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FEATURE: Sisters on Separate Trails

as her twin sister – a first-time skier – tackles the American Birkebeiner, writer Katie Venit ponders the very different paths their lives have taken

Breathless from half-jogging, half-skating from the parking lot, I squeezed between two people ringing cowbells to peer over a rope line. Skiers rounded a bend a few hundred yards away, leaving thick woods behind as the trail straightened into the finish gates ...

The Facewash

walking with worry in the wintertime

I was in the second grade, and my walk home from school was often fraught with peril. Not real peril, but scary peril all the same. When I think about my current mental health, and when I take a good ...

Pinta Island Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii)

In 1906 the world thought it had seen its last Pinta Island tortoise. That year, the California Academy of Sciences led an expedition that yielded a total of three males, after which the search for the long-necked, leather-skinned species went cold ...

Getting Handy With the Arts

Fiber Arts & Folk Life Festival combines cultures

Attention all textile artists and fiber arts enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 18, and get down to the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park to celebrate ...

Vienna on the Chippewa

get your tickets now for UWEC’s annual V-Ball

It may still be two months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about UW-Eau Claire’s annual Viennese Ball. Tickets are already on sale for the elegant soiree, and they promise to be as hot as ever ...

Your Art Could Be Turned Into an Award

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 ...

Valley Authors Will Nurture Nature at Reading

If the Chippewa Valley is not on your list of prettiest spots in the U.S., it’s time to update. Sure, Wisconsin winter weather may not always be fun, but you won’t find icy stalactites hanging from historic ...

Chopper Charm

EC native spins a tale of airborne adventure in India

Rifle fire. Disease. Toxic moonshine. Lava-spiced curry. Homicidal drivers. Jungle-dwelling rebels. It sounds like the latest action movie starring the latest action hero. But the action hero is Mike Sobotta ...

Eau Claire Is Pretty Cheap (in a Good Way)

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 ...

Bus Riders' Input Sought on Expanded Altoona Routes

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 ...

New Scholarship Dedicated to LBGTQ Youth

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 ...

5 Wisconsin African Americans You Should Know About

Vel Phillips, a lifelong Milwaukee resident, was a consummate trailblazer. The first woman to graduate from the UW Law School (1951), she became the first woman and first African-American elected ...

Opening Shot | Feb. 8, 2017

MADE IN THE SHADE. If the sun hasn’t been too cruel, you’ll still be able to find this delightful snowman on North Dewey Street in Eau Claire. Unexpected additions such as an umbrella and a small flock of birds really ramp up the whimsy on this guy.

On the Cover | Feb. 8, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Cari Raynae

“My collages start by painting a canvas, sometimes adding texture paste for dimensional interest. My subjects are often fashion illustrations, as I love to interpret the folds of a draping garment using several..."

Eaux Claires Line-Up Revealed This Week

It might be the middle of winter, but many of us have warmer weather on their minds as a few more of our major summer music festivals have announced their line-ups over the last several weeks ...

Boys and Girls Club Opening Again in Menomonie

after-school program restarts at River Heights school

An after-school option for elementary students in Menomonie will be up and running again as of Monday, Feb. 13, thanks to donations and an agreement with the Menomonie school district ...

Seeking Peace in Words, Music, and Movement

Are your kids interested in expressing themselves through dance, music, drama, art, or poetry? If so, there’s an opportunity for them to take part in a unique, multidisciplinary project in Eau Claire ...

6 Ways to Make Storytime More Magical

I will admit it: I am in love with the smell of my daughter’s hair. I smell it every night as I rest my chin on the side of her face while cozying up to read a book in the most uncomfortable ...

UWEC Student Will Curl at World Championships

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

The Demon Barber of State Street

UWEC goes macabre with operatic Sweeney Todd

Did you know that Johnny Depp was not the original Sweeney Todd? In fact, Broadway actor Len Cariou was the first to yield the demon barber’s deadly shears. Sweeney Todd was never intended to be a movie. Almost 30 years before Tim Burton ...

Telling Tales

children’s book illustrator Peck puts career on display

Beth Peck, a well-known children’s book illustrator who lives in Menomonie, is showcasing some of her best work in an exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center’s Janet Carson Gallery called Tell Me A Story, which runs weekdays through March 10 ...

It Might Get a Bit Nasty

EC grad’s new brass band impresses the homestead

Louie Armstrong meets Prince. That’s how Eau Claire native and saxophonist Elliott Wachs, one of the founders of the McNasty Brass Band of St. Paul, describes the group’s sound: a fusion of New Orleans-style jazziness with the funky new-wave swagger of the late Prince ...

Deserting the Big City

Ian Alexy’s new EP takes on a Valley perspective

Before he transplanted himself to the Valley, songwriter Ian Alexy was gallivanting all over the Minnesota music scene in the past decade with his rootsy folk duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, alongside his brother Teague ...

Streamlined Streaming

pass the aux cord no more – a local music app encourages friendly playlisting

On March 1 of this year, a locally-developed music app called SoundsQ will hit the Android App Store. Its purpose lies in music sharing. SoundsQ aims to allow a group of people, using their smartphones ...