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6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About This Wisconsin Casino

Opened by the Ho-Chunk Nation in 1999, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison boasts a Gamers Grill restaurant, free valet parking, more than 1,200 slot machines and a fun, relaxing and rewarding atmosphere for all its guests. While Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison stands out among casinos for many reasons, here are six unique facts you probably didn’t know about this Wisconsin casino:
 

Local Craft Beers

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison is heavily involved in the local community and takes great pride in providing Madison-known specialty beers. Kick off an evening of fun with a Madison–area craft beer, including Dead Bird Brewing Co., Wisconsin Brewery, Vintage Brewery, One Barrel Brewing, Karben 4, Next Door Brewing, Ale Asylum and Hop House.
 

Million-Dollar Winnings

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has awarded multiple million-dollar payouts since it opened as a casino in 2010, including two in June of 2010, one in 2015 and one in 2016. Sounds like it’s about time for another one; could you be next?
 

Newly-Renovated

As a casino that prides itself on its customer service, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has given itself a facelift. The updated look involved moving the Rewards Club Booth front and center to assist guests as they are walking down the main hallway as well as modernizing the Gamers Grill to provide an improved dining experience.
Worldwide Attendance
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has hosted guests from around the world. As the city of Madison draws visitors from near and far for various events, expos, sporting events and conferences, Ho-Chunk has become a trusted source for great entertainment and a welcoming atmosphere.
Smoke-Free
Most casinos are known for dark, hazy, smoke-filled rooms—not this one. In an effort to create a comfortable and safe environment for each guest and employee, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison is the first and only 100% smoke-free casino in the state of Wisconsin.
High Payout Percentage

It’s not required by the state of Wisconsin for casinos to advertise their payout percentage, but Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison proudly advertises a payout percentage of 95%, which is the highest in the region. The payout percentage is the value a slot machine gives back to a player, and can be described in terms of a single machine or across the entire gaming floor.

What are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for some luck on a quick weekend stop, or you’re a local looking to join the Rewards Club, there is so much to love about this Wisconsin casino.
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How Healthy Eating Habits Changed the Life of a Wisconsin Educator

  Written by Steven Sedlmayr
I retired on June 30, after serving 33 years as a school superintendent, four years as a principal and three years as a classroom teacher.  Since that time, I have found this to be quite challenging! I realized quickly just how different things were going to be when I turned in my school keys and walked out the front door of the school.
I knew things would be different, but wasn’t really prepared for the change in lifestyle I would now have. Yes, there were things to do, but it really wasn’t the same. I found I wasn’t prepared to face the fact that there were no more deadlines, no more challenges that others were depending on me to work out. The biggest change was missing the day-to-day contacts with my staff and colleagues that I have had throughout my career. I am gradually working through that at this time.
With this great change in my lifestyle, I was concerned that I would regain the weight I had lost over the past 20 months. When I stepped on the scale on July 2, I was 59 pounds under my high point of 338 pounds in March of 2017.  I consciously avoided the snacking and eating to excess. I have found this to be much easier than I imagined.  Today, I am down 68 pounds from my high point, and still lose a pound or two every couple of weeks.
In early August, a blood test ordered by my endocrinologist reinforced the results of my efforts.  My A1C is down by 3 full points from its highest level. My cholesterol level is under 120, and for the first time in my life, all of my test results were within the “normal range”! The other big news is that I no longer take pre-meal insulin. I remain on the ballast insulin, but I am taking one-half of the dosage I had taken for the past six years! I find that it still takes a conscious effort, but it has become easier.
Although my eating habits have changed, I will still have a donut or a long john every couple of days… and I am content with just one! I no longer practice the title of a book by Frank B. Gilbreth, “Cheaper by the Dozen” when I stop at the convenience store or bakery.
Through conscious and healthy decision-making, I have changed my lifestyle, my health, and my outlook on life.
 

 
The WCA Group Health Trust was created when county officials joined together to create an employee benefit program that would meet the unique needs of local governments. Today, their founding principles still remain at the core. WCA Group Health Trust is governed by officials from participating units of government and school districts, making the organization more responsive to local healthcare needs.
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10 Reasons to Love Hudson

Located on the beautiful St. Croix River and just minutes away from the Twin Cities, Hudson draws in visitors from near and far for its stunning sights, great location, fabulous food and top-notch shops. The Discover Wisconsin crew loves visiting Hudson, and here are the top 10 things we love about it:
 
 

The St. Croix River

This gorgeous river is what separates this part of Wisconsin from Minnesota, and it can be enjoyed in so many ways. Climb aboard a sail boat, lay out on the beach, or enjoy a delicious meal or fun cocktail while taking in the gorgeous St. Croix River on an Afton*Hudson River Cruise.
The Scenery
From rolling hills and beautiful countryside, to river views and city streets, the Hudson area is stunning in every direction. Explore the area’s beautiful scenery and rustic roads on two wheels – Hudson is great for both biking and motorcycling!
Willow River State Park

This breathtaking site brings in locals and world travelers alike. Hike one of Willow River State Park’s numerous trails or enjoy beautiful Willow Falls.
The Art Scene

While Hudson’s downtown shops offer plenty of events and opportunities to take in local art, guests are able to see dozens of artists in action during Hudson’s annual Plein Air event. “Plein Air” refers to a 19th-century style of painting outdoors.
The Shops
Spend a day browsing through Second Street’s many shops, including Grand Fete, a kitchen store that offers cooking demonstrations, plus dozens of clothing and shoe stores, art galleries, and so much more.
The Holidays
With wreaths and twinkle lights adorning drees and light posts throughout downtown Hudson, the city offers one of the most dazzling holiday displays in the state. Take in the holiday spirit and gorgeous, historical homes on Hudson’s Christmas Tour of Homes!
Hot Air Affair

You’ve never seen anything like this. Brave winter’s chill and watch hot air balloons take flight and light up the night at the Hot Air Affair, and enjoy the evening Torchlight Parade, plus a pancake breakfast, craft fair, ice carving, and so much more.
The Food Scene

Experience one of Wisconsin’s most impressive food scenes at one of Hudson’s spectacular restaurants, including Winzer Stube, Barker’s, Pier 500, San Pedro Café, and Agave Kitchen. Or, try a little bit of everything on the Hudson Food Walk!
The Wineries

Sip and sample your way through the Hudson area’s many wineries, including 65 Vines, Cracked Barrel Winery, Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits and Belle Vinez.
Historic Casanova Liquor
Whether you’re a wine person or you like to branch out a bit more, discover an entirely new way to enjoy your favorite beverage at one of Historic Casanova Liquor’s cave events, including Wine Cave Fest, Beer Cave Fest, or Bourbon Fest.

 
There you have it: Hudson has something to offer everyone, from winter festivals to stunning scenery. Do you have something to add to this list? Share with us on social media using #DiscoverWisconsin!
 
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5 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin

Fall is the time for apple orchards and pumpkin patches, falling leaves and goofy costumes, and, for many, all things spooky, gory, and haunted. I personally can’t bring myself to attend any such event; I’m just not cut out for it. But for those brave enough for it, here are five spooky ways to celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin:
 

Door County Trolley Ghost Tours

Photo by Brigitte Frusher
Where: Door County Trolley Station, Egg Harbor
When: Memorial Day Weekend, June 4-October 27 (nightly), October 31, November 3
Cost: Adults- $29.95 Children- $21.95
While there are Door County Trolleys themed around wine, lighthouses and supper clubs, the spooky Ghost Tour of Door County explores the tales and mysteries of sunken ships, haunted lighthouses, and ghost stories throughout the peninsula. Climb aboard if you dare!
Halls of Terror
Where: Prairie du Chien
When: October 12, 13, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 31
Cost: $8Located in an old warehouse on St. Feriole Island, this haunted house couldn’t get much creepier. Get ready for clowns, dolls, skeletons and ghosts at this mysterious Mississippi River destination.

 

Dreadwood Haunted Forest

Photo courtesy of Dreadwood Haunted Forest.
Where: Hudson
When: October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Cost: $16, $2 off with a non-perishable food item
If you came looking for hayrides and apple bobbing, you won’t find that here. Prepare yourself for a dark and isolated forest with no side-doors or escape-routes. You’ll be spooked, pursued and disoriented, and the only way out is through.
Abandoned Haunted House Complex

Photo by Mike Nichols

Where: Mount Pleasant
When: Fridays and Saturdays Sep. 22-Nov. 3, plus Oct. 21 and Oct. 28
Cost: $15-30Voted Best Overall Haunted Event and Best Haunted Houses by the Chicago Halloween Guide, Abandoned Haunted House Complex is home to three entirely different attractions: Ambush Haunted House (the startle-scare type), Hysteria Haunted House (focused on confusion illusions), and Stalker Haunted Corn Field (an interactive startle-scare experience).
Ghost Boat: Season of the Witch

Photo courtesy of Dells Boat Tours.

Where: Wisconsin Dells
When: Weekends in September and October
Cost: Adults- $26.69 Children- $19.22
Set out at dusk on a boat filled with explorers who believe that the wilderness of Wisconsin Dells is home to an ancient and evil monster. Listen to legends and folklore of the Dells as you cruise up the river, and then walk through a haunted forest leading to the witch’s canyon crypt.

 
Which sounds the creepiest to you? What did we miss? Share with us on social media using #discoverwisconsin!
 
Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)
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