Volume One Staff

Rebecca Mennecke

Associate Editor

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Black Lives Matter Mural Memorializes Vibrant Lives Lost

'This is still happening,' one muralist says. 'It's not necessarily gotten better.'

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“Each time the world loses a Black life, a mother, father, son, daughter, best friend, or neighbor is lost ...

Mabel Tainter Suspends Fall Season Through End of November

during ‘intermission’ period, executive director plans to depart

Rebecca Mennecke

“We want to assure you that we are working hard to ensure that our Mabel will be around for the next 130 years,” the media release said. “We are ...

‘Conversations in Color’: New Livestream Event Continues Race Discussion

new weekly show debuts Monday on Converge Radio

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton and Ed Hudgins’ new radio series, "Conversations in Color," seeks to fill that need by discussing a number of race-related topics. Their first episode, which will be broadcast ...

TOUR DE NACHO: Eau Claire Couple Sets Out to Find Best Nachos in Town

"We love nachos," said one local nacho-lover, "obviously."

Rebecca Mennecke

When life gives you lemons, eat some nachos. Or at least that’s what Parker and Rachael LeMire – high school sweethearts-turned-Eau Claire couple – have done amid the global pandemic: eat some good nachos ...

Pop-Up Food Truck Event Hopes to Sustain Local Food Economy

some might call it a ‘food truck frenzy’

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After watching all of the festivals and fairs around the Chippewa Valley get cancelled, Kyle Yudes from Castle Insurance Agency in Eau Claire knew he had to do something ...

Menomonie Market Food Co-Op Goes Virtual

Rebecca Mennecke

Since the coronavirus pandemic first started, people’s shopping habits have changed significantly, according to Kendall Williams,  marketing manager at the Menomonie Market Food Co-Op ...

Menomonie's Revamped Stout Craft Co. Features 24 Craft Beers, Food – and Axe Throwing

‘We want to be known for craft beer and craft foods,’ says general manager of what was formerly Stout Alehouse

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Stout Craft Co. in Menomonie – formerly Stout Ale House – got a facelift as of June, with a total rebrand of the restaurant. With new paint, new TVs, new LEDs, new neons, new trimwork, a new bar ...

Blugolds, Blue Devils ... Both Green

Chatting With Sustainability Leaders at UWEC, UW-Stout

Rebecca Mennecke

"The most beautiful thing about the concept of sustainability is that it’s an intersection; that means that when we apply a sustainable lens to something as overwhelming as our current public health crisis ..."

Local Author Perseveres Despite MS Diagnosis

'Writing a book is like a miracle,' says local author Jenny Knipfer. Writing three? Now that's a feat.

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Jenny Knipfer woke up one day in 2014 to find that her toes were numb. The following day, she woke up to numb legs. Then the next day, the numbness had made its way to her midriff. That’s when she made an appointment with a neurologist ...

Opening Shot | July 22, 2020

photos by Rebecca Mennecke

BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER. Yet another mural is in progress in downtown Eau Claire. The mural was designed and ...

Regis Catholic Schools Plan In-Person Classes This Fall

private school system students will attend five days a week

Rebecca Mennecke

Regis Catholic Schools has released information about returning to school this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, with a plan to reopen school buildings and resuming in-person classes, five days a week, following ...

EC Public Arts Council Takes Art to the Streets (and Walls)

revived civic group pushes for murals, more

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Tom Giffey

Equity. Diversity. Inclusivity. Civic engagement. Those are just a few of the ideals the Eau Claire Public Arts Council hopes to incorporate into two new murals currently in production in downtown Eau Claire. Between the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests around the country, current events have ...

Red Letter Grant Gives Out COVID-19 Relief Funding

Catey Leonardson, Rebecca Mennecke

The Red Letter Grant recently awarded 11 grants worth $1,000 each as relief funds for women-owned businesses, with a preference for businesses owned by ...

Children’s Theatre Set to Seize the Day With ‘Newsies’

ECCT will perform movie-turned-musical outdoors at fairgrounds

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘The World Will Know” that the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is slated to stage the hit Disney movie-turned-Broadway musical Newsies — by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein — at 7:30pm from July 22-24 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds ...

Checking in With Chippewa Valley Retailers

shoppers can support local businesses, but with a face mask and a purpose

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“Although coronavirus has been challenging in all aspects of life, it is particularly challenging to small business owners,” said Erin Klaus, co-owner of Tangled Up in Hue ...

Amid Pandemic, Shelters Ensure Every Dog Has Its Day

humane societies see ups and downs in adoption numbers throughout pandemic

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Across the country, animal shelters have had to get creative about adoption procedures. From creating appointment slot times, implementing curbside adoption, or offering foster options, animal shelters are finding new ways to ...

Get Out and Explore Wisconsin With These Great Guides

with the pandemic cooping us inside and the temptation of warmer weather, now is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’re looking for some “less traveled by” locations to socially distance while hiking, camping, and exploring neat outdoor getaways during these – ahem – unprecedented times, we have just the thing for you! . . .