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Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

The Oxbow, Haymarket Win Downtownys

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You like the Oxbow – you really like it! That’s the takeaway from the Ninth Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards – a.k.a. the Downtownys ...

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

Doll & Pet Parade Has New Date, Route

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Eau Claire’s Doll and Pet parade, a tradition now in its 70th year, is moving in 2017 in more ways than one. It’s also got a new sponsor: The Clear Water Kiwanis Club will be overseeing the parade ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

Citywide April Fools Day Pillow Fight Returns w/ Big Prizes

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 Volume One will revive its citywide April Fools’ Day Pillow Fight in downtown Eau Claire, Wis. The huge community pillowfight used to be an annual tradition, held each April 1 from 2006 through 2012 until the squishy brawl went on indefinite hiatus ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Your Art Could Be Turned Into an Award

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If you’re a visual artist, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center is interested in your work – and not for an exhibit this time. ECRAC has put out a call to regional artists to create awards for its annual Jubilee ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Eau Claire Is Pretty Cheap (in a Good Way)

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au Claire doesn’t just seem like an inexpensive place to live – it actually is inexpensive, at least according to the number crunchers at the Council for Community and Economic Research. Since 1968, the council has calculated the cost ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Bus Riders' Input Sought on Expanded Altoona Routes

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There’s more and more going on in the city of Altoona, and there soon may be more ways to get around that Chippewa Valley community. Eau Claire Transit and the City of Altoona are looking for public ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

New Scholarship Dedicated to LBGTQ Youth

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new leadership and scholarship program is the first of its kind for LGBTQ youth in Wisconsin, its sponsoring organization says. The Luginbill Children’s Foundation has announced the creation ...

Wed. Feb. 8th, 2017

UWEC Student Will Curl at World Championships

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Eau Claire’s strong tradition of world-class curling excellence has continued this winter. UW-Eau Claire sophomore and Eau Claire Curling Club member will represent the United States later this month at

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Finding Cool Species at Beaver Creek

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The Citizen Science Centers recently completed its 2016 Biotic Inventory. Volunteers and a host of nature experts gathered at Beaver Creek Reserve to comb the terrain ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Take a Day Off! Here's When Local Kids Are off School

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It is hard to believe the holidays are over and the much-needed long breaks associated with the first semester are done and over with. But don’t fret! There are a few breaks built ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Get Farm Fresh Food Even During the Winter!

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You don’t have to wait for the spring and summer months to swing back around to enjoy great local produce and products – the Eau Claire and Menomonie Winter Farmers Markets can satisfy your need to buy local without the wait ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

You Can Help Take Down the Irvine Park Lights

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As the holiday season draws to an end, the lights and displays at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls must be turned off and packed up. The disassembling of the Christmas Village starts ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Hometown Hockey Dad

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A fun-loving father on and off the ice, Altoona native Jesse Hays talks about being handy – and lending a hand to those in need.

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Managing Your Screen Time

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In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a look at the amount of screen time kids were getting and made new recommendations on how parents could become media mentors instead of media villains ...

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Is the Blue Light Keeping You up at Night?

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Do you have a tired, lethargic, or moody teen? Silly question, right? But for real, a study published in November suggests mood swings and constant fatigue might be caused by blue light exposure during ...

WATCH: Cannery District Redevelopment Concept Flyover

Tue. Jan. 31st, 2017

The Cannery District – Eau Claire’s next big redevelopment area, running along the west bank of the Chippewa River from Madison Street to the High Bridge – is inspiring some big ideas ...

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Citywide Reading Program Examines Eviction

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Read any good books lately? If you’ve resolved to make 2017 the year that you can answer that question with a resounding “yes,” then be sure to check out the upcoming ...

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Want to Start a Biz? Get With the Program

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If you’ve been bit by the business bug, but aren’t sure how to get your venture off the ground, a good place to start is the Entrepreneurial Training Program. The 10-week course is offered ...

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Action City Receives Paragon Business Award

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Action City – an Eau Claire family fun complex featuring arcade games, go-karts, a climbing wall, laser tag, and now a huge trampoline park and ninja warrior course – has been named winner ...

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Marble Run

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The Family STEAM Challenge is all about experimenting with the ordinary to make the extraordinary! CVF challenges your family to think and play together all in the name of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (that’s where the STEAM comes in).

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

Braid a Rug Instead of Cutting One

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Want to learn a skill dating back to Colonial timeS while making something to cover your cold, hard floors this winter? Then head on over to the Chippewa Valley Museum with your favorite Rugrat to learn about the art of wool rug braiding ...

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

White Winter Wedding

V1 Staff, photos by Leslie Duffy

summer isn't the only season to tie the knot: Winter can provide a stunning setting for your big day

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

2017 Looking Ahead

V1 Staff, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What's in store for the Chippewa Valley this year?

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Appleton Woman Is New State Poet Laureate

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Wisconsin has a new No. 1 wordsmith: The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission has selected Karla Huston of Appleton as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2017-18. Huston has penned eight chapbooks of poetry ...

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Celebrate King Day With Service and Song

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day can – and should – be more than just a day that post offices and banks are closed. In the Chippewa Valley, there will be several ways you can honor King’s legacy and help the community ...

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Know a Tip-Top Biz? Nominate It for Paragon Award

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Do you know of a local business that’s risen to the top of the class – one that’s a model for others because of its growth, innovation, and job-creation prowess? If so, you’ve got a potential Paragon Award winner ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Menomonie Market Raising Funds for Food Pantry

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Christmas may have just passed, but it’s not too late to help Menomonie Market Food Co-op deliver a special holiday gift to the needy. In partnership with United National Foods, the co-op’s primary food distributor, Menomonie Market is holding ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Larson Companies Wins Employment Award

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An Eau Claire-based company that operates hotels and restaurants has received a statewide award for its efforts to hire workers who have overcome employment barriers. Larson Companies ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

City of Eau Claire Eyes Land for New Fire Station

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The City of Eau Claire is moving toward buying land on the city’s eastern edge to build a new fire station. The City Council voted 9-1 on Dec. 13 to proceed with what’s known as “friendly condemnation” to purchase the property at the corner of Birch Street ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

UWEC Campus Trees to Make Way for Project

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If you’re a tree-hugging type who frequents the UW-Eau Claire campus, we’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news: Now through Jan. 20, the university plans to cut down about 70 trees ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Live Local Music on Dec. 31: When & Where

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This New Year’s Eve, perhaps more than any other, the Chippewa Valley is going to light up with live music at tons of local venues. Instead of staying in your house, overeating, and passing out at 11pm, perhaps you can find your way out into the community ...

Thu. Dec. 15th, 2016

City Plans Meeting on Indoor Public Market

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Creating a viable indoor public market in Eau Claire – somewhere that local food businesses could sell their wares year-round – will take effort from a lot of sectors, including city government ...

Thu. Dec. 15th, 2016

Blue Angels Jetting to Valley in 2018

V1 Staff, photos by Carolyn Tiry

If you love high-flying, jaw-dropping, sound-barrier-breaking aerial performances, we’ve got good news and bad news ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Dec. 13th, 2016

Eau Claire Releases Tour Videos

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Following several months of planning and filming, you can now view a series of community 'tour videos' focusing on Eau Claire. According to the city, these videos aim to display Eau Claire's unique attributes ...

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

Involved in a Local Charity? Apply for a Grant Here

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Are you involved in a local nonprofit organization looking for funding? If your answer is “yes,” then you should consider applying for a grant through the Eau Claire Community Foundation ...

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

UWEC Panel Will Explore University's Economic Impact

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If you have any doubt that having a university campus is critical to our economy, then you should attend an upcoming panel discussion titled “Economic Development and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire” ...

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

Excavation Begins on Confluence Center

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One month after the ceremonial gold-painted shovels hit the dirt, the real digging has begun on the future site of the Confluence Performing Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire ...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Adjusting to Valley Life and Loving It

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Jessica may have left the Chippewa Valley region for most of her adult life, but the experiences, lessons, and culture never left her...

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

4 New Year Traditions From Around the World

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Every country and culture rings in the New Year a little differently. Here is a quick cultural lessons on how to celebrate diversity while counting down to 2017...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Statewide Writing Contests Looking for Your Words

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If you’ve got a short story or poem that you’re particularly proud of, Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine may have some cash, prizes, and even space in its pages for you. The Madison-based publication ...

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Xcel Digs in on Solar Garden

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Work has begun to turn an abandoned Eau Claire landfill into a solar energy garden. Officials from Xcel Energy, the City of Eau Claire, and Pristine Sun, a California-based solar developer, broke ground ...

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016

Breaking Down the Old Fashioned

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

it’s one of the greatest cocktails in the world, and no one does it like we do in Wisconsin