When asked to recommend a scenic Wisconsin drive for USA Today a few years ago, I deliberately veered away from the Mississippi River’s Great River Road and other grand but obvious choices.
I favored a five-mile stretch of dirt and gravel that sashays around little lakes and post-glacier forestation, north of Rib Lake in Taylor County. Visitors come to drive the remote hills and dales, stop for a swim at South Harper Lake during warmer weather or hike nine miles north (on Timm’s Hill National Trail) to the state’s highest natural point (1,951 feet above sea level) in Price County.
Editor’s note: Wisconsin-native Kevin Revolinski is the author of “60 Hikes Madison,” “Best Hikes Near Milwaukee,” “Paddling Wisconsin,” “Best Tent Camping Wisconsin” and “Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide.” His blog is Revtravel.com.
Yellow roses in a wedding bouquet are not unusual, but dressing ushers in referee uniforms? That’s logical when the backdrop is Lambeau Field, as it was almost one year ago for Jeff and Julie Manning of Wausau.
The bride, a diehard Green Bay Packers fan, calls it a dream come true, despite wind and rain for her 48-degree wedding day on the Lambeau Atrium’s sixth-floor deck. Jeff had proposed after a fish fry, six months earlier. The next day they headed to Green Bay to set a date and begin plans.
Supper club fever has persisted ever since Ron Faiola of Milwaukee introduced “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience” as a film in 2011 and book in 2013.
Filmmaker Holly De Ruyter, an Oneida native, released her “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” to raves at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. And for release this month is my new “Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook,” and I’m already being badgered about defining “supper club.”
Beautiful natural settings, culturally unique attractions and comical snapshots all were in the mix of “Only in Wisconsin” photo entries that you shared with me recently. Yes, we have winners, but these were not easy decisions.
Good photography is a mix of skill, awareness, planning and luck. The instructions for this exercise: Submit an image of excellent photographic quality that demonstrates skill in depicting an only-in-Wisconsin destination that is accessible to the public.
Editor’s note: Guest columnist Lynne Diebel of Stoughton is the author of numerous books about the outdoors, and the most recent is “Crossing the Driftless” (University of Wisconsin Press, $20). The book is both a traveler’s tale and an exploration of the land the glaciers missed, an ancient landscape of bluffs, ridgetops and steep valleys that long ago was a seabed. Lynne and her husband, Bob, crossed the Driftless Area by canoe, journeying 359 river miles from Faribault, Minn., to their home.
What makes the “bucket list” for Don and Janice Robins of Oak Creek? A 17-minute ride across the Mississippi River: That is what brought the couple almost 200 miles to Cassville, population 947, this summer.
Seventeen minutes is all it takes for the Pride of Cassville ferry to cross the river between Wisconsin and Iowa. River shuttles are becoming increasingly rare along this waterway, which stretches at least 2,300 miles.
I’m not a University of Wisconsin alum but love to linger at Memorial Union Terrace on a sunny day or evening, facing pretty Lake Mendota. The Terrace is one of the most-loved outdoor destinations in Madison, but on Sept. 1 most of the area closes until next summer.
A $52 million renovation aims to enhance Memorial Union cosmetically while maintaining historic integrity. The need for practical updates — electrical, sprinkler and other mechanical systems — is what makes the project urgent.
“Justified” is a prevailing theme in Molly Otis Stoddard’s life lately, especially since that’s the title of her first music release in nearly two decades, and first solo album.
The Northwoods ode to free speech and expression comes 24 years after the single “Chasing Something Called Love” hit the Top 50 for Molly and the Heymakers, her band with country-tinged music that toured Africa to Iceland via Warner/Reprise Records.
The city’s tax levy is expected to rise 2.58 percent, according to Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, who presented his version of the proposed 2016 budget to the City Council Monday night.
A Kenosha man was briefly held at gunpoint by police Sunday after he was seen climbing in a window in his own house.
As a manhunt continues for a fugitive in western Kenosha County, with the Sheriff’s Department is ramping up patrols and adding security at schools.
A Brighton woman is facing felony charges for allegedly helping her fugitive son, Andrew Obregon, elude authorities.
Rep. Paul Ryan says he understands people’s frustration with Congress right now. He’s frustrated, too.
For those who want to help combat poverty on a worldwide scale, step this way.
The second man charged in a fatal shootout at Shenanigans has been found guilty, after entering no contest pleas to reckless homicide and illegally possessing a firearm.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha Women’s Network is hosting a quarter auction fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1330 52nd St.
Question: In what year was Gilbert Petzke Park dedicated?
From their barks to their purrs, more than a dozen pets, and their families, turned out for the blessing of the animals Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Kenosha police arrested a woman after she allegedly threw electronic items that struck a man and later resisted arrest Saturday night.
The lively and colorful experiences of visiting the Florida Keys and the Galapagos Islands convinced Andrew Wolf that saltwater aquariums were the way to go.
Only the buildings at Carthage College change.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.
KENOSHA — An American Red Cross blood drive will take place 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Reuther Central High School, 913 57th St.
The hunt for a man wanted in connection with a Kenosha man’s death entered its third day Sunday, with the suspect reportedly engaging in an overnight crime spree before once again eluding authorities.