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Worth the Drive: Wautoma

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Drive about an hour west of the Fox Cities on Highway 22 South or Highway 21 West to get to Wautoma. You’ll know you are getting close when you start to see the hand-painted signs dotted along the highway, each announcing the freshest seasonal vegetables from local growers. Whether it’s asparagus in spring or corn READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Sheboygan Falls

Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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Sheboygan Falls was originally founded in 1835 as the town of Rochester, an industrial settlement centered around three rivers: Sheboygan, Mullet and Onion. The town changed its name to Sheboygan Falls — the rivers kept their names — and has maintained its early history while continuing to move forward today. The Historic Downtown District, centered READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Clintonville

Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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Planes, trains and automobiles all share the spotlight in Clintonville’s history (sadly, there are no John Candy sightings on record). Founded in 1855, Clintonville was added to the Chicago and Northwestern Railway line in 1878. The line ran for more than 100 years before closing in 1995. Clintonville is also home to the Seagrave Fire READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Oconto

Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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Oconto’s fresh forest air and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan capture the essence of Wisconsin’s northern communities. The small town takes its name from the Oconto River, a tributary of Lake Michigan that weaves through the downtown district and much of Oconto county. The city of Oconto was incorporated in 1869 during Wisconsin’s 19th century READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Chilton

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Chilton has the “rural cool” thing down pat and it doesn’t even know it. Natural beauty, salt of the earth people and an unhurried pace – to locals, it’s just everyday life. To everyone else, it’s an act of rebellion. From time to time, it’s thrilling to trade city lights for something less obvious. Nature READ MORE

The Incredible Work of Bees and Their Keepers

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Backyard beekeepers face challenges, but reap sweet rewards When it comes to beekeeping, Laura Hetland adheres to the words of American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau who said, “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” Hetland, an Appleton native, believes the insects are inexplicably linked to the world as we know READ MORE

Acre of Art

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Sculpture Valley launches Appleton’s first outdoor public sculpture exhibition “A community without art is invisible to the world.” Alex Schultz found himself returning to this quote so often that it became the tag line for his arts advocacy organization, Sculpture Valley. The Appleton-based nonprofit is working to establish the Fox Valley as a nationally recognized READ MORE

Fox Cities Bucket List

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37 quintessential experiences – in no particular order – every Fox Cities resident and visitor must have before their time here is up   Whether you were born and raised in the Fox Cities or are a recent transplant, there are certain things everyone who calls the 920 home must do before they leave. You READ MORE

Moment in Time

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Three exhibits pay tribute to significant anniversaries.   The Road Less Traveled The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 with a yearlong exploration of art environments titled “The Road Less Traveled.” This series features 16 different exhibitions highlighting the works of 19 art-environment builders. It also incorporates writing and READ MORE

Invented in the 920: Patent Edition

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The Fox Cities have a long history of innovation. From medical advancements to manhole covers, here are a few groundbreaking inventions from locals who made the bold move to patent their big ideas. Telephone Technology In 1884, Neenah resident Charles W. Howard, the grandfather of Hollywood legend Howard Hawks, patented a telephone call annunciator — READ MORE