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When the Rubber Met the Road

the Chippewa Valley’s car culture has a long history

It was waterways that first brought people to the Chippewa Valley, but for more than a century cars have been traversing our streets and highways. The automotive age arrived in Eau Claire in May 1901 when Dr. David W. Ashum, a prominent ...

Aged With Grace

performance marks dance legend’s 100th birthday

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, then what can be said of writing about dance? Words on a page can’t fully express the physical and emotional depths of dance – nor can mere words do justice to a modern dance legend like ...

An Excerpt from Shotgun Lovesongs

a peek at Chippewa Valley author Nickolas Butler’s debut novel

"We invited him to all of our weddings; he was famous. We addressed the invitations to his record company’s skyscraper in New York City so that the gaudy, gilded envelopes could be forwarded to him on tour—in Beirut, Helsinki, Tokyo ..."

All the Dirt!

the story of Wissota dirt track racing is being told from right here in the Chippewa Valley

About 20 years ago, before email and electronic delivery, out of a basement in Hillsboro, Wis., came the first issue of All the Dirt! Racing News. Although it started as a series of free handout “point sheets” and small news reports ...

Legendary Lee

after more than a half century in the business, car dealer extraordinaire Lee Markquart is driving off into the sunset

For a man whose name is synonymous with automobiles in the Chippewa Valley, Lee Markquart remains humble even as he reflects on his recent retirement after 70 years in the car business. He downplays his talents ...

The Walking Dead Car Battery

seemingly imbued with unnatural long life, my car’s battery would rather just die

My car battery’s been living a pretty grim existence over the past few months. It’s warmer now, but multiple strings of subzero days have taken their toll ... on its soul ...

Utility Player

former TV-13 anchor has done it all in sports journalism

There are multiple methods to covering sports: being a TV anchor or a play-by-play announcer, a cameraman or interviewer. One man in particular has done it all, right here in his native Wisconsin; you may recall some of his sports journalism ...

The New Emancipation

world famous Abe Lincoln impersonator talks slavery

You think Daniel Day Lewis was great as Abe Lincoln in Lincoln? He’s got nothing on Fritz Klein. Klein, an actor residing from Springfield, Ill., who has portrayed Abraham Lincoln for the better part of the last 20 years and has been featured ...

In the Game

District Co. has emerged as a gaming hub

Located at the corner of North Dewey and Wisconsin streets is The District Co., a relatively young business that’s had its fair share of identities (we’ve written about it as a start-up café and a venue). Most recently it was an all-ages ...

Finding the Flavor

commercial kitchen built for creativity, education

In a culture that is heavily based around local farming and produce, Trish Cummins wanted a place that could nurture that culture while also providing a fun, educational experience. After close to a year of work, she opened Forage, a shared-use ...

An ‘Important’ Production

UW-Eau Claire stages Irish tale

The UW-Eau Claire Music and Theatre Arts Department is about ready to perform their newest production, A Man of No Importance. This play tells the story of a small, amateur theateR group in Dublin, Ireland. The director of the group ...

Wonka vs. Wonka

Menomonie, EC groups offer dueling productions of children’s classic

Two theatrical groups in the Chippewa Valley are performing the same play at the same time: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. They will both be performing the same version, one that was written in 2004. This version includes many of the beloved songs ...

Commercial Property Vacancies Edge Upward

Vacancy rates for retail and office property in the Eau Claire area rose slightly last year, but remain below national averages, according to a new report from Commonweal Development, a brokerage, development, and property management firm ...

A Local Sampling

Heyde Center showcases five local artists across mediums

A group of artists have come together to form the February showcase this month at The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. Guest curator Ashley Voss said initially the exhibit was going to be interactive, but at the last minute ...

Not All Thumbs

glass-blown creations showcased at Black Thumb

Black Thumb Glass is leaving its print on Eau Claire. Yeah, I know, it’s a terrible pun. But Eau Claire’s newest glass blowing shop is anything but a joke. Black Thumb is an in-house glass studio on London Road that features much more than ...

Knock On Wood

renowned type museum brings collection to UWEC

Considering the quickening pace of technology, a lot gets left in the dust. But as our hands get less and less dirty on a daily basis, we certainly lose some of the art that comes with the “old way.”

Decadent Cabaret 'tis on the way!

Break out the wigs and bell bottoms, ladies and gentlemen: It’s time for Decadent Cabaret. The weekend-long festival at House Of Rock will turn 35 this year and will celebrate with 35 sets over three nights March 6-8. Oh, what’s that? You’ve ...

Listening to the Rivers

The word “rivers” can mean a lot in Eau Claire, but another meaning is three years in the making. Rivers consists of experienced local musicians Dexter Wolfe (Sky Lion), Pat Kuehn (Adelyn Rose, Thresher Shark) and Colin Carey (Dust Of Men) ...

Getting to Know picard

new Eau Claire group unleashes first full length

I am sitting in the living room of Jason Ulwelling (better known as Skwerlz). Flanking him are various members of his new project, called picard: guitarists Eric Giardina and Rick St. Germaine, drummers Brad Hanson and Cory Dahl (not present) ...

Boy Scout Council Honored

The Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America received a pretty impressive merit badge recently: The Eau Claire-based council, which serves more than 4,000 young people in 10 northwestern Wisconsin counties, got the highest score among ...

Charter Bank Offers to Match Confluence Pledges

Pondering making a donation to help the Confluence Project reach its ambition goal of raising $15 million from private donors? Now might be the time to get out the personal (or corporate) checkbook. On Feb. 17, Charter Bank announced that it ...

City Residents' Online Input Favors Confluence

In the second use of the City of Eau Claire’s new public perception tool – the Electronic Eau Claire Conversation, or E2C2 – City Manager Russ Van Gompel posed a question that’s on everyone’s minds these days: “What do you think about ..."

Pro-Confluence Political Action Group Created

With two ballot referendums that could decide the fate of the Confluence Project approaching on April 1, a new committee has formed to educate voters and promote the project. Voices for Growth is a nonpartisan referendum action committee ...

Smoke, But No Fire

new EC store caters to e-cigarette trend

When I write any article for Volume One, I’m always aware that I need to “keep it local.” That’s the heart and soul of what this publication does. So, when I suggested an article on a new Eau Claire business, E-Cig 53 ...

Plethora of Plaza Plans

‘placemaking’ report creates a vision for public plaza at rivers’ confluence

What’s the best use of the long-neglected Haymarket area just east of where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet? Many would answer “the Confluence Project,” the proposed performing arts/commercial/residential development that has ...

Wisconsin Road Trip: The State of the Arts

after 10,000 miles on the road, Wisconsin’s literary ambassador reflects on what the arts can do for our economy here in the Chippewa Valley

A year ago I was doing what any sane adult does on a sub-zero night in Eau Claire: sharing a plate of fried cheese curds, and ordering a second round at Houligan’s. When my cell phone went into spasms for the fourth time, I stepped over ...

On the Cover | Feb. 20, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Dustin Schipper

“This painting is from a series of three, titled The Long Winter. This series focuses on the idea of hard times and desperation. In each piece one or more animals is taking part in an activity which is a part of their natural behavior ..."

Opening Shot | Feb. 20, 2014

AMIRIGHT? The latest installment of Volume One’s grown-up storytelling series – Let’s Be Honest – happened at The Local Store on Feb. 13, with four featured yarn-spinners and an open mic.

Note from the Editor | Feb. 20, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to spend a full day with a variety of community leaders – members of the Visit Eau Claire board of directors, to which I was recently added, along with other key constituents. It was a strategic planning session ...