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Intern Intro: Nicole


Get to know Nicole, our newest editorial intern… Name: Nicole Witmer Age: 19 and 3/4 Hometown: Plainfield, IL School attending: Lawrence University Tell us about your background: I am a sophomore at Lawrence University and plan on graduating in 2019. I am majoring in English and contemplating a minor in Communications. I played volleyball for READ MORE

Learning the Land: Why it Matters


As we’ve seen in this blog series, learning about the geology of an area can reveal fascinating secrets and intricate associations between ancient processes and modern civilization. Not only that, it allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, and how billions of years of geologic change have shaped the planet READ MORE

To Infinity–And Beyond!

Posted on Sep. 6, 2016 by Katie Nelson
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All across the country, stores are putting up Valentine’s Day decorations, which can only mean one thing: It’s almost September. Summer is just about over. Today is my last day as a Fox Cities Magazine Editorial Intern, and this week I’ve been finishing up my last few assignments, packing for study abroad, and reminding myself that READ MORE

Telling the New Histories: Shenandoah Books, Etc.

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“The name ‘Shenandoah’ is my grandmother’s. She’s a medicine woman, and so then the name went from Scandoa to some form of Shenandoah, and then I’m Skenandore, now.” “So it even changed between you and your grandmother!” “Well, yeah, because the white people got involved. I call that the ‘whitenizing.’” I sit in Shenandoah Books, READ MORE

More Than A Book Store


As I wandered through The Book Store, an Appleton shop on Northland Avenue, I was reminded of a labyrinth. The bookshelves throughout the store weren’t set up in straight rows, but in perpendicular rows that created dead ends and nooks and crannies, each themed with one genre or another. Whether or not this was intentional, READ MORE

Pronouncing Wisconsin Names is Hard

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Wisconsin native: “Pronounce that word.” (Waukesha) Me: “Wah-KEH-shu, wah-KEE-shu” Wisconsin native: *laughs* “Pronounce this word.” (Winneconne) Me: “Win-a-cone” Wisconsin native: *laughs* And so on… I can’t win. Being a linguistics major and not being from Wisconsin, this place is a pronunciation nightmare. I don’t dare visit Weyauwega. I clearly can’t go to Waukesha and don’t READ MORE

Learning the Land: Our Driving Force


Namesake of the Fox Cities, the Fox River has been the most influential natural factor in the human history of the area. A vestige of the glaciers that covered much of Wisconsin, the river provided the region with a means of transportation between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system, as well as power READ MORE

Learning the Land: A Professional Opinion

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Marcia Bjornerud is a Professor of Geology and the Walter Shober Professor of Environmental Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton. She has been with the university since 1995, and has traveled the world studying geology. She gives us her views on geology in the Fox Cities area. First off, give me a little background on your past as READ MORE