brewery ...

Off the Ground – and Off the Hook

Action City’s new zipline, go-kart track opening in May

Haley Wright

Eau Claire’s Action City is about to get even more exciting with the addition of a motorized zipline and a larger go-kart track with brand-new, gas-powered go-karts opening in early ...

Be the Most Fun Triathlete

why can’t all triathlons be like Float Fly Pie?

Haley Wright

A fantastic evening of fun awaits teams and families alike at the 2nd annual Float Fly Pie Triathlon and Beacon House Fundraiser on April 23 at Action City. The Beacon House (also called Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley) ...

Bullfrog Up for Grabs

quirky local fish farm’s “soul proprietor” considers retirement and looks for a new owner to take the reins

Haley Wright

Bullfrog “Eat My Fish” Farm, a local and well-loved fish farm/family fun destination, is looking for a new owner to take over the business and breathe new life into it ...

Expanding the Tangle

downtown art store moving and opening spin-off shop

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tangled Up In Hue, a downtown Eau Claire staple for locally made objects of art, is expanding its space and offerings with a new, larger location at 505 S. Barstow St. At the same time, its owners are opening ...

Escaping the Weather

new musical comedy is a road trip from snowy Wisconsin to sunny Florida

Haley Wright

Snowbirds, an original musical comedy by local composer and retired music teacher Jerry Way, will be performed at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls March 23-26 ...

Little Girl, Big Questions

Mondovi author’s latest explores girl’s response to divorce

Haley Wright

Divorce is never easy for anyone, and it’s especially difficult for children, who have no say in the decisions being made. Mondovi author Julie Bowe, who also wrote the Friends for Keeps series, is debuting ...

Little Business Leaders

local inventor creates contest for young entrepreneurs

Haley Wright

Kim Nimsgern, the Menomonie-based inventor of the Click n Curl and creator of Casual Panache Inc., has found a way to support and inspire young female entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley ...

Telling Tales

children’s book illustrator Peck puts career on display

Haley Wright

Beth Peck, a well-known children’s book illustrator who lives in Menomonie, is showcasing some of her best work in an exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center’s Janet Carson Gallery called Tell Me A Story, which runs weekdays through March 10 ...

Just Peachy

ECCT brings musical version of James and the Giant Peach to The State

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

James and the Giant Peach, a musical version of the beloved children’s novel adapted for the stage, is being presented by the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre Feb. 3-5 at the State Theatre in Eau Claire ...

Blooms in Winter

catch sight of summer at ECRAC’s Fabulous Florals show

Haley Wright

Chippewa Valley: get ready to enjoy fine art while smelling the roses at the Fabulous Florals and Fine Arts exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, available for your sensory enjoyment daily Jan. 11-15 ...

Duke and Dagger Brings a Bit of Britain to Menomonie

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Duke and Dagger, a new British pub in Menomonie, had its grand opening a few weeks ago and has been the buzz around town ever since. It’s in the building that once housed Das Bierhaus ...

Swingin' at the Hangar

1940s-style dance party raises funs for veterans

Haley Wright

Step back in time to the 1940s for a night to support veterans! Put on your best zoot suit and get ready to get down to the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” at the 1940s-style Hawthorne Hanger Dance ...

Markt Your Calendars

Lazy Monk brings Bavarian Christmas market to town

Haley Wright

A Christkindlmarkt (that’s the southern Bavarian word for “Christmas Market”) featuring local makers selling their goods to shoppers will debut at Lazy Monk Brewing on the first three Saturdays ...

Mr. Smith's Supper Club

Smith’s Country Inn owner to retire after 38 years

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Mark Smith, the owner of Smith’s Country Inn, a supper club on the edge of Eau Claire on Highway 37, is ready to retire after running the popular local establishment since 1978 – and now he’s looking for a new owner to take over the reins ...

Wild Art

students create mural at Irvine Park tiger exhibit

Haley Wright

The tiger exhibit at the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls, which was built in 2008 in plain concrete and remains in plain concrete, is about to get a makeover courtesy of some Chippewa Falls Middle School students ...

You Won't Escape This Time

Tactical Escape collaborates on escape room in the Schlegelmilch House, a historic Eau Claire landmark

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A spooky opportunity to engage in some serious team work and use your problem-solving and math skills to get out of a haunted room in a historic ...

Making Sure All Kids Can Join in the Fun

Haley Wright

An inclusive playground – a first for the city of Chippewa Falls – is in the works to debut in the 2017-18 school year at Southview Elementary School, and the people behind this important project could use additional community support ...

A Record of the River

photographer seeks to document Chippewa River and its surrounding towns

Haley Wright

Eau Claire photographer Travis Dewitz is working on a new project featuring the Chippewa River and many of the communities along the river, big and small, called ...

Pedaling Toward a Plan

effort aimed at making the Chippewa Valley better for bikes and pedestrians

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Public input is being sought regarding the Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which is being developed by the Chippewa-Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Organization and an advisory team of local governments, state agencies, and advocacy ...

Oktoberfest, EC Style

Lazy Monk plans its own version of German festival

Haley Wright

A very traditional Oktoberfest celebration is debuting in September at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St. Lazy Monk opened in the new location in January ...

Olympic Adjustments

Lake Hallie chiropractor heading to Rio to help U.S. wrestling team

Haley Wright

Local chiropractor Dr. Kevin Schultz of My Life Health Center in Lake Hallie is very excited to be headed to his second Olympics in four years to work with American wrestlers competing in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August ...

New Airport Eatery Hangar 54 Offers Meaty Specialties

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There is a brand-new restaurant at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, appropriately called Hangar 54 Grill, which serves a wide variety of unique and delicious dishes, including meat-based entrees made with specialty meats from ...

Capturing History at Home

building on one of the last open lots in Eau Claire's Third Ward, company honors the neighborhood's historical style

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A beautiful new home created with the inspiration of paying homage to the past has been built in Eau Claire’s historic Third Ward neighborhood and will be featured ...