Volume One Staff

Tom Giffey

Managing Editor

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Uncharted Territory

coronavirus drives Chippewa Valley unemployment to historic highs, but there are bright spots

Tom Giffey

Things have changed dramatically in just a few months. The coronavirus-driven shutdown caused the unemployment rate to spike to 12.3% in the Eau Claire metro area (Eau Claire and Chippewa counties) in April.

Treasure in Hixton

tiny village is a great destination for antique lovers

Tom Giffey

Every small town needs a claim to fame – something to hang its identity on and to lure visitors to exit from the highway. For Hixton, that claim is being the Antiquing Capital of Wisconsin ...

Pablo Center, Celebrities Join in Seeking Federal Help for Venues

big-name artists part of push for legislation

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Pablo Center at the Confluence is at the forefront of a nationwide effort to protect independent entertainment venues from the worst economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Pablo Center Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson ...

UWEC’s Rindo Hangs Up His Hats

former TV newsman served as university's public voice, led push for new facilities

Tom Giffey

During a nearly two-decade career at UW-Eau Claire and more than 20 years before that as a TV newsman, Mike Rindo has spent plenty of time in the limelight. From the anchor desks of ...

Editor’s Note: Making It Easier to Take It Easy

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ah, summertime and the living is … complicated. Granted, even before the coronavirus, summertime living wasn’t exactly easy. More than half ...

The ARTmobile’s Online Detour

children’s art program comes to web after Pablo Center’s closure

Tom Giffey

For years, the ARTmobile has been a colorful attraction for children and their parents across the Chippewa Valley, popping up at locations from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library to Oakwood Mall to Phoenix Park. The roaming program ...

Plug in to Virtual Summer Learning

here’s what you need to know about the proliferation of online educational options

Tom Giffey

In addition to lazy days filled with squirt-gun fights, bike rides, and (way too many) video games, for many kids summers are also time for sleep-away camps, parks and rec classes, summer schools, and other ...

Homegrown Software Firm Jamf Files for Stock IPO

soon you may be able to buy shares in this Eau Claire-born company

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire-born, Minneapolis-based software firm Jamf has asked federal regulators for permission to sell stock to ...

Time to Book It Back to the Library (If You’ve Got an Appointment, That Is!)

L.E. Phillips Library will allow in-person appointments starting July 1

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s been more than three months since patrons have been able to visit the inside of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Beginning Wednesday, July 1, that will change as the Eau Claire’s public library starts ...

Sculpture Tour Overcomes Unique Challenges for 10th Season

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The coronavirus pandemic and the remnants of an early June tropical storm were among the unusual logistical challenges faced by Sculpture Tour Eau Claire in its effort to install new sculptures to the city’s streets and public spaces this year. Nonetheless, as of June 17 ...

Silver Spring Extends Its Roots by Acquiring Competitor

Eau Claire-based horseradish business adds solar array, stays nimble amid pandemic

Tom Giffey

What could have been a disappointing year for Huntsinger Farms has turned into a successful and notable one for the Eau Claire-based purveyor of horseradish and other food products. Known far and wide for its Silver Spring Foods ...

Historic Photos Liven Up Chippewa Falls Utility Boxes

Tom Giffey

The already historic streetscape of downtown Chippewa Falls is getting a little more historic-looking thanks some uniquely displayed vintage photos. Over the coming weeks, nine electric utility boxes ...

Eau Claire City Leaders Speeding Up Timeline to Buy Police Body Cams

Tom Giffey

Nationwide attention to the issue of police accountability – prompted by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests that followed – has prompted the City of Eau Claire to consider speeding up its timetable for putting body cameras on its police ...