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June 2008 Odd Wisconsin

Good Housekeeping & Bad

Today we tolerate a wide range of domestic arrangements. Most families are simply too busy to sit down and eat together regularly, much less clean, dust, or do the laundry according to prescribed standards. In fact, most of us would object to having any authority try to tell us when and how we ought to perform our household chores. But...
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Posted in Curiosities on June 26, 2008

American Hegemony, 1820-Style

Although Wisconsin became legally part of the United States at the end of the American Revolution, in practice it remained a Canadian outpost for another generation. This only changed with the War of 1812, and after the war the U.S. sent an expedition across the northern lakes to make sure that Indian nations understood that their homelands were now being...
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Posted in Curiosities on June 19, 2008

Creating Lake Delton

When Lake Delton disappeared on June 9, 2008, questions naturally arose about where it had come from. This lake around which much of Dells tourism revolved was man-made, not natural, and has its own unique story. The town of Lake Delton was originally named Norris, after the surveyor who laid it out back in 1849. The village was soon re-christened...
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Posted in Curiosities on June 12, 2008

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