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 ...

Supercomputers and More at Chippewa Tech Museum

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015  |  V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry & Technology is a great spot for the tech nerds (or soon-to-be tech nerds) in your family. The museum celebrates the local contributions made to some amazing advances in technology throughout history, from computing to footwear to firefighting ...

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 ...

Check Out Irvine Park’s cool new playground

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015  |  Tom Giffey

Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park just got a little more awesome: In early June, a huge new set of playground equipment was installed just across from the park’s duck pond. The 21st-century jungle gym includes ladders ...

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 ...

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 ...

Oktoberfest’s Shocking Past

Wed. Sep. 24th, 2014  |  Tyler Jennings Henderson

The first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Germany, in 1810, when the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig was to be wed to Princess Therese on Oct. 12. Prince Ludwig was known to be obsessed with history, and wanted a public event that could be ...

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 ...