20 State Symbols of Wisconsin and the Stories Behind Them

Almost 22 Official Symbols of Wisconsin

Want to impress your friends with some real Wisconsin knowledge? Want to show them you know all about all the “official stuff” in our state?

Well you’re in luck. I’ve already done all the research for you! And it was actually pretty interesting.

Maybe I’m a nerd – but at least I’m a Wisconsinerd.

Here are 20 official state symbols of Wisconsin… and one that could become official soon.
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How a Wisconsin Artist is Making His Comic Book Dreams Come True

Kalemon comic book by Craig Knitt

Picture a world in which threatening monsters hide deep in the woods of Wisconsin, venturing out into the fields during the dark of night to terrorize the honest, hard-working people of America’s Dairyland.

But what if there was also a mysterious hero with the mission of protecting us from those backwoods beasts? That’s the world of Kalemon the Monster Hunter from the offbeat imagination of Craig Knitt.

It’s just one of the many works you can attribute to this prolific, multimedia artist. Although you could say this particular project has come back from the dead…

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Everything You Missed at Mile of Music 2014


With over 620 live performances, 35,000-45,000 people, and four solid days of original music dominating downtown Appleton last weekend, Mile of Music 2014 was loud, crazy, and utterly fantastic. If you didn’t make it down, here’s what you missed.

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