numbers suggest the Chippewa Valley has skirted national economic woes
We looked into some recent economic statistics about the Eau Claire Metropolitan Area, and to our untrained eyes, it appears as though there’s evidence we’re on the economic rise (and frankly, that things were never all that bad here to begin with).
A one-day art exhibition at Racy’s (on Eau Claire’s Water Street) will celebrate the ever-rising cycling scene in the city. Organized by bike enthusiast and former Local Independence anchor David Smuhl ...
learn about this issue's cover art by Danielle Schmitz
"This photo is part of a of night photography series taken in Eau Claire during the fall. I have done night series for each season but especially love the fall. I am intrigued by the way artificial lighting illuminates the natural world ..."
Beaver Creek's upcoming snowshoe workshops and hikes
Before Scandinavians immigrated to America in the early 1800s and introduced winter skis as a form of transportation, people used snowshoes, made by hand. These days, snowshoes have been pushed aside for not only skiing...
yes, we have a freshwater surfing scene – thanks to the Great Lakes
When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Perhaps white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, huge ocean swells, and Point Break? How about potlucks, Cheeseheads, and the chilly, freshwater shores of our very own Lake Michigan?
Wisconsin has hundreds of thousands of acres of public land you can hunt and/or fish on
That’s right. We have approximately one crap-ton of land (both public and private) you can legally hunt on, and the DNR has the resources listing all of it. That’s 308 wildlife areas, 52 state parks, 653 natural areas and a total of 1,482 properties.
lots of you probably head up north to hunt, but is that the best spot?
Maybe it’s just me, but the vast majority of my family, friends, and acquaintances who hunt tend to do so “up north.” I don’t know if it’s because they know someone with land “up there,” or if it’s become a tradition...
tracking the area’s fastest-moving Halloween scene
As far as I can tell, the zombies are just gonna keep a-comin’ and there’s little we can do to stop them. The Chippewa Valley’s zombie mania is hitting a bloody crescendo, and it’s been a long time coming.
why do I still hate the Atlanta Braves after all these years?
I have developed a respect for the rivals of my favorite teams, understanding that it makes games more enjoyable, and have come to realize that sports are, well, just sports, and not worthy of negative obsession.
St. Croix Valley singer/songwriter headed to the B&B
In a world where female singer/songwriters are a dime a dozen, Nici Peper captures attention and shines bright with her honest lyrics and sultry smooth singing voice. Peper, a St. Croix Valley native, originally started singing in local church choirs
The romantic exoticism of Spain’s flamenco dance can be experienced at the Mabel Tainter when the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company recreates the “Café Cantante,” or Spanish Cabaret club setting, characteristic of early 20th century Spanish culture.
annual UWEC event features foods from around the globe
Imagine yourself hungry for adventure on a slightly chilly Sunday afternoon .. maybe you’re just out of church, or just out of bed. But this day is a basketball, and you are compelled to give it a backboard-shattering slam dunk with fist pump finish.
Found Footage Fest returns with Found Magazine in tow
This show promises hilarious videos, written notes, and a two-on-two battle of epic proportions between Found Footage Festival and Found Magazine, so it’s safe to say fans of comedy (and cool stuff in general) won’t want to miss it.
The sixth annual Taste of the North is bringing all the music, fun, and food of the Northwest to Chippewa Falls on Nov. 5. Set in the beautiful Heyde Center for the Arts, this spectacular evening affair will take place from 6pm to 9pm.
Menomonie is giving people around the country something to be jealous about. Director/producer Steven Meyer will visit the city and Stout campus for three days in early November, culminating with the world premiere of his award-winning documentary...
If you love murder mysteries, lasers, and TV’s Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), you’ll love CSI: Live! Presented by Mad Science, this live-action stage production is coming to The State Theatre on Nov. 10.
experimental electro-rock band sports new lineup, EP
Local experimental indie rock band Whale House is back with a brand new drummer and a renewed vigor. The band, comprised of original members Clayton Brice and Caleb Price, acquired Bryant Bohachek after months of waiting.
A fun night of music is in store for you when the group Urges From Elsewhere comes to the House of Rock on Oct. 28 to impress you with a unique style. Categorized as “Drunkabilly,” their style features a blending...
The humble, yet charismatic Yasuda, affectionately known as “Nobu,” has proudly served as the conductor of both the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades.
The John Raymond Project is coming to The State Theatre as part of the Backstage Concert Series to bring you their UWEC-alumni filled band featuring Raymond on trumpet, Vinnie Rose on guitar, Scott Currier on piano, Jeremy Boettcher on bass and...
group of Menomonites challenge longboarding ordinance
Fun fact: A longboard is simply a skateboard, but longer. While skateboarders are usually caught doing ollies, kick flips, and crazy-spinny-madoddles, longboarders are more often found cruising around as a mode of transportation.
condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on
“Think New, Different, Better.” That’s the motto of the Idea Challenge, a project created by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation. Its goal is to help fund new and innovative products, services, and business ventures through ...
Hybrid bus anyone? The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has awarded Eau Claire Transit with an $880,000 grant to replace some of its buses with fancy-pants gas-electric Totally Sweet Buses Of The Future. Awesome.
Jon has a lot of hats. He’s a graduate of Memorial and Stout (interior design). He’s a husband to OB/GYN Suzette Peltier and father of two. He’s an interior designer (kitchens, mostly) and corporate arts consultant.
our eyes now turn to the library and city hall area
With the Eau Claire City Council’s recent approval of the preferred alternative for the Downtown Riverfront District the biggest question marks in the design phase now surround the area of LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, U.S. Bank and City Hall.
Right now the Volume One staff is trying to decide if we can pull off another “Tunnel of Terror” outside our office during this year’s Downtown Trick or Treating event on Friday, October 28. This is where our entire staff spends most of the day...
With all those late-night cramming sessions and the inevitable Scantron nightmares that follow, not to mention the fourth floor versus third floor Halo tournaments, students need to catch up on sleep during those lulls between classes.
art class suggestions to help you broaden your mind & prospects
Unless it’s your major, the arts tend to slide under the radar for most college students. When you’re in finance, you don’t really have to think about Ruben or Monet. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.