Kid History! time to tune up your bikes

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Tom Giffey

Whether at the turn of the last century or today, springtime is a good time to tune up your bicycles and get the family outside for a ride. If you had lived in Eau Claire during the early years of the 20th century, the place to buy or repair your bike was James L. Lund’s shop. In this picture from the Chippewa Valley Museum ...

Get to Know your local school librarians

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

If I could be one fictional character it would be: King Bidgood (King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub) because he gets to stay in his enormous bathtub all day long and play.

Melina Alexakis runs with the big dogs

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Barbara Arnold

Melina Alexakis, an Eau Claire native and fifth-grader at Putnam Heights Elementary School, is anything but your average 10 year old. While many kids her age love animals – I mean, who doesn’t love a puppy? – Melina took it to another level by starting her own pet-related business. “Melina created everything about the business ...

Moving Wisconsin Students Forward

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Alison Wagener, photos by Kristin Craker

This spring, Wisconsin students will be taking the Forward Exam, the state’s third standardized testing suite in the last three years. The Forward Exam was preceded by the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, used annually from 1997 until 2014, and the Badger Exam, which was only partially implemented due to technological difficulties in 2015 ...

Registering for School is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Sam Fisher

It is no secret the Chippewa Valley prides itself on quality education, from pre-kindergarten all the way through college. Check out these tips to get your children started on their educational journey. When should I start my child in school? In Wisconsin, formal education can start as early as age 4 with the state’s 4K program ...

Get Your Annual French Toast Fix

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

The annual French Toast Breakfast at Beaver Creek Reserve will be from 8:30am-12:30pm on March 19. Besides a hearty breakfast of French toast and sausage from Augusta Meats, visitors will have the opportunity to win door prizes, participate in nature education games and activities, stroll through the Chippewa Valley Water Color Art Exhibit ...

Lend a Hand for a spring community spruce-up

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

Litter-free public spaces aren’t just easy on the eyes; they’re signs of communities that care. That’s why local organizations bring volunteers, both young and old, together for days of community action. City clean-up efforts help to ensure safe and sanitary environments for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get in on the action ...

What Your Teen Needs to get a work permit

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

Work permits are required by the state of Wisconsin for anyone under the age of 18 (except for agricultural or domestic service work), and employers have to have a permit on file prior to the minor beginning work. You can apply for a work permit right through your school office. Either the minor alone or the minor and parent must visit the permit officer ...

Family University offers parenting skills to community

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Raquel Dorf

Being a parent can sometimes be confusing and chaotic, and as the expression goes, “Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.” That’s why the Augusta School District and the Healthy Schools Grant Team paired up to offer free parenting classes for community members.

Once Upon a Prom helps teens’ dreams come true

Tue. Feb. 16th, 2016

Tom Giffey, photos by Leslie Duffy Photography

Like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Once Upon a Prom can make young women’s dreams of a storybook night at the dance come true. The organization, which was founded in 2012 by Jennifer Rooney and Liz Poteete ...

So Much More Than Just a Crossing Guard

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Rosie Hartung probably doesn’t consider herself a hero, but there are a whole lot of people in the Chippewa Valley who would disagree. Rosie started out as a playground supervisor in the Eau Claire School District but eventually moved to being a crossing guard ...

“I Don’t Like the Chippewa Valley”

Tue. Jan. 12th, 2016

I don’t like the Chippewa Valley. I mean that wholeheartedly. I think I’ve always sort of had this feeling, but just recently it hit me in the gut with the strength of an 800-pound gorilla. I don’t like the Chippewa Valley ...

Haunted Hustle Brings $8,500 to YMCA

Thu. Jan. 7th, 2016

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire raised over $8,500 for the Eau Claire YMCA’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) initiative at the 3rd Annual Haunted Hustle 5K Run/Walk in Owen Park in Eau Claire in fall of 2015. Over 300 people registered to take part in the race.

'Love Your Melon' helps kids with cancer

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Shari Lau

When UW-Eau Claire students in a small group communication course were challenged to find and address a social issue in the local community, one group decided to make it personal and partner with the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Love Your Melon, an organization founded and ...

Tristan Splichal studies the cello and the mixing deck

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Mike Paulus

Many musicians strive to master multiple instruments, often spanning different musical genres and skill sets. Some take it a notch further. Take Eau Claire eighth-grader Tristan Splichal, for instance, who’s just as comfortable with bows and strings as he is with phasers, flangers, and beat matching ...

Boys & Girls Club has divine new digs

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

Where some people see a recently vacated church, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley see a huge opportunity to expand membership and programming to hundreds more Eau Claire-area kids. In November, the local club announced that it was buying the former ...

Valley Families Don’t Have to Stress over heating bills this winter

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

illustrated by Serena Wagner

For some families in the Chippewa Valley, turning up the thermostat isn’t as easy as punching a few buttons. It comes with a choice. A choice between affording the heating bill that comes along with it or putting food on the table and purchasing much needed medications ...

Kid History: a day in the Klondike

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

V1 Staff

If you need evidence that sledding has been an essential wintertime activity for generations of Chippewa Valley children, check out this image from the Chippewa Valley Museum’s collection. During a “Klondike Day” in January 1965, local Boy Scouts lugged their wooden sleds ...

Start Planning your Eau Claire pavilion party

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

V1 Staff

Registration for Eau Claire park pavilions is now open! According to the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, pavilions don’t usually completely book up citywide on any particular day ...

Helping Homeless Families find shelter from the cold

Wed. Dec. 30th, 2015

For many of us, home is more than a building – it’s a feeling. Home is where our memories are made. It’s where we mark our child’s height on a doorframe with each passing year. It’s the place where we snuggle in tight with those we love ...

Ringing a Bell and doing the most good

Wed. Dec. 23rd, 2015

photos by Andrea Paulseth

Memorial High School’s special education students teamed up to spread some holiday cheer – and rake in the donations. Nine students rang ...

Eau Claire Schools Consider Referendum

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

School budgeting choices are always difficult, and this year is no different for the Eau Claire school district. Rising costs and stagnant state aid lead to budget shortfalls: In the next three years alone, the district predicts spending will exceed revenue by $29.3 million. This leaves school leaders with few choices: ...

Keith Olsen wields his cards in world contest

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

How many of you can claim to be ranked fourth in the United States at ... well, anything? Well, if you happen to be 11-year-old Pokémon player Keith Olsen, you just raised your hand. The Altoona 5th grader traveled to Boston late last August to compete in the 2015 Pokémon World Championships ...

Could Your Parenting Use a Check-up?

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

UW-Stout News

Parents often wonder if they’re making the best decisions for their children. A new assessment program at UW-Stout can help them determine if they’re on the right track. Parenting Check-up is being offered this fall through the university’s Clinical Services Center. Completing the Parenting Check-up helps parents learn about ...

Kid History: it came upon a midnight clear

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

V1 Staff

Wintry parades, caroling parties, and other cheery gatherings have been holiday traditions for generations of Chippewa Valley children and adults. Just before Christmas in 1964, families gathered in downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park to sing carols at a Nativity display. According to a contemporary newspaper account ...

3 Ways to Keep Turkey Day Local

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

V1 Staff

1. Eat Cranberries - Other than turkey, football, and shopping, nothing says “Let’s give thanks for a plentiful harvest” better than plopping a can-shaped blob of jellied cranberries onto your Thanksgiving table. And when it comes to growing cranberries, Wisconsin is the undisputed ...

Hmong New Year a time for everyone to celebrate

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t the only holidays to mark this time of year. Another important occasion is the Hmong New Year, which is celebrated by the thousands of Chippewa Valley residents who trace their heritage to Laos. You don’t have to be Hmong to enjoy the festivities, fun, and food ...

Finding Forever Families: the challenges and rewards of adoption

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

Emily Kuhn

Every day, Eau Claire resident Kristin Hakes proudly wears a necklace engraved with this poem, known as the Adoption Creed. For Kristin and her husband, Ben, the poem embodies their relationship with 2-year-old Steven, who they adopted as an infant from Louisiana.

What Do Our Families Need? relief from stress, survey says

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

Tom Giffey

Considering the stressful nature of parenting – which can be worsened by economic setbacks, health worries, and a host of other problems – it’s perhaps understandable that a recent survey of Chippewa Valley families found that chronic stress was rated as the No. 1 area in which families could use more support.

A Block Party for the whole community

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Tom Giffey

The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley is stretching the definition of “block party” a little bit. OK, more than a little bit. Instead of just inviting a few neighbors, the United Way is throwing a shindig for everybody in the area it serves – Eau Claire and Chippewa counties – at Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Megan Sauk loves flying on skis

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Mike Paulus, photos by Kelsey Smith

The ski jump perched atop Mt. Washington right outside of Eau Claire is hard to miss. But for 10-year-old Megan Sauk, it’s an absolute can’t-miss destination. “Since I was eight months old I have lived in Eau Claire,” she said. “I began ski jumping at age eight.”

New Nursing Nook offers haven in busy mall

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

Emily Kuhn

I remember one of my first trips to Oakwood Mall with my newborn son, Graham. He was just a few weeks old, and it was one of our first shopping trips together. I was nervous, wondering if I had planned nap time correctly, if he would protest the car ride or if he would suddenly decide ...

Kid History: strike up the band!

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

V1 Staff

Back-to-school season means a return to reading, writing, ’rithmatic – and band practice. Back in the early 1920s, music education started at an early age for the kids in the “model school” at what is now known as UW-Eau Claire (and was then the recently established Eau Claire State Normal School) ...

Chippewa Valley Family Fall 2015: catch us out & about

Fri. Sep. 4th, 2015

V1 Staff

After the release of our inaugural issue in July, we’ve been busy popping up all over the Chippewa Valley with our mobile tent to hand out issues and sign people up to win a year-long membership to the ...

Outside Magazine Names Eau Claire 4th 'Best' Place to Live

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Tom Giffey

Remember last spring when you were furiously voting for Eau Claire as “America’s Best Town” in an NCAA tourney-style online poll sponsored by Outside Magazine? If you don’t remember, maybe YOU’RE the reason our fair city fell to Chattanooga, Tenn., in the Final Four ...

Curbside Compost: Garbage into Gold

Fri. Jul. 24th, 2015

Barbara Arnold, photos by Kelsey Smith

new Eau Claire business will turn your kitchen waste into compost – and take out the trash, too

Red wiggler earthworms served as the initial inspiration for Zacharious and Jamie Pappas’ newly created business, Earthbound Environmental Solutions, which will offer curbside composting to individuals and families in the Eau Claire area ...

A Birthday in a Box (pony not included)

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Tom Giffey

If you were to squeeze a whole birthday party into a box, what would you include? Cake mix and frosting, of course, plus plates, napkins, and maybe some small toys, party favors, candles, and balloons. All of these goodies (and possibly more) can be found inside the Birthday Boxes assembled by ...

Kid History: the one that didn’t get away

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Tom Giffey

In This Photo: Half Moon Lake, which surrounds Eau Claire’s Carson Park, has been a summer recreational hotspot for decades. Back in 1950, it was the setting for a “Fish Rodeo” sponsored by the Eau Claire Jaycees ...

New Altoona School Underway

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

V1 Staff

With the help of four shovel-wielding children, the Altoona school district broke ground for a new elementary school June 2. The school will be built at 157 Bartlett Ave. on the northeast side of Altoona, about two miles east of the current schools. Voters approved construction of the school as part of a $23 million referendum last fall. The 82,000-square-foot building will serve kindergarten through third-graders and should be complete by the fall of 2016, WEAU-TV reported.

Chippewa Falls District Has a New Leader

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

V1 Staff

hippewa Falls Middle School Principal Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos has a new title: superintendent. The Chippewa Falls school board voted to hire Taylor-Eliopoulos, a Chippewa Falls native, to fill the district’s top spot, which was left vacant by the April resignation of Superintendent Brad Saron. “I decided in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher,” Taylor-Eliopoulos told the Chippewa Herald. “I couldn’t ask for a better next step in my career.” She’s been middle school principal for ...

EC Parks Department a Gold-Medal Finalist

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That adage applies to making it all the way across the monkey bars as well as to the quest by the agency in charge of those monkey bars to be honored as the best of its kind. For the second year in a row, The Eau Claire Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department is a ...

Rolling Toward a New Skate Park

Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

Eric Christenson

“I’ve been a skater for almost 21 years now,” Gabe Brummett tells me over the phone, and then he pauses for a long time. “… Sorry. I’m eating.” As a father of two, a full-time UPS driver, and a lynchpin in Eau Claire’s growing skate scene, Brummett is a busy guy – so we chatted during his afternoon lunch break ...

City Considers Year-Round Public Market in West Bank Development

Thu. May. 28th, 2015

Tom Giffey

Once an industrial hub and the site of a cannery, Eau Claire’s West Bank neighborhood has been largely ignored and underused for decades. If city planners get their way, however, it could blossom anew as an integral hub of the Chippewa Valley’s burgeoning local food movement.

New Downtown Bus Loop Costs 50 Cents

Tue. May. 26th, 2015

V1 Staff

A new circulator route will make getting around downtown Eau Claire easier this summer. On May 20, the Eau Claire Transit Commission approved the creation of a new route that will follow a five-mile loop around the central city each 20 minutes ...

Here Comes the High Bridge

Thu. May. 14th, 2015

Zack Katz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

restored bike-pedestrian bridge will be open for use by the end of the summer

Walking across Phoenix Park’s footbridge (or driving on the Madison Street bridge), a towering iron fixture can be seen as the last in the succession of bridges sprinkled down the Chippewa River before Xcel Energy’s dam. Soon, that 80-foot tall bridge will be more than part of a picturesque view in the distance: It will also provide one ...

68th Annual Doll & Pet Parade

photos by Kelsey Smith

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Water Street Merchants presented the 68th Annual Doll & Pet Parade on Saturday, May 9. This year's theme was a Celebration of Music and featured bands, treats, clowns, prizes and more – parading down Water Street in Eau Claire.

100 Things to Do in Eau Claire This Summer

Mon. Apr. 27th, 2015

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It won’t be long before summer is upon us in Wisconsin. I’ve been busy making itineraries and drawing up road trip maps to fill the three months with as much of Eau Claire character. Fortunately, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire published a ...

Downtown Cinema Reopens

photos by Andrea Paulseth

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Check out the newly renovated Downtown Cinema (315 S Barstow St., Eau Claire), which reopened on April 3 – with all-digital projection and sound, food service, beer and wine, and a complete interior makeover.