Issue Archive

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Twice-Told Tales

father turns cat-themed bedtime stories into book

Renowned Chippewa Valley birder Steve Betchkal has written a book about cats. Say what?

Signs of Growth

with Written by Daniel, former Eau Clairian melds music, poetry, art

Menomonie Market Raising Funds for Food Pantry

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 ...

Larson Companies Wins Employment Award

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 ...

City of Eau Claire Eyes Land for New Fire Station

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 ...

UWEC Campus Trees to Make Way for Project

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 ...

Opening Shot | Dec. 28, 2016

Part of his “Frosty Mini Series,” photographer Nick Uthe wanted to show Wisconsin from a new perspective, using a drone to capture some local landscape at Lowes Creek County Park, shown here. Uthe says, “This was a small tribute to the state I love.”

Note from the Editor | Dec. 28, 2016

At Volume One we do our best to keep tabs on everything interesting that happens throughout the Chippewa Valley. Thankfully, it seems the velocity of interesting things happening – good things – continues to increase ...

Duke and Dagger Brings a Bit of Britain to Menomonie

The Duke and Dagger, a new British pub in Menomonie, had its grand opening a few weeks ago and has been the buzz around town ever since. It’s in the building that once housed Das Bierhaus ...

Who Do You Believe?

with Doubt, CVTG tackles tough questions

The subject matter of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s newest production, Doubt: A Parable, stands out as unusually intense for a community theater production in the Chippewa Valley ...

Twin Cities Comic Robert Baril to Record Album in Eau Claire

Standup Records comedian brings biting humor to Plus

When Twin Cities comedian Robert Baril headlines The Plus on Jan. 21 in Eau Claire, he’ll be bringing recording gear to get the show on tape. Baril is a smart political comedian whose trademark ...

On the Field, 2016 Wasn't a Total Loss

in fact, the past year brought surprising success to long-suffering teams and their fans

The general consensus of 2016 is that this was a bad year. A wave of legendary musicians passed away. Our two prime presidential candidates had perhaps the worst collective favorability in modern political history – and nearly half of the country ...

It's Never Rude to Speak Your Native Language

what happened when my column about my Spanish-speaking family went viral

Yesterday I took my family to look at a used car. We’d found a rusted out “beater with a heater” on Craigslist which I thought could be used for picking up my children from school ...

Rebuilding Pinehurst

local nonprofit, volunteers turning vision into reality

The former ski hill at Pinehurst Park has steadily evolved into a fresh and exciting new recreation area. Led by local nonprofit OutdoorMore Inc., Pinehurst Park is on its way to becoming not only ...

A New Place to Skate

growing Chippewa youth hockey program has new rink

The cliché about Wisconsin weather – wait a few minutes, and it will change – often rings true, even in winter. Sure, it’s usually cold, but warm spells, snow, sleet, and other types of precipitation keep ...

Frigid Fun After Dark: Winter After Hours starts in Boyd Park in January

Winter can be an isolating time, and sometimes even we hearty Wisconsinites need a nudge to break our routines and actually get outside and enjoy the season’s snowy splendor instead of complaining about it. We need motivation to pull on our stocking caps and dig our ice skates out of the closet or even strap on some snowshoes ...

BACK ON THE ICE: Winter Fest and Games returns for more icy excitement

Put on your snowshoes and rev up your snowmobiles: The third annual Winter Fest and Games presented by CCF Bank is coming up! From Jan. 27-29 Lake Altoona will be the coolest spot around with a flurry of events and festivities for winter enthusiasts ...

Live Local Music on Dec. 31: When & Where

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 ...

Bicycle Advocates Look to Create Eau Claire Bike Share Program

Bicycles boosters in Eau Claire are taking a second look at creating a bike share program to help potential riders pedal the pavement with the swipe of a smartphone. Members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission have recently met with representatives ...

Magical Night of Laughs

ring in 2017 with comedian magician person David Harris

Midwest Emmy Award-winning comedian and magician David Harris is laughing in the New Year with Kevin Cahak and Jodie Maruska at the Metropolis Resort on New Year’s Eve ...

Dynamite Duet

local jazz great returns for homecoming dinner concert

Eau Claire native and multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer is pairing up with jazz vocalist Gillian Margot on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a night of entertainment and renowned cuisine at The Lakely. Keezer, hailed by musicians and ...

Winter Clothes

you get a little more when you wear a little less

I hustle outside – without socks – wearing loose fitting shoes, a threadbare t-shirt, and what we as a society have collectively, wordlessly agreed to call “jammie pants.”

An Uber-Important Question

for Eau Claire to really hit it big, app-driven ride-sharing service would be a must

How do you know when you have grown up? Perhaps you attain a job title, you marry, you have children, or a gray hair appears on your head. Perhaps there is ...

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild Offers Winter Retreat

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is back at it, starting off 2017 with a Winter Writer’s Weekend at The Oxbow Hotel in snowy downtown Eau Claire, Feb. 4-5. Guild director/UW-Eau Claire professor BJ Hollars says it’s a two-day retreat designed to help people create ...

Getting the Nobel Nod

UWEC’s Onwueme was nominated for literary prize

What do music legend Bob Dylan and UW-Eau Claire’s internationally celebrated playwright Dr. Tess Onwueme have in common? A lot, as it turns out.