Mall of America, at age 10, ready to expand

Tweet BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Ten years after the opening of Mall of America, spokeswoman Monica Davis certainly knows her competition. It’s not your favorite neighborhood shopping center, and it’s not simply the only mall in the world that’s bigger (5.3 million square feet at West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada). When execs think about competitors, they’re(…)

Chippewa Falls: wood chips to microchips

Tweet CHIPPEWA FALLS – Water, be it a pounding falls or sparkling river, seems to command respect here – regardless of the season. This is an old lumber town, birthplace of Seymour Cray’s supercomputers and home of the nation’s seventh oldest working brewery. At population 12,925 and about 10 miles north of Eau Claire, Chippewa(…)

Reader mailbag: best supper clubs in state

Tweet Location, location, location … for some of you, it seems to matter as much as the quality of food when recommending a supper club. Readers from Holmen (LaCrosse County) to Bristol (Kenosha County) mentioned places from Appleton to Wausau when we recently asked for advice about supper clubs. This is a collection that I(…)

Lessons learned while driving 3,000 miles

Tweet People who love to travel might not care that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, unless it’s after sunset and there are no motel vacancies in sight. This fall, I put more than 3,000 miles on the odometer by taking a hunch on a few unknown side roads. I winded(…)

Halloween: haunted houses, caves, woods

Tweet If your county is like many in Wisconsin, you expect it to get pretty scary during this time of year. The business of producing Halloween haunts can involve an odd range of people: Jaycees, firefighters, campground operators, Optimists, disc jockeys, farmers, high school students, professional stagehands and actors. There are haunted barns and hayrides(…)

Inside Breitbach’s, Iowa’s oldest restaurant

Tweet I took the long way to the Twin Cities this month, first heading to Dubuque and then hugging the Mississippi River while meandering north. Around lunchtime, I was in Balltown, Iowa. Population is 73, or 37, depending upon the source. The town’s tourist lure is Breitbach’s Country Dining (319-552-2220), which is the state’s oldest(…)

Food shows turn eating into an experience

Tweet Seems like food isn’t just to be eaten anymore. It is to be experienced. Two major food events in Wisconsin this fall emphasize specialty foods, gourmet cooking techniques and advice about how to match wine with food. The second annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience will be Oct. 25-27 in Sheboygan County, at the(…)

Wisconsin, Midwest travel advice lives here

TweetPlan to vacation in the Midwest? Trips to this peaceful part of the U.S. – especially affordable, offbeat spots in rural areas – is our specialty. So search our site (top right), learn more about us and enjoy your holiday!