Volume One Staff

James Johonnott

Resource & Listings Editor

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America Keeps On Truckin'

James Johonnott

Have you ever wondered what kind of car America loves most? The answer won’t surprise you, but just how much we love it might. According to research done by everycarlisted.com, America loves one very specific automobile ...

Eau Claire's best Pac-Man levels

James Johonnott

I've written before about how fascinating Google Maps is. Starting last week, as an April Fool's day gag, you can now play the arcade classic Pac-Man on the roads of nearly any frame of Google Maps ...

Downtown Budget Theater Re-Opens Friday

James Johonnott

Eau Claire’s own downtown budget theater celebrates its grand re-opening tonight with more than a few changes to show for its extensive remodeling. At the Micon Cinemas Downtown Budget Cinema and Marquee Restaurant, all of the films have now gone ...

12 Origins of Wisconsin town names (and one other thing)

James Johonnott

Wisconsin is notorious for towns with difficult to pronounce names. One of my favorite past-times as a Wisconsinite is watching my Minnesotan friend try to say “Oconomowoc”, which looks and sounds like she’s trying to cough up a brick ...

The Gibson Sessions: One guitar, lots of local musicians

James Johonnott

A coalition of local designers and musicians, including Pedals Music, Draft Design House, Revival Records, and Life Songs Counseling has formed to produce The Gibson Sessions – a CD to support addiction counseling services. The CD is ...

UW-Stout grad selected to helm massive US retailer

James Johonnott

On March 2, UW-Stout alumna Jill Soltau took over as chief executive officer of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and craft suppliers retailer. The Ohio-based company has over 800 stores in 49 states and ...

Hamburger History: What’s Wisconsin got to do with it?

James Johonnott

Our story begins in present-day New Zealand and ends in Mongol-era China ... by way of Seymour, Wis. Our hero: the humble hamburger. Late one night during a discussion about local restaurants with a few Internet-friends ...

Not On My Campus: UWEC Unites Against Bigotry

James Johonnott

UWEC administration, faculty, and students took a stand against bigotry and discrimination Thursday with a rally sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office. In a blog post on the university’s website, Chancellor James Schmidt organized ...

Michael Perry Busts Out Audiobook With Prizes

James Johonnott

Best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry’s The Scavengers is now available as an audiobook. Explore a haunting, yet humorous look at an American futurescape with a precocious young girl – Ford Falcon – and her pet rooster, Hatchet. ...

TED Talks coming to UW-Stout

James Johonnott

TED Talks are coming to the Chippewa Valley. This October UW-Stout is set to host a TEDx event (TEDx is the regional version of the nationally known lecture series) and the event is currently taking applications for speakers until April 15th ...

WATCH: Decadent Cabaret 2015

James Johonnott, photos by Lee Butterworth

The 36th annual Decadent Cabaret wrapped up this weekend, resulting in a three-day extravaganza of notoriously good music performances. Local bands did cover sets of KISS, The Who, David Bowie, Tom Waits and many others all while using elaborate ...

Art Will Rise in the Phark

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Attention artists of Eau Claire! The JAMF Nation Global Foundation is soliciting proposals for original works of sculpture art to be displayed at Phoenix Park near the new office of JAMF Software. The final selection will be chosen by a jury ...

America’s (and Wisconsin’s) most common job

James Johonnott

If you’re reading this, odds are that you are employed to drive something. A recent study by NPR showed what the most common jobs are in each state using census data back to 1978, and Wisconsin’s most common job since then has been ...

Madison leads state in bus ridership, Eau Claire running behind

James Johonnott, V1 Staff

A recent WPR report on Wisconsin mass transit in 2014 has found that Madison has had a notable uptick in bus ridership over the past year. Madison Metro has observed that this is due to an increase in millennial bus ridership ...

Icehenge: Because why not?

James Johonnott

Near Lake Mills, Wis., out on frozen Rock Lake, archeologists discovered an ancient ice carving that they theorize was built as a temple to Wisconsin’s harsh spirit of winter. Not really. It was actually built because five guys got bored ...

Wisconsin Heritage: Old Language Dies Hard

James Johonnott

We all know the American Immigration Story. A family packs up everything it has and leaves on a ship from the “old country” bound for America. They set up a new life, form communities, hold onto their culture but inevitably assimilate into the ...

Googling Eau Claire: We've Gone 3D!

James Johonnott

Google works in mysterious ways. Have you ever used Google Maps and thought that it could be improved with the—sometimes creepy—ability to fly around the world and spy on anything? With Google Earth you can do just that. We here at Volume One ...

A Night Full of Elvises (Elvisi?)

the King – or a bunch of Kings – come to town for an all-encompassing tribute to Elvis’ life, career, and music

James Johonnott

The king will live and rock again. Elvis Lives, a touring Elvis tribute concert series, will bring the best of the best to Eau Claire’s State Theatre this February. The show will feature an all-star lineup of Elvis tribute artists ...

Don't Drink and Ride Your Bike; Ride Your Bike, Then Drink

get bikin’ in Menomonie’s seventh St. Valentine’s Hustle

James Johonnott

Menomonie’s finest day of bike racing and drinking is right around the corner. The St. Valentine’s Hustle returns to the area for its seventh coming on (when else?) Feb. 14. Bikers are encouraged to come prepared, as the course will ...