Is Wisconsin Water Safe To Drink?

Some great information from the Wisconsin DNR….

Tap Water Safety in Wisconsin

Think before you drink

Every day millions of Wisconsinites experience something amazing — and likely never think twice about it. They turn on their faucets, drink from a water fountain, bake bread or brew beer and seemingly without effort, are provided with safe drinking water.

That’s amazing in a world where 1 billion people still must walk on average 3.5 miles to get water – and can’t be assured it’s safe to drink.

That’s why we celebrate National Drinking Water Week every year and this year, honor as well the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. That landmark law is the primary federal law safeguarding the water we drink and use every day in our homes and our businesses.

Raise your glass

We owe our safe drinking water to the men and women who work behind the scenes to deliver safe water — local operators, public utilities, county health officials, state drinking and groundwater staff, association staff, testing laboratories and consultants, to name a few.

Let’s raise a glass in recognition of their efforts and appreciation for the time savings and confidence means to our daily lives and to the success of your business.

Drink locally, act locally

As much progress as has been made under the Safe Drinking Water Act, protecting sources of drinking water is key for the future, says Jill Jonas, who leads DNR’s drinking and groundwater programs. “Protecting sources of drinking water is the key for the future. There are tens of thousands of potential contaminates and we’re never going to be able to use the approach we’re using now. There is no way to keep up.”

How you can help protect sources of drinking water

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Small Town Wisconsin: Wannigan Days Parade

It was a rainy weekend but the clouds parted and the sun came out for the Wannigan Days Parade in Saint Croix Falls.

Many of the local businesses have were in the parade…

Polar Pete’s Seafood & Meats

Polar Pete's Seafood & Meats







Easy IT Guys

Easy IT Guys







Of course there were local queens!

Wannigan Days







And clowns too!








A parade wouldn’t be complete without the fire trucks!

Saint Croix Falls Fire Department







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Favorite Pin of the Week!

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Camping is Great at Lake Wissota State Park

We spent Memorial Weekend camping at Lake Wissota State Park. We were finally blessed with some great weather which was very welcome after the long winter here in Wisconsin.

I highly recommend Lake Wissota State Park to anyone that likes to camp, fish, kayak, hang out at the beach or go hiking. I didn’t see a bad campsite in the whole place, they were all level and very roomy. Here is site 116.

Lake Wissota State Park Site 116

Lake Wissota State Park Site 116


I was also able to take my kayak out on the water for some fishing and photography. I only caught one fish! An 11″ Small Mouth Bass but it was a lot of fun, they put up a good fight. When I put my fishing pole away there were many photo opportunities. There were turtles everywhere!


The best part of the weekend was spending time with family. Here’s my cute little niece!


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Canal Days in Portage, Wisconsin

Check out all the fun going on at Canal Days. It’s coming up soon, mark your calendars!

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Cheesy Pins!

Join us on Pinterest! Lots of Wisconsin boards, check out our Wisconsin Cheese board….Follow WiscTimes’s board Wisconsin Cheese on Pinterest.

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Guess whose Birthday it is today!

Born on May 16th in the year 1913 in Milwaukee, Mr. Woody Herman! Happy Birthday Woody!

My Dad absolutely loved this type of music and somehow it rubbed off on me. He used to put music on, mostly records, and he’d say “Listen now, listen.” His favorite parts were the clarinet solos. Now every time I hear a clarinet solo I think of my Dad. Wonderful memories.

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Meet Charlie & Pete!

A news release from Old World Wisconsin, sounds like fun!

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Move Over, Hank the Brewers Dog: Pete and Charlie the Old World Wisconsin Oxen Are Here

Charlie (left) and Pete (right) settling in at Old World Wisconsin

Eagle, Wis.– Hank, the newly famous Brewers dog, might have captured the hearts of Major League Baseball fans, but Pete and Charlie, Old World Wisconsin’s engaging new oxen team, promise to bring their own weighty brand of animal fun to the Milwaukee area.


These leggy four-and-a-half-year-olds are a Red Holstein/Brown Swiss cross breed. Like Hank, the stray discovered during spring training in Arizona, they needed a new home and traveled cross country to reach it.


The team enjoys their first meal at Old World Wisconsin

Pete and Charlie were raised in Strafford, New Hampshire, by high school junior Connor Tasker. He trained the team to compete in the 4-H ox program and opted to sell the oxen to help pay for college.


According to Dirk Hildebrandt, of the museum’s farm staff, training oxen is still quite common in New England, so when it was decided to get a new team that could perform the 19th-century tasks for Old WorldWisconsin, it was an easy decision to travel East and bring the oxen back to the Midwest.


Charlie and Pete, with Connor Tasker

Hildebrandt elaborated: “We looked for just the right team. Connor trained Pete and Charlie very well, and now that he’s going off to college we were lucky enough to be able to purchase his team.  We all look forward to working with them.  They will further Old World’s mission of historical education for many years to come.”


Guests to the museum should be able to visit Pete and Charlie at the Schulz Farm by the end of June, once the animals are acclimated to their new home. No Pete and Charlie bobbleheads are being planned at this time.

Overview of Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin, located in the Chicago/Milwaukee/Madison triangle, experienced a 21-percent attendance increase in 2013, in part due to focus on increased opportunities for guest engagement. The outdoor museum features 19th- and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life. During the daily operating season May through October, plus postseason and holiday events in November and December, the museum offers family friendly activities, led by period-clad interpreters, as they visit 10 working farmsteads, explore 12 heirloom gardens, interact with heritage animal breeds, and try historic crafts and trades. Old World Wisconsin is located at W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle, WI 53119. For general information and details about 2014 activities, call 262-594-6301 or visit

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Do you see what I see?

Morel Mushroom Wisconsin

Our first Morel Mushroom find of the year! Yum!

Finally! We found some Morel Mushrooms today! There weren’t many, we’re hoping for a few more. They were still pretty small so we’re letting them get a bit bigger.

Every year I look for ways to preserve these delicious mushrooms so we can enjoy their wonderful flavor throughout the year. Last year my son flash froze them and he said they do good that way. I didn’t try them after being frozen (darn!) so I can’t say for sure. I think this year, if we have enough, I’m going to make a Morel Mushroom sauce and either can it or freeze it. If any of you have a recipe you’d like to share please leave a comment below. Here are links to the recipes I have found so far. I’ll let you know which one I end up using, they all sound wonderful, maybe I’ll try a couple of them.

Morel Mushroom Sauce from

Morel Mushroom Sauce from

Morel Mushroom Sauce from

Morel Mushroom Sauce (this one is more of a gravy) from

Morel Mushroom Sauce from

Happy mushroom hunting!

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Select anglers asked to report what they caught and kept in statewide “creel” survey

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Weekly News article published: May 13, 2014 by the Central Office

MADISON — In an effort to learn more about statewide catch and harvest numbers for popular Wisconsin fish, state fisheries researchers are mailing monthly fishing logs to randomly selected license holders and asking them to record where they fished and what they caught and kept and to mail the report card back at the end of the month.

“The goal of the fishing creel survey is to get a firsthand representative account from anglers on fishing trends, catch and harvest rates and to see what kinds of fish species are favored in Wisconsin,” says Jordan Petchenik, research sociologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “This useful information will ultimately help the agency to make more informed decisions about managing our fisheries.”

The creel survey will run from May 2014 until April 2015 with more than 1,000 surveys sent each month to a new group of license holders. The DNR has completed two surveys in the past in 2006 and 2001.

“The survey is entirely voluntary and can be a fun way to keep track of your fishing outings over the course of a month, while helping to improve our fisheries,” says Petchenik.

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One of our favorite Wisconsin websites

Turnips 2 Tangerines

Every now and then I find a blog or website here in Wisconsin that just has to be shared. Today I want to tell you about Love that name! This is a kitchen blog with some awesome recipes with photos to go along with the recipes and the photos are beautiful. Check it out when you get a chance, some great stuff from a fellow Wisconsinite!

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Attention Wisconsin Gardeners – this post is for you!

My husband tilled our garden today which got me thinking about all the plants we’ll be growing. I’m always looking for something new to grow and I’m always looking for tips and how-to’s when it comes to gardening, there’s so much to learn! Never fear, there’s a great website with a lot of videos right here in Wisconsin. Check out The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener website, make sure you have some time though, there’s so much information, I could spend hours on this website! Actually, I think I have! Here’s their latest video….enjoy!

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Episode 59

A fun Wisconsin Podcast!

A fun Wisconsin Podcast!

Crazy show today! How well do you know Wisconsin? Join us for a fun quiz, we also have a story to tell you about a very special little boy here in Wisconsin and how you can help him, Wisconsin Events, DNR news, conversations with Mom and our featured Wisconsin small business.  Thanks for tuning in!




Show Notes:

Music on the show The Jimmys !!!!!

We just want to say a big Thank You to all of our listeners, we appreciate each and every one of you!   Take care! -TWT

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Catch the wildflower show at State Natural Areas and State Parks

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Wisconsin’s wildflowers are starting to put on a show.

Wisconsin State Natural Areas and state parks and forests are great places to see these colorful harbingers of spring, whether to explore at leisure or during the 10 guided wildflower walks offered at state parks in coming weeks.

“Wildflowers thrive in these areas that have been largely undisturbed, so just about any of our State Natural Areas are a great place to find wildflowers,” says Thomas Meyer, conservation biologist who works with State Natural Areas.

Wisconsin has 673 State Natural Areas that protect forests, prairies, and wetlands and the incredible diversity of plants that call them home.

Meyer has created a slide show that highlights six sites that offer good viewing, but says that flower lovers will be in luck at just about any property.

Those State Natural Areas are:

State Natural Areas are specially designated sites that preserve nearly 400,000 acres and are vital refuges for endangered plants and animals: 90 percent of Wisconsin’s endangered plant species and 75 percent of endangered wildlife species can be found on State Natural Areas.

Two-thirds of these State Natural Areas are owned by DNR in trust for the citizens of Wisconsin; 51 other agencies, organizations, local governments, land trusts and private citizens have designated State Natural Areas on their own lands. Most of these areas are open for all the outdoor sports and allow people to pursue these activities in some of the state’s most unique and special natural places.

Wildflower walks at state parks

Join state park naturalists and volunteers for wildflower walks or hikes at five state parks and one wildlife area in coming weeks. The walks and hikes are free but park vehicle admission stickers are required for entrance to parks.

Wednesday, May 7 & 21, 2014

  • High Cliff State ParkWings and Wildflowers Hike Join Cindy Mueller, High Cliff Naturalist and Rob Zimmer, Post Crescent Staff Writer/Yard MD for Wings and Wildflowers May Hikes. Enjoy the sights and smells of spring green at High Cliff. Meet at the Park Office. 9 a.m.

Saturday, May 10, 17, 24 & 31 2014

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern UnitWildflower Hike. This is a series of outings designed to explore the wildflowers of the Southern Kettle Moraine. Each Saturday we will meet at Forest headquarters and then travel by car caravan to the location of the best blooms. You don’t have to be a flower id expert to come, but be ready for off trail terrain and mud! 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Peninsula State Park, What’s Blooming? Are you surprised to learn that Peninsula’s campgrounds feature scads of wildflowers? Because of people, deer avoid campgrounds and so don’t munch on blossoms. Join the park naturalist for an easy walk, watching for trout lily. Meet at Tennison Bay boat launch, in the campground. 1-2 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

  • Richard Bong State Recreation AreaMother’s Day Wildflower Hike. Show Mom (or anyone special) a bouquet they will always remember. Bring the camera to take pictures, not the flowers, home. Trail is rough and wet. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive. 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern UnitSummer Saturday Evening Event: Rare Blooms: Orchids. Hidden away in the wetlands and fertile nooks of the Kettle Moraine grow the orchids. Join Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, as she delves into the world of these fascinating plants to encounter their beauty and many unusual characteristics. If time and weather allow, we will car pool to a spot where the orchids are blooming. Don’t forget your cameras. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). 6:30-8 p.m.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Crex Meadows Wildlife Area - Botany Talks & Walks-Wildflower ID. Begin in the auditorium with a lecture on the biology and identification of a certain plant and/or fungus group, followed by a walk on the wildlife 1-4 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Meyer, State Natural Areas, 608-266-0394 or Paul Holtan, state parks, 608-267-7517

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Episode 58

A fun Wisconsin Podcast!

A fun Wisconsin Podcast!

Big news! The Wisconsin Times podcast expanded! We have three co-hosts in today’s show, tune in to find out who it is! Lots going on in today’s show, we’ll be talking about Wisconsin lakes, a few fishing stories, a very special soldier from Wisconsin, a really cool fish mapping tool, pie, some fun Wisconsin events coming up soon and our featured Wisconsin small business.  Thanks for tuning in!



Show Notes:

Music on the show The Jimmys !!!!!

We just want to say a big Thank You to all of our listeners, we appreciate each and every one of you!   Take care! -TWT

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Unique Mother’s Day Events in Wisconsin

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Are you looking for somewhere special to take Mom on Mother’s Day? There are lots of great places to choose from in Wisconsin!

Treat your mom to a relaxing day in nature with guided tours of the world’s cranes, arts and crafts and nature hikes at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. All mom’s get in free! ($9.50 value)

Take Mom on a Mother’s Day Brunch Train in Spooner, Wisconsin. The brunch train departs Spooner Depot at 12 noon and features a 30-mile, 2 1/2 hour roundtrip to Springbrook. Along the way you will delight in a scrumptious buffet and see typical sights of the northwoods.

How about a Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike at Richard Bong State Recreation Area? Show mom (or anyone special) a bouquet she’ll always remember. Bring your camera to take the memories – not the flowers – home. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $7 per day, Wisconsin residents / $10 non-residents. Annual sticker also available.

Take her to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens for a Mother’s Day Concert. Stroll through spring blooms in the Wildflower Garden, Meadow Garden, and Rock Garden. Then, take in the scents, sounds, and sights of the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory. The New Horizons Concert Band performs at 2 p.m. in the Evjue Commons. The band includes more than 60 members and plays everything from traditional classical music to marches, Broadway hits, and movie themes. Suggested admission donation for the concert is $1.

Make mom’s gift a morning spent together at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle. Relax over a tasty brunch buffet served in the unique setting of our 1890s Clausing Barn, then stroll through the village and farmsteads. All moms receive free admission to the museum on Mother’s Day.

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Up North Kayak Fishing

I recently purchased a fishing kayak and since I am new to kayak fishing I thought I’d blog about it. If you’d like to hear more about kayak fishing and specifically my kayak fishing adventures go to my new website

Don’t worry, I’ll still keep The Wisconsin Times, nothing will change. But if you’d like to get to know me on a more personal level check out my kayak fishing website.

Here is a pic of my kayak, haven’t had it in the water yet but I’m hoping to take it out for the first time this weekend!

Mariner 10 Propel


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Kites are flying in Wisconsin


Wisconsin Historic Sites and Museums Invite Visitors to “Come Fly A Kite” in May and June


To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums invite visitors to “Come Fly a Kite” at their locations all around Wisconsin in May and June. The sites will provide the materials for making, decorating and flying the kites.Kite Flying WisconsinOld World Wisconsin, just south of Eagle in Waukesha County, will kick off the kite campaign during its first “Spring Into the Past” event on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.Wade House in Greenbush, Sheboygan County, will be flying kites during its “At Work and at Play” event on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.In Madison, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, kite decorating will take place during its “International Museum Day” event on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pendarvis in Mineral Point, Stonefield in Cassville, H.H. Bennett Studio in Wisconsin Dells, Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, Madeline Island Museum in La Pointe and Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva will all celebrate spring with kite-flying programs and activities on Sunday, June 8. H.H. Bennett Studio, Stonefield and Madeline Island Museum will all offer reduced admission on June 8 in conjunction with their “Visitor Appreciation Day” events.

Circus World in Baraboo will offer a different twist in its kite-flying event during its “Circus Heritage Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. The circus museum and performance venue will host troupes of Boy Scouts who will create their own troupe kites. The event begins at 2:30 p.m both days in historic “Ringlingville,” site of the Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters.

For more information contact Dawn St. George at 608-261-9350.


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Take Your Horse Camping in Wisconsin!

Horse Camping Wisconsin

Wisconsin is becoming quite popular for those who want to camp and bring their horses along. Check out all of the horse-friendly campgrounds. Happy horses equal happy campers!

Spur of the Moment Ranch in Mountain

Kickapoo Valley Reserve in La Farge

Big Valley Ranch in Avoca

End of the Trail Equine Campground in Ontario

Horseriders Campground in Palmyra

Trade River Horse Campground in Sterling Township (Governor Knowles State Park)

Horse Campground in Dodgeville (Governor Dodge State Park)

LaRiviere Horse Park in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Timber Trail Campground in Algoma

Endless Valley Stables in Spring Green

Here is a great article from with tips for camping with your horse.

Camping with Horses

By Jennifer Nice

When life gets hectic and you just need to get away, what could be a better escape than a camping trip with your horse? No alarms jolting you awake, traffic jams making you late, no phones or e-mails to answer, and no rushing to business meetings. It’s just the peaceful sounds of nature, a crackling fire and a rippling stream, plus plenty of fresh air and, of course, your horse. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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Wisconsin Wildfires – How you can Protect Your Property

WildfireNews Release Published: April 14, 2014 by the Northwest Region
Contact(s): Kevin Harter, DNR communication, 715-416-2230
By John Gozdzialski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Northern Region Director

It’s hard for many people to believe that wildfires can be a problem in spring. After all, in many areas there is still snow on the ground and we usually get a lot rain this time of year. What we need to keep in mind during this time of the year is the vegetation and the weather.
Most of the vegetation we see this time of year is dead and dry: last year’s leaves, flowers, and grass. Dry plant material cannot hold moisture, which creates a wick primed for ignition. The warm, dry, breezy days that we hope for in spring are also the days most favorable for fires. High wildfire risk will remain until the danger of frost has passed and new green vegetation has fully emerged.
April 20-26 is “Wildfire Prevention Week” across Wisconsin and other Great Lakes states. This is a good time to remind everyone of the very real annual threat of wildfires.
The risk of a wildfire became a dramatic reality in Douglas County last May. A single spark in a forest ignited the Germann Road Fire – the largest wildfire in Wisconsin in 30 years. About 100 homes and seasonal cabins were in the path of the fire. After the fire was extinguished, a total of 23 homes and seasonal cabins along with another 80 outbuildings had been consumed.
An estimated 350 buildings survived the fire thanks to firefighter suppression efforts and utilization of “Firewise” practices.
“Firewise” qualities are often simple acts of maintenance. Keep areas around buildings and under decks free of leaves and pine needles, clean debris out of rain gutters and move firewood stacks to spots at least 30 feet away from buildings. Other “Firewise” practices take more time. For example, making sure that your driveway is wide enough for a fire engine to get to your home or removing evergreen trees and shrubs within a 30 foot zone around buildings.
Becoming “Firewise” is not difficult but does require a commitment. Being “Firewise” requires attention to your home’s surroundings and what might start a wildfire or encourage the spread of one. Try this “Firewise” activity: take a walk around your home or seasonal cabin with an imaginary match in your hand. Any place where you would not feel comfortable tossing down a lit match and walking away is a place where you need to do some work.
The Department of Natural Resources is committed to bringing awareness to the threat of wildfire in Wisconsin. This year’s fire prevention campaign is “Be Ember Aware.” A four-minute video, featuring footage from the Germann Road Fire, along with a special web page and publications are available for view at (keyword “ember”). We hope you will find the information useful.
There will also be a DNR chat on the topic of wildfires on April 24 from noon-1pm. Go to (search “chat”). I encourage you to tune in and ask our wildfire experts questions. As always, should you have any questions on any other day, feel free to contact your local DNR service center, ranger station or Ben Garrett at 715-635-4088. We’re here to help.
As our old friend in the forest, Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires.

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Favorite Gardening “Pin” of the week!

Every now and then you see a gardening tip that you know, for sure, you are going to do. This is one of them.

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Journey Through Wisconsin



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Door County Wisconsin Music!

Check out all the great music coming to Door County, Wisconsin this summer!

Wisconsin Music

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Wisconsin Camping Tips & other Fun Stuff!

We are really looking forward to spring and going camping. Check out our Wisconsin Camping Pinterest board for some great tips, recipes and destinations.
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Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

There are many beautiful places in Wisconsin.  I am blessed to live within one of them, the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.  Even in the winter there is beauty everywhere!  The River Road runs along the river from just north of Saint Croix Falls all the way to the Wolf Creek area.  It’s a beautiful drive any time of the year!

River Road

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Gardening Tips from Pinterest

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Wisconsin Fishing!!!

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The Wisconsin Historical Society on Flickr

The Wisconsin Historical Society has some great photos on Flickr, check them out by clicking here.  

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Curd Crawls are happening all over Wisconsin!

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A Look at Wisconsin Bars – Why so many?

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The New Wisconsin Tourism Commercial!

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National survey: Wisconsin ranks second in bird watching

Here is the latest from the Wisconsin DNR…

Wisconsin ranks second nationally in the proportion of citizens considered birders, with fully one-third of residents 16 and older reporting they travel to watch birds, or actively watch and identify birds around home, according to a recently released U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service report.

Wisconsin trailed only Vermont, where 39 percent of residents are birders, and tied with West Virginia, where 33 percent of their population also watches birds. Numbers-wise, however, the Badger State vastly outnumbered those two states, with Wisconsin boasting 1,678,000 birders, compared to 292,000 for the Green Mountain State and 574,000 for the Mountain State.

“Wisconsin is well known for its rich tradition of birding and other forms of wildlife watching,” says Ryan Brady, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative monitoring coordinator and Department of Natural Resources research scientist. “Here we have a strong connection to our natural resources, and their vibrant colors, soothing songs, and high degree of visibility make birds a crowd favorite.”

Wisconsin features both northern and southern breeding species and sits astride a major migration pathway, allowing birders easy access to one of the most diverse collections of bird life in the United States. More than 400 species have been recorded in the state, with the vast majority of species and numbers being migratory birds. Others, like chickadees, cardinals, grouse, and turkeys, are permanent residents

Brady says spectacles such as staging sandhill cranes, waterfowl migration on the Mississippi River, goose migration at Horicon Marsh, booming prairie chickens, overwintering bald eagles, and more than 30 species of warblers are some of the state’s biggest birding draws.

Nationally, there were about 47 million birders, about 20 percent of the population 16 and older, according to the report. They spent an estimated $41 billion on trip related expenditures and equipment, generated a total economic impact of $106 billion, supported 666,000 jobs and generated $13 billion in state and federal tax revenues.

The report, Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis [PDF - exit DNR]], is an addendum to the 2011 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation. That same survey found that 1.2 million Wisconsin residents fished, and 895,000 residents hunted in that same survey year. [PDF]

Kim Grveles, who coordinates Wisconsin’s Bird Stopover Initiative, says the keen interest in birding in Wisconsin can be seen in the growing number of communities seeking “Bird City Wisconsin” (exit DNR) status indicating their commitment to bird conservation efforts. Since the program started in 2010, 76 communities have been designated Bird Cities.

That interest also was seen in 2013 in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (exit DNR), in which 155 birders spent part of a 24-hour period in May observing birds and soliciting pledges for the total number of species they saw. The birders observed a total of 252 species and raised more than $55,000 for bird conservation projects in Wisconsin, according to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, which sponsored the event along with the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative.

“There’s a growing recognition of what’s needed to maintain healthy populations of birds and to understand birds’ importance to their economies and quality of life,” Grveles says. “The national survey’s participation rates and economic rates reflect the important role birds play for our local communities and our state.”

More statistics from the report:

  • In 2011 there were 47 million birdwatchers (birders) 16 years of age and older in the United States – about 20 percent of the population.
  • 88 percent of birders are backyard birders, while 38 percent take trips away from home to “go birding.”
  • The “average” birder is 53 years old while only 17 percent fall under the age of 35.
  • Unlike hunting and fishing where men were overwhelmingly in the majority, a larger percent of birders were women – 56 percent in 2011.
  • Birders are not a racially or ethnically diverse group. Ninety-three percent of birders identified themselves as white.
  • 75 percent of birders reported observing waterfowl, making them the most watched type of bird. Birds of prey followed at 72 percent and songbirds at 68 percent.
  • Wisconsin birders average 95 days of bird watching per year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Brady, 715-685-2933; Kim Grveles, 608-264-8594; or Yoyi Steele, 608-266-8169

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Wisconsin Cranberry Contest

Cranberry Contest

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Cheese, A Fun Job, Cool Wisconsin App and more! The Wisconsin Times Podcast – Episode 57

The Wisconsin TimesWe have a great show lined up for you today, I’m gonna tell you about a unique employment opportunity here in Wisconsin, also a competition you might be interested in competing in, there’s also a new app that everyone in Wisconsin who hunts or fishes should know about, we also have some sports news, some fun Wisconsin events coming up soon and last but not least our featured Wisconsin small business.



Show Notes:

Music on the show The Jimmys !!!!!

We just want to say a big Thank You to all of our listeners, we appreciate each and every one of you!   Take care! -TWT

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Have you tried Wisconsin’s New Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife App? Very cool!

I recently downloaded Wisconsin’s new app for hunting, fishing and wildlife. It is amazing! It has everything…places to hunt and fish, the seasons, rules and regulations, news and so much more.  The best part?  It’s free!  Here are a few screen shots for you.  Click HERE to get it!

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Winter Fun in Wisconsin! Klondike Days in Eagle River March 1st & 2nd


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Wisconsin Pheasant Hunting News


PheasantWith tens of thousands of pheasant hunting enthusiasts about to descend on Wisconsin for a national “Pheasant Fest,” state wildlife officials say this is a good time to recognize the partnership with the festival sponsor that has been instrumental in providing another great year of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin.


Pheasants Forever’s annual national gathering known as the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic runs from Feb. 14-16 in Milwaukee. The tenth annual festival and national Pheasants Forever convention will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The festival attracted almost 29,000 upland bird enthusiasts to Minneapolis last year. The organization has more than 140,000 members nationwide, including 33 Wisconsin chapters.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has worked closely with Pheasants Forever in the past to acquire thousands of acres of land that continue to provide prime pheasant habitat and superb hunting opportunities.


“Our relationships with our non-profit conservation partners are invaluable to our mission,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We intend to work closely with Pheasants Forever for many years to come in order to continue improving pheasant habitat and expanding pheasant hunting opportunities in Wisconsin.”


Pheasants Forever began applying for Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grants in 1997 and since then has leveraged more than 3.4 million in grant funds and an equal amount of private funding for land purchases in Wisconsin, according to Eric Lobner wildlife program manager for southern Wisconsin.


Some of the land protection highlights of this long-standing partnership include:


  • H&L Farms - Pheasants Forever’s 714 acre land acquisition project is near completion in Rock County. The H&L Farms project is being funded in part by a Stewardship grant and Pheasants Forever plan to donate the property to DNR.
  • Hallie Marsh - The Chippewa Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter attained several land tracts totaling roughly 800 acres. The land was acquired in part with Stewardship grants and donated to DNR.
  • Paradise Valley Wildlife Area (Kincaid addition) – The Jefferson and Southwestern Pheasants Forever Chapters have pledged funds to help manage the 1,300 acre DNR property which was recently acquired by DNR.
  • Jefferson Marsh Wildlife Area - Jefferson Marsh Wildlife Area, located in Jefferson County, was acquired by Pheasants Forever several years ago and has since been donated to DNR. This 3,000 acre property is a premier destination for pheasant, deer and waterfowl hunters.


In addition to purchasing land for habitat and hunting, DNR and Pheasants Forever have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund four farm bill biologist positions in Wisconsin. These positions implement DNR’s private lands wildlife habitat programs and provide a critical link to private landowners interested in conservation and habitat projects to benefit pheasants and other valuable wildlife species.


With the presence of many other similar joint efforts and pheasant stocking on the rise, Lobner says Pheasants Forever and DNR have reaffirmed a mutual commitment to improving pheasant habitat and pheasant hunting in Wisconsin.


For more information regarding Pheasant Fest, visit the Pheasants Forever website (exit DNR); for more general pheasant hunting information, search the DNR website, for keyword “pheasant.”


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Lobner, Southern Wisconsin wildlife program manager, 608-235-0860


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine Sign

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Awesome Valentine’s Day Dates in Wisconsin

Still looking for a special place to take your Valentine in Wisconsin? Check out a few cool events we found via our Facebook friends…

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Monday Inspiration


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Now is the time to make reservations for Wisconsin Camping!

It’s only January and it’s already been a long, hard winter here in Wisconsin.  The recent temperatures make it almost impossible to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  I stood in my kitchen yesterday looking out into the yard at our RV.  I long for a warm summer night, sitting around the camp fire at a Wisconsin State Park.

So instead of being sad because it’s winter I decided to start planning our summer and making reservations for our weekend camping trips.  I was quite surprised to see that many of the campgrounds in the state parks are already filling up for the summer.  If you haven’t made your reservations yet, now is the time if you want the “good” spots!

Here is a link to the Wisconsin DNR camping reservations system.  One great feature with this reservation system is that they have pictures of many of the sites.  Here are a few awesome camp sites here in Wisconsin….

Interstate Park in Saint Croix Falls – Site 39, overlooks the Saint Croix River, beautiful!

Interstate Park Site 39

Lake Wissota State Park near Chippewa Falls – Site 101, this is a great park with lots of trails, also an awesome place to kayak!

Lake Wissota State Park - Site 101

Potawatomi State Park in Door County – Site 38, gorgeous place to camp and fish, who doesn’t love Door County!Contract: WI Park: 60036 Site: 4253

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Follow The Wisconsin Times on Pinterest!

Follow WiscTimes’s board Wisconsin Cheese on Pinterest.

We have many Wisconsin Pinterest boards with over 1,400 pins. Follow us by clicking below to check out all of the Wisconsin boards!

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Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin!

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Fun Ice Fishing in Wisconsin!

Ice Fishing Poster

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A Great Way to Help some Local Folks

If you are in the Millston, Wisconsin area, these folks could sure use some help!

Zirk Benefit

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The Wisconsin Way

When you watch the news it seems there are so many bad things going on in the world today.  So today I thought I’d give you a dose of happy news!

Check out this story from the Milwuakee Journal Sentinal, what a great way to help out our veterans!

Troop Cafe offers hearty meals, and restaurant training for veterans

Then there’s the story of a family who lost their home to a fire on the very same day their son returned from serving in Afghanistan.  Sad story but it’s great how the community has been helping them out.

Community helps family without home

With the Olympics coming up on February 7th I will be watching the hockey for sure!

Nine former Badgers named to Olympic hockey teams


This guy thought he was going to California, nope.  The good folks in Menasha helped him out!

Homeless man takes wrong train to Wisconsin


And then of course there’s this!  Jump!

We made national news with this one!

And even though we’re planning to beat San Fransisco today we’re still not going to let their fans freeze!  Go Pack Go!

Packers, Sportservice help fans battle cold, offering free hot cocoa and coffee at Sunday’s game

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Jack Frost Fest

During this long dark winter sometimes it helps to get out in it.  Here’s a fun event for the whole family!

Jack Frost Fest

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Upcoming Ice Fishing Tournaments in Wisconsin

100_0994Now that the holidays are over my thoughts turn to ice fishing, big time. Here are links to some upcoming ice fishing tournaments going on around Wisconsin. Good luck!

Ice Fishing Rumble – Phillips – January 4th, February 1st and March 1st

Fibber’s 7th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament – St. Germain – January 25th

Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament – Phelps – January 25th

Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage – Mercer – January 25th

Otter Street Fisheree – Oshkosh – February 1st

Wanderoos Area Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest – Amery – February 1st

Ice Fishing Jamboree – Spirit – February 8th

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Only One New Year’s Resolution

DockI’m not big into making New Year’s resolutions.  If something in your life needs to change waiting until January 1st seems a bit silly to me.  But, in the spirit of the holiday, I decided to make a resolution.  It’s very simple…spend more time outside.  That’s it.  No big announcement, no life changing drama, just a simple promise to myself to spend more time on the lakes, in the woods, in the garden, camping etc.  These are my happy places so it makes sense to spend more time there.

Wishing all of our readers a Happy New Year!  May your year be filled with peace!

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Icefish? Check out this COOL ION Ice Auger!

My husband, “HJ”, retired in August and for his retirement gift I gave him a new ice electric ice auger.  He loves it!  No gas to mess with, no fumes and it goes through the ice so easy.  We went fishing last Saturday and the weather was beautiful, a great day to be outside.  We fished in Polk County, Wisconsin.  Even though we only caught 5 fish I can’t disclose the location of our ice fishing adventure, good fishermen never tell.  Click here for more information about the ION Auger.

Happiness…he deserves it after 43 years at the same job!100_0993


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