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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 ...

Dragon Boat Festival Fundraises to Fight Cancer

Come one, come all to watch the fourth annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival. The one-day event raises funds to fight against cancer, donating to charities such as Joshua’s Camp, the American Cancer Society ...

All Aboard! Mini Railroad Seeks Engineers

Have you ever wanted to put on a striped engineer’s cap and guide a streamline diesel train or a genuine coal-burning steam locomotive down the track? If so, the Chippewa Valley Railroad can help you fulfill ...

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 ...

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 ...

Grant Will Help Illuminate Hollywood Sign

Valleybrook Church wants to bring a bit of old-fashioned Hollywood razzle-dazzle to downtown Eau Claire with an energy-efficient upgrade it its historic sign and marquee, an effort that will be aided by a $2,000 grant ...

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 ..."

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)

Going Once, Going Twice ... Auctions, estate sales offer unique finds

Estate sales and auctions are a bit of an enigma for those outside of the usual circuit. For those who are first-time buyers or first-time sellers at an auction or estate sale, the experience can be stressful. But old pros know estate sales and auctions are treasure troves for unique finds ...

Pro Tips: Resign to Consign

consignment sales can help you pass on antiques

Finding a new home for your long-cherished antiques and vintage goods can be difficult, even if you’ve been cherishing them from upstairs for years while they gather dust in your basement ...

5 Driveable Thriftables

treat yourself to a unique antiquing adventure at these five shops

Here’s a list of five notable spots in or within driving distance of the Chippewa Valley that are perfect for those on a hunt to find quality and unique antiques and vintage items.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Prairie Playground: River Prairie Park is a great draw for kids

This summer, kids of all ages are heading over to Altoona’s River Prairie Park where they can enjoy the fairy garden, soak their feet in the winding stream, and play in the splash pad to their heart’s content. The park has become the Valley’s newest hot spot, and it promises ...

Keeping It Fresh: Health department kicks off Tuesday afternoon farm stand

Ensuring that women, infants, and children get their necessary nutrients has been a recent aim of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. In order to achieve this goal, the department has opened a farmers market of its own that is open noon-5pm each Tuesday until Aug. 28.

Now Streaming: SmokeStream food truck’s hip hop-themed entrees

Housed in a renovated ‘71 Airstream, managed by Mark Schuh, SmokeStream Food Truck combines the classic intrigue of a food truck with the eclectic and eccentric menu that’s taking the Chippewa Valley’s tastebuds hostage ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Northwoods Rock Rally: ‘Party or Stay Home’

If Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, and Alien Ant Farm sound like your dream mixed tape from the ’90s, you’re in luck. They are just a few of the bands that will be playing at this year’s Northwoods Rock Rally Aug. 16-19 in Glen Flora ...

Kids From Wisconsin Set to Show Talents at the State

Are you craving show-stopping entertainment in the Chippewa Valley that appeals to all generations and allows you to see the best that Wisconsin has to offer? This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Kids from Wisconsin ...

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