Every week, we walk into a bar in a new state. We want to know what makes a good bar (and what makes a good church), so we ask people about it. Come on, sit at the bar with us!
Monday, September 26, 2016
6 Wonderful Wisconsin Facts
1. The state's slogan, "America's Dairyland," is demonstrated in the fact that Wisconsin leads the country in cheese production (25% of the nation's cheese comes from Wisconsin).
2. Cadott, Wisconsin, is the geographical halfway point between the equator and the North Pole. The community also hosts two concert and camping events each year (Country Fest and Rock Fest) that draw thousands to the small town.
3. Wisconsin is first in US production of corn for silage, cranberries, ginseng, and snap beans for processing. Over half the nation's cranberries are grown in the state. Milk production is second only to California.
4. Alcohol consumption in the state is considered to be "frequent and moderate" -- the amount consumed each time is not high, though alcohol consumption happens more often than is typical.
5. Early state politics were shaped by the slavery issue. Wisconsin has always been a free state, and the first governor (Democrat Nelson Dewey) was an abolitionist. In an escaped slave case, the state Supreme Court declared the Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional. Opposition to slavery was also part of the reason the Republican party was founded in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854.
6. About 29% of the state's population identify themselves as Roman Catholic, and 50% consider themselves Protestants. The majority of Protestants are one of several variations of Lutheran.