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It's been about a week since the last one, so I figured I'd start a new state of the week thread. Wisconsin. Bounded by Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan's better half, and the best state in the Midwest (just kidding). Not a bad location at all. Rolling hills, forests, lakes, farm land, and Great Lakes coastline on the two biggest Great Lakes. Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay. One of the most storied sports franchises in the country. UW. Lots of cheese. What else? Pics?
 

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Great, Wisconsin. Oh and I want to reiterate that what happened is important: The thread starter is not from the state being mentioned this week.
So that's a bad thing? Compliments from other states is usually a good thing.......

We need some Chicagoans opinions!
 

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-First state to number its highways
-Has the tallest buildings between Chicago and Minneapolis

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-Its cities dominate the 'safest places in the USA' list
-Does ANYTHING go together better than beer and bratwurst???
-Gorgeous scenery statewide and great roads to enjoy it all on
-Fans whom stay to the end of the game, regardless of the score
-Home of many great NASCAR drivers
-The '5th Quarter' show!

:applause::pepper::banana::pepper::banana::cheers1::pepper::banana::pepper::banana::applause:

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Oh, home away from home, Wisconsin.

What's not to like about America's Dairyland? I really believe the State of Wisconsin should think about a new nickname because it truly is so much more than...well, cheese.

It's got great natural areas like Door County, the Northwoods, the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin Dells, as well as off-beat and quirky destinations like House on the Rock (the most amazingly creepy and bizarre attraction in the Midwest; an absolute must-see before you die).

Add to that several great mid-sized cities, nice people, and sideways traffic lights (I always did find that odd) and Wisconsin rounds out to be a pretty great state.
 

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Gotta love "That 70's Show."

In my day to day activities, the three most common license plates I see are Minnesota, then Wisconsin, then California. In fact I see a ton of Wisconsin plates. Love the state. If I couldn't live in Minnesota, I'd live in Wisconsin.
 

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Bad roads??? Are u kidding me? I have been to many other states and I would say Wisconsin roads are pretty nice. I can certainly tell once I cross the state line.
 

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Ah Wisconsin...life behind the cheddar curtain...

Very nice state, one of my favorites....
 

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Throughout the city and the suburbs here in Chicago, Wisconsin, the Badger State is THE state for us. All cheesehead comments and disparaging remarks about the Packers aside, Wisconsn is THE state to Chicagoland.

Most Chicagoans and suburbanites couldn't find Peoria on a map or tell you where to find Lincoln sites around Springfield. Our knowledge of downstate Illinois consists of trips to Chicagoland outposts: Champaign/Urbana which is overrun with Chicagoland kids which almost makes the U of I a Chicago institution or Galena where Chicago based artists and Chicago based shoppers rule the roost.

Now Wisconsin, that's something else to us. On nice weekends in spring, summer, and fall, we head north to the lakes and the woods and the other joys of our neighbors to the north.

Don't buy into the flatlander/cheesehead rivalry to heavily; truth is, we love Wisconsin and easily see it as being our playground. Last one into the lazy river at a Dells water park is a......
 

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As with most states, Wisconsin is big enough to have completely different landscapes, political structures, mindsets and cultures.

The southeast is clearly dominated by the great city of Milwaukee. The economic impact of my hometown pretty much drives the state. And to brewcity's delight, I'll say that the Milwaukee metro area contributes much to the economic base of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin as well.

Madison is extremely powerful in its own right being home to the state capital. Thankfully, our political center sits smack in the middle of one of the most liberal sections of the country. (sorry skyking)

To the west, there's LaCrosse... home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. Rolling hills, sheer cliff faces, a giant river (Mississippi) and enough outdoor activities to keep an adrenaline junky happy for years grace the southwest portion of the state.

In the middle of the state, you'll find Wisconsin Dells. One of the more odd towns I've ever seen, the Dells plays host to a ridiculous amount of water parks, theme parks, museums and thrill zones. Probably one of the best weekend vacation spots in the entire country in my opinion.

The northeast is where you'll find Green Bay and Door County... unbelievably quaint towns that rest along a penninsula in Lake Michigan. If you ever have a chance, check out some of the state parks up here, they're beautiful.

Finally, there's the northern section of Wisconsin. Miles and miles of neverending forest, lakes, rivers and hills, northern Wisconsin is the most scenic, dramatic landscape in the state. Waterfalls are around every corner and the fall colors here are straight out of a crayola box. Bayfield is my favorite town of the north - Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is remarkable. Sea cave kayaking there is one of the more cool things you'll ever have a chance to do.

All in all, Wisconsin is a very well rounded state with something to offer almost all walks of life. We've got everything from skyscrapers to waterfalls, hippies to tightwads. While I'd never say that Wisconsin is the "best" state in most categories, I like to think that we've got it pretty good.
 

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The IL connection to wisconsin is quite strong indeed. Many suburban kids attend college at Wisconsin from the more affluent areas and many have a strong connection to the university after graduating and heading to chicago for employment. I can't tell you how many people i have talked to that are badgers living in Northern IL. It is a tight race between loyalty to wisconsin and the far south Illini. UWM has also started to get popular down here as i know at least 10 good friends who attend it.

Many people now see the trip to Milwaukee as a easier and nice change of pace compared to chicago and the hassle that goes along with voyaging there.

Events such as Summerfest, brewers/cubs, bucks/bulls, the rave concerts, and the casino really bring a huge amount of travel and that i believe has opened many doors.

I remember even as a child in school we would always venture to Milwaukee for our field trips 8 out of 10 times compared to chicago. We would go to the Childrens museum, Imax theatre, Brookfield zoo, and even a brewers game or two. While in chicago we hit navy pier for a boat ride and the Fields museum. Its only going to get stronger. People like the state of wisconsin for its beauty and friendly atmosphere and Milwaukee for its smaller size,accessibility, and its very clean downtown and most neighborhoods.
 

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Some thoughts on Wisconsin:

Very beautiful rolling hills in the south and a lovely north woods. I especially like the towns along Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Green Bay, like Mequon, Sheboygan & Manitowac.

I don't really get Wisconsin Dells. I did the Ducks and the Waterpark and then ...?

I love Madison and the University of Wisconsin. One of the great public universities of the world and a beautiful design for a capitol city.

We owe a lot of the Progressive movement and progressive ideas to Wisconsin. Although it is not alive much today, a lot of the ideas that came out of the Progressive Party in the 1930-1940's were adopted and integrated into modern liberal ideology.

Leinenkugels. Mmm, tasty. I am really into one of their latest creations -- Berry Weiss. You have to drink like 2-3 to get used to the taste, but after that ... Mmm.

That 70's show. Dumb, but funny occasionally. HELLO WISCONSIN!

Crazy Packer stuff. I don't get it. I was in Green Bay one time when there was a scrimmage (not a game, not even a preseason game) but the town was sort of nuts. The people at some bar downtown were getting pretty loaded before the game and were really obnoxious (this was when they were still a decent team). We drove south back toward Milwaukee and we could not find a hotel room until we reached Illinois. Even a scrimmage was like a statewide event.

Does this Kohl guy like run that state? Seems like he pays for a lot of things like the Bucks and now you made him a Senator.
 

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You don't really want to try comparing Diamond Jim to Tommy. That would be futile. Unless, of course, you like paying more taxes (and I really think you do!) to fund questionable projects. That's my final word on this, as I'd prefer to stay positive and keep my breakfast down. :)
Stick to your word, and the topic please.
 

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i LOVE sconie-land and all the cheesehead bastards who dwell there!

wisconsin is one wicked-awesome state. family vacations and boy scouts exposed me to a lot of wisconsin's joys - the fishing/camping paradise of the northwoods, skiing at rib mountian in wausau, canoeing on the kickapoo river, the sceneic beauty of door county, circus world in baraboo, summerfest in milwaukee, spelunking in eagle point cave, drunken tomfoolery in madtown, white water rafting on the wolf river, state fair in stallis, mountain biking in kettle-moraine, the go-kart/waterslide/mini-golf capital of the world that is the dells, house boating down the mighty miss through god's country, and so many other wonderful memories and happy times in wisconsin.

and the people i've met in my travels across wisconsin have kicked-ass too. i've just never experienced any of this alleged cheesehead/FIB animosity. maybe you guys are just really effing good at hiding it, but the large majority of wisconsin folks i've met and known are genuinely good people, and really mellow and cool too. i wouldn't be surprised if wisconsin has a lower than average douche bag quotient.

you cheeseheads have one hell of a state to call home! i'm just glad that chicago is so close to all that your state has to offer.


p.s. - **** the packers. :D
 
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