Tom Giffey

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Thu. Sep. 20th, 2018

Reid All About It: Eau Claire author’s latest book full of fun to spark kids’ learning

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At story time, even the most focused of youngsters will eventually tire of “This Little Piggy,” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider,” and “Five Little Monkeys.” If you’re a teacher, librarian, or parent – what then? Prolific author, librarian, educator, and rapper (more on that later) Rob Reid has the answers in his latest book...

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

City Again Seeks Plans for Block 7, Liner Site

Tom Giffey

The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority is once again accepting proposals from developers for two pieces of downtown property: The so-called Block 7 at the corner of North Barstow and Wisconsin streets and the lot in front of the city parking ramp on North Barstow.

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

Reflecting on Renewal

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Schatz looks back on role in economic, downtown development

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

Visit Eau Claire Launches New Branding, Logo

Tom Giffey

Visit Eau Claire, the area’s tourism promotion agency, has unveiled a colorful new logo and brand identity that it says “captures the personality of the city known for its independent spirit, creative culture, penchant for originality ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 18th, 2018

5 Big Numbers: Eau Claire’s New Arts Center

Tom Giffey

The total floorspace inside the Pablo Center at the Confluence, which officially opens Sept. 22. That includes two theaters, two art galleries, a dance studio, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, a recording studio, offices ...

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

How You Can Teach Just by Talking

Tom Giffey

The “Word Gap” sounds like something that would trouble a headline writer or a Scrabble player. In reality, it’s the phrase used to describe the shortfall in the number of words that children who come from low-income families are exposed to by the age of 3.

Wed. Sep. 5th, 2018

Voters Will Say If They Favor Pot – or Not

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire County voters will be able to voice their opinion on legalizing marijuana (a.k.a. cannabis, a.k.a. pot, a.k.a. too many other nicknames to print) in a nonbinding referendum on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Aug. 27th, 2018

5 Local Crime Numbers

Tom Giffey

Crime is climbing? The number of crimes reported in the city of Eau Claire was higher last year than it had been in more than a decade, according to an annual report released ...

Wed. Aug. 22nd, 2018

You Can Tour the Historic Mabel Tainter Theater

Tom Giffey

If you’ve never visited the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie – or even if you have – you owe it to yourself to take a tour the building, a Romanesque Revival masterpiece right here in the Chippewa Valley.

Wed. Aug. 22nd, 2018

Stepping on the Stage

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

New Mabel Tainter director is already in love

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Aug. 21st, 2018

5 Ways to Spell ‘Menomonie’ and Not Be Wrong

Tom Giffey

For those of us in the Chippewa Valley, this spelling is the “right” one – or at least the one we’re most familiar with. As with all the other spellings, the name of this Dunn County city comes from the name given by the Ojibwe people to their neighbors ...

Tue. Aug. 21st, 2018

Fresh Out of the Kitchen: CVTC poised to launch new culinary program

Tom Giffey, photos by Lauren Richards

With the focused attention of two veteran chefs poised to open a new restaurant, Kevin Brown and Jonathan Fike have spent recent weeks making sure their gleaming new kitchen is just right, down to the last sharpened ...

Thu. Aug. 9th, 2018

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Tom Giffey, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Thu. Aug. 2nd, 2018

All Aboard! Mini Railroad Seeks Engineers

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Have you ever wanted to put on a striped engineer’s cap and guide a streamline diesel train or a genuine coal-burning steam locomotive down the track? If so, the Chippewa Valley Railroad can help you fulfill ...

Thu. Aug. 2nd, 2018

Extended-Stay Hotel Planned Next to Mall

Tom Giffey

A new extended-stay hotel has been planned for the south side of Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Plan Commission recently approved plans to build a new Home2 Suites by Hilton at 4109 Oakwood Hills Parkway ...

Thu. Aug. 2nd, 2018

New Bike Trail Spans I-94 in Menomonie

Tom Giffey

The City of Menomonie has added to its growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system by paving a new trail segment that crosses Interstate 94, linking the north and south sides of town. In recent weeks the city completed blacktopping ...

Thu. Jul. 26th, 2018

Grant Will Help Illuminate Hollywood Sign

Tom Giffey

Valleybrook Church wants to bring a bit of old-fashioned Hollywood razzle-dazzle to downtown Eau Claire with an energy-efficient upgrade it its historic sign and marquee, an effort that will be aided by a $2,000 grant ...

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Egg-stra-ordinary Egg-xhibit

Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

children’s museum displays extinct elephant bird egg in new ‘reading nest’

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Melting Memories

Tom Giffey

a Wisconsin farm boy, a coveted ice cream cone, and the complexity of interpreting family history

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Parting Words: Kerry Kincaid

Tom Giffey

former Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid talks about her record, her resignation, and Eau Claire’s future

Wed. Jul. 11th, 2018

Eau Claire Earns Less but Has More

Tom Giffey

We’ve got a lot of things going for us in the Chippewa Valley: natural beauty, friendly people, plentiful beer. Unemployment is low, and so is the cost of living. And now, according to some number-crunchers ...

Wed. Jul. 11th, 2018

The View From the Top

Tom Giffey, photos by Joel Pearish

Brandon Riechers, CEO of Royal Credit Union, has climbed the ladder of success

Fri. Jul. 6th, 2018

Take a Ride with Student Artwork

Tom Giffey

This wasn’t the beginning of a field trip; instead, the students filed on and off the buses to check out the art inside – art they had created themselves that was displayed as part of the Art on the Bus program ...

Fri. Jun. 29th, 2018

Family Resource Center Faces Financial Challenges

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now, however, it’s the center itself that has a big need: A steep decline in funding this year has posed a serious challenge for the organization ...

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

Elk Mound Spot Specializes in Cajun-Style Seafood

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

When sisters Kay Vang and Yang Xiong decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to start something different. They found what they were looking for at the bottom of the sea – and deep in the bayou ...

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

A Tale Fit for a Queen

Tom Giffey

religious theater group stages female-fronted biblical musical

Wed. Jun. 13th, 2018

Mabel Tainter Taps New Executive Director

Tom Giffey

The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie has hired an arts administrator from Illinois as its new executive director. Jeff McSweeney, who most recently was executive director of Youth Music Illinois in Peoria ...

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2018

Exhibit Features Objects From State Theatre’s History

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Even among those eagerly awaiting the opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence later this year, the impending closure of the State Theatre (a.k.a. the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center) is tinged ...