With the arrival of spring comes the promise of renewal, revival and — especially for Christians — rebirth and resurrection as Easter approaches.
It was that way for German farm immigrants in the mid 1800s, too, and hundreds brought to the Midwest their prospects for prosperity and the faith to be at peace with whatever was out of their hands.
You could say Wisconsin is for the birds and be relatively accurate, for at least three reasons.
One-third of the state’s residents who are age 16 or older consider themselves birders. Only Vermont has a higher percentage, concludes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The quaint notion of sap dripping from tree to bucket is a quickly fading snapshot for some maple syrup producers, and this is the time of year to better understand how the business is thriving and changing at some farms in Wisconsin.
Drewry Farms in Sheboygan County produced about 2,700 gallons of sap from 4,500 trees in 2013, a record for the family’s 120 acres of forest, on a hill near the Onion River.
Two things make this Milwaukee brewery tour atypical: Your free pint is tapped before the sightseeing begins, and five minutes — tops — are spent talking about how beer is made.
What visitors learn will pertain much more to advertising, architecture, relationships and rebirth than hops, lagers, filters and fermentation. The 90-minute tour at Best Place is all about brewing history and the rise, fall and resurrection of the Pabst Brewing campus.
Nowhere in Wisconsin does the craft of contemporary brewing seem more contagious than Madison and Dane County.
The area is filling growlers and opening new breweries at an appreciable rate. It’s not any one place’s level of production that raises eyebrows, but the proliferation of like-minded businesses, neighborhood brewpubs to production plants with ambitious goals.
Under an I-25 overpass, one block from a power plant and almost 1,000 miles from home, I catch a whiff of Wisconsin in Denver.
This is about beer, folks, not marijuana — although the latter has drawn tons of attention since Jan. 1, when pot was legalized for recreational purposes in Colorado.
Less than 200 miles separate Wisconsin from Bloomington, Ill., but what a potential difference in buffet lines: Red beet eggs. Ham loaf. Vareniky (stuffed dumplings). Turnip slaw. Suet pudding. Shoofly pie.
This is “Menno food” and some of the recipes — like the suet pudding, palatable because of molasses or sorghum, plus whipped cream topping — are generations old.
In the Wisconsin Dells area are more hotel rooms (8,000) than year-round residents (5,600). No Wisconsin city contains more accommodations for tourists, and that is one indication of the locale’s popularity.
What’s the big deal? Families with children know best. They head to indoor and outdoor waterparks: No other place in the world has a larger concentration.
Meat lovers crave thick and juicy steaks, right? Let’s say “part right,” because pork during the past two years has been the food-service industry’s fastest-growing protein.
That means cutting-edge restaurant chefs are giving pork entrées more than a perfunctory nod on their menus. The Wisconsin Pork Producers Association helps this along with the annual Taste of Elegance contest, which rewards chefs for thinking creatively as they cook with pork.
Think twice before tossing out those really comfy Alan Edmonds, Clarks, Keens, Gabors, Pikolinos, Kois, Chippewas, Durangos or whatever trusty footwear — flip-flops don’t count — you’ve come to love.
A large sink hole opened up at 56th Street and 23rd Avenue Saturday, prompting Kenosha Police to shut down the intersection.
A Kenosha man was arrested for his third offense of operating while intoxicated at 7:22 p.m. Friday, after an officer saw him speed up to get away after making eye contact.
A man who stole bikes from Carthage College and downtown Kenosha and then sold them must pay back $861.74 while he serves two years of probation.
A longtime Kenosha business is getting a new owner and a new name, but will keep the same hometown feel.
When they aren’t repairing water main breaks and ensuring the drinking water is safe, some local water utility workers can be found in Guatemala, doing much of the same for people in places less fortunate than Kenosha.
Thirty-seven years ago, Phil Johnson turned his favorite hobby into a profession.
While the ice is gone from our part of Lake Michigan, the frozen stuff is still hanging on farther north, with nearly a quarter of the lake still covered in ice.
KENOSHA — Darleen Coleman from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will be the speaker at the next meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Kenosha Chapter 1436.
A pair of educators will be honored by the American Association of University Women May 8.
As the weather warms, residents can try to forget one of the longest, coldest winters in recent memory and focus on more important things, like tornadoes.
A Kenosha man who shot himself in the wrist after beating his girlfriend over a Facebook comment will spend one year in prison.