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Jump-Start Competition Could Launch Your Business Idea

If you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 14th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. This business ...

Grand Avenue Bridge Refab Echoes Downtown Style

City Engineer Dave Solberg rapped on his desk – knocking on wood – as he said that construction on the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge is moving right on schedule for its Aug. 21 completion date ...

Opening Shot | Aug. 8, 2018

TROLLING ON HALF MOON LAKE. Hosted by Hope in the Valley and Mayo Clinic Health System, the annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival promotes teamwork as it raises funds for cancer services. The 2018 installment took place Aug. 4 ...

On the Cover | Aug. 8, 2018

learn more about V1's cover art from Jill Van Sickle

After earning her degree in Fine Arts from UW-River Falls, Jill went on to become a full-time professional artist. Her work is primarily focused on nature, and its intent is to give the viewer a moment ...

Beer Crust or Bust

Beer Hall Pizza unites pizza & beer lovers for unique eats

Beer and pizza is at least in the top five for best food and drink pairing, if not the top three. You probably wouldn’t think that it could get any better than that … But a newly designed pizza has come to tell ...

Cheese Experts Sound Off

get to know some of the best cheese in the Valley from the local people that put in the work

Get to know some of the best cheese in the Valley from the local people that put in the work ...

The Basics of Beer

lagers, ales, and everything you need to know about your typical cold one

Wisconsin is a beer-loving state, for better or for worse, and with history older than Leinenkugel’s and new breweries coming up every year, the Chippewa Valley is definitely a hub within a hub ...


My children learned to swim in a tea-colored river with a lazy current and sandy bottom but also hidden drop-offs that changed every year and made me a nervous wreck. Once a summer, though, we’d pack a picnic lunch ...

Tractors and Pinstriped Overalls

thinking about the things my grandfather did

My grandpa on my Mom’s side fixed up old tractors until cancer took him away. That was almost 20 years ago. He and my grandma lived in a Wisconsin farmhouse on a road bearing their name ...

A Delicious Puerto Rican Meal to Help Heal

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly a year ago, the island of Puerto Rico needs aid to rebuild the businesses, roads, and homes that were destroyed by the vicious storm. Local organizers and impromptu activists chef Molly Barnes and Jake Lindgren are determined to help.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Ben Shaw records, releases new album in Eau Claire

From the beginning, Ben Shaw has understood the power of music. He was drawn from New York to Eau Claire to attend UW-Eau Claire, which, during the ’90s, was one of only two universities in the country offering a degree in music therapy. A self-proclaimed Dead Head ...

Annual WHYS Bluegrass Festival Turns 11

Local radio station WHYS 96.3 FM is hosting its 11th annual WHYS Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lake Altoona County Beach.

New Executive Director Takes Helm for Symphony Orchestra’s 44th Season

The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra will enter its 44th season – the first to hold performances in the soon-to-open Pablo Center at the Confluence – with a new executive director. Jillian Phillips, a UW-Eau Claire graduate with an MA from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, was appointed to the position in July.

Party in the Pines

Festival in the Pines adds more fun, fundraisers

The 36th annual Festival in the Pines will take place in Carson Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. The festival is back for another year of food, and fun, including craft booths featuring unique handmade items. New this year will be ...