A Countdown to Celebrating New Year’s in Wisconsin

Bright lights, festive music and over-the-top celebrations…there’s nothing quite like ringing in the New Year! Wisconsinites are known for throwing a good party so rest assured: wherever you celebrate here, you’ll be in good company. Here’s my countdown to a few fabulous ways you can welcome the arrival of 2015:

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9 Signs You’re Never Too Far From Wisconsin…

One of my closest friends and a lifelong Wisconsinite, was recently exiled from his homeland. While enjoying a new latitude, he was constantly reminded of Wisconsin. Wherever he went he would find contributions from the people and exports from the Dairy State. So, we sat down and put together a list of Wisconsin exports that have a national and global impact. This list is just a reminder that you can always be near Wisconsin wherever you go. Neenah Foundry Established in 1872 during the Reconstruction Era, Neenah Foundry has been a leader in casting technology for over 140 years. In

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It’s Winter and You Live in Wisconsin

Prepare yourself for a long, cold and bitter winter – stuck inside all day. But is it really that bad of a winter? Are you really stuck inside all day? Gosh, it’s so easy for us to feel that way. I know that I can get the “winter blues” from time to time, but this is your time. It’s time to start having fun in that snow. This is your opportunity to maybe even try something new –  make new family traditions! You, my friend are fortunate. So many of my former Wisconsinite friends are missing the very thing you

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Wisconsin Snowmobiling by the Numbers

Let’s start with a confession; I don’t own a snowmobile, but I usually get out one or two times a year with friends and co-workers. So why am I writing an article about snowmobiling in Wisconsin? Well a few years ago, I worked on an episode of Discover Wisconsin and in turn, I learned a lot about this extremely popular sport. Honestly, with the winters we were having back then, I think some were beginning to trade in their track and skis for a four-wheeled alternative (which, in this writer’s opinion, is also fun!). But with last year’s polar vortex

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How to Create the Perfect Cheese Tray

As the holiday season approaches, thoughts turn to what to serve guests. Here in Wisconsin the obvious bet is cheese and crackers. And while grocery store cheese trays are the simplest way to go, you’ll tend to get the standard, mild cheeses that don’t really excite people. Mostly made up of Colby, Mild Cheddar and Swiss cheeses, they offer typical cheeses that everyone likes but is too ashamed to admit are uninteresting and ordinary. If you want to really impress your guests, I have a few suggestions for you… VARIETY A great cheese tray offers a sample of aged, semi-soft

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12 Uniquely Wisconsin Holiday Gift Ideas

It happens every year: You get stuck buying for those notoriously impossible-to-impress relatives. I feel your pain, disheartened shopper, I really do. That is why the Discover Wisconsin crew has done the research for you and compiled our list of top uniquely Wisconsin gift ideas courtesy of Something Special from Wisconsin™. Drumroll please! Scroll through the slideshow or the article below for the results:

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Events Round-Up: November 2014

This Must Be The Place (Sheboygan) Now through February 22  @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some places persist despite distance in time or space. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan presents original installations, sculpture, photography, film and work by vernacular environment builders that reveal places of power and influence in 13 artists’ lives. Turkey Trot (Janesville) November 15 @ 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. This professionally chip timed event features a one-mile, five-mile and half-mile (for the kiddos!) runs along the scenic Rock River in Janesville. Enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving slice of pie with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or

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10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Wisconsin

1. Wisconsin is modest about its lakes. Minnesota’s official motto may be the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but Wisconsin is not one to brag. The lake count comes in somewhere over 15,000, but the Wisconsin DNR modestly publishes a listing of 16,692 lakes. 2. Madison wasn’t always the Capitol of Wisconsin. Belmont was the original. The capitol was established in 1836, when Wisconsin was not yet a state but a territory. You can still visit the Council House and a lodging house for then legislators at this historic site just west of Belmont Mound State Park. 3. The oldest city in

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12 (Non-Packers Related) Things To Do in Green Bay

Growing up in Green Bay, I’ve heard it a million times, “What’s in Green Bay besides the Packers?” And while we are proud of (ok, that’s an understatement – more like obsessed with) our team, I know there is so much more to see and do in Green Bay. So, in honor of Aaron Rodgers, here’s a list of 12 things to do on your next trip to Titletown.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenosha

While filming in Kenosha last summer, our crew discovered this city is all about unexpected fun. But that’s not all we learned. The locals taught us a few things about “K-Town,” too… It hasn’t always been “Kenosha.” The Potawotomi first named the area “gnozhé,” which means “place of the pike“. By 1836, more settlers had arrived and dubbed the town “Pike Creek”. But as the area became a significant Great Lakes shipping port, the village was renamed again in 1837 to “Southport”. Southport continues to grow and in 1850, the town’s citizens adopted an anglicized version of its original name, “Kinoje”, hence “Kenosha”. Today, Kenoshans are known to refer

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