James Johonnott

Editorial - Resource & Listings Editor

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Thu. Jul. 23rd, 2015

Catching a Screening

James Johonnott

Catching Faith, an indie movie filmed in the Chippewa Valley last summer, is coming back to premiere in Chippewa Falls. The Christian-themed sports movie stars Lorena York, Garrett Westton, and Bill Engvall, and features extras from around the Valley ...

Wed. Jul. 22nd, 2015

Wisconsin Sessions

James Johonnott

a chat with Brad Kolberg about his WPR show, which highlights Wisco musicians

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jul. 14th, 2015

Jumping Worm

James Johonnott

Wisconsin soil has a new guest and it’s as stubborn as it is unwelcome. The most recent entry in a slew of invasive species to make it to Wisconsin, the jumping worm was first found in the state in 2013 around Madison ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jul. 10th, 2015

Eau Claire Music Featured on WPR Summer Series

James Johonnott, photos by Lee Butterworth

Eau Claire music hits the air waves this summer on WPR. The popular afternoon talk show Central Time is hosting Set List, a summer music series set to air through early September. Set List will bring featured Wisconsin musicians into the WPR studios to perform their music and talk to the hosts ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 6th, 2015

Wisconsin's Most Distinctive Cause of Death Isn't Exciting Enough

James Johonnott

Every state is different, and in them, people die in different ways like special, accident-prone snowflakes. The CDC has issued this map charting the most "distinctive" causes of death in each state. I expected Wisconsin's to be something like "snowmobile collision with deer while eating ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 2nd, 2015

We Stuck an Intern in a Stunt Plane

James Johonnott

Editor's Note: Volume One was lucky enough to be offered a ride in a sweet-looking stunt plane, courtesy of the Chippewa Valley Air Show. So we stuffed our intern James into it and said, "Good luck, man!"

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 2nd, 2015

Wisconsin loves frozen pizza. A lot.

James Johonnott

America might be an increasingly sedentary culture, but that doesn't mean we need to see the numbers to prove it. The Washington Post's Wonkblog put together an index of American couch potato habits. The index features charts ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 1st, 2015

Wisconsin Drinks the Most ... Hooray?

James Johonnott

It's common knowledge among Wisconsinites that we're the biggest drinkers in America. What with the state's surplus of bars and breweries and its strong German heritage, this should come as little surprise to the rest of the country. But, in case there are any doubts that Oregon's menagerie of microbrews ...

The Daily Shakedown

Sat. Jun. 27th, 2015

America: Messing with the Lines

James Johonnott

At the intersection of three of my great loves—maps, fiction, and American history—sits this map. Neil Freeman, artist and urban planner, developed it in 2012 as part of a suggestion to redraw the state lines of America. No joke. ...

The Daily Shakedown

Sat. Jun. 20th, 2015

What the heck is a Whoopensocker?

James Johonnott

Based in Madison, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE, not to be confused with D.A.R.E.), has set out to save some of America's colorful colloquialisms from obscurity. In its quest, DARE visited 30 Wisconsin towns from Algoma to Wautoma to track down the state’s regional words ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 18th, 2015

The House on the Rock Is Fake!

James Johonnott

Wisconsin's House on the Rock has been deemed everything from Wisconsin's most bizarre building to the greatest roadside attraction in all of America. A trip through its halls is a mind-bending dive into a surrealist cartoon. International fantasy/horror author Neil Gaiman, who described the place in ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 17th, 2015

An Ambush of French Elegance: Le Diner en Blanc 2015

James Johonnott

As the sun set over Phoenix Park on June 12, a surprise French invasion of elegance and fine cuisine was staged. For the third year, Le Diner en Blanc (“Dinner in White”) has been staged in Eau Claire by local organizer Anne-Marie Bittner. The event began in Paris 28 years ago ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 16th, 2015

Sorry, $209 per Pound Wisconsin Cheddar Is All Sold Out

James Johonnott

A reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, a block of cheese – being heralded as a "milestone in cheesemaking" – made its debut last month at $209 a pound. Sound a bit cheesy? Tony and Julie Hook of the Hook Cheese Company in Mineral Point, Wis. have been aging the 450 pound block of cheddar for 20 years ....

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

Music Returns to Menomin

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Menomonie outdoor concert series brings cool lineup

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

This Beautiful Map Shows Wisconsin in 1932

James Johonnott

Thanks to the David Rumsey Map Collection, this beautiful old-timey map of Wisconsin is available for your viewing pleasure. It was designed by Berta and Elma Hader in 1932 as part of a set aiming to map out the iconic parts of every state in the country ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 8th, 2015

State Theatre Announces 2015–16 Lineup

James Johonnott, photos by Elizabeth Schultz

The State Theater has announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season. The lineup features a wide array interests including acrobatic, magic, music, and comedy shows. Some highlights include ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jun. 5th, 2015

Free Admission to Wisconsin State Parks (June 6–7)

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Calling all nature lovers. June 6-7 has been declared Free Fun Weekend across the state. Wisconsin residents will be able to enjoy all of the state parks and trails with free admission. The Wisconsin Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin Trails has put together a list ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jun. 5th, 2015

Wisconsin's Missed Connection Hotspot Will Not Surprise You

James Johonnott

Ah, Craigslist. A mixed bag of the Internet if there ever was one. One of my favorite college past-times was putting the missed connection part of the site on our living room projector and scrolling through it with my roommates (we didn't have a lot of money). For those not in the know ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

Wisconsin's 13 Best Beaches

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wisconsin isn't a state known for its beaches. But deep within the state's farmland and hills you can find many hidden gems tucked away that make great summer destinations. Laura Meli at Onlyinyourstate.com compiled a list of these Wisconsin treasures – definitely worth a road trip ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 20th, 2015

Bow Down: 5 Magnificent Wisconsin Cheese Pioneers

James Johonnott

Millions of years ago, glaciers receded from Wisconsin and left behind a lush, green pastureland. The glaciers probably didn’t know it, but their departure set the stage for Wisconsin to claim the mantle of cheesemaking mastery. Wisconsin Cheese has a legendary ....

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 19th, 2015

Packers Fans Amongst NFL's Most Grammatically Correct

James Johonnott

Take solace cheeseheads. You may not have gotten last season’s Lombardi, but you do know how to spell it. Because it clearly needed to be done, Geoff Foster at the Wall Street Journal ranked the 32 teams of the NFL by grammar and spelling proficiency ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. May. 18th, 2015

Lowes Creek Mountain Bike Trail Ranked Most Popular in Wisconsin

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Break out your wheels and head over to Lowes Creek Trail, mountain bikers. Singletracks – a blog and online discussion forum for mountain bike enthusiasts — has declared Lowes Creek Trail of Eau Claire the most popular mountain biking trail in Wisconsin ...

Thu. May. 14th, 2015

A Day in the Past

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

CV Museum marks International Museum Day

Thu. May. 14th, 2015

Head Start on Summer

James Johonnott

SummerDaze will heat up Menomonie early this year

Thu. May. 14th, 2015

Strangely on Screen

James Johonnott

indie film starring Chi-Hi grad screens at Micon

Fri. May. 1st, 2015

Look to the Stars

James Johonnott

space lovers celebrate Astronomy Day

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Apr. 27th, 2015

100 Things to Do in Eau Claire This Summer

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It won’t be long before summer is upon us in Wisconsin. I’ve been busy making itineraries and drawing up road trip maps to fill the three months with as much of Eau Claire character. Fortunately, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire published a ...

The Daily Shakedown

Sat. Apr. 18th, 2015

Wisconsin's 'Most Bizarre Building' Totally Rocks

James Johonnott

There’s nothing quite like driving along, minding your own business, and finding a house built upside-down along the side of the road. A little weirdness goes a long way in making some character and America has plenty of character. Supercompressor compiled ...

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

The Gibson Sessions

James Johonnott

lots of local musicians strum the same guitar to raise funds for addiction counseling

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Apr. 9th, 2015

Just Look at Wisconsin's Oldest Building

James Johonnott

The blog Supercompressor put together a fantastic list of the oldest standing building in every State o' the Union, with a brief look at the history of each.* Of course I went straight to Wisconsin’s entry ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Apr. 8th, 2015

America Keeps On Truckin'

James Johonnott

Have you ever wondered what kind of car America loves most? The answer won’t surprise you, but just how much we love it might. According to research done by everycarlisted.com, America loves one very specific automobile ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Apr. 6th, 2015

Eau Claire's best Pac-Man levels

James Johonnott

I've written before about how fascinating Google Maps is. Starting last week, as an April Fool's day gag, you can now play the arcade classic Pac-Man on the roads of nearly any frame of Google Maps ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Apr. 3rd, 2015

Downtown Budget Theater Re-Opens Friday

James Johonnott

Eau Claire’s own downtown budget theater celebrates its grand re-opening tonight with more than a few changes to show for its extensive remodeling. At the Micon Cinemas Downtown Budget Cinema and Marquee Restaurant, all of the films have now gone ...

Fri. Apr. 3rd, 2015

12 Origins of Wisconsin town names (and one other thing)

James Johonnott

Wisconsin is notorious for towns with difficult to pronounce names. One of my favorite past-times as a Wisconsinite is watching my Minnesotan friend try to say “Oconomowoc”, which looks and sounds like she’s trying to cough up a brick ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 30th, 2015

UW-Stout grad selected to helm massive US retailer

James Johonnott

On March 2, UW-Stout alumna Jill Soltau took over as chief executive officer of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and craft suppliers retailer. The Ohio-based company has over 800 stores in 49 states and ...

Wed. Mar. 25th, 2015

Hamburger History: What’s Wisconsin got to do with it?

James Johonnott

Our story begins in present-day New Zealand and ends in Mongol-era China ... by way of Seymour, Wis. Our hero: the humble hamburger. Late one night during a discussion about local restaurants with a few Internet-friends ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Mar. 20th, 2015

Not On My Campus: UWEC Unites Against Bigotry

James Johonnott

UWEC administration, faculty, and students took a stand against bigotry and discrimination Thursday with a rally sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office. In a blog post on the university’s website, Chancellor James Schmidt organized ...

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015

Michael Perry Busts Out Audiobook With Prizes

James Johonnott

Best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry’s The Scavengers is now available as an audiobook. Explore a haunting, yet humorous look at an American futurescape with a precocious young girl – Ford Falcon – and her pet rooster, Hatchet. ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 16th, 2015

TED Talks coming to UW-Stout

James Johonnott

TED Talks are coming to the Chippewa Valley. This October UW-Stout is set to host a TEDx event (TEDx is the regional version of the nationally known lecture series) and the event is currently taking applications for speakers until April 15th ...