Today we made the annual pilgrimage up to Sister Bay, Wisconsin to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik. I was excited for this visit because in June they opened up the Stabbur Beer Garden at Al Johnson’s. This is an outdoor beer garden next to Al Johnson’s restaurant. If you’ve ever been to Al Johnson’s you know that there is usually a wait to get your table. In the past we used to walk over to the beach; however, this year we headed over to the Stabbur Beer Garden!
The Stabbur Beer Garden is an entirely outdoor space with plenty of shade. The bar seats approximately 30 people and there were additional tables throughout the space. It was great to see a variety of outdoor games to include: oversized Jenga, goat ring toss, dice, and Ladder Ball.
They had approximately 20 draft beers, a wide variety of regional beers in bottles/cans, a selection of hard ciders, and mixed drinks. You can see a sample menu they posted to Facebook. I’ve heard they will have Scandinavian food; however, I didn’t see the food choices today.
It was interested in learning a little about the Stabbur. “Stabbur” means storehouse and is the name of the building style. It is my understanding this type of building would be found on a Norwegian farm and was used to store a family’s food and protect it from the elements and rodents. This particular Stabbur was brought to the United States in 1974 and was handmade with rosemaling carvings. It used to be a dark brown and located in the back of the property by some of the other out buildings.
While I’m in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for three days of training for work I was put up in the Holiday Inn – Campus Area. My first night here I was exhausted from a Monday night without much sleep so I took a two hour nap after my training completed for the day. About 9pm I decided I was hungry and headed out to find food within walking distance to the hotel. I soon decided all I really wanted was a drink and a burger so I headed back to the hotel to the Green Mill which is attached to the Holiday Inn.
The Green Mill has a large seating and bar area. Since I was dining by myself I decided to sit up at the bar. For 9pm I thought the place was fairly busy for a Tuesday night, but I then realized they have a “late night happy hour” that starts at 9pm. The bar area was nicely decorated, had plenty of seating, and had a few televisions that were tuned to sports shows.
One of the local priority club reward perks for staying at the Holiday Inn – Campus Area was a free drink coupon, which I used on a safe bet, Captain Morgan and Coke. It was served in a smaller glass and was on the stronger side, which was nice. I ended up having two since one was free! I will say for the size of the bar and the crowd they could have used a second bartender working as service was a little on the slower side.
After debating between a healthy salad, a homemade pizza, or a burger I ended up with the “summit bacon” burger because it sounded good and was listed as a staff favorite. I thought I had ordered an appetizer of onion rings; however the bartender thought I wanted the onion rings instead of the fries. In the end that turned out well because having both would have been too much food for me.
The summit bacon burger is a hand pressed patty with steak and burger seasoning on a buttered toasted sesame bun with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Ale sauce. The burger was juicy and well seasoned. The onion rings were crispy and served with a zesty sauce. While my food was great, looking around I almost wish I had ordered the pizza because each one I saw looked delicious.
Overall the food was good and the atmosphere felt right. The total bill for the burger, onion rings, and two Captain Morgan & Cokes came to $14.76. (That did include my one free drink coupon.) I’d recommend the Green Mill – Eau Claire, WI for a good meal and drinks.
Following three violent school shooting that struck the nation in the past two weeks, including one in a small rural town in Wisconsin, State Representative Frank Lasee (R-Bellevue) announced his plans to introduce legislation that will allow teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons. The lawmaker said that while his idea may not be politically correct, it has worked effectively in other countries.
Teachers should be in charge of teaching our nation’s children, not gunning them down. If there is a security or safety threat, the School District should bring in security guards or foster a stronger relationship with the community police.
Having a loaded weapon in the classroom is not a valid answer as the risk of abuse is huge. What happens when a teacher goes crazy because they can’t control little Jimmy? Before it was handled with a little physical abuse, now little Jimmy will have a Glock pointed at him? What happens when the high schooler over powers the teacher, and now has a loaded weapon?
Representative Lasee points out that it has worked in other countries, his usual example is Israel. Does he realize the situations are no where near similar? In Israel the threat is from terrorists and extremists, and everyone lives in fear. In Wisconsin, the threat is children who have been bullied and are emotionally unstable. A teacher who shoots a terrorist is one thing, but a teacher who shoots a 13 year old boy?
It’s a good thing this bill will never pass, especially in a Wisconsin, a state still struggling to pass a normal concealed carry bill.