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The Rear End

It’s a Yard Knock Life

as spring arrives, frozen shame begins to thaw

Huzzah. Spring is all but here. The snow will soon be gone. And like most of you, I long for warmer weather. I can’t wait to slip on my very masculine sandals, and the prospect of busting ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | April 4, 2018

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Jan Killian

“I love color and alcohol ink is color! I am having so much fun working with this fluid medium which is unpredictable and exciting. My painting style continues to grow as I create techniques for painting with ink and combining it with other mediums ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 4, 2018

WINDOWS TO THE FUTURE. The floor-to-(almost)-ceiling windows in the main art gallery of the Pablo Center at the Confluence overlook the Chippewa River. The gallery is just one of the many airy spaces to be found within the new art center, which is slated to open September 22.

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Baseball Springs Eternal

season’s arrival a reminder of the sport’s history, and Eau Claire’s place in it

As I shoveled the ice off my driveway on a recent Sunday, I was listening to the Brewers and Indians spring training game taking place in hot Arizona. It reminded me that so often baseball ushers in ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

For Brewers, the Future May Be Now

the Brew Crew’s rebuilding process is proceeding faster than anticipated

In sports, sometimes you have to bottom-out to top-off, though such a process does not guarantee that you will get back to the top. Lately, some teams in Major League Baseball have realized that their current ...

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Music Quick Hits | April 2018

Get set for some for some larger-than-life musical performances coming our way this spring. In the last couple weeks, a handful of notable concert announcements have made their way across the collective V1 desk ...

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Will the Fake Paul Ryan Please Stand Up?

comedian to host town hall in EC as Paul Ryan

On Friday April 13 join Clear Water Comedy for a town hall assembly like none other. Internationally touring comedian Chris Fairbanks uses his quick wit and quirky improvisations to parody a town hall ...

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Don’t Forget Ta Keep ’Er Movin’

Manitowoc Minute star Berens returns to the Valley

Over the past few months, your social media feed may have been populated by what looks like a local news brief set in eastern Wisconsin. If you took the bait and clicked “play” you discovered the satiric genius ...

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Local Anime Con Steps Back in Time

annual con has something for every “nerd” culture lover

Bring an old polaroid camera and film for the treasure hunt and win a gold coin – technically a dollar coin – at the third annual Chippewa Valley Anime Con. The event, organized by Thomas Jannusch, takes ...

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Local Look

Making a Big Racket

new Menard Tennis Center will help sport grow, Eau Claire YMCA says

Menard isn’t familiar to you, he should be: He’s the founder of the Eau Claire-based home improvement store chain that bears his name, a business that has made him Wisconsin’s wealthiest man. And while he’s well known for ...

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Family-Friendly Triple Play

Children’s Museum, Chippewa Valley Museum, and Beaver Creek team up with shared membership

A new collaboration among three Chippewa Valley destinations – The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Beaver Creek Reserve, and The Chippewa Valley Museum – will make it easier and more cost effective ...

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Eau Claire Celebrates Haiti

authentic meal, coffee sales, Wyclef show raise awareness of the island

On January 11, Donald Trump made an unkind remark about Haiti. It was one day after the eighth anniversary of an earthquake that wreaked unimaginable devastation on that country’s capital ...

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The Sound Is Global, the Venue Is Metro

hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean brings Caribbean pulse to Eau Claire

We interrupt the steady drip of local music Eau Claire’s been listening to on repeat and present you with a mighty disruption: Wyclef Jean. Eau Claire, known for its great affection for all things local is ...

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Going Green for Earth Week

EC organizations host a world of Earth Week events

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Eau Claire is hosting events throughout the week to promote sustainability and encourage community members to go green all year. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin ...

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Food / Drink

The Finest on the Vine

the top three local wineries from our 2018 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll

Whether you’re a wine expert or more of a novice, each of these winemakers are sure to have something you’ll be interested in. These wineries were voted the Best of the Chippewa Valley in Volume One’s 2018 ...

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Farm-Fresh Food Truck on the Road

former Informalist chef has plans for Locavore mobile kitchen

Local chef Amy Huo, formerly of The Informalist, is rolling into the food truck scene this summer to celebrate Chippewa Valley farmers and foragers with The Locavore Mobile Kitchen. Huo said she plans to develop ...

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Hiking Beyond the Valley

grab your boots and bug spray, then hit the road to find these fabulous hiking spots

Last year, I wrote an article for Volume One titled 25 Hiking Trails in the Chippewa Valley, which you can read online at For hiking enthusiasts willing to drive a bit outside of the area ...

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