Up until the third week in January, I was hopeful that we were going to get a pass from the snow and cold this year. The city’s new ice rink outside of my office window looked more like a wading pool until we were finally able to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 18. Wisconsin winters s…

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Wisconsin has been a state since 1848 — 171 years ago and 13 years before the Civil War began. Wisconsin became territory in 1836 and was a territory for 12 years before it became a state. Prior to Wisconsin becoming a territory, it had been part of Michigan Territory (1818-1836), Illinois T…

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