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Dawn is Near for Eau Claire School Solar Project

school board approves bid to install panels on high schools

The Eau Claire school district is moving ever closer to putting solar panels on the roofs of North and Memorial high schools by the end of the summer. The panels are expected to save the school district about $20,000 in utility ...

Creating a Sustainable Lawn

on being a ‘responsible snowflake’ in the face of environmental damage

I may not be single-handedly destroying the Earth, but the avalanche I’m riding certainly is. So I’ve resolved ...

TOUR DE NACHO: Eau Claire Couple Sets Out to Find Best Nachos in Town

"We love nachos," said one local nacho-lover, "obviously."

When life gives you lemons, eat some nachos. Or at least that’s what Parker and Rachael LeMire – high school sweethearts-turned-Eau Claire couple – have done amid the global pandemic: eat some good nachos ...

Try the Red Mixer’s Signature Concoctions

Hidden away in the Fairfax Park area of Eau Claire is The Red Mixer, a new hot spot where people can chill in a laid-back atmosphere and sip delicious, original cocktails ...

Pop-Up Food Truck Event Hopes to Sustain Local Food Economy

some might call it a ‘food truck frenzy’

After watching all of the festivals and fairs around the Chippewa Valley get cancelled, Kyle Yudes from Castle Insurance Agency in Eau Claire knew he had to do something ...

Menomonie Market Food Co-Op Goes Virtual

Since the coronavirus pandemic first started, people’s shopping habits have changed significantly, according to Kendall Williams,  marketing manager at the Menomonie Market Food Co-Op ...

Wilson Creek Inn Cultivates Supper Club Vibes

owners turn former Skoog's Parkside in Menomonie to supper club with an upscale focus

Earlier this year, Wilson Creek Inn in Menomonie had plans to serve up great eats to the community before the pandemic hit. But, after a slight delay, this new supper club is now open and ready for business ...

Killing Weeds the Green Way

hot water, nontoxic foam control unwanted plants at UW-Stout

UW-Stout Grounds Department is keeping the campus looking beautiful while using a nontoxic method to kill weeds thanks, in part, to the Stout Student Association Sustainability Council helping to fund a ...

Shedding Light on Sustainability

UWEC Buildings Illuminated With Retrofits From Sustainable ‘Green Fund’ Dollars

A trajectory toward a sustainable university campus continues through UW-Eau Claire’s next green improvement: efficient light fixtures. The Student Office of Sustainability currently ...

Blugolds, Blue Devils ... Both Green

Chatting With Sustainability Leaders at UWEC, UW-Stout

"The most beautiful thing about the concept of sustainability is that it’s an intersection; that means that when we apply a sustainable lens to something as overwhelming as our current public health crisis ..."

Inspired by Quarantine, EC Native Creates Docuseries

‘Out of the Woods’ seeks to spread positivity and hope

With the COVID-19 pandemic still seemingly dominating the world, one Wisconsin native hopes her new docuseries, Out of the Woods, will help people find positivity during these uncertain times ...

THE REAR END: Lean Back to Go Forward

never forget the power of the humble swing set

It’s easy to forget how hard it is to swing on a swing. You need to pump your legs. You need to get the timing right. You need to ...

Local Author Perseveres Despite MS Diagnosis

'Writing a book is like a miracle,' says local author Jenny Knipfer. Writing three? Now that's a feat.

Jenny Knipfer woke up one day in 2014 to find that her toes were numb. The following day, she woke up to numb legs. Then the next day, the numbness had made its way to her midriff. That’s when she made an appointment with a neurologist ...

Silliness Abounds in Local Band's Streaming Series

silliness abounds in local band’s streaming series

When the Eau Claire band FMDown – Will Wall, Greg Kernkamp, Andrew Liss, and Joe Gunderson – gets behind the lens of a video camera, it’s safe to say you never know what you’re about to see ...

Music Quick Hits | July 22, 2020

some super short updates on the Chippewa Valley music scene

Them Coulee Boys are back with a new single called “Idiot,” taken from the sessions recording their latest full-length Die Happy at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota. The band worked with producer ...

Meet Some Dunn County Mammals – Virtually, That Is

Dr. Julie Beston, an assistant professor of biology at UW-Stout, will present  “Mammals of Dunn County” at 2pm on Sunday, Aug. 9, as the fifth in a summer series of online Zoom presentations ...

You (Yes You!) Can Adopt an Eau Claire Park

The Eau Claire Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department is kickstarting a new Adopt-a-Park program to build community pride by promoting stewardship of the city’s parks, trails, gardens, and green spaces ...

Got An Idea? Launch It Downtown With the Jump-Start Contest

If you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 16th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. This business plan ...

Opening Shot | July 22, 2020

BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER. Yet another mural is in progress in downtown Eau Claire. The mural was designed and ...

On the Cover | July 22, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Kathy Steinke

“ ‘Stillness’ the interaction of beauty and the silent mystery of blooming flowers. My art begins with ...

Chippewa Valley Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

On August 26, 1920, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment, prohibiting governments from denying the right to vote to United States citizens on the basis of sex. In other words, this year marks one century since women were allowed ...

My Son Believes He Will Be Killed By Police

in light of Black Lives Matter protests, one local dad urges you to consider biases you didn't know you had

My son believes he will be killed by the police. He is 11 years old, and he is Black – and living in a very white region, with a very white mom and dad. He’s brilliant, beautiful, and highly perceptive. His 11-year-old brain isn’t yet wired to process events ...

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Should I Wear a Face Mask? a Local Physician Weighs In

Wisconsin can learn a lot from Germany's pandemic approach

I was shocked when I read back in January that the first case of COVID-19 in Germany was diagnosed in my former hometown Munich. In retrospect, it made sense that Munich was at high risk to be affected ...

EC Public Arts Council Takes Art to the Streets (and Walls)

revived civic group pushes for murals, more

Equity. Diversity. Inclusivity. Civic engagement. Those are just a few of the ideals the Eau Claire Public Arts Council hopes to incorporate into two new murals currently in production in downtown Eau Claire. Between the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests around the country, current events have ...

Check Out the Cool Concept Plan for Upgrading Boyd Park

The Eau Claire City Council has approved an ambitious concept plan to upgrade Boyd Park with amenities that would include an adventure playground, a skate park, and even a hammock lounge. Now a neighborhood association must raise ...

LOCAL LIT: ’Hope Is ... A View from the Bridge’

Dogs are the chief beneficiaries of shelter-in-place in my neighborhood. They give us license to move about and expect, in return, longer walks and more of them. So instead of turning around at the river ...

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Volume One Receives Facebook Journalism Project Grant

grants provide $10.3 million to support more than 144 local newsrooms nationwide

Facebook announced recently that more than 144 U.S. news organizations, including Volume One, will receive a total of $10.3 million in grants through the COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program. The grants are ...

  |  COVID Coverage

E.C. Chamber of Commerce: Please Wear Your Face Masks

In a public letter to supporters Tuesday, the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce asked businesses and community members to follow federal, state, and local guidelines about wearing face masks and social distancing to slow the spread ...