Here’s a classic joke: A miner, a sailor and a badger walk into a busy bar. Actually, it’s not a bar…it’s the Wisconsin state flag. Dive in to find out what all the symbols mean on this state symbol.
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Ever feel like you’re constantly battling garden invaders? Dealing with the weeds, bugs, and critters can be a never-ending, daunting task. Or, you can roll with it, just like author BJ Hollars and his family.
Since she was a teenager, hip-hop has been a huge part of Nelly Vigil’s life. “So in high school, I was going through a rough time, and hip-hop was the only type of music at that time that really fit what I was going through,” Vigil said.
The Anishinaabe Solidarity Relay began in 1989. It was a response to racism and hatred directed towards Ojibwe people at boat landings and elsewhere after hunting and fishing treaty rights were affirmed by United States Supreme Court.
Music is considered by some to be the universal language. A language Rose Vincent has been in tune with for most of her life. “I was 12 years old and my parents said, ‘Well, you get to choose your instrument,'” Vincent said.
Ankur Malhotra splits his time between Madison, Wisconsin and New Delhi India, where he runs Amarrass Records. It’s an independent record label that produces vinyl releases from a range of international artists with a strong focus on preserving traditional Indian folk music.
Taking care of the land can be a huge responsibility, chock-full of hard work and ethical dilemmas. Writer Bill Lueders shares his own experience in managing his property. == A little more than a decade ago, my wife and I acquired a thirteen-acre parcel of mostly wooded land in Richland County.
Jim Linneman has a list of over 100 Milwaukee music venues that have come and gone in the 25 years he’s been in business. “This is just not an easy business,” he said, adding that he’s never made much money at it.
The Grateful Dead played at Alpine Valley Music Theatre 20 times from 1980 to 1989. Fans trucked to the southeastern Wisconsin venue from all over the country. Producer Steve Gotcher attended most of those shows.
When Dave Rogers opened his first guitar store in the early 1980s in downtown La Crosse, it was in a tiny former dental office. He filled it with Fenders and Gibsons.
As a kid, Luke Traver whittled wood. Little did he know that wood carving was his future. Traver explains, in college, “I’d met a guy named Bob Siegel who was a master wooden shoe carver, who taught me how to carve.” Fourteen years later Luke is now a master carver, demonstrating the centuries-old art of wooden shoe carving at events all over the country.
The morning was already hot and humid as we pedaled out of Perrot State Park. The mercury had passed 80 on its way into the mid 90s, but my thoughts were focused on one thing: what do they mean by “Hip Breaker Hill?” On my biking cue sheet it’s singled out with an exclamation point.
There’s a band that I’ve followed on and off since college called Pedro The Lion, and they released a new song awhile back called Yellow Bike. It’s about getting your first bike, and how the world opens up when you learn to ride it.