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Opening Letters

Feeling Write at Home

the Chippewa Valley’s strong, supportive literary community draws one young writer back

On a Sunday afternoon in July 2017, I drove down a spindly driveway away from one of the most special weekends of my life and toward what I believed then to be a new phase of my young adulthood. I had spent the previous four days at Cirenaica, a writing residency in the woods of Fall Creek put on by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.

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The Rear End

Hair Naked

revealing tales of fantastic follicles

y earliest hair-related memories (besides seeing my Dad with his shirt off) involve my mom shuffling me off to her salon in Eau Claire. She’d have one of the ladies cut my hair as I entertained the entire shop with my unbearably ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | July 25, 2018

learn more about V1's cover art from James Jeske

“In this piece, I wanted to convey a humorous theme to a Chippewa Valley event. Although I have only floated down the Chippewa River once, I have ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | July 25, 2018

WINGING IT. On July 14, the “Eau Claire Gardens in Bloom” tour showcased nine area gardens including monarch butterfly and native plant gardens, woodland fantasy gardens, professionally landscaped gardens, and more. (Presented by the Eau Claire Garden Club)

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Toasting Transatlantic Friendships

how a chance meeting in Vermont led to decades-long connect that transcends national identities

It started 31 years ago with a cold shower in Vermont. That’s how we met Frank and Uli, two college-aged Germans who were traveling the U.S. The campground showers on the men’s side were not hot ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Time to Mull the Gull

the next time we pick a local mascot, how about the seagulls? (seriously)

The Chippewa Valley is at a zenith in terms of minor league-style athletics. Combine the new Chippewa Steel of the nationally-renowned NAHL with the well-established Eau Claire Express ...

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Loud & Proud

there’s nothing out there quite like Gash

“Chicken Soup for the Cig Smoker’s Soul.” That’s how Justin Allen describes a two-story house on the Eastside Hill of Eau Claire called The Rash.

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Ashley for the Arts: Good Tunes, Great Cause

Ashley for the Arts is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, and you won’t want to miss it. This must-attend festival draws more than 50,000 people from all over who come to enjoy some great entertainment, art, and family fun at a very affordable price that all goes to support charity.

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Visual Art

The Final Frontier

space and rocks collide in new Water Street gallery

Space is infinite. Stars and planets fill the universe, spanning light years away from Earth, making it impossible for us to view all of the cosmic greatness. Lucky for the Chippewa Valley community, one local artist is

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Local Look

Foxconn ‘Technology Hub’ Unveiled

Foxconn announces Eau Claire project, plans to create 150 jobs

Foxconn Technology Group, the  Taiwanese firm that plans to build a $10 billion manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, will create a “technology hub” providing at least 150 high-tech jobs in Eau Claire, the company announced July 16.

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New Bike Trail Spans I-94 in Menomonie

The City of Menomonie has added to its growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system by paving a new trail segment that crosses Interstate 94, linking the north and south sides of town. In recent weeks the city completed blacktopping ...

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Extended-Stay Hotel Planned Next to Mall

A new extended-stay hotel has been planned for the south side of Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Plan Commission recently approved plans to build a new Home2 Suites by Hilton at 4109 Oakwood Hills Parkway ...

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Food / Drink

The Hubb: Versatility and deliciousness

Whether you’re craving a robust meal of seared ahi tacos with mango salsa or a classic basket of gooey cheese curds, The Hubb has got what you need. Owned by Megan Zwiefelhofer of Eau Claire, this versatile food truck ...

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Kid Culture

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Airfest & Autorama showcases air and land speedsters

Fly high on Aug. 4 at the Sixth Annual Menomonie Airfest and Autorama. This event is a full day of planes and cars that will entertain kids and adults alike. This year’s excitement will feature a two-hour acrobatic airplane show ...

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