Let’s Get Crafty, Y’all

Wed. Oct. 2nd, 2019

Stephanie Janssen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Love well, work hard, and play harder,” has always been the motto of the Bergs. Kathie Berg and her daughter, Taylor, consider Chippewa Falls their hometown. With a vibrant downtown area filled ...

For Whom the Belfry Tolls

Wed. Oct. 2nd, 2019

Nathan Hopp, photos by Tom Giffey

At the busy intersection of North Farwell and East Madison streets in downtown Eau Claire stands a lonely former church that will soon be demolished. This is the shared location of the Belfry House of Gifts ...

[UPDATED] Brace Yourself: Winter Eaux Claires is Coming?

Mon. Sep. 30th, 2019

Eric Christenson

It’s starting to look like we might get a slice of Eaux Claires in 2019 after all. Maybe? On Sunday, a short teaser video popped up on YouTube called “Eaux Claires Hiver” with the dates ...

Cirque Italia: Water Circus

photos by Branden Nall

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Cirque Italia brought its nationally touring water circus to Eau Claire's Oakwood Mall Sept. 19-22. The show takes place high above their 35k gallon water stage, combining hand-balancing acts, contortionists, the "wheel of death", and a mesmerizing water curtain.

New Wilson Park Fountain? Eau Claire Wants Your Input

Tue. Sep. 24th, 2019

Tom Giffey

The fountain in Eau Claire’s Wilson Park – a downtown fixture for more than a century – hasn’t worked for nearly a year and needs to be replaced, and the city is seeking input from community members on what a new fountain could look like ...

New Mural in Downtown Eau Claire!

Tue. Sep. 24th, 2019

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Check out the back of Skin Prints (403 S Farwell St.) in downtown Eau Claire for another great mural project. This one – visible from Main Street – was created this week by Eric Schultz (of Skin Prints) and artist SaltRock (from southern Wisconsin) ...

Right on Target: Action City’s new axe throwing range

Mon. Sep. 23rd, 2019

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you head just past the pizza counter in Action City and stop near the rock wall, you’ll hear the telltale sound of sharp steel smashing into wood. That’s right ...

Strange States

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As the rest of my family peered out the minivan windows trying to spot bison, elk, and prairie dogs during a late-summer trip out West, my mind and imagination drifted closer to home ...

Carson Park Pillars Being Restored to 1930s Look

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Tom Giffey

A project is underway to restore the eight-decade-old stone pillars and adjacent stone walls that greet visitors at the east entrance to Eau Claire’s Carson Park. Cleaning and tuck-pointing the ...

Sweet Comfort

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For many, waffles are a morning staple – a delicious way to start the day with family or friends. One local man enjoys ‘em so much he made waffles the focus of his new ...

Building New Stories

Thu. Sep. 19th, 2019

Tom Giffey

Declaring that the existing 43-year-old building needs upgrades so it can continue to serve the community for generations, supporters of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire have launched ...

Fly Your FREAQ Flag

Thu. Sep. 19th, 2019

Maddy Mortimer, photos by Kelly Irish

This Oct. 7-12, UW-Eau Claire campus organizations are partnering with community groups to launch freaQweek, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. FreaQweek is a push to reclaim history, to reclaim identities ...

31st Annual International Fall Festival

photos by Branden Nall

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The annual International Fall Festival is Downtown Eau Claire's oldest and largest festival. Now in its 31st year, the festival emphasis is on Eau Claire's international culture, language, food, and music. This year's fest was on Saturday, Sept 14.

Elton John Gushes, the Times Facetimes: Bon Iver Press Rolls In

Fri. Sep. 6th, 2019

Eric Christenson

Now that this new Bon Iver record i,i is out there in the world in every shape and form, it’s leading to some pretty great press this week. First up, a li’l ol’ paper called the New York Times did a deep dive on the song “iMi” for its video series called Diary Of A Song ...