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...

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...

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...

Long Live the Anchor Bar

Fifteen years ago, I turned 21 years old and the Anchor Bar in Superior became my first official watering hole. I've got probably 100 Anchor Bar stories, but two stand out among them. The first...

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