Dive Deeper Into Craft Cocktails

local and not-so-local craft cocktail resources

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016  |  Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chippewa River Distillery – The new distillery and brewery in Chippewa Falls creates mid-range spirits perfect for any occasion. They also have a small tasting room to give you some inspiration.

Wild Art

students create mural at Irvine Park tiger exhibit

Fri. Oct. 21st, 2016  |  Haley Wright

The tiger exhibit at the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls, which was built in 2008 in plain concrete and remains in plain concrete, is about to get a makeover courtesy of some Chippewa Falls Middle School students ...

Where FM Means Fine Music

a look inside humble, independent Chippewa Falls radio station WCFW, its eclectic programming, and the spirit behind it all

Fri. Aug. 26th, 2016  |  by Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I’ll never forget the moment I first stumbled upon the oddball frequency – I had just moved to Eau Claire and was in my car scanning through local stations when I landed on a Rosemary Clooney ballad ...

When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth

life-size prehistoric reptiles to take over Chippewa Falls fairgrounds

Mon. Aug. 22nd, 2016  |  Hailey Novak

If a considerable part of your childhood involved watching Land Before Time videos on your VCR and referring to leaves as “tree stars” just like Spike and Littlefoot, or even if you’re simply an avid Jurassic Park fan, get ready to experience ...

Mural, Mural on the Wall

artist beautifies doomed Chippewa Falls building

Tue. Jul. 26th, 2016  |  Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Despite the warmth of these summer months, a house of ice was brought back to life in Chippewa Falls. Artist Alexandra Moehagen decided to conceal the spray-painted profanities on the walls of what is referred to by locals ...

Opening Shot | June 29, 2016

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016  |  photos by Michael Lundebrek

RAFT CRAFT AIN’T DAFT. The Chippewa River set the stage for another legendary FATFAR (Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta) on June 26, starting in Chippewa Falls and ending ...

Chi-Hi Students Plan Outdoor Movie Night

Mon. May. 9th, 2016  |  Katy Macek

Students in a Chippewa Falls High School class are giving families an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and get out of the house by attending the Chippewa Falls Outdoor Movie ...

New Museum Planned in Chippewa Falls

Mon. May. 9th, 2016  |  V1 Staff

The Chippewa County Historical Society took the first step toward building a new museum with the April 25 demolition of a former Dairy Queen near the entrance to Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls ...

Keeping Spirits Up

Chippewa Falls winery adds distilling gin, whiskey, and vodka to their operation

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016  |  Amelia Kimball

Standing outside on a gorgeous sunny day, gazing out at the vineyards and sipping a quality glass of wine is an experience. An experience River Bend Vineyard & Winery in Chippewa Falls is committed to ...

Mini Golf at the Library?

fundraiser in Chippewa Falls will let you swing inside

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016  |  Barbara Arnold

With the warm-up in weather experienced recently, don’t your thoughts just turn to … golf? Well, now you can cure the cabin fever that starts to set in about the third weekend in February. FORE! Grab your chip and wedge, and maybe an iron or two, and head over to the Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St., for its first-ever CHIP-Shot Mini Golf fundraiser ...

A Variety of Talent

homemade steampunk comic is the result of tons of work

Wed. Feb. 10th, 2016  |  Katie Robertson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For the last three years, Chris Spiegel of Chippewa Falls has worked to make his passion for art and comics into something tangible: A comic book series ...

The Tools For Building Your Dream

new Chippewa Falls maker space lends heavy tools, experience

Wed. Dec. 23rd, 2015  |  Gigi Roelant

On the first day of Christmas MTC offered me ... vinyl cutters, machine metal fabrication, a seriously loaded woodshop, welding and soldering set ups, computers teeming with design software, a laser engraving station … and a nested CNC Machine. That truncated little jingle doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount ...

New Hotel Planned for Downtown Chippewa Falls

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015  |  V1 Staff

Eau Claire isn’t the only city in the Chippewa Valley that will soon have new downtown lodging options: The Chippewa Falls City Council voted in late October to sell a vacant lot at the entrance to downtown to a Neenah-based firm, WHG Companies, which plans to build a Cobblestone Hotel and Suites there ...

Keeping the Candy Handy

Chippewa Falls man opens his own unique candy shop

Tue. Sep. 1st, 2015  |  Mckenna Heintz, photos by Mariah Hamm

From clothing store to candy shop, 322 N. Bridge St. in Chippewa Falls has completely transformed into something unique. Chippewa’s one and only candy store, appropriately named the Chippewa Candy Shop, was opened by owner and first-time business proprietor Dan Sweeney in early August ...

The Leinie Life

Dick Leinenkugel talks about beer, brotherly advice, and his brewery’s big plans

Thu. Aug. 6th, 2015  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Kelsey Smith

Dick Leinenkugel may be president of the legendary brewery that bears his great-great-grandfather’s name – a brewery that now sells its products in all 50 states, a brewery that’s part of the second-largest beer maker in the nation, MillerCoors – but he’s not isolated in a corporate office far from Chippewa Falls...

Chippewa Falls' New Playground

Irvine Park upgrades with fancy new playground

Thu. Jul. 23rd, 2015  |  Tom Giffey

It’s got a zoo, a cave, a splash pad, and the most amazing Christmas light display this side of the North Poll, but somehow Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park just managed to get even more fun: Earlier this summer, a huge new set of playground equipment was installed just across from the park’s duck pond ...

A Growing Lake View

The View on Lake Wissota to enrich its namesake with rooftop renovation

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015  |  Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The View will be sporting a new and even more impressive view over Lake Wissota when it reopens (tentatively sometime this month). Ower Rob Brown said his original plan was to redo just the roof of the rural Chippewa Falls bar and grill when he closed temporarily in March ...

Chippewa Falls District Has a New Leader

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015  |  V1 Staff

hippewa Falls Middle School Principal Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos has a new title: superintendent. The Chippewa Falls school board voted to hire Taylor-Eliopoulos, a Chippewa Falls native, to fill the district’s top spot, which was left vacant by the April resignation of Superintendent Brad Saron. “I decided in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher,” Taylor-Eliopoulos told the Chippewa Herald. “I couldn’t ask for a better next step in my career.” She’s been middle school principal for ...

An Imminent Face Lift for Chippewa Falls Murals

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015  |  Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The murals that run along River Street and the Wagner Street hill on Chippewa Falls’ west side – a landmark to some – could get a new paint job this summer or early next fall. The existing paint on the walls is chipping and peeling – it’s in pretty rough shape. “It looks like it has a disease,” Mayor Greg Hoffman told the Leader-Telegram recently ...

Strangely on Screen

indie film starring Chi-Hi grad screens at Micon

Thu. May. 14th, 2015  |  James Johonnott

Roll out the red carpet in Chippewa Falls. Michelle Lang, star of the indie romantic comedy Strangely In Love and a Chippewa Falls native, will be attending a premier screening of the film at the Chippewa Falls Micon Cinemas. Strangely In Love tells the story of Fyo, a man-child ...

Chippewa Falls School Again to Seek Superintendant

Wed. May. 13th, 2015  |  V1 Staff

The Chippewa Falls School District will soon be looking for a new top administrator. Brad Saron, who has served as superintendent for two years, announced April 29 that he had accepted the same job with the Sun Prairie School District ...

Family Roots

Autumn Harvest Winery changing hands, but will stay in the family

Fri. May. 1st, 2015  |  Tom Giffey

Ten years after creating a winery to complement their family’s well-known orchard, a Chippewa Falls couple are selling both businesses. However, Autumn Harvest Winery and John McIlquham Orchard will stay in family hands ...