Category Archives: Central Wisconsin



BY George Halas The Inquisition is constantly mesmerized by the fact that The Universe will go to the ends of the earth to create great music. Halfway across the country anyway…. Our story starts in sunny southern California, the birthplace of Ruby James. No one knew back then she would one day be Kitty CoopDeVille. Meanwhile, back in the Fox ... Read More »

Concert Watch – Gregg Allman


BY Jane Spietz WHAT: Gregg Allman WHERE: Potawatomi Casino/ Northern Lights Casino, Milwaukee WI WHEN: 8 PM March 24 – 25, 2015 COST: $75/$70/$65 INFO: Since their formation in 1969, the Allman Brothers Band was responsible for such classics as “Ramblin’ Man,” “Jessica,” “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa,” “Blue Sky,” “Whipping Post,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Dreams” and many others. The band ... Read More »

Sturgeon Season Ends Safely With High Harvest

Father and son team, Robert Drexler and his 12 year-old son Derek fished out of the same shack on Lake Winnebago.  On the final day of the 2015 season the younger bested the elder.  Derek speared a 70-inch, 76 pounder, and half an hour later, Bob got the 50-inch, 24 pounder.  They registered at Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh.  No word on how much razzing Dad took at the tavern for his much more diminutive fish.

BY Ryan Koenigs Sturgeon fishermen, having braved some of the most brutal weather conditions in memory, closed out the 2015 spearing season on Lake Winnebago today with a total harvest of 2,158 fish, the sixth highest harvest on record. Conservation wardens with the state Department of Natural Resources said the more than 13,100 licensed fishermen pulled off a safe season ... Read More »

Aldo Leopold & the Wisconsin Idea


BY Michael Mentzer Change is in the air, in the angle of light, in our bones. We feel it more than we understand it. The feeling sends me to the bookcase to find “A Sand County Almanac” and the writings of acclaimed environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Somehow it warms my insides to hold the old tattered book with the cobalt cover, ... Read More »

The Wolf Wars Resume


BY Will Stahl In the past I have been hesitant to write about the Wisconsin wolf issue, obscured as it was by too much smoke and heat and not nearly enough light. Besides, the law seemed settled in place; we were having a wolf hunt no matter what I or anyone else might think. But a recent court decision relisting ... Read More »

Dreams, Dreams To Share My Dreams


BY John Price-Kabhir the Buddhist Adviser [Note: This is Part I of a two-part column on dreams. Part II will appear in a future edition of The Scene.] Waking life had a hardness about it. We can rap our knuckles on the table, feel the cold, feel pain, become exhausted after heavy activity. But dreams are different. Though every bit ... Read More »

Remembering a Contrarian Gadfly


BY Robert E. Meyer On December 11, 2014, Robert Nordlander, a household name to anyone who habitually read the opinion pages in the Appleton Post-Crescent, passed away after a lingering illness. Nordlander was also once a columnist in this publication and some years ago his portrait graced a monthly cover. Because I frequently offered rejoinders to Mr. Nordlander’s letters, I ... Read More »

Reflections on Jon Stewart


BY Tony Palmeri Jon Stewart recently announced that he will be leaving the Daily Show at the end of the year. For the millennial generation, Stewart’s departure must feel similar to what their grandparents felt when Walter Cronkite retired from CBS: sadness at the stepping down of a man perceived by them as trustworthy and honest. As a college teacher ... Read More »

Time to repeal the 17th Amendment


BY Rohn Bishop The states created the federal government, the federal government did not create the states. Following the Revolutionary War, America was governed by the Articles of Confederation, which set up an extremely weak national government. Each of the 13 states pretty much did their own thing, from printing money, to making agreements with foreign nations. There was no ... Read More »

The University of Scott Walker


BY Dennis Riley Anyone reading this is aware that Governor Walker wants to turn the University of Wisconsin System into a very different animal. In between the Governor’s Budget Address and the writing of this column – about five days – there has been an awful lot of talk about the size, shape, and strength of that new animal. Much ... Read More »

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