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Volume One Receives Emergency Funds from Google News Initiative

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Along with countless businesses forging ahead through the COVID-19 pandemic, Volume One has been adversely affected by the human and economic costs of the crisis. In fact, we’re part of an industry that has been hit particularly hard: Thousands of media ...

Rock Fest Postponed Until 2021 Amid Pandemic

organizers hope to book same bands for next year

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

It looks like there is a force in the universe stronger than rock ’n’ roll: COVID-19. Explaining that “the deck is stacked against us,” organizers of ...

How to Ensure Sunny Days Ahead for High Schools’ Solar Project

effort to put panels on North, Memorial nears matching gift deadline

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Thanks to some generous donations, Eau Claire’s North and Memorial high schools could both be outfitted with rooftop solar panels this summer, but some additional community help is needed to carry the project over the ...

SOUNDS LIKE BUMMER? A Quick Update on Our Annual Summer Concert Series

V1 Staff, photos by Adam Smith

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, you may be wondering about Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. The concerts – which typically bring nearly 2,000 people to Phoenix Park to enjoy local music, food, and community every Thursday throughout the summer ...

Phoenix Park Bridge Will Light Up to Honor 2020 Grads

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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 ...

Chalkfest Pivots to Virtual Display, Competition for 2020

participants invited to safely create chalk artwork wherever they are

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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 ...

Rock the Riverfront Has Gone Virtual

RCU announces changes for summer 10K fundraising event

V1 Staff, photos by Taylor Smith

The RCU Foundation is transitioning the 2020 Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic event to a virtual race. This decision has been made with the safety of attendees ...

New State Guidelines Designed to Help Businesses Reopen Safely

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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 ...

The 2020 Parade of Homes is Going Virtual

annual Chippewa Valley event will be free this year

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The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association has announced its first-ever VIRTUAL Parade of Homes, presented by Spin Vision Virtual Tours ...

National Guard to Help With COVID-19 Testing in Western Wisconsin

details about drive-through sites, hours announced

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Part of the statewide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and re-open Wisconsin depends on ramping up testing for the virus. Gov. Tony Evers announced that the Wisconsin National Guard will help work toward that goal by setting up drive-through testing sites throughout ...

Reader Alert: L.E. Phillips Library to Start Pickup Service May 11

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Are you stuck reading the same books you were before the pandemic hit? If you’re a patron of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, now you’re in luck: The library announced Friday that it will begin a library pickup service ...

Pablo Foundation Steps Up with $1M for COVID-19 Relief

Eau Claire-based charity’s gifts have gone to hospitals, community groups

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One of the bright spots among all the alarming news over the past few weeks has been the generosity of community donors who have pitched in to help deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pablo Foundation has been ...

DON'T Roll Out the Barrel: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Delayed Until 2021

celebration of German culture is latest event to vanish for 2020

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now pandemic-driven uncertainty is leading even fall events to be suspended: The latest in the Chippewa Valley is Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, which has been postponed until September 2021 ...

UWEC Suspends Sonnentag Centre Project Because of Pandemic

construction on multi-faceted event center was supposed to start this summer

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UW-Eau Claire has announced that the Sonnentag Centre project, a collaborative effort to build an event and recreation complex, is temporarily suspended, due to issues related to COVID-19 ...

Chippewa Valley Virtual Variety Hour: Episode 3

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Hey y’all, it's time for Episode 3 of the Chippewa Valley Virtual Variety Hour! This one's got some flute, a lil’ “Baby Shark,” a stir-crazy music video, a few songs, a dance tutorial, and ...

Gov. Evers Signs COVID-19 Relief Bill, Says More Is Needed

legislation taps into up to $2 billion in federal relief funds

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After a first virtual session of the state Legislature in Wisconsin history, both chambers approved a coronavirus relief bill that was swiftly signed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday ...

Farm Tech Days Latest Big Event Delayed by COVID-19

huge ag show slated for this summer in Eau Claire is moved to 2021

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Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which was slated to be held this July at Huntsinger Farms just south of Eau Claire, has been rescheduled to July 20-22, 2021 ...

Volunteers Needed for Temporary Homeless Shelter

Sojourner House, Positive Avenues have relocated to the Hobbs Ice Arena

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Sojourner House and Positive Avenues have temporarily relocated and are collaborating to provide 24-hour services at the Hobbs Ice Arena for community members experiencing homelessness. Community volunteers are needed to assist ...

Blue Ox Music Festival postponed to Aug. 27-29

the sixth annual bluegrass and roots music fest was supposed to happen in June

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The Blue Ox Music Festival announced it’s postponing this year’s three-day fest to late August. The sixth annual bluegrass and roots festival was supposed to happen June 11-13 ...

Country Fest Postpones June Festival, Reschedules for August

34th annual festival moves dates because of coronavirus concerns

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

In the first such move by one of the Chippewa Valley’s big summer music festivals, the organizers of County Fest announced Friday that they would be moving their annual three-day event from June 25-27 to Aug. 13-15 as a result of the coronavirus ...

Staying Safer (and Healthier) at Home

Eau Claire doctor offers tips on maintaining your family’s physical and mental health during isolating times

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Volume One talked to Dr. Mollie Meagher, a Family Medicine Resident Physician with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, about how we can keep ourselves and our families healthy and happy during ...

‘Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund’ From Ambient Inks

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Today Eau Claire print and design house Ambient Inks launched the "Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund" aimed at helping to "support Chippewa Valley artists who have been financially impacted by event/gig cancellations, the inability to sell their work/book shows, and/or lost revenue from their day jobs being eliminated due to COVID-19."

Drive-Thru Absentee Voting Behind Eau Claire City Hall!

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"Voting is considered an essential government function. To safeguard this important process and safety and well-being of election workers and residents, the City of Eau Claire Elections Office has set up ..."

Michael Perry – "UnFarmer"

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Late one night in the little writing room above his garage, New York Times bestselling author (don't he just look it though?) Michael Perry props up his phone and reads "UnFarmer," and essay included in the "Lock Up the Chickens" section of his book From the Top ...

Volume One's Community Pandemic Dashboard

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In response to the community crisis around COVID-19, Volume One has launched a new homepage around the idea of Pulling Together While Staying Apart. In this video, Volume One editor/publisher Nick Meyer explains the reason for the site and some of the early content.

Hope is the Thing: A Collaborative Writing Project

the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild starts a collaborative writing project during COVID-19 outbreak

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The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, in its effort to connect writers around the Eau Claire area, are launching a new effort to connect writers virtually during the time of social distancing and self-isolation ...

THANK YOU.

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Volume One’s special community coverage of the Chippewa Valley’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being actively supported by these organizations.