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James Johonnott

Resource & Listings Editor

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Wisconsin's 13 Best Beaches

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wisconsin isn't a state known for its beaches. But deep within the state's farmland and hills you can find many hidden gems tucked away that make great summer destinations. Laura Meli at Onlyinyourstate.com compiled a list of these Wisconsin treasures – definitely worth a road trip ...

7 Sconnie Waterways and the Sea Serpents That Love Them

James Johonnott

Previously, we’ve written about the histories of Wisconsin’s many waterways and lakes. Now that boating season is back, we bring you a look at the monsters that may (but probably don’t) live in said waters ...

Bow Down: 5 Magnificent Wisconsin Cheese Pioneers

James Johonnott

Millions of years ago, glaciers receded from Wisconsin and left behind a lush, green pastureland. The glaciers probably didn’t know it, but their departure set the stage for Wisconsin to claim the mantle of cheesemaking mastery. Wisconsin Cheese has a legendary ....

Packers Fans Amongst NFL's Most Grammatically Correct

James Johonnott

Take solace cheeseheads. You may not have gotten last season’s Lombardi, but you do know how to spell it. Because it clearly needed to be done, Geoff Foster at the Wall Street Journal ranked the 32 teams of the NFL by grammar and spelling proficiency ...

Lowes Creek Mountain Bike Trail Ranked Most Popular in Wisconsin

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Break out your wheels and head over to Lowes Creek Trail, mountain bikers. Singletracks – a blog and online discussion forum for mountain bike enthusiasts — has declared Lowes Creek Trail of Eau Claire the most popular mountain biking trail in Wisconsin ...

A Day in the Past

CV Museum marks International Museum Day

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

History lovers of the Chippewa Valley make your way to the Chippewa Valley Museum on May 17 for International Museum Day. The museum will offer a buy one adult and get one at half price admissions special from 10am to 5pm, as well as a scavenger hunt to test the powers of observation throughout the various exhibits ...

Head Start on Summer

SummerDaze will heat up Menomonie early this year

James Johonnott

Strangely on Screen

indie film starring Chi-Hi grad screens at Micon

James Johonnott

Roll out the red carpet in Chippewa Falls. Michelle Lang, star of the indie romantic comedy Strangely In Love and a Chippewa Falls native, will be attending a premier screening of the film at the Chippewa Falls Micon Cinemas. Strangely In Love tells the story of Fyo, a man-child ...

5 Curious Roadside Attractions Full of Wisconsin Character

James Johonnott

Summer is soon upon us and that means one thing for me: road trip season. It's time to get out there and see some of our state's local sights – and character. What do a Tesla-inspired sculpture, taxidermy dioramas, trolls, a viking ...

Look to the Stars

space lovers celebrate Astronomy Day

James Johonnott

The stars will align for astronomy fanatics and hobbyists of the Chippewa Valley on May 2. The annual Astronomy Day for the Chippewa Valley is an event that appeals to people of all ages who have ever had a fascination with the night sky, space travel, rocketry, and other related subjects ...

100 Things to Do in Eau Claire This Summer

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It won’t be long before summer is upon us in Wisconsin. I’ve been busy making itineraries and drawing up road trip maps to fill the three months with as much of Eau Claire character. Fortunately, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire published a ...

So proud! UW students make world's largest Rice Krispie treat

James Johonnott

Project Freshman 15,000 started out with one clear mission: to make the world’s largest rice krispie treat. Their goal was for the enormous edible to weigh in at 15,000 pounds; a clever reference to the notorious “Freshman 15.” Led by sophomore Joe Tarnowski ...

Wisconsin's favorite word to use when dating online

James Johonnott

In a recent effort to better understand what makes us tick when we’re online, Mashable and Match.com teamed up to create the map below, showing what words people from each state use most in their online dating profiles.

Wisconsin's 'Most Bizarre Building' Totally Rocks

James Johonnott

There’s nothing quite like driving along, minding your own business, and finding a house built upside-down along the side of the road. A little weirdness goes a long way in making some character and America has plenty of character. Supercompressor compiled ...

The Gibson Sessions

lots of local musicians strum the same guitar to raise funds for addiction counseling

James Johonnott

A coalition of local designers and musicians, including Pedals Music, Draft Design House, Revival Records, and Life Songs Counseling has formed to produce The Gibson Sessions, an album to support addiction counseling services ...

4 Strange Wisconsin dairy laws (that may or may not be true)

James Johonnott

Wisconsin is serious about its dairy. Serious enough to wage a war against margarine (aka the "demon spread") and have the most stringent product quality assurance program for cheese and butter outside of Europe. Wisconsin has had more than a few ...

UW Report finds Sconnie hunger for organic food outpaces supply

James Johonnott

A report issued by the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that demand for organic foods in Wisconsin is outpacing supply. With the second highest amount of organic farms in the country and a growing, younger demographic of organic ...

Just Look at Wisconsin's Oldest Building

James Johonnott

The blog Supercompressor put together a fantastic list of the oldest standing building in every State o' the Union, with a brief look at the history of each.* Of course I went straight to Wisconsin’s entry ...