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The Limburger Experience

To know whether you like something, you have to try it twice. I tried Limburger twice, and I still wouldn’t pick it in a lineup.

My wife tried it twice and fell in love.

Early in the aging process (right), Limburger actually resembles a chalky, bland feta. It only reaches the height of its pungency after five months (far left) (Jacob Bielanski/2012)

The story of limburger, though, is much more Wisconsin than meets the eye. Originally from Limburg, Belgium (not Germany), cheese makers all over Europe produce their own variation of the infamous fromage. But in the U.S., there’s only one place: the Chalet Cheese Co-op in Monroe, Wisconsin.

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Madison’s Workaday Performer, pt. 1: French Linguistics & Frozen Lakes

 

Lyle Anderson (left) pictured here with the late Jim Packard (right). Photo: Jacob Bielanski, Feb 5, 2011.

In February of 2011, I interviewed Michael Feldman for what I thought would be a great insight into a Madison icon. To get closer to the iconic host of Public Radio International’s “Whad’ya Know?”, I interviewed one of his longest-standing co-workers, Lyle Anderson. And it goes from there.

Stacked with browning books and oddly arranged papers, the State Climatology office remains mostly dark during the day, the workers illuminated only by personal lamps. From a computer at least 10 years old, the volunteer director, a former UW professor in Climatology, prints PowerPoint slide after PowerPoint slide. The slides use circles and bullet points to outline what the office could, should, would be. A quick glance shows the office is not any of these things.

The office has no supplies budget. When the printer runs out of paper, it is quietly, dutifully refilled by the office’s only paid employee, a white-haired man named Lyle Anderson.

This is only one of Lyle’s five offices.

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Four Hours: Learning to Carry Concealed in Wisconsin

Training Requirements for WI Concealed Carry Derided by instructors, law enforcement, and gun rights advocates

Auto Mechanic Kerry Kimball considers his gun collection small—a couple of shotguns, a .22-caliber rifle each for his son and himself, and three handguns of varying calibers. When asked about his upcoming pistol course, he produces packet full of NRA literature, to be handed out at his first, eight-hour session October 15. Kimball emphasizes that this is not a concealed carry class, that he and his partner intend to put together a better, longer curriculum which addresses additional knowledge they believe people should have when carrying a concealed firearm. But that does not matter—according to the new law, Kimball, operating out of his home near New Glarus—will already provide his students the minimum training required to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin.

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