Katie Venit


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Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

Why Does Poison Ivy Itch?

Katie Venit

You’re in the woods, building a fort or exploring, and having a great time. A few hours later, you get ...

Wed. Jul. 24th, 2019

Waste Not, Want Not?

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a deep dive into the wonderful, wacky world of organic waste disposal

Mon. Jul. 1st, 2019

Why Does Birch Tree Bark Peel Off?

Katie Venit

Birch bark can be so tempting to peeeel off. But wait! Is that a good idea? Why is the bark coming off, anyway? Is the birch sick? Let’s look at the layers of a tree. Bark is made of two layers, outer and inner bark. Outer bark is dead, but the inner bark ...

Mon. Feb. 25th, 2019

Finding Your Tribe

Katie Venit, photos by Michael Lundebrek

opportunities abound in the close-knit local writing community

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

How Do Scientists Count Birds?

Katie Venit

Get some binoculars and try counting the birds outside your home sometime. It might seem easy at first. You might see a couple of cardinals, maybe a crow. But then those birds fly away, and you see another cardinal. Is that the same cardinal as before, or is it a new one?

Thu. Oct. 18th, 2018

‘Nanowrimo’ Encourages Writers to Put Words on the Page

Katie Venit

In November, more than 400,000 people will do the writerly equivalent of running a marathon: writing a novel in 30 days as part of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). In the Chippewa Valley, NaNoWriMo ...

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

What happens to my recycling?

Katie Venit

Trash haulers must accept items that counties decide should be recycled. In Eau Claire County, that’s clean glass jars, aluminum, steel, paper, cardboard, and all plastics except those labeled No. 6 (which is very hard to recycle).

Thu. Jun. 28th, 2018

How Can I Recycle That?

Katie Venit, photos by Joel Pearish

one woman’s mission: recycling items – old boots, a broken microwave, plastic bags – that would otherwise end up in a landfill

Wed. May. 16th, 2018

Why Is That? How Do They Predict Tornadoes?

Katie Venit

Spring is often a time of confused weather: warm one day, chilly the next. This kind of unsettled weather can sometimes develop into strong storms, like thunderstorms or tornadoes. Although tornadoes are not as common ...

Fri. Mar. 16th, 2018

Why Are Some Squirrels White?

Katie Venit

The next time you’re looking out your window, pay attention to the squirrels in your yard. It may be hard to see grey squirrels against tree trunks or shadows on the ground. However, the white squirrels ...

Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018

How Does Salt Melt All That Ice?

Katie Venit

Brrr, it’s cold outside! Those trucks are out salting the roads again, making them safe to drive on. But how does salt melt ice?

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

What was the biggest animal to live in Wisconsin?

Katie Venit

One day when you’re rambling on outcrops on Mt. Washington, you may find some clues to Wisconsin’s rich Paleolithic history. Mt. Washington is a great place to find fossils of brachiopod and trilobites, animals that lived millions of years ago.

Thu. Sep. 21st, 2017

Sandpipers in the Gallery

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

art appreciation can require changing your perspective – literally and figuratively

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Rain Gardens Keep Green Water Away

Katie Venit

Rain gardens, such as the one on Lake Menomin, are one way to decrease how much phosphorus and nitrogen gets into the lakes.

Wed. Aug. 9th, 2017

What Makes Curds Squeak?

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

exploring the science behind Wisconsin’s favorite snack

Wed. Jul. 12th, 2017

Shifting the Culture

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new shop combines love of cycles, coffee, community

Thu. May. 11th, 2017

Squeaky Cheese Curds: The Science Behind Wisconsin's Favorite Snack

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Spring means fresh cheese curds at the farmers market. There’s nothing like picking up a fresh, warm bag and getting that first squeaky bite. That squeak comes from a special way that long protein molecules in fresh cheese curds rub against your teeth.

Tue. Mar. 21st, 2017

Crocuses in Snow

Katie Venit

in Wisconsin, the arrival of spring can be a slow process

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

FEATURE: Sisters on Separate Trails

Katie Venit

as her twin sister – a first-time skier – tackles the American Birkebeiner, writer Katie Venit ponders the very different paths their lives have taken

Wed. Jan. 11th, 2017

Getting out of the Burrow

Katie Venit, photos by Timothy Mather

why we should fight the urge to withdraw during the Chippewa Valley’s cold season

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Feature: Wisconsin's Big Idea

Katie Venit

More than a century ago, Wisconsin’s education leaders decided the boundaries of the university should reach the boundaries of the state – and beyond. Today, the Wisconsin Idea is still making Badger State life better.

Thu. Aug. 25th, 2016

The Magic Network

Katie Venit

social connections forged in a small city are priceless

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Raising Children Like Dough

Katie Venit

Dining out as a family has been challenging ever since my oldest began walking and almost Hansel and Greteled himself into a pizza oven at Foster Cheese Haus. We’ve gone to a few places ...

Fri. Sep. 7th, 2012

Pumpkin Recipes

Katie Venit, Kinzy Janssen

The poor pumpkin has long been gutted, carved, and relegated to the front steps. And when it does appear in recipes, often it’s fake or from a can. But we at Volume One think more of this autumn staple, and asked some creative culinary ...

Mon. Aug. 29th, 2011

Pumpkin Recipes

Tracy Chipman, Katie Venit

tasty things you can do with that gourd

Thu. May. 26th, 2011

Castle Rock Organic Farms

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

farm operation outside Osseo keeps it organic

Thu. Feb. 3rd, 2011

New Locally Made Magazine About Kubb

Katie Venit

The godfather of Eau Claire’s kubb frenzy, Eric Anderson, has created a new magazine called Kubbnation to celebrate all things kubb.

Thu. Aug. 26th, 2010

Creating Buddhas

Katie Venit

Mabel Tainter presents cavalcade of Tibetan culture

Thu. Aug. 12th, 2010

Growing Solo

Katie Venit

Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey releases solo album on Jagjaguwar

Thu. Jun. 17th, 2010

FEATURE: Kubbtown, USA

Katie Venit, photos by V1 Staff

how kubb, a Nordic lawn game, swept Eau Claire and made us a national hotspot

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2010

The News in Food

Katie Venit

conferences join forces to grow local food knowledge

Thu. Oct. 15th, 2009

Hot Plots

Katie Venit

a community garden association sprouts up

Thu. Oct. 1st, 2009

Eating Your Yard

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a local Food Not Lawns chapter sprouts in Eau Claire

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2009

Touring the Fresh Art

Katie Venit

During the 12th Annual Fresh Art Fall Tour held October 2-4, sixteen galleries and studios of Pepin and Pierce counties will throw open their doors.

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2009

Revealing the Secret

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Asian eatery Secret Garden focuses on Korean fare