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image by Antonio Martins, 10 August 2001
The village of Winneconne, is famous for the excellent fishing from the main bridge spanning the Wolf River. But there was a time when the village was not so famous. In 1967, Winneconne was inadvertently left off of the Wisconsin state map!
In protest, the villagers seceded, declaring themselves to be "the sovereign state of Winneconne" until then-Governor Knowles called them up to apologize. The village has been on the map every year since then, but Winneconne still holds an annual festival each year to commemorate "Sovereign State Days." Those who use their Wisconsin state map to locate Winneconne today will find a thriving village with a well-rounded business district and its own industrial park. Lake Poygan, Lake Winneconne and Lake Butte des Morts have proved a major attraction for tourists and for residents wishing to combine small-town life with magnificent water views.
Submitted by Dov Gutterman, 12 April 1999