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“Your Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe Free”


By Dennis Reilly By the time you read this, most of those who comment on things political for a living will have moved on from analyzing the “earthquake” that was the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th District. All sorts of explanations for this quite unexpected result have been floated. ... Read More »

The Big, Wild, Western Rodeo

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By Connie Klotzbuecher On July 23, 1959, the front-page headline of the Manawa Advocate read, “Over 7,000 People Watch Rodeo.” The article continued, “The largest crowd in Manawa’s history, over 7,000 flocked here to watch the first Lions World Championship Rodeo Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 500 people were turned away Sunday afternoon while another 4,000 jammed into the grounds to ... Read More »

A Swift Performance


By Anita Carpenter   In the fading twilight of an autumn evening, chimney swifts orchestrate a performance worthy of our attention. After a long day of catching high-flying insects, the five-inch, cigar-shaped black birds with the short, stiff aerodynamically swept-back wings congregate around a favorite chimney. Several, fifty or perhaps a few hundred, chimney swifts circle together in preparation for ... Read More »

Garden Parade Hits Its Stride

A labyrinth is among many features in Jennifer Young’s yard, one of several gardens featured in the Stevens Point Garden Parade on July 11-12. Tickets are available in advance or at each of the gardens during the tour.

For colorful summer fun, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better activity than the 17th annual Garden Parade, scheduled for July 11-12 in Stevens Point. A perennial showcase of beautiful, eclectic and useful yards in Stevens Point will be opened to the public from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. This ... Read More »

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


By Jane Spietz WHAT: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy WHERE: EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh WI WHEN: 7 PM Friday, August 1 COST: EAA members $28, non-members $43 INFO:   Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) is a contemporary swing revival band that hails from Southern California. Their high energy live performances never fail to get audiences to their feet, so it ... Read More »

A Super Supper Club in Amherst

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The idea of a supper club – specifically a dining establishment that also functions as a social club – became popular in the 1930s and 1940s. The idea was to offer a classy atmosphere for dining with affordable prices so everyone could enjoy themselves. Supper clubs were also a place where patrons would spend the whole evening in a casual ... Read More »

Was television really better then?


By Josh Hadley What happened to TV? I mentioned this before but why can’t shows be made today like they used to? I don’t mean that in a simple, “everything was better in my day” nonsense, I mean the innovation is just not there today. It’s all run of the mill crap, they are still making doctor shows and cop ... Read More »

Saddle Up for the Mid-Western Rodeo in Manawa

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By Merry Dudley When you think Wisconsin, a rodeo probably isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind. But that just means you’ve never been to Manawa around the Fourth of July. Since 1959, the Mid-Western Rodeo has been held in the small town of Manawa, just northwest of New London. The event is a volunteer-driven fund-raiser for the Manawa ... Read More »

History of the National Football League


By Paul Frazer Believe it or not, there is football on the professional level outside the friendly confines of Lambeau Field, and the city limits of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Sure the history of the Packers is an engaging subject, and has been told over and over but the story is well worth telling. What Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun ... Read More »

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