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Westby, Wis.: A Living Stereotype of Norwegians

A picture of the cold

Their parks are radiant in the soul-crushing depths of winter

Westby has a scant amount of bars. This may seem like a strange assessment, but a place like Melrose—at a population just over 500—has 3 bars in the village (probably a handful more in a 5-mile radius). Burr Oak is unincorporated and still manages to support two drinking establishments. Westby, with a population of over 2,000 has two, maybe. The one on main street was simply labeled “Food and Drink”, with only a cartoon martini glass to indicate the potential for alcohol within.

What Westby lacks in bars, however, it makes up for in Lutheran churches.

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