Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Jasmine Ferrell

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6 Vintage Wisconsin TV Commercials so Bad They're Awesome

Jasmine Ferrell

Through the magic of You Tube, please enjoy this video time capsule of Wisconsin’s commercial past. These old TV ads reveal a lot about the days of yore, and if we were to send anything up into space as a greeting to possible alien life, this should be it ...

7 Legendary Wisconsin Monsters

Jasmine Ferrell

According to some, Wisconsin is ripping at its cheesy seams with the strange and unusual. Classic creatures like werewolves, witches, and lake monsters have been our neighbors for as long as local legends have been told ...

5 Somewhat Weird Wisconsin Locations

Jasmine Ferrell

It can be easy to get sucked into man-made roadside attractions, what with their bright lights and recorded soundscapes, but let’s not forget that nature can be pretty fascinatingly weird too. Below are some natural(ish) sites ...

6 films shot in Wisconsin: ’90s Edition

Jasmine Ferrell

Filmed in Wisconsin: ’90s Edition! Apparently the 1990s was a special time when Wisconsin and filmmakers joined hands and decided to create magic together. Granted, Wisconsinites may not want to be associated with many of the movies coming from ...

5 Wisconsin “Capitals” of ... stuff

Jasmine Ferrell

It’s been said that Wisconsin is home to more self-proclaimed capitals than any other state. Does this mean we’re a delusional bunch of cheese mongers who constantly feel the need to feel special and unique? Nah, I think it just means we’re ...

6 Wisconsin definitions ... from Urban Dictionary

Jasmine Ferrell

Urban Dictionary is a website where the public writes the definitions, and I meticulously read through the 66 definitions available for “Wisconsin” and have learned a great many things. For instance, according to definition 45 ...

5 Wisconsin traditions not quite worthy of the state seal

Jasmine Ferrell

Traditions. You can love them, you can hate them, or you can do both at the same time. These Wisconsin traditions – some obvious, some not – are destined to get strange looks from outsiders. May they never be forgotten.

Wisconsin Chair Company: Home of the Blues

Jasmine Ferrell

If there’s one thing Wisconsin chair companies are good at, it’s making chairs. If there’s another, it’s defining the history of music. Yes folks, that’s right, without the Wisconsin Chair Company "music" would not be how we know it ...

6 Sconnie roadside sights you needn't leave your car to enjoy

Jasmine Ferrell

When getting from one place to another, time sometimes limits you from properly exploring all the majesty (and tourist traps) the fine state of Wisconsin has to offer. Sometimes, this leaves your vacation or road trip feeling unfinished ...

10 Wisconsin questions from Yahoo Answers

Jasmine Ferrell

Just like an über self-consious, middle school version of yourself, there will always be a part of all Wisconsinites secretly wondering what other people are saying about us. And just like the rumor mill did in middle-school, the internet ...

Will Jennings: Songwriter, former UWEC Professor, Master of Love

Jasmine Ferrell

In case you weren’t aware, Eau Claire has a connection to a mighty fine songwriter of our time. Will Jennings (nomination and winner of multiple Grammies, Academy and Golden Globe Awards, etc.) may have only taught at UWEC for three years ...

5 Quirky Wisconsin Eateries (plus 2 That Closed)

Jasmine Ferrell

There’s always a hearty serving of restaurants to be found in Wisconsin, but don’t hungry Midwesterners deserve more? If you really want to treat yourself, and turn a meal into something more than just an obligatory energy renewal, pull up a chair...

6 World's Largest Wisconsin Landmarks

Jasmine Ferrell

Creating the “world’s largest” of something may seem a daunting task, but that didn't deter some Wisconsinites. From logs to beer, our state can boast the largest ever known or, at least, no one has claimed otherwise.

7 of Wisconsin's somewhat cool historical landmarks

Jasmine Ferrell

A time-honored summertime activity is to venture forth in the family van to learn the history of our great nation by visiting its noble historical landmarks. So why not learn the history of our own fine state by stopping by the following ...

6 notable Wisconsin bands you might not know

Jasmine Ferrell

Anyone would have to admit that the Eau Claire has produced a surprising amount of pretty successful musicians for a moderately sized mid-western city, but our state’s native talent doesn't stop there. Wisconsin has produced numerous artists ...

6 Movies Filmed in Wisconsin (That Aren't Public Enemies)

Jasmine Ferrell

On the rare occasion when movie crews roll into town, it’s a pretty big deal. Clearly Wisconsin is no Hollywood or New York, but it still has a lot to offer filmmakers looking for locations. Haunted house? We can do that ...

6 huge historical Wisconsin happenings (that you never heard about)

Jasmine Ferrell

Sure, everyone remembers Wisconsin when the Packers win another Super Bowl or when one of our own wins a Grammy or something, but our state has been making headlines since its inception. Here’s just a sampling of some nationally, globally, and ...

5 Gut-Busting Wisconsin Food Challenges

Jasmine Ferrell

You ever just feel like a photo of your face belongs somewhere on a wall? Are your mouth and stomach impressively large? Perhaps you should consider taking on one of the many restaurant food challenges found throughout Wisconsin ...

5 Lesser Known Wisconsin Superstars

Jasmine Ferrell

There are certain Wisconsinites who’ve given our state genuine bragging rights (Harry Houdini, Orson Welles, I’m looking at you), but they aren’t only people we should be proud of. Below are just some of the lesser known, but still influential ...

5 Weird Wisconsin World Records

Jasmine Ferrell

Whilst perusing lists of world records Wisconsin has set or broken, the eclectic talents of our community come into full focus. Who knew Wisconsinites were so good at ping pong and spitting crickets? NOW YOU DO.

7 Offbeat Wisconsin Competitions

Jasmine Ferrell

With the months of summer stretching ahead, so does the promise of offbeat Sconnie competitions. Whether it’s events showcasing strength and agility or … wiener dogs, Wisconsin has it.

UW-Stout students bring kids’ monster drawings to life

Jasmine Ferrell

Recently, a Stout classroom in their Child and Family Study Center was overrun with monsters. Monsters that were running, flying, and shooting lizards out of their arms like it was nothing unusual. I suppose one should mention ...

This Weekend: Wisconsin is free!

Jasmine Ferrell

This weekend, the great Wisconsin outdoors will be available to one and all – for free. Thanks to the Free Fun weekend, June 7–8, we can all celebrate in the glory of nature by anyway we want. Been meaning to bike or hike state park trails?

6 of Wisconsin’s nuttiest museums

Jasmine Ferrell

Starting to feel the impending doom of a merely average summer? Spice it up with these obscure Wisconsin museums, all within a reasonable drive from Eau Claire. Hop into the car with some friends and make a day of it.

Wisconsin ranked 3rd most bikeable state

Jasmine Ferrell

Biking in Wisconsin is only getting better. Looking at the new state rankings by the League of American Bicyclists, Wisconsin is now the third most bikeable state, so give your bike a pat on ...

5 Songs to Namecheck Wisconsin

Jasmine Ferrell

Many people don’t see Wisconsin as the nation’s most glamorous state, but we’ve been making our way into popular songs for decades. Here are just five recording artists who paid homage to the ol’ dairyland ...

Stout professor takes art to the Arctic

Jasmine Ferrell

While most of us in Wisconsin have been fantasizing about the warm days of summer for months on end, one Stout professor will be spending her summer as an artist-in-residence in a somewhat frostier setting – the Arctic.

Wisconsin's organic farms rank us second to ... one

Jasmine Ferrell, photos by Brianna Meicher

With 1,200 organic farms nestled within our borders, Wisconsin has taken the silver medal in a national ranking of organic farms per state – and are we really that surprised? Historically speaking, Wisconsin’s backbone has always been ...