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April 2009 Odd Wisconsin

Psychic Dogs and Naked Chickens

Tornado season is here again. Huge storms are crossing the Mississippi as we write tonight, prompting a reminder that everyone needs to be ready when the sirens sound. On June 12, 1899, there were no sirens when a tornado struck New Richmond, in St. Croix Co. and 117 people died. Because a circus was in town, the town's population swelled...
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Posted in Animals on April 22, 2009

Forgotten Flavors of Wisconsin

With the new edition of the classic Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State reaching bookstores this month, we wondered if author Therese Allen considered including any of the justly forgotten recipes described here over the last few years. For example, there was Thomas Anderson's muskrat pie, whose aroma made everyone at his...
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Posted in Curiosities on April 19, 2009

The First Brewers

If you're interested in our new book about the Milwaukee Braves, you might also want to read about the minor league Milwaukee Brewers, the hometown favorites from 1902-1952. They started when a group of Midwestern players, unhappy with the National and American Leagues, set up their own "American Association." They played in a bizarre, rectangular wooden park at Chambers and...
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Posted in Curiosities on April 6, 2009

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