25 Native American City Names in Wisconsin

As Wisconsinites, we laugh at the attempts of non-locals trying to pronounce many of our unique Native American town and city names. Although we love these places, how well do we know the history of their name origins?   Milwaukee Translating to the “rich and beautiful land” by the Potawatomi, the spelling of the most well-known city on this list has been debated many times. The original Native pronunciation was derived from “Man-a-waukee” according to the Milwaukee Sentinel on August 22, 1881. Kenosha Although there is debate over whether its origin is Menominee or Potawatomi, most have agreed that “Kenosha”

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8 Things You Never Knew About Sunflowers (and Where to Find Them in Wisconsin)

August is here, and Wisconsin’s sunflowers are all grown up and ready to share their beautiful bursts of brightness with the world! Many of us know that they follow the sun and grow a bit taller than your average flower. But did you know they’ve been to space, or how they could be your new best friend in the kitchen? Take a look at these eight things you never learned about sunflowers, and then find one of their majestic fields near you! 1. Home Grown Sunflowers are native to North America, dating back as far as 3,000 BCE. The rest

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10 Places to Visit in Wisconsin if You’re an Animal Lover

Do you have a love for viewing wildlife and animals? Join us as we take a tour throughout the state to view some of Wisconsin’s noteworthy and unique zoos. Whether you are seeking exotic wildlife or adorable farm critters, we’ve got you covered.   1. Henry Vilas Zoo – Madison What’s the best part about Henry Vilas Zoo? It’s free and open to the public year-round! There are plenty of sights to see with the whole family, such as the Big Cats Exhibits, Artic Passage, and Primate House among other areas. Kids will love the diversity of animals, like polar

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How Wisconsin Are You?

Do the words bubbler, Piggly Wiggly, and Weyauwega mean anything to you? Then you might be a true Cheesehead! Take the quiz to find out just how Wisconsin you are.

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6 Reasons to Love La Crosse County

La Crosse sits on the iconic Mississippi River and is nestled amid beautiful bluffs, giving it an almost mountain city feel. Besides the gorgeous views, the city boasts a fabulous restaurant scene, unparalleled festivals and plenty of fascinating tourist attractions. Is it even possible to visit La Crosse and not fall in love? Here are just a few of the reasons we’re obsessed:   The Bluffs Midwestern terrain is known for being rather flat in spots (which can be great in its own right), while here and there throwing in what we might consider “rolling hills” (also gorgeous). Where else,

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5 Pick-Your-Own Fruit Farms in Wisconsin

One of the best things about summer in Wisconsin is finally getting that fresh, local, farm-grown produce we’ve been craving all winter. Whether you pick it up at a farmer’s market or your local grocery store, nothing beats the crunch of a fresh apple or the sweetness of strawberries that have never seen the inside of a refrigerated semi. So take a moment, close your eyes, and imagine the juicy freshness of a strawberry picked straight from the forb. (Fun fact: because there is no wood substance in strawberry stems, they technically grow on forbs rather than bushes.)   Many

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8 Beautiful and Challenging Wisconsin Disc-Golf Courses

Disc Golf started gaining traction in Wisconsin when the first courses were created between the late 1970s and 1990s. Since the 2000s, hundreds of new courses have popped up all around the state and the sport has become much more recognized by the public. Let’s highlight a few of Wisconsin’s most beautiful and challenging disc golf parks and “disc”over what makes each one so special.   1. Highbridge Gold – Highbridge Established in 2004 and acting as a champion course, Highbridge Gold leads players through a hilltop area while offering great views of the Chequamegon National Forest. One surprising feature

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8 Hearty Wisconsin Dishes to Celebrate July Beef Month

Hot weather is here to stay and people are rushing outside for some sunbathing and lakeside swimming during these summer months. This means that everyone is also bringing out their grills and making some savory summer dishes. One of the many reasons to love Wisconsin is that many of our beloved farmers that raise our meat also have some of their own family recipes to share with you. Today, with the help of our friends at Something Special from Wisconsin™ we will be looking at eight fulfilling recipes from farms and butchers around the state that you can try at

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6 Easy Campfire Recipes You Never Knew You Needed

We’re halfway through camping season and it’s time to step up your campfire game. We’ve all gotten a little creative with s’mores (my personal favorite is subbing in Reece’s peanut butter cups) but have you ever added pears? Have you ever roasted a brownie? How about an entire pie? We’ve got just what you need to take your campfire snacks to the next level, and to top it off, each recipe features a product from a Something Special from Wisconsin™ member right here in our state!   Wisconsin product: RJ Meats and Groceries is a family owned business providing award-winning

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6 Creepy Cryptids That Call Wisconsin Home

Camping season is in full bloom. Many of us are packing up and heading into the great outdoors for a fun array of activities like swimming, biking, hiking, hammock napping, and… scary campfire stories. Whether you are a believer of these mythical accounts or not, it always makes for a spine-tingling good time when you round up your friends for a story around the fire. Today we are going to look at some of Wisconsin’s most interesting cryptid stories from around the state that you can use to add to your catalogue of spooky tales.   The Beast of Bray

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