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Dairy ambassadorship plays big role for newly minted Alice in Dairyland

Published June 9, 2017

A long-standing Wisconsin tradition took effect this week as Crystal Siemers-Peterman began her role as the state's 70th Alice in Dairyland. The annual position began in 1948, and today's Alice plays a distinctly different role for Wisconsin than in the past.

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Alice in Dairyland's experiences are no small potatoes

Published March 26, 2014

OnMilwaukee.com checks in with Kristin Olson, who is in the final months of her tenure as Alice in Dairyland, to see how the year has progressed, what's still on deck and to learn more about Wisconsin potatoes. Yes, potatoes.

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Shift switch: Harvesting soybeans

Published Oct. 26, 2012

There's no denying it, I'm a city boy through and through. Yet when the offer to ride along in a combine, harvesting soybeans arrived in my inbox, I couldn't reply fast enough. A mere 75 minutes from my desk and I was sitting in the jump seat of a John Deere 9500 - at about $250,000, by far the most expensive wheeled vehicle I've ever taken a ride in - on Jeff Gaska's farm near Columbus.

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A seed of an idea grows into "Wisconsin Farm Lore"

Published Aug. 11, 2012

After writing about Milwaukee's brewing history and about "Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin" for The History Press, local scribe Martin Hintz pitched the idea of a book about Badger State agriculture to the South Carolina-based publisher. "It was sort of 'plant the seed of an idea' and an editor will come," jokes Hintz. That seed has grown into "Wisconsin Farm Lore: Kicking Cows, Giant Pumpkins and Other Tales from the Back Forty," out now in paperback.

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