Volume One Staff

Tom Giffey

Managing Editor

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Building From the Ground Up

UWEC grad hired as Confluence director

Tom Giffey, photos by UW-Eau Claire News

Within sight and earshot of the bustling Confluence Arts Center construction site next to the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire, Kevin Miller was announced as the forthcoming facility’s executive director June 29 ...

The Fab Four: Veteran Valley artists exhibit vibrant new work

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At first glance, the poster – which shows four gray-haired men hamming it up under the bold headline “BOB MEL JOHN ANDY” – could easily be mistaken for an ad for a musical reunion tour, perhaps portraying a ’60s-era quartet hitting the road again with their old tunes ...

5 Things Chippewa Valley Job-Seekers Should Know

So you’re looking for employment? Here are some facts, figures, and projections to keep in mind

Tom Giffey

If you’re looking for work, it helps to know what the most in-demand fields are. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development keeps tabs on the “hot jobs” for regions ...

How to Give Back to the Valley

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist. Community foundations can help multiply your generosity.

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sooner or later, there comes a time in most of our lives when we feel the desire to give back to our communities. Depending on our means and motivation, this desire can manifest itself in something as simple ...

UWEC Grad Will Hit Ground Running as Confluence Arts Center Director

Tom Giffey, photos by UW-Eau Claire News

Within sight and earshot of the bustling Confluence Arts Center construction site next to the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire, Kevin Miller was announced as the forthcoming facility’s executive director Thursday afternoon ...

A Way on the Water

local leaders announce river trail plan, map

Tom Giffey

For millennia, the Chippewa River has been a conduit for travel, commerce, and recreation. Now, thanks to collaboration among a broad swathe of local groups, the 4.2 miles of the river that flow through the city of Eau Claire are officially a water trail ...

Ain't No Party Like a Bowl Painting Party

Tom Giffey

Mixing paint and wine (figuratively, at least, but not literally) has become a popular leisure activity lately. But the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council is giving the pastime a virtuous vibe ...

Tearing Down, Then Building Up

grant will fund first work at Sonnentag Complex site

Tom Giffey

Work on the future site of a UW-Eau Claire event and recreation complex will begin by the end of the year with the demolition of 12 buildings on the property between ...

Animating Public Art

new nonprofit aims to bring more art to public places

Tom Giffey, photos by Shane Newman

A new nonprofit organization has been created to enhance public art in Eau Claire by connecting local artists with public places to showcase their work. The Eau Claire Public Arts Council launched in mid-June ...

Our Taste Buds Are Ready for Restaurant Week

Tom Giffey

A brand-new celebration will highlight the Chippewa Valley’s ever-evolving culinary scene later this year. The first-ever Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week, Sept. 15-24, will include special deals and unique menus at participating eateries, plus the First Taste Culinary Crawl, a ticketed event in Banbury Place ...

Farewell, Family Ownership

after 136 years, Leader-Telegram sold to newspaper chain

Tom Giffey

The Leader-Telegram – which was one of the few remaining family-owned daily newspapers in the United States – has been sold to a Minnesota-based chain. The newspaper’s parent, the Eau Claire Press Co., announced the sale to Adams Publishing Group on May 31 ...

Founding Females

Red Letter Grants awarded to women-owned startups

Tom Giffey, photos by Eric Christenson

Two female-fronted Eau Claire-area startups – Odd Brand Strategy and Melnaturel LLC – have been selected as the first recipients of grants from The Red Letter, a campaign to boost the number of women-owned businesses in the Chippewa Valley ...

Their Very Own Fest

with the help of some musician friends, an Eau Claire couple throws a sonic shindig in their own backyard

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley is abuzz with music festivals this time of year. You’ve got relative newcomers like Eaux Claires and Blue Ox as well as older standbys such as Country Jam and the two Fests (Rock and Country, respectively).

Stage a Shindig in the Street

the City of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Tom Giffey, photos by Dan Zerr

Have a hankering to throw a backyard barbecue this summer? Maybe a few burgers and a couple of lawn chairs?

Block Full of Bluegrass

neighborhood parties can be easy: just add yard games, some food, and a few banjos

Tom Giffey, photos by Dan Zerr

A big music-and-food infused block party on Eau Claire’s Badger Avenue grew out of a small idea Josh Rizzo had: “One night as I was playing guitar, I wondered what would happen if I had a band up on this porch.”

Run Like a Boss

Blugold alum creates running app to give your workouts a musical push

Tom Giffey

When it comes to getting fit, most of us could use some encouragement, whether it’s from a personal trainer, a digital device, or some upbeat tunes in our earbuds. BOSS Running, an iPhone app developed by a UW-Eau Claire alum ...

Ignition Achieved

new gym sets fire to metabolisms, adds to downtown Eau Claire growth

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The fitness professionals behind Eau Claire’s FitELITE want to light a fire under your workout regimen with their new gym in downtown Eau Claire ...