I am about to purchase a home. The property is located about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee. There is a long horizontal crack in the basement wall, so I know I want a structural engineer specifically, and I also want a more general home inspector. I have no idea how to go about finding and vetting these individuals. Any recommendations for specific individuals, or instructions on how to find them myself? Thanks!
Recently we purchased a watercolor by an artist, who we discovered was originally from Wisconsin. During the 1930s he spent time in California working as an artist before returning to Madison, Wisconsin, where he spent his final years (1940s-1970s). We really like the artist's life story and artwork and would like to find more of his paintings. But, he's very obscure, help? [more inside]
I want to hang out at the lake for a week with my family. Looking for resort suggestions. [more inside]
I'm traveling to Oshkosh, WI from DC in mid-April for a business trip and will potentially have some time to kill before flying home. What fun stuff might I be able to do while I'm there? [more inside]
My SO and I are going to Door County, Wisconsin next month for the weekend. We love the lake and nature, but we're curious about what else there is to see and do there in the off-season. Bonus points if it can reasonably be considered romantic. Thanks!
I'm looking at a 1940 census sheet, and it says that my relatives lived on "JB Street" in Superior, Wisconsin, but my Googlefu is broken. Does anyone know how I can find out what JB might stand for?
I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year, and I discovered that my setting of Portage County, WI happens to have a ghost town! Unfortunately, the only thing I can find about it is a stub of a Wiki page. [more inside]
The Forevertron website says it's closed Tuesdays-- is it actually closed off? [more inside]
Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
We stay in a cabin for a week each July. The cabin has no air conditioning. This is not usually a big deal, but last year we had 3-4 beastly days in a row and I was crabby and had trouble sleeping. I'd like some tips on dealing with the heat and humidity. [more inside]
My wife has accepted a post-doc position in the University of Wisconsin system with duration of around two years. Where exactly in Wisconsin is slightly up in the air, but no matter where we end up, we have a host of questions to ask about moving there and Wisconsin life in general. Once we know where we're actually going, we may have more questions about the area, but right now I think our biggest concern is winter. [more inside]
What are the must see spots, best time of year, and best route on a road trip around Lake Michigan? [more inside]
Starting to think about actually getting outside and enjoying the world now that the polar vortices have left the upper Midwest for a while. Thinking of heading to Bayfield, WI in August; I'd love to get recommendations from people who know of good places to stay in or near Bayfield. Hotels, cabins, resorts, whatever, as long as it's rad. [more inside]
I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
If anyone here is familiar with marital property laws in Wisconsin, can you tell me if my boyfriend's views are correct? [more inside]
I’m heading to the Milwaukee airport tomorrow, but my flight isn’t till the evening. Somewhere I read about a spot by Lake Michigan that was a good place to see migrating birds. Now I can’t find that article. Is this even the right time of year? If so, where should I go?
I work with a small retailer of non-perishable foodstuffs (among other things). Niche and one-of-a-kind product lines—local/craft/boutique, organic, gluten-free, etc.—do quite well here, and we'd like to carry more of the same. [more inside]
My husband and I just switched our legal residency to a state with no income tax (South Dakota). This is very common amongst full-time RVers because SD recognizes a full time travel status. However, we're neither working nor living in South Dakota, so how do state taxes work? [more inside]
I want to go backpacking in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this weekend. Where should I go? [more inside]
We're a straight couple who has always said we wouldn't marry while our queer friends couldn't. We have other issues with marriage, but it's clear that there are a lot of practical and long-term financial advantages. We live in Wisconsin (boo) but we're in California for a week (yay). What are your political, ethical and practical insights about whether we should get married here this week? [more inside]
I am getting married this fall and still haven't found someone to do my hair or makeup for the big day. Looking for a stylist and artist that are affordable (we are on a tight budget). The wedding is in Wauwatosa, WI. Please help!! Thank you!
Can anyone recommend a typewriter repairman for a Selectric III in Wisconsin? Preferably in the Madison area, but I can head to Milwaukee, or even Chicago, or really anyplace to find a sage of the whippletree.
My mom and I both really like water parks, and are from the East Coast. Therefore we've never been to Wisconsin Dells, we'd like to go, and know nothing about it except that there's water parks. We'd like to go there for a few days this June - driving up from Chicago on a Wednesday and driving back home on Friday. Any advice you can give is welcomed. [more inside]
I am hoping there are some metafites out there that have taken this exam and can tell me what to expect. Unlike other wildlife wildlife position exams, there is no option to "preview exam." Roughly how many questions is it? What type of questions and how should I study? I really want to get this job! Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Our offer was accepted, so it looks like we're buying a house. Our three-to-four-hour home inspection is tomorrow -- what do we we need to know going in and what do we need to be prepared to ask? I've read through the previous threads, but I was hoping to get some advice specific to the frozen north (Shorewood, WI, outside Milwaukee). [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for an aggressive, adversarial home inspector in the Milwaukee, WI area (specifically Shorewood). [more inside]
I work for a small non-profit in WI and the organization is about to close its doors. Because we are so small, the non-profit has not had to pay into the state UI fund. I don't know what that means for my ability to collect unemployment. I am going to see an unemployment office as soon as possible, but I would appreciate any info from MeFi about whether there are ways I am eligible to receive benefits, if there are specific questions I should ask the UI office, and whether there are other state or federal benefits available to me as I look for a new job.
How can I get something shipped from L.A. to Wisconsin when the seller won't ship it, asks for cash, and I don't have any friends there? [more inside]
What kind of insect nest is this? [more inside]
Please help me assess and mitigate the risk to my dogs from bowhunters during deer season. [more inside]
I'm looking for a weekend getaway within two hours of Minneapolis. And I just know that you have suggestions. [more inside]
A few recommendations needed for a new resident of Milwaukee. [more inside]
"Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." "I was not aware of that."
Road trip: what should we check out in Wisconsin and Minnesota? [more inside]
Looking for a place in Wisconsin about halfway between New Lenox, IL and Minneapolis, MN to hold a reunion with my cousins. Only requirements: camping and hotel lodging with a conference room to rent (in case of bad weather), and cheaper than most Wisconsin Dells resorts. [more inside]
Destinations for memorial day weekend trip north of Chicago with a 75 lb dog? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
Best apartment/townhouse/condo rental site for a move to Milwaukee, WI? [more inside]
Moving with a newborn, part 2 - now we know we're going to Milwaukee! Please tell me everything. [more inside]
Recommendations for appliance repair in/near Madison, WI? [more inside]
How to get meals delivered to Brookfield, WI? [more inside]
My dad loves being outside. I want to get him some cool/fun seeds for Christmas to plant in the spring. What should I get? He lives in south eastern Wisconsin (zone 5). [more inside]
How can we tell if we have an Indian mound on our property? [more inside]
Seeking water crossing from Upper Peninsula (Michigan) to Washington Island (Door County, Wisconsin). [more inside]
I'm very interested in the upcoming Wisconsin recall elections and am having trouble finding much reporting on them. Are there any good web sites out there covering the recall elections, like Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight does for national elections?
I recently ran across this little lady on my garden hose in my backyard in Milwaukee, WI. She moved very quickly when she wanted to, but mostly just tried to stay out of the sun. I snapped a couple pictures. She had a small white spot on top of her abdomen.
Family fun in (especially Northern) Wisconsin: ideas for activities, eating and lodging? [more inside]
Which unions in Wisconsin are affected by the new bill? I know it's state employees, but obviously not all of them. [more inside]
I want to donate towards the fight in Wisconsin, as there is no way to be there myself. What organization should I donate to? [more inside]
I need to slap together a website FAST that contains a map and a (sortable? filterable?) list of Wisconsin-related protest/rally events. I'd really, really like it if people could enter their own events and they'd show up on the map without a lot of intervention on my part. [more inside]
Does Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker receive a pension and if so, are the details of that pension public? [more inside]