Bringing in the Brew Crew

Minn. man plans brewery, distillery in Chippewa Falls

Tue. Mar. 3rd, 2015  |  Katy Macek

Look out Leinie’s, there’s a new brewery in town – or at least there soon will be. James Stirn of Savage, Minn., was searching for a place for his proposed brewery and distillery to call home when he stumbled across Chippewa Falls ...

Welcoming Sight

new visitors center opens in downtown CF

Tue. Feb. 17th, 2015  |  Caleb Gerdes

The brand-new Visitors Center at 1 N. Bridge St. in Chippewa Falls has had its doors open for only a short while and the beautifully designed building still has that just-moved-in-smell – a smell of hope, happiness, and prosperity ...

Empowering Young Women

Chippewa Falls YMCA class aims to boost health practices and banish dieting and bad habits for young women

Tue. Jan. 20th, 2015  |  Jessica Amaris

In a nation that makes the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show about as big as the oscars, it’s no surprise we find young girls going to the extremes to be the next Gisele Bundchen and anxiously Googling the fastest ways to lose weight...

Behind the Beard

legendary Chippewa Falls Santa Chuck Card chats about candy canes, carols, and fake whiskers

Fri. Nov. 14th, 2014  |  Tom Giffey

For a quarter of a century, community booster extraordinaire Chuck Card has brought Santa Claus to life in Chippewa Falls. Whether you attend the annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade (mark your calendars for Dec. 6 this year), line up to sit ...

Back to Life

Chippewa Falls’ legendary (and legendarily haunted) Sheeley House reopens

Fri. Oct. 31st, 2014  |  Zack Katz

After serving customers for well over a century, the closing of a local business with history dating back to the Civil War era felt strangely sudden. In hindsight, the Sheeley House Saloon in Chippewa Falls embodies an element of permanence ...

The Day the Packers Came to Play

in 1935, a bunch of guys from Chippewa Falls came close to beating the Green Bay Packers – at least for the first half

Fri. Sep. 5th, 2014  |  Tom Giffey

These days, when the Green Bay Packers come to town, it’s to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. In the old days, it was to butt heads with the locals on the gridiron to prepare for the regular season. Nearly 80 years ago ...

The Valley's Love-A-Fair

have fun (and funnel cake) at the Northern Wis. State Fair

Tue. Jun. 24th, 2014  |  Tyler Jennings Henderson

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair promises to be a “family affair” featuring more music, entertainment, rides, exhibits, and fair food than you can shake a corndog stick at. Bank Mutual is sponsoring the annual fair in Chippewa Falls, now in its ...

A Local Sampling

Heyde Center showcases five local artists across mediums

Wed. Feb. 19th, 2014  |  Emily Albrent, photos by Luong Huynh

A group of artists have come together to form the February showcase this month at The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. Guest curator Ashley Voss said initially the exhibit was going to be interactive, but at the last minute ...

Together Now

Heyde gathers works from top Chippewa Valley talent

Thu. Sep. 12th, 2013  |  Hope Greene, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“A Gathering” is a major exhibit of local artists currently showing at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. Fifteen area artists of the highest caliber have gathered their work into a large show of some of the best visual art ...

Chippewa Falls Writer Wins Award for Thriller

Thu. Aug. 29th, 2013  |  Emily Albrent

There is a fine line between love and hate, or in this case, murder. Chippewa Falls author Laurie Norlander’s novel Mirror Images follows a young woman named Maddy, who suspects that her former boyfriend, Nic, may be more violent than she ever ...

Capturing Cray

documentary looks at Chippewa Falls’ computing history

Wed. Jul. 17th, 2013  |  Emily Albrent

Between checking Facebook every couple of hours and Tweeting to our hearts content, we forget that computers have a huge impact on our lives – and locally, on our community. As a reminder, the Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and ...

A Blast in The Past

Chippewa Falls event revives fur trade, lumbering eras

Tue. Apr. 23rd, 2013  |  Tom Giffey

Hollywood’s got it all wrong: Time travel doesn’t require a futuristic machine. All you need is some historical knowledge and imagination, although guys in buckskin help, too. These elements...

From Canvas to Celluloid

new Heyde Center show covers duo of mediums

Wed. Feb. 13th, 2013  |  Hope Greene, photos by Jessica Vollmer

The Heyde Center for the Arts occupies a grand position overlooking downtown Chippewa Falls. Once a temple to education as McDonell Memorial High School, it now houses the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, providing a needed venue ...

Christmas On Stage

holiday theater and music show comes to the Heyde Center

Wed. Nov. 28th, 2012  |  Anna Field

At Christmas is family friendly Minneapolis based production that’s coming to the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on December 7th at 7:30pm ...

Lederhosen Ahoy!

annual Oktoberfest mania returns to Chippewa Falls

Tue. Sep. 18th, 2012  |  Emily Anderson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

ober is upon us, and that means it’s time to break out the accordions, brats, and lederhosen to celebrate the area’s German heritage at Oktoberfest. Taking place at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls, this year’s ...

Best Red

Chippewa Falls winery wins state competition

Tue. Jul. 24th, 2012  |  Katelyn Hendren

River Bend Vineyard and Winery of Chippewa Falls won the Best of Class award at the Wisconsin State Fair Wine Competition held on June 21. Wines entered in the competition are placed into various divisions based on the type of wine submitted ...

Big River Radio Wave

stage and radio show to visit Chippewa Falls

Tue. May. 15th, 2012  |  Lindsey Quinnies

After forming a band called the RiverBenders with his friends and seeing other live talent pass through his venue, theater owner Mac Cherry decided it would be fun to do a variety show and feature a mix of entertainers. So became the Big River ...

Buying into Organic

Chippewa group has been doing it since before it was cool

Wed. Feb. 22nd, 2012  |  Lindsey Quinnies

The notion of organic food stores and local food co-ops in 1980 was certainly an innovative one, which is exactly why Chippewa Falls residents Barb Harling and Kathy Mandelert founded CHIPS, the Chippewa Falls Organic Food Buying Club. Together ...

Nutrition Response Testing

Chippewa Falls clinic re-teaches your body how to care for itself

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2012  |  Brett Bachman, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What has Chippewa Valley residents ranting and raving about alternative health? Everyday people, just like you, are turning their lives upside down through a comprehensive program being offered right in our backyard. Dr. Mike and Julie Court of ...

Through the Front Door

the newly planned gateway to Chippewa’s downtown

Wed. Jan. 11th, 2012  |  Emily Kuhn

“We’re not just doing it to make a park. We’re doing it so the park will stimulate other property owners to invest in properties and do other things, and that’s what we’re seeing now.” – Chippewa Falls City Planner Jayson Smith

Mahli Thai

‘hot’ new Thai restaurant opens in Chippewa Falls

Thu. Jun. 9th, 2011  |  Tyler Griggs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Mahli Thai owner Terri Wilson first discovered the former Bridge Street Station in downtown Chippewa Falls was an empty lot for sale, inspiration and possibility burst from her curious mind. It was early 2011 and she and her husband Tom were ...

Fight for Your Rights

progressive apolitical event FightingBobFest comes to Chippewa Falls

Thu. May. 12th, 2011  |  Emily Anderson, photos by V1 Staff & Contributors

“We are not campaigning for anyone. ... (Speakers) are not there for their party; they are there for their ideas.” – Jim Dunning, an event coordinator of FightingBobFest

A Breath of Fresh Threads

new apparel company in Chippewa Falls

Thu. Apr. 14th, 2011  |  Lisa de Felice, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Breath of Life, which is partnered with Menomonie’s Ambient Visions Ink, offers apparel with designs created entirely by the local trio. As of now, they offer T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and hats, but plan to add jeans, shorts, dress shirts...

Chippewa Falls: The Musical

locally produced musical tracks big year of history

Thu. Mar. 17th, 2011  |  Kristin Frosch, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Shortly after the Civil War, Chippewa Falls, full of enterprise and interest, became incorporated as a Wisconsin city. And now the Heyde Center is bringing that history to the stage with an entertaining twist in Chippewa Falls 1869: The Musical.

Ralph’s Red Apple Grill

new Chippewa eatery latest to go ‘all local’

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2011  |  Dacia Miller

So it’s a Saturday night and you need a new place to eat. Ralph’s Red Apple Grill just opened up in Chippewa Falls so you give it a shot. You might walk in and think you see a homey version of an Applebees. But look closer.