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

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 ...

Bringing in the Brew Crew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

A Breath of Fresh Threads

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...