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On the Cover | July 7, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Kevin Krueger

“I’ve been fascinated by how dynamic the river is since I moved to Eau Claire a year and a half ago. I wanted to do a piece that dealt with that energy and flow in a fun way. This piece, like much of my work, is a blend of traditional media and ...”


the state of the Chippewa Valley's computer gaming scene

It started in 1997 as a simple birthday party. Monty Peterson and his friends got together to celebrate by networking their computers and beating the crap out of each other inside some of their favorite video games ...

Creamery searches for new stewardship

landmark Downsville eatery/inn on the hunt for new owner

The Creamery, in Downsville, was a noted and worthy landmark for decades. Dining or resting there, well it was one of those experiences you saved up for, a date you marked on your calendar. It was Midwest dining and architectural charm at its finest.

Enter the Ninja

new Japanese eatery offers sushi, traditional dishes

The Eastridge Center is housing a delicious secret. In driving by the large building, it would be easy to miss the relatively small space set aside for Ninja Japanese House. But you would surely be the one missing out.

Dunn County to Gain Another Vineyard

A lone entrepreneur in Sherman is using his 15-acre plot of land to mark firmly on the map this small town just north of Menomonie.

Drinking at the Movies

arguments against beer-serving movie theaters get a bad review

In early June, Volume One’s managing editor Trevor Kupfer wrote a blog post on detailing local movie theater owners Mike and Connie Olson’s desire to serve beer and wine at their downtown Eau Claire second-run movie theater.

Captain Hook Walks the Plank

having a prosthetic hand comes with more discrimination than you’d think

I remember vividly coming home from a morning’s play in the low-income housing project. I was five years old. We had a foyer where the sole phone was located. My mother sat by the phone, crying uncontrollably.

Mousetrap Tavern to Appear in India Movie

In March, a crew of L.A. filmmakers came to downtown Eau Claire’s Mousetrap Tavern to shoot a scene that would be included in a feature film.

America By Food

tasty Smithsonian museum exhibit comes to Osseo

As curated by Charles Camp, Key Ingredients is a Smithsonian traveling exhibit that is touring the United States and is now coming to Osseo.

David Hodorowski

Eau Claire native bustin’ loose on comedy scene

Yet another local face has been making the rounds on national television.

The Rosebuds

indie duo returns to town for House of Rock show

The Rosebuds were already a must-see show, but this tour holds more meaning, more mystery and more reason to be in attendance.

Rock (Fest) and Roll

four-day festival features Def Leppard, Heart, Kid Rock

This four-day extravaganza in Cadott has been going for more than 20 years, and with this lineup of legendary acts, it’s sure to be a blast once again.

Come Back A Star

after 23 years, 42nd Street returns to Heyde Center

Twenty-three years after its first debut at the Heyde Center for the Arts, the Tony Award-winning musical, 42nd Street is set to return to the stage, complete with the refreshing camaraderie of a familiar cast and crew.

It's Country Jam Time

massive celebration of country music returns to area

In 1990, Country Jam USA had its modest start in Eau Claire. Now, 21 years later, it’s one of the biggest country music festivals in the nation.

Studio 123

new shop mixes beadwork, glass, jewelry, and more

Studio 123 in Banbury Place is the latest local shop to hit the Eau Claire community. Lisa and Kathy Seitz, previous owners of Stone Tree on Water Street, were invited to set up the new shop with Paul Brehm of Fat Bottom Glass.

Friends Forever

Julie Bowe completes her friendship book series

Among book series about the ups and downs of childhood friendships, few are as delightfully charming as the Friends for Keeps series.

Make Birds Not War

new book captures the lighter side of birding

Steve Betchkal is a man on a mission. The local television journalist, ornithologist, and writer wants to create nature books that are actually fun to read. “The first thing I think is, ‘If I were reading this, what would entertain me?’ ”

Criminal Justice Professor Authors Second Book

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. Justin Patchin, just got a new book published, his second on the subject of cyberbullying. Released in June, the book Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives

Making It Small

Tony Basley’s guide to being a small-market band

Basley himself has been active in the local music industry for many years as a musician, manager, agent, engineer, writer, and producer. In addition to his current band, The Tony Basley Band, he has worked with many local groups like ...

UWEC Professor Records Work of Croatian Legend

Accomplished pianist and assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, Nicholas Phillips, recently released a CD celebrating the music of Croatian composer, Boris Papandopulo.

Amble Down Signs Halloween Alaska, Cuts Their First Vinyl

In its splashiest out-of-town acquisition to date, Chippewa Valley-based Amble Down Records signed Halloween, Alaska and announced the upcoming release of the band’s fourth studio album, All Night the Calls Came In.

Stringing It All Together

violin studio offers repair, restoration, and lessons

Offbeats Violin Studio has been open in Eau Claire for more than 10 years now, but it has just recently relocated and expanded to fit a wider range of string instrument needs and provide a whole new experience for Chippewa Valley musicians.

Local Man Re-Appears on TV with Beer on Head

Local man Doug Stelzer was recently featured on the Stupid Human Tricks segment on The Late Show with David Letterman. Even as exciting as that is, it wasn’t his first time on the show.

Shortcuts | July 7, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

Want to see some real winners? After 10 appearances and three second-place finishes, the North High School varsity baseball team finally took first place at the Division I State Tournament on June 16

Do we need a new food pantry?

locals are joining together to find out

Community Leaders have arranged to meet and discuss food availability in Chippewa Falls and determine ways to improve food security in not only Chippewa, but in other counties such as Eau Claire.

Thanks for Asking | July 7, 2011

our local jack-of-all-facts tells you how it is

I walked along the south bank of the Eau Claire River between the Dewey Street bridge and the S-bridge by Banbury. I had heard there was a cave on the north bank, but I couldn’t see it. Do you know where it is?

Funds for the 'Hood

new grants to enhance Eau Claire neighborhoods

There’s no need to tell you about the state of the economy, budget cuts, and the state’s political hullabaloo. Suffice it to say, it’s easy for these big-picture things to add up (or maybe “pile on” is more suitable) and make individuals feel small.

Going back to school is easy

If you’re worried about being an adult in college - stop.

If you’re worried about being an adult in college, stop. Read this how-to guide and know you’re not alone.

The Heart of Menomonie

new momentum has me falling in love with downtown Menomonie

Growing up, going “to town” was big excitement. It involved heaps of candy, cheap bottles of bubbles to blow (and inevitably spill in the car), the park with all its intriguing adventures, and the humming bustle of a thriving downtown.

Boom goes the job market

As Baby Boomers hit retirement, what can the rest of us expect?

On January 1, the earliest set of Baby Boomers – the most infamous American generation, born between 1946 and 1964 in post-World War II merriment – turned 65. And the timing, some argue, couldn’t be worse.

Opening Shot | July 7, 2011

The rigging at the State Theatre (ropes, wires, pulleys, pipes, and weights above the stage) is being replaced. The huge project (it costs about $120,000) has been on their “to do list” for quite a while as the current system was donated in 1986

Note from the Editor | July 7, 2011

One of my favorite things is re-discovering a local business or recreation spot. But unfortunately, in order to re-discover something, you have to sort of lose or forget it in-between.