Janae Breunig

Design - Graphic Designer

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Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019

National Landmarks Status Sought for Two Eau Claire Bridges

V1 Staff, photos by Janae Breunig

Two historic former railroad bridges in Eau Claire may soon be designated as national landmarks. The Eau Claire Landmarks Commission recently voted to support placing the Chicago ...

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Going the Distance

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

my idea of competition doesn’t involve a whole lot of running

Thu. Jul. 5th, 2018

Cart to Cart

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

how to win friends and influence pretzel nuggets

Thu. May. 31st, 2018

Heroics on (And Off) the Tundra

BJ Hollars, illustrated by Janae Breunig

can legendary Lambeau Field compete with the “best night” of teens’ lives?

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Surface Tension

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

As soon as he drilled the holes something felt wrong. When we shuffled between them, water would blurble up through the openings and spread out over the ice, forming deep puddles ...

Tue. Feb. 6th, 2018

The Best of Me (2018)

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a doozie

Mon. Oct. 16th, 2017

When 'Local' News Is Owned From Afar

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

an only slightly biased view of the local media landscape as ownership gets more corporatized

Wed. Sep. 6th, 2017

An Old Story and a New Story

David Shih, illustrated by Janae Breunig

we can’t pretend the Chippewa Valley is free of bigotry and racism, but we can decide to be on the right side of history

Wed. Aug. 23rd, 2017

About August

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

a quick look at summer’s final third

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

In Defense of the Video Store

BJ Hollars, illustrated by Janae Breunig

you can have your Netflix algorithms; I’ll rely on a clerk named Keith

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Cake? I WUV Cake!

Rob Reid, design by Janae Breunig

Late this past winter, a storm dumped 11 inches of snow on the Chippewa Valley. Eleven inches that quickly melted due to abnormally high temperatures. Three days after the snowstorm, I stood alone in my driveway, looked at my yard and said aloud, “Where dit go?”

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

In Wisconsin, Summertime Is Tick Time

V1 Staff, design by Janae Breunig

Not to bring down the mood, but with warmer temperatures and the humidity Wisconsin is so famous for, other living beings of the eight-legged kind will also be out and about. Here are a few things to remember about tick season ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Feb. 8th, 2017

[UPDATED] Eaux Claires Unleashes 2017 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Janae Breunig

Today, when unsuspecting Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival presale ticket buyers opened their mailboxes, what should appear but an illustrious zine called Trois packed with abstract wintry images, poetically ...

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016


Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

still feeling the rhythm of my old band classes

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

You, at Night in the Summer

Mike Paulus, design by Janae Breunig

echoing across your neighborhood skies all season long

Mon. May. 9th, 2016

I'm the Funniest Guy Around just ask anyone (except my family)

Rob Reid, design by Janae Breunig

To supplement my income, I travel and perform as a storyteller. To distinguish myself from the other storytellers, I bill myself as a “children’s humorist.” I was inspired to come up with this term when I heard Garrison Keillor refer to himself as the “world’s tallest radio humorist.” I specialize in making kids and their families laugh via storytelling ...

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

May I See Your License, Registration, and Parenting Permit?

Rob Reid, illustrated by Janae Breunig

In the early 1980s, my 1-year-old daughter Laura tumbled down a flight of stairs and landed on her head. My wife Jayne and I had visitors in our second-floor apartment in Red Wing, Minn. Jayne walked ...

Tue. Jan. 5th, 2016

How to Make Cloud Dough: a recipe for sensory play

photos by Janae Breunig

Learning with a sensory table – or in our house, a good ol’ box – can be much more than just a fun time-filler. Sensory play allows children to explore the world around them by physically touching and manipulating materials. This investigative free play helps to develop ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Dec. 18th, 2015

Huebsch Building Renovation Halted, Tear Down Likely

by Nick Meyer, photos by Janae Breunig

Word is coming out today that Jack Kaiser, the owner of the much-discussed Huebsch Building perched above the Eau Claire River at the corner of Dewey and Galloway Streets, has decided to halt the renovation of the structure ...

Thu. Aug. 6th, 2015

Like Moths to the Name

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

why do we insist on giving each other stupid/awesome nicknames?

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 2nd, 2015

Props for the "S" Bridge

Mike Paulus, photos by Janae Breunig

Check it out – Travel Wisconsin put together a list of "11 Unique Wisconsin Bridges You Have to See" and the very first unique Wisconsin bridges you have to see is Eau Claire's own Soo Line "S" Bridge, making for a wavy crossing of the Eau Claire River near Banbury Place. They say …

Thu. May. 28th, 2015

Our 90-Day Bender of Joy

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

the last 10 years have completely transformed summer in Eau Claire, and now there’s no looking back

Fri. May. 1st, 2015


Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

springtime in Wisconsin is punching me in the face

Tue. Feb. 17th, 2015


Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

today I grant you permission to use a new word

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015

Prediction Infliction

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

an uneducated guess at what we’ll be talking about in 2015

Thu. Dec. 11th, 2014

Hating Homemade Christmas

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

the classic struggle of crafting your own Christmas gifts

Mon. Nov. 3rd, 2014

Ugly Muggin’

Janae Breunig, Eric Christenson, Tom Giffey, Tyler Griggs, Serena Wagner, photos by Serena Wagner

We scoured Valley thrift and antique stores for the cheesiest and weirdest coffee mugs around.

Wed. Sep. 17th, 2014

Neighborly Maintenance

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

wherein V1’s community-minded leader, despite his best intentions, frequently fails at the neighbor game