Sep 10, 2017

Wisconsin's historic lumber schooners - YouTube

Wisconsin pioneers of the 1830s and '40s--largely Irish, German and Scandinavian immigrants--came west on paddlewheel steamboats. They harvested lumber from Wisconsin forests and shipped it to Chicago and eastern markets in hundreds of specialized lumber schooners. Boat makers in Wisconsin ports such as Manitowoc, WI built the tall, wind-powered ships. Even after the rise of steam boats, these lumber schooners continued to sail into the 20th century--The Great Lakes Maritime History Project. Historian Rob Burg says the lumber Schooners had an "open hull, lacking any interior compartment below deck to allow cut lumber of all sizes to be loaded." Shyboygan City Historian Bill Wangerman says the 19th-century lake schooner was the 18-wheeler semitrailer truck of its day, and the Great Lakes was its super highway."

You make me smile

If you want to see children smile, take them fishing. Check out the happy faces at That's a Keeper Bait Shop on the Rock River in Janesville, WI

Know This Before Selling house As-Is

How to Wipe a Computer Clean of Personal Data

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Wells Fargo Fake Account Fiasco Grows By 1.5 Million Customers


Lenovo Will Pay $3.5 Million To States For Privacy-Invading Ad Software


EpiPen Maker Allegedly Failed To Investigate 171 Complaints Of Non-Working Devices


Bunk beds, roaches and nerdy geniuses: my year in a Silicon Valley hacker house

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Fight Back Against Foot Pain

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Equifax Already Being Sued Over Massive Breach; Company Criticized For Amateurish Response To Theft


Aug 20, 2017

Enjoy the pelicans...They're leaving in Sept

We are seeing more and more pelicans in Wisconsin. They fly up the Mississippi River and follow the Rock River North. Glen Loyd found a colony on Lake Michigan in Sheboygan.

Yes, Colleges Check Applicants' Social Media Posts

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"Stories like these are why you should always check with BBB before hiring contractors

Wisconsin BBB on Twitter
Check contractors out with WI Consumer Protection, too. Call 1 800 422-7128

Watch Out For Great Deals From Brand-New Amazon Seller


FTC: Fake Discount Clubs Took $42M From People Who Never Signed Up


The Best Large-Screen Smartphones

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Did you receive a "free cruise" robocall? You may be eligible for a settlement.

Also be careful if you are offered a free vacation as an incentive to buy a product.

Quiz: Protect Yourself Against Ticks

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Costco To Pay $19.4M To Tiffany & Co. For Selling Bogus ‘Tiffany’ Rings


Aug 6, 2017

I'm a happy dog at the beach

That's Incredible story still an emotional roller coaster ride

Overdraft Protection Costs $450 a Year in Fees,


10 Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond

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When to Get Best Deals on Appliances and TVs

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What You Should Know About School Nurses

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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Glittery Phone Cases Sold At Major Retailers Recalled After Burning People


Frequent Overdrafters Spend $450 More In Fees Each Year, More Disclosures Could Help – Consumerist

Frequent Overdrafters Spend $450 More In Fees Each Year, More Disclosures Could Help

What to Do About Fungal Infections

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Best Cheap Headphones for Back-to-School Shoppers

Best Cheap Headphones for Back-to-School Shoppers

2017 Kia Niro Review: No Hybrid Hero

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No, You Don’t Need To Buy A $20K 88-Inch TV


Jul 24, 2017

Wolverines in Wisconsin

A viewer responding to my 2015 video above says she may have seen a wolverine recently near Horicon Marsh, a state and federal wildlife sanctuary in Wisconsin.