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Midterm/General Elections will be Tuesday, November 6. Polls are open between 7am and 8pm.

You do WHAT for Christmas?

Chippewa Valley families share their favorite holiday traditions

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Whichever holidays families celebrate this time of year, they inevitably develop traditions: Religious or secular, serious of silly, maintained for generations or created just for today’s generation ...

Book Fest Q&A: Nickolas Butler

noted local author to give taste of his latest at UW-Stout

V1 Staff, photos by Luong Huynh

While it draws authors from all over the United States, one of the strengths of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival is it’s ability to spotlight some of the talented scribes who live in our own backyard ...

Saturday: Pablo Center to Open up RCU Theater to the Public

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A number of locals were disappointed (via social media posts) last Saturday, Sept. 22 during the grand opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence because one of the art center's main attractions, the RCU Theater, was off limits due to show rehearsals. Well, it looks like they heard the complaints ...

The Marigold Café

Elk Mound sisters dole out choice paninis and authentic gelato

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The Marigold Café may be a local food truck, but it certainly offers a global taste. Run by retired Elk Mound sisters Susan Miller and Joy Falch, the “definitely girly truck” combines Italian cuisine with a floral aesthetic...

Favorite Kids Books for Grown-ups

Some great books you may want to share with your own children

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We asked some local parents what books they loved when they were kids, and what they are sharing with their own children today!

Kid History: Dressed for Success

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Fall has been back-to-school season for generations in the Chippewa Valley, but much about the classroom has changed over time. From the look of this 1893 picture from the Chippewa Valley Museum, one of the major things that has changed is fashion.

UW-Stout Names Hall for Late Chancellor

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The late Charles Sorensen devoted more than quarter century to UW-Stout, and now his name will live on at the university’s Menomonie campus.

Local Chef Appears on Food Network

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Chef Amy Huo, founder of Locavore Mobile Kitchen, recently competed to win $20,000 in the Food Network game show Guy’s Grocery Games. In the episode ...

12 Unmissable Annual Menomonie Events

save the date for these big community happenings

V1 Staff, photos by Timothy Mather

As cities go, Menomonie may be relatively small, but it boasts an annual calendar filled with big events for residents and visitors alike.

Jump-Start Competition Could Launch Your Business Idea

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If you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 14th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. This business ...

Your Assignment: Fill a Backpack

Eau Claire Area School District launches adopt-a-backpack program

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As a new school year approaches, parents, children, and community members are being invited to help children in need prepare for the next school year. The Eau Claire Area School District has launched the Adopt-a-Backpack program ...

Jobs by the Numbers (2018)

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It’s easy to get snow blindness from the blizzard of employment numbers you hear on the news. Unemployment statistics are updated monthly, sometimes get adjusted when new data comes in, and they constantly ...

The Man Who Makes Money Talk

award-winning financial guru Kevin McKinley speaks up about saving, spending – and smartphones

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It’s shaping up be to be big year for Eau Claire financial advisor and public radio host Kevin McKinley: This fall, he marks 30 years as a financial advisor (“I’m starting to get the hang of it,” he quips), and last ...


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GO VOTE! Check out our all-new reader poll — Family Favorites. Add your own poll options and vote on your family’s favorite activities, programs, events, and places – the stuff you love most about the Chippewa Valley. We want to know what you think!

Kid History: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Warmer weather means the return of baseball to the Chippewa Valley’s playgrounds, parks, and stadiums, most notably 82-year-old Carson Park, which is now home to the Eau  Claire Express ...

VIDEO! Saturday Morning Hullabaloo: Kids Concert Series

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Presented by Chippewa Valley Family and Prevea Health, the Saturday Morning Hullabaloo is a kids concert series held monthly through the summer in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Learn more and see the schedule at www.ChippewaValleyFamily.org/hullabaloo

Golden Apples Honor Outstanding Educators

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A group of Eau Claire educators who go above and beyond to help their students achieve were honored at the Third Annual Golden Apple Awards in April ...

Halmstad Donation Will Light up New Bridge

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The soon-to-be built pedestrian bridge that will span the Eau Claire River in downtown Eau Claire will be illuminated with the same high-tech lighting as the nearby Phoenix Park bridge thanks ...

Your Assignment: Fill Backpacks for Kids in Need

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As this school year winds down, parents, children, and community members are being invited to help children in need prepare for the next school year. The Eau Claire Area School District has launched ...

City Council Cooks up New Food Truck Rules

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What’s that delicious smell? It’s the aroma of reduced regulation. In an effort to encourage more mobile dining options, the Eau Claire City Council has amended the city’s food truck ordinances ...

School’s Out for the Summer: Remember These Dates

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It may seem like winter just melted away, but summer vacation is about to begin, so parents – mark your calendars and start planning those trips, bucket lists, and beach days. And kids can look forward to time outdoors in the sun, not in the classroom ...

Wisconsin’s New Child Tax Credit & How You Can Claim It

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A recently approved child tax rebate will put a little more money in Wisconsin parents’ pockets over the next few months. Between May 15 and July 2, parents will be able to visit childtaxrebate.wi.gov to file a claim for their children ...

Can You Hear It? It Sounds Like Summer

we’re ready for more sunny, summery local tunes in Phoenix Park

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thirteen summers ago, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series was born in the heart of Phoenix Park. What started as a fun way to celebrate our beautiful park ...

Council Trims Fares for Low-Income Transit Riders

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Eau Claire City Council has voted to reduce Eau Claire Transit fares for low-income passengers starting this summer. Late last year, the council increased a single-trip cash bus fare from $1.50 to $1.75 ...

Temporary City Hall Move OK’d

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’ve driven down Farwell Street anytime over the past year you’ve likely noticed extensive exterior renovations going on at City Hall, 203 S. Farwell St. This summer, those renovations will turn inward ...

Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready for the Hullabaloo!

Chippewa Valley Family & Prevea offer music series

V1 Staff, photos by Mike O'Brien

For three Saturday mornings this summer – during the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market and the Artist Market of Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Family will host FREE live music on the Phoenix Park labyrinth ...

A Tribute to Ray “The Menards Guy” Szmanda (1926–2018)

Nick Meyer, V1 Staff

Today the news is spreading that Ray Szmanda, the Midwest-famous “Menards Guy,” a multi-decade TV commercial pitchman for everything from paint to faucets to lumber, passed away May 6 at the age of 91. For nearly 25 years ...

The Place for Waste

here’s your guide to spring clean up disposal

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The snow is finally gone, but we haven’t found our lovely lawns under all the leaves, thatch, and brush just yet. It’s time to break out the rake and get the yard into tip-top shape for hosting barbeques ...

Natural Vibes

don’t go chasin’ waterfalls – bring one to your own backyard

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This stunning backyard waterfall completed by Green Oasis is a full outdoor living space. The flagstone patio is bordered with natural landscaping to fit in with the surrounding environment ...

Eau Claire People and Businesses Featured in Statewide Video Project

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For Midwesterners looking for a place to live that offers a rich, fulfilling life both on and off the clock, Eau Claire’s siren song seems to grow stronger every day. A number of recent videos produced by In Wisconsin – for their “Wisconsin Stories” series – focus on the city ...

New Neighborhoods of the Chippewa Valley

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Discovering new neighborhoods in and around Eau Claire – where they are and what they have to offer. Learn about Eau Claire neighborhoods throughout history and check out some new ones ...

Music Quick Hits | April 2018

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Announced last week, get ready for a new full length record from Chippewa Valley native Phil Cook. On June 1, Cook plans to kick off summer with People Are My Drug, a record about ...