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You’ll be a-mazed! Cornfields yield family fun in the fall


What started monumental change at the Tom and Cheryl Skelly farm in 1989? Four rows of sweet corn.

The crop was more than enough for the family to eat, so they sold the excess for $1 per dozen.

Then came 9-year-old son Scott’s plea to carve a path within the rustling stalks, an odd idea for the time. His dad needed convincing but allowed the child’s play on one-quarter acre. The boy plotted and cleared his first set of simple walking trails in 1998, when fewer than 50 corn mazes existed nationwide.

Our roads less traveled


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.

Take Ten: Hikes


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.

You are there: Packers Hall of Fame celebrates devoted fans, beloved team


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.

Enjoying the supper club experience


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.”

Winning photos taken ‘Only in Wisconsin’


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.

Take Ten: Canoeing


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.

Crossing the Mississippi: Cassville ferry service dates back to 1833


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.

UW upgrade: Memorial Union to begin renovation


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.

Free speech (and live music) in the Northwoods


“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.

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    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.

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    Snapshot: The life aquatic


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    A Life Remembered: ‘The Wizard’ loved softball


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