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Volume One www.VolumeOne.org | Volume One magazine is the fast-growing culture and entertainment publication of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley. Volume One Magazine is the Chippewa Valley’s fast-growing culture and entertainment magazine, website, event production group, and retail store.

We print 14,000 copies every two weeks and distribute them FREE at more than 360 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. Find us online at http://www.VolumeOne.org. Publishing for over a decade, Volume One has an enthusiastic and engaged readership, and has always been focused on bringing interesting local culture forward in the Chippewa Valley. Their events are outside-the-box con

We print 14,000 copies every two weeks and distribute them FREE at more than 360 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. Find us online at http://www.VolumeOne.org. Publishing for over a decade, Volume One has an enthusiastic and engaged readership, and has always been focused on bringing interesting local culture forward in the Chippewa Valley. Their events are outside-the-box con

Operating as usual

09/04/2021
Visual/Voice Ep. 11: Mike Paulus – It's Raining Veg

"Keep your zucchini to yourself," warns local Rear End columnist and writer Mike Paulus. "You’re very kind, but if I wanted a zucchini (or 12) I’d just drive through town with my windows rolled down. People on every corner just chuck them into your moving car like cocky high school quarterbacks. This city drowns in zucchini."

Visual/Voice features some of the best writers in the region visually vocalizing their words that appear in our pages. Check out more at VolumeOne.org/VisualVoice.

If you missed the Cirque Italia Water Circus last week, check out these death-defying images of the show ... if you DARE...
09/04/2021
[PHOTOS] Hanging Out at the Mall: Cirque Italia Water Circus Wows Crowds

If you missed the Cirque Italia Water Circus last week, check out these death-defying images of the show ... if you DARE 😱

HANGING OUT AT THE MALL. The touring Cirque Italia Water Circus pitched its tents on Aug. 26-29 in the Oakwood Mall parking lot to hold eight sensational performances, and awesome photographer Branden Nall snagged these incredible photos ...

WARNING: Lots of cheesy puns ahead (but some of them are really gouda).
09/04/2021
There Is Nothing Cheddar Than This New Cheese Biz

WARNING: Lots of cheesy puns ahead (but some of them are really gouda).

Christine Leonard had a “come to cheeses” moment while attending an Honors College class at UW-Stout on the geography of food. In that class, the 2016 alumna, who grew up on a family-owned dairy farm near Waconia, Minnesota, really started to think about food and where it came from ...

FOOD TRUCKS TODAY!  The weather is clearing out and the final Food Truck Friday of the year is ON for today 11am-7pm at ...
09/03/2021
Volume One's Food Truck Friday - Eau Claire, WI

FOOD TRUCKS TODAY! The weather is clearing out and the final Food Truck Friday of the year is ON for today 11am-7pm at Phoenix Park right in front of RCU. Grab chow from Holy Donuts, The Hubb, Guac & Roll, Smokestream, Far Breton Bakery, Dhimiters, Tasty Trolley, and Davis Dogs. Get out there and support them! http://volumeone.org/foodtruckfriday

Phoenix Park, Downtown Eau Claire - One Friday a month 11am-7pm. Up to 8 food trucks will open for lunch and supper.

Rain ☂️ or shine 🌞, things will be cookin' 🍲 down at Phoenix Park from 11am to 7pm Friday, Sept. 3. Just don't forget yo...
09/03/2021
Grab Some Grub at This Year’s Final Food Truck Friday

Rain ☂️ or shine 🌞, things will be cookin' 🍲 down at Phoenix Park from 11am to 7pm Friday, Sept. 3. Just don't forget your appetite 😋

If you’ve been craving fresh-made gyros, tacos, barbecue, hot dogs, donuts, pierogies, pizza, ice cream, and more of your favorite local street foods, we have good news for you: There’s still one ...

🛹 Local skateboarders can offer their input on plans for a new skate park 🛹
09/02/2021
Later, Skater! E.C. Skaters Association Eyes Boyd Park for New Skate Park

🛹 Local skateboarders can offer their input on plans for a new skate park 🛹

Ride on! After Lakeshore Skate Park was built in 2013, the Eau Claire Skaters Association knew it would only be so long before they would need another one to meet the rising popularity of skateboarding. And the time has finally come ...

If you pedal fast enough, you can travel through time:
09/02/2021
The Ride Continues: Museum Gets Funds to Reprint Bike Maps

If you pedal fast enough, you can travel through time:

Downtown Eau Claire Inc. has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Chippewa Valley Museum to support its recently created “Biking into History” self-guided tour maps. According to DECI, “The maps have proven to be in high demand by downtown ...

Royal Credit Union is extending its footprint on the other side of the state line ...
09/01/2021
RCU Grows With Purchase of Minnesota Bank

Royal Credit Union is extending its footprint on the other side of the state line ...

Eau Claire-based Royal Credit Union announced recently that it will be acquiring Lake Area Bank, which operates offices on the eastern side of the Twin Cities metro area. RCU said the acquisition – which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022 – will allow it to serve new members in

🚚 IT'S ABOUT TO DRIVE AWAY 🚚 The last Food Truck Friday of 2021 is this week: Friday, Sept. 3, from 11am to 7pm. Come do...
09/01/2021
Volume One's Food Truck Friday - Eau Claire, WI

🚚 IT'S ABOUT TO DRIVE AWAY 🚚 The last Food Truck Friday of 2021 is this week: Friday, Sept. 3, from 11am to 7pm. Come down and fill up for lunch and/or supper at Phoenix Park!

Phoenix Park, Downtown Eau Claire - One Friday a month 11am-7pm. Up to 8 food trucks will open for lunch and supper.

“The vibe (here) is definitely a focus on adding color to your space,” said Kayla Blue, owner and interior designer. “Wi...
09/01/2021
A Modern Spin on Vintage Pieces

“The vibe (here) is definitely a focus on adding color to your space,” said Kayla Blue, owner and interior designer. “With Menomonie being a college town, a repurposed furniture store is much needed here.”

Bringing a fresh twist to classic vintage pieces is a challenge that one local business is ready to tackle. Patina Vintage Company, a new vintage shop, opened on March 1, and aims to bring a pop of color to the vintage furniture ...

Fasten your seatbelts, Internet users ...
08/31/2021
TDS Gets OK to Build Fast Fiber Network in E.C.

Fasten your seatbelts, Internet users ...

A Madison-based company will install 300 miles of fiber-optic cable in Eau Claire in the next two to three years to begin providing high-speed Internet, cable TV, and telephone service to residents and businesses. Once its network is fully built, TDS Telecom ...

Now that fall is coming, are you interested in turning over a new leaf when it comes to how you eat? Then check out our ...
08/31/2021
Theme Issue - Eating Right in the Chippewa Valley

Now that fall is coming, are you interested in turning over a new leaf when it comes to how you eat? Then check out our new Eating Right special section in print and online. Thanks to Marshfield Clinic for their help with this coverage:

Volume One's guide to nutritious noshing in the Chippewa Valley. Presented by Marshfield Clinic Health System.

Now that college classes are revving up again, it's time to find some good places to hit the books:
08/30/2021
Get Back Into the Academic Groove With These Superior Study Spots

Now that college classes are revving up again, it's time to find some good places to hit the books:

It’s that time of year again: school supply wastelands in Target and last-minute scrambles to the bookstore. It’s a stressful time, we know. We’re here to help ease your transition back into study groups and procrastination-induced all-nighters with the best study spots on these local campuses

Gravelly, heartfelt, depressing, just the way we like ’em. Check out some new country tunes from Eau Claire songwriter M...
08/30/2021
Here Are Four New Matt Vold Songs to Take the Edge Off

Gravelly, heartfelt, depressing, just the way we like ’em. Check out some new country tunes from Eau Claire songwriter Matt Vold ...

Gravelly, heartfelt, depressing, just the way we like ’em. Eau Claire songwriter Matt Vold has narrowly sharpened his particular style of country tunes over the last decade or so. And likewise, he’s honed his singing voice into something akin to the rev of a Harley Davidson. It’s

Some positive environmental news for once 🦋
08/28/2021
Monarch Habitat Takes Off in Wisconsin

Some positive environmental news for once 🦋

Wisconsin monarchs looking for milkweed to lay their eggs on will now find hundreds of thousands of more acres of habitat in Wisconsin thanks to voluntary efforts by organizations and individuals statewide ...

When it reopens in a few weeks, the Pablo Center at the Confluence will require patrons to either show they have been va...
08/27/2021
Pablo Center Will Require COVID Vaccination or Proof of Negative Test

When it reopens in a few weeks, the Pablo Center at the Confluence will require patrons to either show they have been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19:

The Pablo Center at the Confluence has a simple message for patrons who will attend performances at the venue this fall: Either get vaccinated or be able to demonstrate that you’re COVID-19 negative ...

🎵   IT'S ☀️ STILL ☀️ HAPPENING 🎵 ️ The chance of rain is dwindling by the minute, and tonight's Sounds Like Summer Conce...
08/26/2021

🎵 IT'S ☀️ STILL ☀️ HAPPENING 🎵 ️ The chance of rain is dwindling by the minute, and tonight's Sounds Like Summer Concert in Phoenix Park is a go! This is your last chance to enjoy that special mix of music, food, and fun for the season, so bring the gang down to the Labyrinth to see Spencer Douglas + Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers + Jim Pullman. It all starts at 6pm Thursday:
https://volumeone.org/sites/concerts

🎵 IT'S ☀️ STILL ☀️ HAPPENING 🎵 ️ The chance of rain is dwindling by the minute, and tonight's Sounds Like Summer Concert in Phoenix Park is a go! This is your last chance to enjoy that special mix of music, food, and fun for the season, so bring the gang down to the Labyrinth to see Spencer Douglas + Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers + Jim Pullman. It all starts at 6pm Thursday:
https://volumeone.org/sites/concerts

What famous folks have attended UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout? A billionaire, a gold medal winner, a U.S. senator – and Kat...
08/26/2021
EMINENT ALUMNI: Famous Faces Who Went to School Around Here

What famous folks have attended UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout? A billionaire, a gold medal winner, a U.S. senator – and Kato Kaelin!

Think all the talented, successful people in the world get educated at Harvard or Yale? Think again! The Valley’s two ...

“We know firsthand what the stressors of living and working in a law enforcement are all about,” said licensed professio...
08/26/2021
Clinical Practice Aims to Help Law Enforcement Officers Handle On-the-Job Stressors

“We know firsthand what the stressors of living and working in a law enforcement are all about,” said licensed professional counselor Holly Hakes, who opened Hakes Wellness Solutions in Chippewa Falls this summer.

The pressure placed on law enforcement personnel is tremendous, and one local resource aims to help officers handle the stressors they encounter in the line of duty. Hakes Wellness Solutions, a clinical practice that exclusively serves law enforcement officers ...

“We have a deep passion for fun and experimental performance and avant-garde art,” says Jared Choate, co founder of the ...
08/26/2021
Coast Through New Art Forms, Amplify Art, With Midwest Coast

“We have a deep passion for fun and experimental performance and avant-garde art,” says Jared Choate, co founder of the new arts org, Midwest Coast.

Some up-and-coming local artists will get a boost from a couple who wants to bring their creative talents to the forefront of our lil’ community. Midwest Coast is a new endeavor from locals Jared Choate and his wife, Kelly, who bring their experience working in film ...

Relive the music 🎸 and the fun 👏 from last weekend's Blue Ox Music Festival:
08/25/2021
[PHOTOS] Blue Ox Music Festival

Relive the music 🎸 and the fun 👏 from last weekend's Blue Ox Music Festival:

The Pines Music Park in Eau Claire drew thousands of fans from around the country for the annual Blue Ox Music Festival, Aug. 19-21, which offered a unique bluegrass and Americana music experience. This year's festival featured more than 35 artists over three days on three stages ...

THIS IS IT, FOLKS: The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series comes to and end this Thursday, Aug. 26, with an all-star lineu...
08/25/2021
Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Spencer Douglas + Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers + Jim Pullman

THIS IS IT, FOLKS: The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series comes to and end this Thursday, Aug. 26, with an all-star lineup. C'mon down to Phoenix Park starting at 6pm for opener Spencer Douglas, Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers, and headliner (not to mention local rock legend) Jim Pullman. It's your last chance to make musical memories at the park this summer, so don't miss it ...

Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers, a rock trio, made a pandemic pivot and released a fast-paced 13-track punk album. Jim Pullman, veteran songwriter, wrote a new album about grief and hope. 6pm opening act: Spencer Douglas.

EYES ON THE PRIZE. Congratulations to racer Kennedy Swan, who at the age of 14 just won the Track Championship at Red Ce...
08/25/2021

EYES ON THE PRIZE. Congratulations to racer Kennedy Swan, who at the age of 14 just won the Track Championship at Red Cedar Speedway in the Midwest Modified Division. Read all about this young champ's racing exploits in the latest issue of Volume One magazine or online here:
https://volumeone.org/articles/2021/08/17/281632-racing-to-the-finish-line-kennedy-swan

EYES ON THE PRIZE. Congratulations to racer Kennedy Swan, who at the age of 14 just won the Track Championship at Red Cedar Speedway in the Midwest Modified Division. Read all about this young champ's racing exploits in the latest issue of Volume One magazine or online here:
https://volumeone.org/articles/2021/08/17/281632-racing-to-the-finish-line-kennedy-swan

Alex Rongstad made it his mission to run down every street in his hometown, Eau Claire, this year. "I realized wanting t...
08/24/2021
Beginning Again

Alex Rongstad made it his mission to run down every street in his hometown, Eau Claire, this year. "I realized wanting to run every street for me, it’s kind of like a metaphor for wanting to meet everybody, like wanting to know and be connected to everybody in the city." Learn more about this man and his mission:

“Evidence would suggest that I’m not really geared towards this,” said local runner Alex Rongstad, gesturing toward a looping map of Eau Claire, detailing the thousands of miles he has run over the past few months.

WATCH/READ: “Could it be? I wondered. Is Eau Claire County the true home of 'The Great Outdoors'?"The answer – at least ...
08/24/2021
COLUMN: The Great Outdoors in Our Great Hometown

WATCH/READ: “Could it be? I wondered. Is Eau Claire County the true home of 'The Great Outdoors'?"

The answer – at least according to the director of the classic 1980s comedy – is YES!

My first foray into The Great Outdoors occurred in the movie rental aisle of my local grocery store. The year: 1992. The place: Fort Wayne, Indiana. I stretched my 8-year-old body toward the uppermost movie shelf – past My Girl, Father of the Bride, and The Addams Family ...

🍕 One of the Valley's best-loved pizza restaurants is on the market 🍕
08/23/2021
SLICE OF HISTORY: Beloved Eau Claire Eatery, Pizza Del Re, Up for Sale

🍕 One of the Valley's best-loved pizza restaurants is on the market 🍕

Now’s your chance to own a pizza place fit for a king: Pizza Del Re, one of the Chippewa Valley’s most beloved and longest last purveyors of pizzas, is on the market, according to listing posted online ...

What do archery 🏹 and bridges 🌉 have in common? This article, of course ...
08/23/2021
Menomonie Archery Club Builds Bridges ... Literally

What do archery 🏹 and bridges 🌉 have in common? This article, of course ...

Last spring, heavy rainfall washed away all but one of the Menomonie Archery Club’s bridges, cutting off access to much of their property. Thanks to a creek that meanders through the 13.5 acres, the bridges are necessary ...

To better your odds of having a long, heart-healthy life, eating the right foods is an overlooked but critical decision,...
08/22/2021
Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire: At the Heart of Heart Care

To better your odds of having a long, heart-healthy life, eating the right foods is an overlooked but critical decision, say the experts at Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire. Learn more about the impact of nutrition on your heart in this article from the special Eating Right section of the latest issue of Volume One:

To better your odds of having a long, heart-healthy life, eating the right foods is an overlooked but critical component. “Nutrition is one of the most powerful tools we have to take care of our health,” said Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire Dietician Ashley Short. “Finding your inner

🌎 SAVE THE PLANT – IT MEANS THE WORLD TO US: Delve into the green scene with our annual "Go Green" special section, full...
08/21/2021
Go Green Chippewa Valley

🌎 SAVE THE PLANT – IT MEANS THE WORLD TO US: Delve into the green scene with our annual "Go Green" special section, full of articles and resources – from carbon-free energy to pollinator habitats – to help you tread more lightly on the planet. Thanks to Xcel Energy Wisconsin for their help with this annual eco-themed effort 🌍

Preserving our world for future generations. Presented by Xcel Energy

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Can you do an interview with me 😍👉🤞as artistic director of Paradise Shores 4 hotel my dream is to create a nice conversation and a flow between arts between Eau Claire and Holcombe where my resort is. It would be great thank you. Jakub
Music video my band worked on that I thought some Eau Claire people would enjoy 😁
Please sign my petition for Eau Claire to establish a public ISP. Access to the internet is important and it has moved beyond the novelty it was in the 90s or the luxury it was in the early 00s, but now is a necessity which some 30% of Eau Claire does not have due to extant ISPs pricing out customers with high service costs and low speeds accompanied by poor service.
As someone who enjoys dining at Eau Claire and Altoona restaurants, I'm wondering if you could post a list of which restaurants have outside dining during this time?
Our 2020 corn maze honors those keeping our community moving forward during this "maze" of a year: medical professionals, first responders, farmers and the trades. They are all heroes to the community so we wanted to honor them in a BIG (7 acres BIG!) way! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=754847948592307
Visit to fire station #10
Dear Volume One! What has 8 legs and is really small? A nymphal tick ready to bite you! Normally our tick team visits Eau Claire, but we are not able to this year. Therefor an online heads up it is prime tick and Lyme disease time. Get your ticks identified, learn about tick bite prevention and deer tick activity in your county. Share your outdoor experiences and tick encounters and help UW-Madison researchers (including me) develop better strategies to prevent tick bites and keep people healthier. Enroll in the Tick App study by downloading The Tick App in the AppStore ow.ly/1Yho50A5Dy3 or GooglePlay ow.ly/8yo450A5DxW
My swag water bottle helped me make it to the top of Brady's Bluff today. As the Beach Boys said, "Good good good, good hydration. " Thanks again.
Chalk art courtesy of my husband Todd!
Thanks for the awesome membership box!! Glad to help you, even if it is only in a small way, in these crazy times...
A great question for for the Eau Claire City-County Department of Health: "What are your objectives for Eau Claire's viral transmission rates? Originally, the metric for success was to "flatten the curve," which has been accomplished. The curve of infection in Eau Claire is so slow that the hospitals do not have enough patients. Now, instead of slowing the spread, we are being told to #stopthespread. Is the intention of the current measures to stop the spread and eradicate COVID-19 from Eau Claire county by having zero additional cases? That seems like an unachievable goal. You've implied that "herd immunity" is a debatable theory at this point. However, it seems inevitable that healthy county residences will eventually need to contract and recover from the virus, given that most residents will safely recover from this virus--most without the need for hospitalization. Given these concerns, what is the county's acceptable rate of viral transmission? If it is zero, the measures in place will not achieve that rate. If the goal is to work toward immunity, then we need much higher rate of transmission than one a week, and our county hospitals can accommodate a greater rate of spread. Moreover, if an acceptable rate of transmission is in mind, then there needs to be communication that the current rates for Eau Claire county are either acceptable or below desired rates. We also need to know what that acceptable rate is and for what end it was designed. Is the target rate based on targeted hospital capacity; is it based on achieving a percentage of county cases recovered? You need to communicate these goals. Because, if the goal is to "wait for a cure," then the public needs to be told that is the objective as well. At this point, there does not seem to be clearly stated objectives that the public can understand and support. We don't know if you are trying to get to zero cases, an acceptable rate of transmission, or if we are waiting for some form of cure. Without a stated objective beyond "our goal is to safely reopen the state," the current measures are not warranted. Our community either needs to have no cases--achieved by complete quarantine, not "safer at home;" More cases, achieved by allowing people to return to community interaction sooner than what we are doing, while keeping the high risk isolated; or we maintain an arbitrarily conceived notion of "safer at home," unless you need to travel to just about anywhere for any purpose deemed "essential," with no clear objective for an indefinite period of time."