Category Archives: Central Wisconsin

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Wine Cave


BY Kimberly Fisher What makes a wine a WINE? Many characteristics and attributes contribute to this luscious drink, but understanding more of how it becomes what it is will help you appreciate more of what wine is. APPEARANCE AND COLOR: Wine can be red, white or rose. If a wine appears cloudy, there could be something wrong with it; we ... Read More »

Right Wing Nut


BY Robert Meyer Several editorial works have appeared recently, once again addressing the give and take of global warming/climate change concerns. Few of us have the specialized knowledge necessary to make absolute pronouncements on this topic, yet all of us have a right, or even an obligation, to philosophically cross-examine the arguments presented for rational consistency. The most arresting observation ... Read More »

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