Stiff competition and stable insurance regulation have helped make Wisconsin one of the least expensive states to purchase personal auto insurance.
Badger State motorists enjoy some of the lowest auto insurance premiums in the nation and are offered more discounts than those of other states. The state ranks fourth in offering auto insurance discounts and is among the top 10 states offering the lowest insurance rates this year, according to a 2013 study by Insure.com.
The average motorist in Louisiana, which has the nation’s highest rates, pays an annual premium of $2,699. In Wisconsin, motorists pay an average of $1,228 for comparable coverage. Michigan motorists pay the highest rates in the Midwest with an annual premium of $2,520. In neighboring Illinois, the average annual premium is $1,322. Minnesotans pay $1,432.
Thanksgiving can be a landmine of a meal. Creative cooks who tinker too aggressively with classic recipes may find themselves at the head of a table of disgruntled diners.
It’s hard to blame them. Thanksgiving is rooted strongly in culinary traditions. Now you go and add a layer of complexity — every family has a special way of roasting this, mashing that, baking those or stuffing these. Tinker too much and you risk divorcing the meal of some of its meaning. Yet cooks love to try new flavors, new techniques, new ingredients. None of which is easy to balance.
So to help you navigate, we’ve create dueling turkey recipes. Each is grounded in a classic roasting technique. But while one stays true to tradition, seasoning the big bird with sage, citrus, rosemary and thyme, the other reaches for ginger, sesame oil and chives to tease different, but delicious flavors.
When the holiday season comes around each year we are fortunate to have friends and family who invite us into their homes for celebratory dinners and gatherings. If the typical gift of wine, potpourri or holiday tea towel does not work for your particular host or hostess, consider a gift of a living plant to brighten the interior of their home during these cold, gray days.
Having plants inside is beautiful and healthy. Plants clean our air, provide oxygen and their green beauty alone has been shown through much research to make us feel better, emotionally and physically. A healthy plant may be just the gift to brighten someone’s day.
During the holiday season, there are many plants available for gift giving. The standard poinsettia is the best example of the “throw-away” gift plant; it is often given as a gift or purchased for personal use during the holidays, then discarded along with the decorations at the end of the season.
Around the holidays, people are encouraged to focus not only on shopping, baking, twinkling lights and extravagant feasts, but also on donating warm clothes to the poor, feeding the homeless and buying gifts for underprivileged children.
But one group of people are often overlooked not just during the holidays, but all year- round: the elderly — specifically, elderly men and women in long-term care facilities. We just get so busy, and sometimes forget that these people need our love and attention, too.
For those who no longer have young families or are unable to actively participate in the holidays through their church or family, this can also be a bittersweet time.
It’s pretty common for people to remember very specific details surrounding important events in their lives, such as the birth of their children, first date with their spouse or major historical events like John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Amber Vernezze, 44, is like that, too, ... and then some. She even knows the exact minute when she got her 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS — on Sept. 29, 2006 in Knightstown, Ind. (By the way, on the drive down from Kenosha, Vernezze and her boyfriend, Bryan Infusino, stopped for dinner at a Steak ’n Shake.)
“Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal” by Abigail Carroll, c.2013, Basic Books, $27.99, 304 pages
You can just about taste it now.
Note: A majority of Wisconsin residents trace their roots to a German-speaking country. This is the first in a series to introduce some of Germany’s top Christmas destinations, products and traditions.
On a dreary Friday before the four-week Advent season begins, while dusk shifts to darkness, I seek the spirit of Christmas. She arrives at precisely 5:30 p.m. outside a lofty balcony at the Church of Our Lady.