I was reading an article in the local paper online about the history of the New Glarus Brewery, how Spotted Cow got it's name, ect. and thought of you. Here it is if you care to take a peek.
re Mississippi: one trip I like to take each year is to ride my bike (motorcycle) over by the Mississippi, Prairie du Chien area. Really cool area to get lost in. Breath taking views all over the place. I'll have to head a little north this year and see what it's like up that way. I don't know specifically what it is about that area - it's just really neat and draws me there each year.