Derby Day 2018 at The Lakely

photos by Taylor Smith

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On Saturday, May 5, The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely held their second annual Derby Day event complete with fun derby fashion, mint juleps, kubb, snacks, and televised coverage of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Prizes were awarded for the best outfits.

A Tribute to Ray “The Menards Guy” Szmanda (1926–2018)

Mon. May. 7th, 2018

Nick Meyer, V1 Staff

Today the news is spreading that Ray Szmanda, the Midwest-famous “Menards Guy,” a multi-decade TV commercial pitchman for everything from paint to faucets to lumber, passed away May 6 at the age of 91. For nearly 25 years ...

A Span Down by the River

Fri. May. 4th, 2018

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

navigating some of Eau Claire’s very best bridges

Here’s an exciting, engaging question that’s totally not boring: What’s your favorite local bridge?