When I first moved to northern Wisconsin, people would ask me, “Do you hunt?” “Do you ice fish?” “Do you garden?” And I would say, “No.” I am the vegetarian daughter of a naval officer who never learned to plant so much as a bean, so it made me wonder, did I really belong here?
Sandy Toney is the Vice President of Corporate Quality and Development at Masters Gallery Foods in Plymouth. She began her career with Masters in 1989. “After a while in quality, I decided I wanted to move on to the grading,” Toney said, “At that point the gentleman who took me under his wing was going to retire, so I started in the grading department, and I just, I loved it.” Grading means tasting cheese from dairy producers every day.
Deke Slayton had the heart of a warrior. The native of Sparta was just 19 when he earned his pilot’s wings during World War II. He flew 56 combat missions in B-25 Mitchell bombers in the skies over Europe before returning to the U.S.
John Steinbeck’s Wisconsin I’ve felt close to John Steinbeck ever since my 11th grade English class. We all had to choose an author for a term paper, and I picked Steinbeck more or less at random.
Lac du Flambeau’s Melissa Doud was recently nominated for a Native American music award for the song “Bullet Dress”. A song based on her experience a veteran. Melissa Doud and the Mambo Surfers didn’t end up winning, but for Melissa being nominated was huge considering that this is the first song she’s co-written or sung.
The premise here is that the land has holidays, not just its nations and peoples but the land itself has holidays. These holidays have a seasonal core that is both selective as it is prejudicial.
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