Chapter 5: Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin

If you walk into Driftless Books and Music too quickly, you’ll miss the headstone leaning out against the front stairway. It commemorates La Crosse’s very own Freddie Slack. “The Original Hipster and King of...

Chapter 4: Pearl Street Books and Buzzard Billy’s in La Crosse

Last time I was out on St. Patrick's Day weekend, my man Hornish and I hit 7th Street in St. Paul after a Minnesota Rollergirls bout a few years back. We sidestepped drunk people....

Ghost Pepper Curds and Igor’s Classic Grilled Cheese at Mousehouse Cheesehaus

My wife and I were heading back from a weekend in Milwaukee when we spotted this building on the side of Interstate 94, just outside Madison: MOUSEHOUSE. My wife lost it. I had already...

Pitchers, Pool, and the World’s Greatest Cheeseburgers: Gronk’s Grill and Bar

Nexus. It's a term often used to describe a central, important place. Neighborhoods, industries, worldwide movements, all have such a place. As an example, I'd consider Grumpy's Northeast in Minneapolis the nexus of the Twin...

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