Escape from Wisconsin
Went to Platteville, just 25 miles from Dubuque, to purchase a stationary feed mixer for my increasingly popular DDGS business. And while the folks where I bought it from were exceedingly friendly (even washed my pickup while they worked on the trailer lights!), I noticed a few small things here and there in Cheeseland that reminded me I was not in The South of Iowa:
1) Supper Clubs - Eastern Iowa has more of these, too, but they are non-existent here.
2) Papst Blue Ribbon signs
3) Knights of Columbus, the Catholic knock off of Freemasonry
4) Cheese curds (probably to attract the tourists)
However, if I didn't live in The South of Iowa, and had my choice of rural places to live, I would honestly consider southern Wisconsin. Beautiful country, a vibrant rural culture/community, and nice folks. Having more bars in a town than churches is quite interesting, but I think alcohol is considered in a different light than by the Prohibition minded Protestants here.
Wisconsin, you are my friend.