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Downtown Drama

seeing Harrison Ford in downtown Eau Claire

In the year 1990, I broke the law. Kind of. Well, maybe I broke the law. Actually, maybe I didn’t break the law. OK, after some quick research I’ve realized that in 1990, I didn’t actually break any kind of law ...

Blowing the Whistle on the Referee Shortage

public focus, cooling of fans’ anger may help boost ranks of sports officials

The 2018-19 prep athletic season is behind us. Summer vacation is underway. Returning student athletes are either pondering which sports to play or training to improve their craft. Coaches are putting ...

Step Into the Garden

Stepping Stones hosts annual Menomonie garden tour

Creating a bonsai tree will be demonstrated in one of six gardens featured in the 18th annual Stepping Stones Garden Tour in Menomonie on Saturday ...

Fire up Your Floaties!

legendary FATFAR river float slated for June 23

Tube lovers, unite! FATFAR – the Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta – takes participants on an easy cruise down the Chippewa River starting around noon on Sunday, June 23 ...

Basil Wyndthorp’s Set to Rock at Food Truck Friday

Basil Wyndthorp’s – or the Spring Valley-based “little adventurous food truck that could” – will hit up Food Truck Friday this year with their pulled pork Mac-N-Cheese on a bun, the Cuban, and their newest ...

Following Her Bakery Dreams

Gracie Girl baking business will launch this summer

Gracie Hauser, a 19 year-old from Thorp, is following her dream, taking her passion for baking healthy items to the next level by launching an online bakery that ships nationwide and a brick-and-mortar store ...

Pulling No Punches

Eau Claire filmmaker delves into absurdist, comedic work

“Basically, two girls rob a gas station … poorly.” That’s Eau Claire filmmaker Tim Schwagel’s synopsis of Punch Me, his biggest little film to date, starring Reanna Madson and Lauren May, with supporting ...

Kick off Your Sunday Shoes

Footloose steps onto the Pablo Center stage

Bust out your dancing shoes and hold onto your hats because you have the chance to experience a delightful extravaganza the likes of which have not been seen in this area since Paul Bunyan created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes ...

Like Fish to Water

Chippewa Falls native teaches stars’ kids to swim, pens book

From swimming in Chippewa Valley pools to teaching some of Hollywood’s celebrity children, an area native is celebrating the release of her new book, which aims to empower America’s future ...

Cultivating Community Through CBD

Wonders of Nature opens in Banbury Place

Wonders of Nature is a newly opened Eau Claire retail shop that provides affordable, high-quality CBD/hemp products sourced from family-owned organic farms. When you step inside the shop ...

Grant Can Help Enhance Your Business (And Downtown)

If you are the proprietor of a downtown Eau Claire business with a plan to do something new that will make your business – and the neighborhood – better, listen up: The semiannual deadline is fast approaching ...

Timber Recyclers, Art Center Among Eco Award Winners

A local energy co-op, two businesses that repurpose urban wood, and downtown Eau Claire’s new art center are among the winners of the fourth annual Sustainable Eau Claire Awards, which were handed out June 5 ...

From Now on It’s ‘Dr. Menard’

Eau Claire’s John Menard is many things: home-improvement chain founder, richest man in Wisconsin, auto racing aficionado. Over the last weekend of May, he added another title to the list – doctor – thanks to an honorary ...

Meeting Women’s Needs

Hope Gospel Mission aims to add facilities for homeless women, children

If all the stars align this summer, Hope Gospel Mission will be the first organization in the Chippewa Valley to have an overnight shelter for women and children. Two Hope Renewal Centers for Women with Children ...

On the Cover | June 12, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Patricia Mayhew Hamm

"This painting was done as a demo for a class that I was teaching. It is painted on Yupo, which is not paper but plastic (polypropylene). Class demonstrations rarely turn out this well, but this one did, and I was extremely happy with it ..."

Music Quick Hits | June 2019

Even though it’s well-established that there won’t be a traditional version of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival this summer, the Oxbeaux street concert that preceded the last two fests will return for a blockbuster third concert, now with an extra day. On August 9 and 10 ...

Planned Park Will Let Doggos Run Along Chippewa River

Eau Claire will have a big new dog park by the end of next year that will allow pooches – and their owners – to splash along the banks of the Chippewa River. In late May, the Eau Claire City Council approved ...

4 New Summer Music Series in the Chippewa Valley

Chippewa Vallians can enjoy free outdoor music six of seven days a week with the addition of FOUR new summer music concert series. From university talent to country crooners, there’s a little something for everyone ...

Opening Shot | June 12, 2019

RUFF SUMMER SO FAR. Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series draws music lovers of all kinds to Phoenix Park each Thursday evening all summer. Girl Band kicked off the 2019 series on June 6. Upcoming headliners include Cait McGarvey, the John Buxton Experience, and Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers.

Muralize It: Local artist adds color to the new Brewing Projekt

You might have noticed a new splash of color creeping across the side of the Brewing Projekt (1807 N. Oxford Ave.) in recent days. A ginormous hops bud floats mid-scene between a galaxy motif and a burst of high-contrast pigment ...

4 Health Tips for Music Fest Season

Attending local or regional music festivals is an annual tradition for many people and can be a fun time to reconnect with friends while enjoying great music. I have staffed many first aid tents at music festivals ...

5 Common Running Mistakes

You’re all fired up and ready to run! In fact, you might have a longer term goal you’re working towards and want to make this year your fittest year yet! Motivation is at an all-time high and you have daydreams ...

Well-Placed for Well-Being

yoga studio owner branches out with new fitness business

Later this month, something brand-new is opening in the Haymarket Plaza that will target peoples’ well-being, both physically and mentally. The Well, 40 S. Barstow St., is a fitness center that will offer classes ...

In Tune With Body & Soul

newly expanded Tuning Tree offers a range of healing arts

Eau Claire husband-and-wife duo Anthony and Katie McMorran share a passion: the health and overall wellness of others. They own the newly expanded Tuning Tree Healing Services, located in the heart ...

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...