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September 2006 Odd Wisconsin

The Miracles at Robinsonville the summer of 1853, 10 families from Belgium settled just east of Green Bay. They were the first in a wave of 15,000 Belgian immigrants who would soon populate the region where Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties come together. Among them was Adele Brisse, a young peasant woman who came with her parents. The Brise (a name also found...
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Posted in Bizarre Events on September 24, 2006

Was Nicolet Really First?

It's September, and around the state thousands of children are about to be taught that Jean Nicolet was the first European to set foot in Wisconsin. But there's fascinating evidence that he was not the first but rather the second white person to visit our state. Nicolet (1598-1642) was a protege of Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635), who sent him west...
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Posted in Curiosities on September 17, 2006

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