Monthly Archives: August 2015

Race the Lake


BY Michael Casper Back in the 90’s there was a 100 mile bike race named The Bago 100 that was a ride around Lake Winnebago. Some cyclists treated it like a race; others as a ride. Either way, there has always been excitement about riding the crest of the mighty Lake Winnebago. Gloria West is the executive director of what ... Read More »

Just Another Band Out of Boston


BY Michael Casper Boston is coming to the State Fair. Other than a gyro and a cream puff, is there any other reason why not to make a trip to West Allis? Their debut album, Boston, was released nearly 39 years ago to the day they will storm the stage on the 6th. That record still ranks as one of ... Read More »

The Guess Who is Coming to the Dodge County Fair

Left to Right:: Jim Kale, Derek Sharp, Laurie MacKenzie, Garry Peterson, Leonard Shaw

BY Michael Casper It seems like The Guess Who have been around forever, and for fans of classic rock and roll, we couldn’t be happier. I was lucky enough to talk to one of their founding members, drummer Garry Peterson about the band’s longevity, life on the road, and Wisconsin. Michael: You not only drum, but keep the books for ... Read More »

Passing of Raconteur: Stan Erickson


BY Blaine Schultz On June 17th Stan Erickson passed away at his home in Appleton at age 61. Among his titles (Raconteur, Record Maven, Trivia Baron, Fellow Traveller, Crossword King, Clip Art Genius, Compiler of Obscure Songs, Drinking Buddy, Recorder of Bootlegs, Bowling Shirt Aficionado), Erickson is best known as co-owner of New Frontier Record Exchange.  From the outside it ... Read More »

A Taste For It


BY Jamie Lee Rake “Don’t go there if you don’t like big desserts,” said a friend, with her husband’s concurring, of Pine Cone Travel Plaza Restaurant & Bakery (685 W. Linmar Lane, Johnson Creek, near the outlet mall around the juncture of Highways 26 and 94;920-699-2767, of where they had recently enjoyed dining while engaging in church picnic conversation. ... Read More »

Theresa Langenfeld’s Yellow Bean Soup


By Trish Derge I’s August. Who wants to even think about making or eating hot soup? But the yellow beans are in! And what better way to enjoy them than in a soup? I found a generation’s old recipe from a long since passed dear woman from the Holyland who raised and fed seven kids, and a few farm ... Read More »

Open Records


BY Michael Mentzer Sometimes it’s just impossible to let the world go by without saying something. For me, for what it’s worth, this is one those times. The $76 billion state biennial budget has been approved after months of debate, infighting, backstabbing, trickery and deceit. Gov. Scott Walker used his veto pen liberally, signed the document, and then resumed what ... Read More »

Delicious Ambiguity: Questions and Curiosity Make Life Tasty

Featured art: ‘Uncertainty Principle’ by Regina Valluzzi,

BY Jean Detjen “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” —Gilda Radner How often ... Read More »

Foxy Finds


By Jean Detjen, Artful Living Art glass spheres of light to brighten your home and delight special people in your life. Choose from Friendship Balls, Fairy Balls and Witches Balls. No two are alike. Most are of European origin, made in small communities, or family crafted.  Each one is unique with small variances in design, color, weight, and size. Prices ... Read More »

Another Milestone on the Path to Equality”


BY Denis Riley On June 26th the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 14th amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws meant that no state could ban marriages between members of the same sex, just as it had held almost 50 years earlier that no state could ban marriages between individuals of different races. Reaction was ... Read More »

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