Release Your Inner Archivist and Help Chronicle COVID-19 in the Valley

CV Museum, UWEC collaborate to create pandemic archive

Most of the time, people donate items to museums because they have historical significance – for example, a letter written by Benjamin Franklin. Currently there is a project in our community to collect items being used today. A team ...

With ‘Multidimensional,’ ArtFly Brings Local Art Online

virtual exhibition of Chippewa Valley art runs through June 5

Eau Claire-based pop-up gallery ArtFly has taken art to a new, digital format that can be accessed by a computer or smartphone in the new exhibition “ArtFly: Multidimensional” – ArtFly’s first show in ...

Phoenix Park Bridge Will Light Up to Honor 2020 Grads

Among the many disappointments caused by this spring’s pandemic has been the cancelation of in-person graduation ceremonies for young people wrapping up their high school and college careers. From drive-by parades ...

What’s the Buzz? 14,000 Cloth Masks and Counting …

Eau Claire-based effort unites hundreds around sewing

A honeybee colony can be thought of as a single organism, and, if you listen very carefully, you can hear a low humming sound in the Chippewa Valley. It is the sound of hundreds of sewing machines, from farmhouses to family homes to city ...

Chalkfest Pivots to Virtual Display, Competition for 2020

participants invited to safely create chalk artwork wherever they are

Since its inception 12 years ago, Chalkfest has been a celebration of creativity spread across concrete canvases – first at downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park, and more recently on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Last summer alone ...

COVID-19: The Wedding Crasher They Never Expected

couples get creative in the midst of pandemic

With our wedding three months out, we’re at a standstill. The “Safer at Home” order prohibits groups of over 10, and the pandemic has no end date. So now what?

Downtown Farmers Market Focuses on Health, Safety as Season Nears

first farmers market of 2020 planned for Saturday

Preparing for the first farmers market of the season in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park has been particularly challenging this year. In addition to arranging all the usual details for the dozens of vendors who will arrive shortly after dawn on Saturday, Deidra Barrickman has had to contend with the uncertainty ...

How a Broken Chainsaw Saved Lives During the Pandemic

and, no, it wasn’t by fighting off zombies

When the good folks of the Chippewa Valley realized that some sort of lockdown/shelter-in-place order was coming, everyone rushed out to prep for prolonged isolation. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and Handi Wipes became impossible to find. But out here, in the town of Seymour ...

UW-Stout Alumnus Dives Into Career Pursuing COVID-19 Vaccine

December grad working at Mayo Clinic on lab project, preparing for medical school

Less than six months after graduating from UW-Stout, Jack Hemsath admits that it’s surreal to put on a lab coat and walk into work at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Hemsath is a ...

New State Guidelines Designed to Help Businesses Reopen Safely

Wisconsin retailers, restauranteurs, motel operators, manufacturers, and numerous other businesses owners have new guidelines on how to reopen and operate safely when “Safer at Home” restrictions are eased. On Friday, Gov. Tony. Evers ...