Why Is That? Why are there huge, ornate houses downtown?

Lumber companies set their eyes on the Chippewa Valley in the 1850s as a prime spot for business, with impressive riverways and ample pine in the northwoods. Soon, workers from all over the country and the world immigrated here, often as lumberjacks or farmers. At first, everyone lived simply. They built log cabins and then … Continue reading Why Is That? Why are there huge, ornate houses downtown?

Famous Wisconsin Ski Race Has Origins in Norwegian History

More than 800 years ago, Norway was caught in a civil war. Two groups fought over who should rule the country. The ruling party made fun of the rebels by calling them Birkebeiner (“Birchbarkleggers”), because they wrapped bark around their legs to stay warm and protect them in battle. In the winter of 1206, the 18-month-old prince … Continue reading Famous Wisconsin Ski Race Has Origins in Norwegian History