Archive for May, 2008

200 Miles of Brats

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

You know summer has finally arrived in Wisconsin when the wind carries the fragrant smell of freshly cut lawns, and brats on the grill.  For those of you not familiar with this Wisconsin delicacy, a brat (rhymes with hot) is a German style sausage served on a bun, a bratwurst.

This past weekend at the World’s Largest Brat Fest, held annually in Madison,  189,432 bratwursts were consumed, a Brat Fest record.  That amounts to 37,886 pounds of brats, or over 200 miles of brats if ‘linked’ (pun intended) end to end.

On your next drive up north just imagine a line of brats strung down the center-line guiding you home.

Read the full story here:

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2008/05/wisconsin-plent.html

Crivitz at Work and at Home

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Crivitz is one the central hubs of Northeast Wisconsin.  Although most of us can’t be up north every day, thanks to the webcam at the Crivitz High School we can take a look at the weather and the Crivitz ‘skyline’.

Check it out the Crivitz webcam here:

http://www.instacam.com/showcam.asp?id=CRVTZ&size=L

Why Can’t I Find Wisconsin Lake Property Close to Home?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

 

Dear Farmer Smith,

 

 

How come it’s so hard to find a large lake that I can run my boat on that’s not way up north?

 

Thanks in advance, Will Waterski

 

Dear Will,

 

It’s been good while since I sat in that little one room schoolhouse that I went to, but let me pull out some basic arithmetic on you.  80% of Wisconsin’s lakes are in the northern part of the state; and, of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes, 13,000 are less than fifty surface acres, therefore no-wake lakes.  If I divide the numerator of boatable lakes by the denominator of southern Wisconsin lakes that leaves you with only about 400 lakes that are “not way up north”.

 

But, you’d better act fast, there’re well over three million people in Chicago and Milwaukee alone, and more than a couple of’em are also looking for lake property

 

See you on the lake, Farmer Smith

 

Slain Illinois Cougar Came from Wisconsin

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

There have long been unsubstantiated rumors of cougar sightings in Wisconsin, ‘bar talk’ as the grapevine is know in these parts, but now it is a proven fact. Sadly, our only cougar crossed the border into Illinois where he met his demise. Too bad he didn’t take a left at McHenry and head up north.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-cougarautopsy,0,4441738.story

Here’s an interesting take on the ‘cougar-cide’: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=746216

And, for some real good info about cougars in Wisconsin browse around the excellent WI DNR site: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/er/mammals/cougar/index.htm

If and when you get up this way we can’t promise you’ll witness your own cougar sighting, but we’ll give you a good shot at seeing eagles, deer, porcupines, otters, muskrat . . .

Wisconsin_Cougar

Sad News: ‘Chicken Dance’ King Dies

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

If you’ve ever experienced a classic Wisconsin wedding you’ve either witnessed or participated in a polka known as the ‘Chicken Dance’.  While this dance is often seen in other parts of the country, the Chicken Dance is a mandatory ritual of getting hitched in Wisconsin.

If you ever get invited to a wedding in Wisconsin here’s how it goes: (more…)