Friday, Jan. 10th, 2020

Get a Sneak Peek at Discover Wisconsin’s Brand-New Menomonie Episode

Viewers in eight states will be treated a four-season look at the city of Menomonie in a soon-to-air episode of the long-running tourism series “Discover Wisconsin.” (Or you could watch it above!) The program’s hosts, Mariah Haberman and Collin Geraghty, take viewers on a rapid-fire tour of everything from fast summer night at the Red Cedar Speedway to winter evenings in the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts to spring lambing season at Govin’s Farm.

“This city brings the excitement of a college town and the charm of the northwoods together,” Haberman says during the episode. “It’s fun, it’s eclectic, it’s beautiful, and it’s all year long.”

The episode will premiere on a network of broadcast and cable stations the weekend of Jan. 18-20. In the Eau Claire area, it will be shown on WQOW-TV (Channel 18) at 5pm on Sunday, Jan. 19. A free viewing party for the episode will be at 3pm on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E. And if you just can’t wait that long, the episode is already available online at

Dustyn Dubuque, executive director of Downtown Menomonie Inc., said the episode emphasizes how much there is to do in Menomonie no matter what the season. For example, the fall segment features the annual Ladies’ Night Out in October, which brings crowds of women – many decked out for Halloween – to visit the unique boutiques that downtown Menomonie offers.

Jake’s Supper Club
Jake’s Supper Club

The episode begins by showcasing warm-weather activities in Menomonie, including dining outdoors at Jake’s Supper Club, the annual Lake Menomin Water X event (which features snowmobiles – yes, snowmobiles in the summer! – racing across the open water of Menomonie’s landmark lake), watching dirt-track racing at Red Cedar Speedway.

“You better be prepared for a noisy environment,” Haberman says during her visit to the racetrack. “You’re going to get a little bit dirty. But that energy, that excitement in the air is so palpable. If you really want to experience Menomonie and what it’s all about, this is such an iconic part of this city.”

The episode also highlights UW-Stout, Whispering Emerald Ridge Game Farm (where you can shoot sporting clays from inside a heated lodge in the winter), the Mabel Tainter Theater, disc golfing and ice fishing, Tanglewood Greens Golf Course, Zymurgy Brewing Co., and Govin’s Farm, where springtime visitors can cuddle with just-born critters. “I would say this is one of the more authentic and integrated farms that I’ve been to where you really are seeing actual things happening in real time,” gushes Geraghty, one of the hosts.

“Discover Wisconsin” – which has also produced episodes on Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls in recent years – sent crews to Menomonie numerous times last year to capture all four seasons in the community. “I hope we get more tourists from this episode,” said Maya Canon, program coordinator for the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, which collaborated with Discover Wisconsin to create the episode. “I think it shows how interesting Menomonie can be.”

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2019

WATCH: Aaron Rodgers and Justin Vernon Talk for 40 Minutes at Lambeau Field

Well, today GQ posted a video that's likely to melt the hearts of Wisconsinites all over the state into puddles of cheesy goop. Brace yourself and watch in awe as two of the state's most well-known dudes, two iconoclasts of Wisconsin culture, two kings of the north talk about ... stuff. For over 40 minutes.

That’s right – Aaron Rodgers (star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR husband, hail mary king, the guy from the insurance ads and hospital billboards) and Justin Vernon (guy from Eau Claire, is in a band) had a meeting of the minds, a tête-à-tête if you will, in the heart of Lambeau Field for GQ’s One-on-One series. And, whattaya know, they filmed it.

Rodgers and an often giddy Vernon talk about centering oneself before performances, Aaron's goal to play until he is 40, the story behind Bon Iver's "Holocene" (which NPR listeners just named their favorite song of the decade), and a bunch of other stuff. 

You’re probably already watching it, and not really reading this anymore, so I’m just gonna stop writing now. Enjoy!

Psssst. Around the 26.50 mark, Rodgers references The Pickle. 

Tuesday, Aug. 21st, 2018

5 Ways to Spell ‘Menomonie’ and Not Be Wrong

Menomonie's Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (Image)
Menomonie's Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (Image)

1. Menomonie

For those of us in the Chippewa Valley, this spelling is the “right” one – or at least the one we’re most familiar with. As with all the other spellings, the name of this Dunn County city comes from the name given by the Ojibwe people to their neighbors, who lived in a large territory in what is now Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, early European settles spelled “our” Menomonie with an “ie” to avoid confusion with other Wisconsin locales.

2. Menominee

If there’s an “official” spelling of the word, this is probably it. It’s the name of a Native American tribe; the name of that tribe’s reservation; the name of the Wisconsin county that is contiguous with the reservation; as well as the name of a city in Michigan and a river that divides the two states. Fun fact: The Menominee were among the people French explorer Jean Nicolet encountered when he came ashore at Green Bay in 1634. (Of course, he thought they were Chinese.)

3. Menomonee

If you’re from the Milwaukee area, chances are this is how you spell the word. This is the spelling that applies to the river that flows into the state’s largest city (and ultimately Lake Michigan via the Milwaukee River); to the Menomonee Valley, an industrial neighborhood in Milwaukee; and to the nearby suburb of Menomonee Falls.

4. Manoominii

This is the original Ojibwe word for the tribe, which in the Ojibwe’s language means “wild rice people,” a reference to the other tribe’s staple food. However, as is often the case when it comes to tribal names, this is not what the Menominee call themselves: In their own language, they are “Mamaceqtaw,” or simply “The People.”

5. Me-No-Monie

The difficult-to-spell (and to pronounce) name lends itself pretty easily to a pun, and a few years back the folks at Me-No-Monie Street Pawn & Loan grabbed it. (Get it: “Me No Money?” Of course you do!) The pawn shop is located, naturally, on Menomonie Street in Eau Claire.