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    • 1 to 3 days

      Milwaukee

      24/7 Voicemail Reception

      9 – 5 Live Answering

      24/7 Custom Solutions

      Starts at $20/month

  • MILWAUKEE

  • ABBOTSFORD

  • ABRAMS

  • ADAMS

  • ADELL

  • AFTON

  • ALBANY

  • ALGOMA

  • ALLENTON

  • ALMA

  • ALMA CENTER

  • ALMENA

  • ALMOND

  • ALTOONA

  • AMBERG

  • AMERY

  • AMHERST

  • AMHERST JUNCTION

  • ANIWA

  • ANTIGO

  • APPLETON

  • ARCADIA

  • ARENA

  • ARGONNE

  • ARGYLE

  • ARKANSAW

  • ARKDALE

  • ARLINGTON

  • ARMSTRONG CREEK

  • ARPIN

  • ASHIPPUN

  • ASHLAND

  • ATHELSTANE

  • ATHENS

  • AUBURNDALE

  • AUGUSTA

  • AVALON

  • AVOCA

  • BABCOCK

  • BAGLEY

  • BAILEYS HARBOR

  • BALDWIN

  • BALSAM LAKE

  • BANCROFT

  • BANGOR

  • BARABOO

  • BARNEVELD

  • BARRON

  • BARRONETT

  • BASSETT

  • BAY CITY

  • BAYFIELD

  • BEAR CREEK

  • BEAVER DAM

  • BEETOWN

  • BELDENVILLE

  • BELGIUM

  • BELLEVILLE

  • BELMONT

  • BELOIT

  • BENET LAKE

  • BENOIT

  • BENTON

  • BERLIN

  • BIG BEND

  • BIG FALLS

  • BIRCHWOOD

  • BIRNAMWOOD

  • BLACK CREEK

  • BLACK EARTH

  • BLACK RIVER FALLS

  • BLAIR

  • BLANCHARDVILLE

  • BLENKER

  • BLOOMER

  • BLOOMINGTON

  • BLUE MOUNDS

  • BLUE RIVER

  • BONDUEL

  • BOSCOBEL

  • BOULDER JUNCTION

  • BOWLER

  • BOYCEVILLE

  • BOYD

  • BRANDON

  • BRANTWOOD

  • BRIGGSVILLE

  • BRILL

  • BRILLION

  • BRISTOL

  • BRODHEAD

  • BROKAW

  • BROOKFIELD

  • BROOKLYN

  • BROWNSVILLE

  • BROWNTOWN

  • BRUCE

  • BRULE

  • BRUSSELS

  • BRYANT

  • BURLINGTON

  • BURNETT

  • BUTLER

  • BUTTE DES MORTS

  • BUTTERNUT

  • CABLE

  • CADOTT

  • CALEDONIA

  • CAMBRIA

  • CAMBRIDGE

  • CAMERON

  • CAMP DOUGLAS

  • CAMP LAKE

  • CAMPBELLSPORT

  • CAROLINE

  • CASCADE

  • CASCO

  • CASHTON

  • CASSVILLE

  • CATARACT

  • CATAWBA

  • CAZENOVIA

  • CECIL

  • CEDAR GROVE

  • CEDARBURG

  • CENTURIA

  • CHASEBURG

  • CHETEK

  • CHILI

  • CHILTON

  • CHIPPEWA FALLS

  • CLAM LAKE

  • CLAYTON

  • CLEAR LAKE

  • CLEVELAND

  • CLINTON

  • CLINTONVILLE

  • CLYMAN

  • COBB

  • COCHRANE

  • COLBY

  • COLEMAN

  • COLFAX

  • COLGATE

  • COLLINS

  • COLOMA

  • COLUMBUS

  • COMBINED LOCKS

  • COMSTOCK

  • CONOVER

  • CONRATH

  • COON VALLEY

  • CORNELL

  • CORNUCOPIA

  • COTTAGE GROVE

  • COUDERAY

  • CRANDON

  • CRIVITZ

  • CROSS PLAINS

  • CUBA CITY

  • CUDAHY

  • CUMBERLAND

  • CURTISS

  • CUSHING

  • CUSTER

  • DALE

  • DALLAS

  • DALTON

  • DANBURY

  • DANE

  • DARIEN

  • DARLINGTON

  • DE FOREST

  • DE PERE

  • DE SOTO

  • DEER PARK

  • DEERBROOK

  • DEERFIELD

  • DELAFIELD

  • DELAVAN

  • DELLWOOD

  • DENMARK

  • DICKEYVILLE

  • DODGE

  • DODGEVILLE

  • DORCHESTER

  • DOUSMAN

  • DOWNING

  • DOWNSVILLE

  • DOYLESTOWN

  • DRESSER

  • DRUMMOND

  • DUNBAR

  • DURAND

  • EAGLE

  • EAGLE RIVER

  • EAST ELLSWORTH

  • EAST TROY

  • EASTMAN

  • EAU CLAIRE

  • EAU GALLE

  • EDEN

  • EDGAR

  • EDGERTON

  • EDGEWATER

  • EDMUND

  • EGG HARBOR

  • ELAND

  • ELCHO

  • ELDERON

  • ELDORADO

  • ELEVA

  • ELK MOUND

  • ELKHART LAKE

  • ELKHORN

  • ELLISON BAY

  • ELLSWORTH

  • ELM GROVE

  • ELMWOOD

  • ELROY

  • ELTON

  • EMBARRASS

  • ENDEAVOR

  • EPHRAIM

  • ETTRICK

  • EUREKA

  • EVANSVILLE

  • EXELAND

  • FAIRCHILD

  • FAIRWATER

  • FALL CREEK

  • FALL RIVER

  • FENCE

  • FENNIMORE

  • FERRYVILLE

  • FIFIELD

  • FISH CREEK

  • FLORENCE

  • FOND DU LAC

  • FONTANA

  • FOOTVILLE

  • FOREST JUNCTION

  • FORESTVILLE

  • FORT ATKINSON

  • FOUNTAIN CITY

  • FOX LAKE

  • FOXBORO

  • FRANCIS CREEK

  • FRANKLIN

  • FRANKSVILLE

  • FREDERIC

  • FREDONIA

  • FREEDOM

  • FREMONT

  • FRIENDSHIP

  • FRIESLAND

  • GALESVILLE

  • GALLOWAY

  • GAYS MILLS

  • GENESEE DEPOT

  • GENOA

  • GENOA CITY

  • GERMANTOWN

  • GILE

  • GILLETT

  • GILMAN

  • GILMANTON

  • GLEASON

  • GLEN FLORA

  • GLEN HAVEN

  • GLENBEULAH

  • GLENWOOD CITY

  • GLIDDEN

  • GOODMAN

  • GORDON

  • GOTHAM

  • GRAFTON

  • GRAND MARSH

  • GRAND VIEW

  • GRANTON

  • GRANTSBURG

  • GRATIOT

  • GREEN BAY

  • GREEN LAKE

  • GREEN VALLEY

  • GREENBUSH

  • GREENDALE

  • GREENLEAF

  • GREENVILLE

  • GREENWOOD

  • GRESHAM

  • HAGER CITY

  • HALES CORNERS

  • HAMMOND

  • HANCOCK

  • HANNIBAL

  • HANOVER

  • HARSHAW

  • HARTFORD

  • HARTLAND

  • HATLEY

  • HAUGEN

  • HAWKINS

  • HAWTHORNE

  • HAYWARD

  • HAZEL GREEN

  • HAZELHURST

  • HEAFFORD JUNCTION

  • HELENVILLE

  • HERBSTER

  • HERTEL

  • HEWITT

  • HIGH BRIDGE

  • HIGHLAND

  • HILBERT

  • HILLPOINT

  • HILLSBORO

  • HINGHAM

  • HIXTON

  • HOLCOMBE

  • HOLLANDALE

  • HOLMEN

  • HONEY CREEK

  • HORICON

  • HORTONVILLE

  • HOULTON

  • HUBERTUS

  • HUDSON

  • HUMBIRD

  • HURLEY

  • HUSTISFORD

  • HUSTLER

  • INDEPENDENCE

  • IOLA

  • IRMA

  • IRON BELT

  • IRON RIDGE

  • IRON RIVER

  • IXONIA

  • JACKSON

  • JANESVILLE

  • JEFFERSON

  • JIM FALLS

  • JOHNSON CREEK

  • JUDA

  • JUMP RIVER

  • JUNCTION CITY

  • JUNEAU

  • KANSASVILLE

  • KAUKAUNA

  • KELLNERSVILLE

  • KENDALL

  • KENNAN

  • KENOSHA

  • KESHENA

  • KEWASKUM

  • KEWAUNEE

  • KIEL

  • KIELER

  • KIMBERLY

  • KING

  • KINGSTON

  • KNAPP

  • KOHLER

  • KRAKOW

  • LA CROSSE

  • LA FARGE

  • LA POINTE

  • LA VALLE

  • LAC DU FLAMBEAU

  • LADYSMITH

  • LAKE DELTON

  • LAKE GENEVA

  • LAKE MILLS

  • LAKE NEBAGAMON

  • LAKE TOMAHAWK

  • LAKEWOOD

  • LANCASTER

  • LAND O LAKES

  • LANNON

  • LAONA

  • LARSEN

  • LEBANON

  • LENA

  • LEOPOLIS

  • LIME RIDGE

  • LINDEN

  • LITTLE CHUTE

  • LITTLE SUAMICO

  • LIVINGSTON

  • LODI

  • LOGANVILLE

  • LOMIRA

  • LONE ROCK

  • LONG LAKE

  • LOWELL

  • LOYAL

  • LUBLIN

  • LUCK

  • LUXEMBURG

  • LYNDON STATION

  • LYNXVILLE

  • LYONS

  • MADISON

  • MAIDEN ROCK

  • MALONE

  • MANAWA

  • MANITOWISH WATERS

  • MANITOWOC

  • MAPLE

  • MAPLEWOOD

  • MARATHON

  • MARENGO

  • MARIBEL

  • MARINETTE

  • MARION

  • MARKESAN

  • MARQUETTE

  • MARSHALL

  • MARSHFIELD

  • MASON

  • MATHER

  • MATTOON

  • MAUSTON

  • MAYVILLE

  • MAZOMANIE

  • MC FARLAND

  • MC NAUGHTON

  • MEDFORD

  • MELLEN

  • MELROSE

  • MENASHA

  • MENOMONEE FALLS

  • MENOMONIE

  • MEQUON

  • MERCER

  • MERRILL

  • MERRILLAN

  • MERRIMAC

  • MERTON

  • MIDDLETON

  • MIKANA

  • MILLADORE

  • MILLSTON

  • MILLTOWN

  • MILTON

  • MINDORO

  • MINERAL POINT

  • MINOCQUA

  • MINONG

  • MISHICOT

  • MONDOVI

  • MONROE

  • MONTELLO

  • MONTFORT

  • MONTICELLO

  • MONTREAL

  • MORRISONVILLE

  • MOSINEE

  • MOUNT CALVARY

  • MOUNT HOPE

  • MOUNT HOREB

  • MOUNT STERLING

  • MOUNTAIN

  • MUKWONAGO

  • MUSCODA

  • MUSKEGO

  • NASHOTAH

  • NECEDAH

  • NEENAH

  • NEILLSVILLE

  • NEKOOSA

  • NELSON

  • NELSONVILLE

  • NEOPIT

  • NEOSHO

  • NESHKORO

  • NEW AUBURN

  • NEW BERLIN

  • NEW FRANKEN

  • NEW GLARUS

  • NEW HOLSTEIN

  • NEW LISBON

  • NEW LONDON

  • NEW MUNSTER

  • NEW RICHMOND

  • NEWBURG

  • NEWTON

  • NIAGARA

  • NICHOLS

  • NORTH FREEDOM

  • NORTH LAKE

  • NORTH PRAIRIE

  • NORWALK

  • OAK CREEK

  • OAKDALE

  • OAKFIELD

  • OCONOMOWOC

  • OCONTO

  • OCONTO FALLS

  • ODANAH

  • OGDENSBURG

  • OGEMA

  • OJIBWA

  • OKAUCHEE

  • OMRO

  • ONALASKA

  • ONEIDA

  • ONTARIO

  • OOSTBURG

  • OREGON

  • ORFORDVILLE

  • OSCEOLA

  • OSHKOSH

  • OSSEO

  • OWEN

  • OXFORD

  • PACKWAUKEE

  • PALMYRA

  • PARDEEVILLE

  • PARK FALLS

  • PATCH GROVE

  • PEARSON

  • PELICAN LAKE

  • PELL LAKE

  • PEMBINE

  • PEPIN

  • PESHTIGO

  • PEWAUKEE

  • PHELPS

  • PHILLIPS

  • PHLOX

  • PICKEREL

  • PICKETT

  • PIGEON FALLS

  • PINE RIVER

  • PITTSVILLE

  • PLAIN

  • PLAINFIELD

  • PLATTEVILLE

  • PLEASANT PRAIRIE

  • PLOVER

  • PLUM CITY

  • PLYMOUTH

  • POPLAR

  • PORT EDWARDS

  • PORT WASHINGTON

  • PORT WING

  • PORTAGE

  • PORTERFIELD

  • POTOSI

  • POTTER

  • POUND

  • POWERS LAKE

  • POY SIPPI

  • POYNETTE

  • PRAIRIE DU CHIEN

  • PRAIRIE DU SAC

  • PRAIRIE FARM

  • PRENTICE

  • PRESCOTT

  • PRESQUE ISLE

  • PRINCETON

  • PULASKI

  • RACINE

  • RADISSON

  • RANDOLPH

  • RANDOM LAKE

  • READFIELD

  • READSTOWN

  • REDGRANITE

  • REEDSBURG

  • REEDSVILLE

  • REESEVILLE

  • REWEY

  • RHINELANDER

  • RIB LAKE

  • RICE LAKE

  • RICHFIELD

  • RICHLAND CENTER

  • RIDGELAND

  • RIDGEWAY

  • RINGLE

  • RIO

  • RIPON

  • RIVER FALLS

  • ROBERTS

  • ROCHESTER

  • ROCK FALLS

  • ROCK SPRINGS

  • ROCKLAND

  • ROSENDALE

  • ROSHOLT

  • ROTHSCHILD

  • RUBICON

  • RUDOLPH

  • SAINT CLOUD

  • SAINT CROIX FALLS

  • SAINT FRANCIS

  • SAINT GERMAIN

  • SAINT NAZIANZ

  • SALEM

  • SAND CREEK

  • SARONA

  • SAUK CITY

  • SAUKVILLE

  • SAXEVILLE

  • SAXON

  • SAYNER

  • SCANDINAVIA

  • SCHOFIELD

  • SENECA

  • SEXTONVILLE

  • SEYMOUR

  • SHARON

  • SHAWANO

  • SHEBOYGAN

  • SHEBOYGAN FALLS

  • SHELDON

  • SHELL LAKE

  • SHERWOOD

  • SHIOCTON

  • SHULLSBURG

  • SILVER LAKE

  • SINSINAWA

  • SIREN

  • SISTER BAY

  • SLINGER

  • SOBIESKI

  • SOLDIERS GROVE

  • SOLON SPRINGS

  • SOMERS

  • SOMERSET

  • SOUTH MILWAUKEE

  • SOUTH RANGE

  • SOUTH WAYNE

  • SPARTA

  • SPENCER

  • SPOONER

  • SPRING GREEN

  • SPRING VALLEY

  • SPRINGBROOK

  • SPRINGFIELD

  • STANLEY

  • STAR LAKE

  • STAR PRAIRIE

  • STETSONVILLE

  • STEUBEN

  • STEVENS POINT

  • STITZER

  • STOCKBRIDGE

  • STOCKHOLM

  • STODDARD

  • STONE LAKE

  • STOUGHTON

  • STRATFORD

  • STRUM

  • STURGEON BAY

  • STURTEVANT

  • SUAMICO

  • SULLIVAN

  • SUMMIT LAKE

  • SUN PRAIRIE

  • SUPERIOR

  • SURING

  • SUSSEX

  • TAYLOR

  • THERESA

  • THIENSVILLE

  • THORP

  • THREE LAKES

  • TIGERTON

  • TILLEDA

  • TISCH MILLS

  • TOMAH

  • TOMAHAWK

  • TONY

  • TOWNSEND

  • TREGO

  • TREMPEALEAU

  • TREVOR

  • TRIPOLI

  • TUNNEL CITY

  • TURTLE LAKE

  • TWIN LAKES

  • TWO RIVERS

  • UNION CENTER

  • UNION GROVE

  • UNITY

  • UPSON

  • VALDERS

  • VAN DYNE

  • VERONA

  • VESPER

  • VIOLA

  • VIROQUA

  • WABENO

  • WALDO

  • WALES

  • WALWORTH

  • WARRENS

  • WASCOTT

  • WASHBURN

  • WASHINGTON ISLAND

  • WATERFORD

  • WATERLOO

  • WATERTOWN

  • WAUKAU

  • WAUKESHA

  • WAUNAKEE

  • WAUPACA

  • WAUPUN

  • WAUSAU

  • WAUSAUKEE

  • WAUTOMA

  • WAUZEKA

  • WEBSTER

  • WEST BEND

  • WEST SALEM

  • WESTBORO

  • WESTBY

  • WESTFIELD

  • WEYAUWEGA

  • WEYERHAEUSER

  • WHEELER

  • WHITE LAKE

  • WHITEHALL

  • WHITELAW

  • WHITEWATER

  • WILD ROSE

  • WILLARD

  • WILLIAMS BAY

  • WILMOT

  • WILSON

  • WILTON

  • WINDSOR

  • WINNEBAGO

  • WINNECONNE

  • WINTER

  • WISCONSIN DELLS

  • WISCONSIN RAPIDS

  • WITHEE

  • WITTENBERG

  • WONEWOC

  • WOODFORD

  • WOODLAND

  • WOODMAN

  • WOODRUFF

  • WOODVILLE

  • WOODWORTH

  • WRIGHTSTOWN

  • WYOCENA

  • ZACHOW

  • ZENDA

  • Does Phone Answering USA provide Automated Reception Services in Wisconsin?

    Phone Answering USA provides Automated Reception Services in Wisconsin. This package is simple and cost effective. This package includes a local phone number, unlimited calls, unlimited local & long distance minutes (in the continental US), unlimited call forwarding and up to 7 extensions.

    This package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide Live 9am to 5pm Live Answering in Wisconsin?

    Phone Answering USA provides a Pay Per Call Live 9-5 Answering Service in Wisconsin. These call packages are designed for the company that does not need 24/7 phone answering and wishes to pay per call not per minute. It is a simple way to understand what your monthly cost will be month in and month out.

    Live 9am – 5pm Standard and Premium Package Differentiated:

    Standard Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ Live Message Receiving/ forwarding call to voice mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Premium Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ screened/ forwarded per your instruction, allowing you to decide whether to accept the call, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Find-Me / Follow-Me: Live efforts to forward your calls, allowing you to not miss that important call.

    Both Standard and Premium packages provide:

    • Off-hour automated reception with up to 7 extensions – Auto-attendant answering of calls in your company’s name with up to 3 dialing options for callers external client number(s). Unlimited Long Distance Continental U.S.
    • Custom greeting for Off-hours – Your company branding when your line is answered.
    • Flat Rate Monthly Call Bundles – You choose the amount of bundled calls monthly for your services and receive one-set price.
    • Local Number – Local Number that is uniquely yours while employing our services.
    • Voice-mail Message to Email – Receive Voice-mails to email and hear it as a .wav file, saving long-distance charges in lieu of calling in to check your messages.
    • Music on Hold – Callers hear music when on hold or while waiting to connect.
    • Text Message Notification to Cell Phone – Receive your messages taken live by receptionist and sent by text to your mobile phone.
    • Call Time Scheduler – Calls can be routed a certain way during business hours (9-5) and a different way after-hours.

    This Package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide 24/7 Phone Answering services in Wisconsin?

    Phone Answering USA provides a suite of Phone Answering 24/7 Services in Wisconsin. All the service packages are custom to fit any companies’ needs.

    Categories:

    • Answering Services
    • Live Receptionist
    • Order Entry
    • Scheduling
    • Call Center
    • Help Desk

    24/7 Service Defined:

    • Absentee Reporting – Agents can answer your employee reporting line and document employee absences at a minimal cost of hiring full or part-time staff.
    • Ad Response – Agents can service and manage the responses to targeted advertising campaigns, website advertising, newspapers, radio, and direct mailings.
    • Answering Service – Experienced agents can answer your line 24/7; collect the information you require; and promptly forward it to you.
    • Directory Service – Provide your callers with the nearest location of your store, service center, or dealer.
    • Disaster Recovery Back-up – Prevent your phones from being unanswered during crisis by utilizing our answering service.
    • E-Mail Read & Response – Agents ca read and respond to your e-mail in a prompt and professional manner using your templates or scripted guidance.
    • Help Desk – Utilizing the information you provide, agents will answer your line and help the caller get the right information for their questions or concerns.
    • Insurance – Professional Agents will answer your line and collect the claims information you require.
    • Marketing Collateral Request Service – Professional agents will answer your line and record the name and address of the caller requesting your catalog, literature, or other information.
    • Medical Answering – Courteous Agents will provide answering for doctors, clinics, and hospitals. HIPAA compliant.
    • Order Entry – Professional agents can take orders for your products and services.
    • Overflow – Outsource your office phones to relieve overburdening your in-house resources.
    • Property Management Services – Agents can handle property inquiries and maintenance dispatching 24/7.
    • Scheduling – Agents will answer your line and schedule appointments and/or provide reminder follow-up calls. Agents can answer your line to schedule your seminar, class, conference, or event.

    These packages can be purchased by contact us through our website or calling 702.943.0315

    State of Wisconsin

    Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state comprises 72 counties.
    Wisconsin’s geography is diverse, with the Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupying the western part of the state and lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is second to Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.
    Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” because it is one of the nation’s leading dairy producers. Manufacturing and tourism are also major contributors to the state’s economy.

    Etymology

    The word Wisconsin originates from the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the Algonquian-speaking American Indian groups living in the region at the time of European contact. French explorer Jacques Marquette was the first European to reach the Wisconsin River, arriving in 1673 and calling the river Meskousing in his journal. This spelling was later corrupted to Ouisconsin by other French explorers, and over time this version became the French name for both the Wisconsin River and the surrounding lands. English speakers anglicized the spelling to its modern form when they began to arrive in greater numbers during the early 19th century. The current spelling was made official by the legislature of Wisconsin Territory in 1845.
    Throughout the course of its many variations, the Algonquian word for Wisconsin and its original meaning have both grown obscure. Interpretations may vary, but most implicate the river and the red sandstone that line its banks. One leading theory holds that the name originated from the Miami word Meskonsing, meaning “it lies red,” a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows by the reddish sandstone of the Wisconsin Dells. Numerous other theories have also been widely publicized, including claims that name originated from one of a variety of Ojibwa words meaning “red stone place,” “where the waters gather,” or “great rock.”

    History

    Wisconsin has been home to a wide variety of cultures over the past 12,000 years. The first people arrived around 10,000 BCE during the Wisconsin Glaciation. These early inhabitants, called Paleo-Indians, hunted now-extinct ice age animals exemplified by the Boaz mastodon, a prehistoric mastodon skeleton unearthed along with spear points in southwest Wisconsin. After the ice age ended around 8000 BCE, people in the subsequent Archaic period lived by hunting, fishing, and gathering food from wild plants. Agricultural societies emerged gradually over the Woodland period between 1000 BCE to 1000 CE. Toward the end of this period, Wisconsin was the heartland of the “Effigy Mound culture,” which built thousands of animal-shaped mounds across the landscape. Later, between 1000 and 1500 CE, the Mississippian and Oneota cultures built substantial settlements including the fortified village at Aztalan in southeast Wisconsin. The Oneota may be the ancestors of the modern Ioway and Ho-Chunk tribes, who shared the Wisconsin region with the Menominee at the time of European contact. Other American Indian groups living in Wisconsin when Europeans first settled included the Ojibwa, Sauk, Fox, Kickapoo, and Pottawatomie, who migrated to Wisconsin from the east between 1500 and 1700.
    The first European to visit what became Wisconsin was probably the French explorer Jean Nicolet. He canoed west from Georgian Bay through the Great Lakes in 1634, and it is traditionally assumed that he came ashore near Green Bay at Red Banks. Pierre Radisson and Medard des Groseilliers visited Green Bay again in 1654-1666 and Chequamegon Bay in 1659-1660, where they traded for fur with local American Indians. In 1673, Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet became the first to record a journey on the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway all the way to the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien. Frenchmen like Nicholas Perrot continued to ply the fur trade across Wisconsin through the 17th and 18th centuries, but the French made no permanent settlements in Wisconsin before Great Britain won control of the region following the French and Indian War in 1763. Even so, French traders continued to work in the region after the war, and some, beginning with Charles de Langlade in 1764, now settled in Wisconsin permanently rather than returning to British-controlled Canada.
    Wisconsin became a territorial possession of the United States in 1783 after the American Revolutionary War. However, the British remained in control until after the War of 1812, which finally established an American presence in the area. Under American control, the economy of the territory shifted from fur trading to lead mining. The prospect of easy mineral wealth drew immigrants from throughout the U.S. and Europe to the lead deposits located at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and nearby areas. Some miners found shelter in the holes they had dug and earned the nickname “badgers,” leading to Wisconsin’s identity as the “Badger State.” The sudden influx of white miners prompted tension with the local Native American population. The Winnebago War of 1827 and the Black Hawk War of 1832 led to the forced removal of American Indians from most parts of the state. Following these conflicts, Wisconsin Territory was organized in 1836. Continued white settlement led to statehood in 1848.
    Politics in early Wisconsin were defined by the greater national debate over slavery. A free state from its foundation, Wisconsin became a center of northern abolitionism. The debate became especially intense in 1854 after a runaway slave from Missouri named Joshua Glover was captured in Racine. Glover was taken into custody under the Federal Fugitive Slave Law, but a mob of abolitionists stormed the prison where Glover was held and helped him escape to Canada. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ultimately declared the Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional in a trial stemming from the incident. The Republican Party, founded on March 20, 1854, by anti-slavery expansion activists in Ripon, Wisconsin, grew to dominate state politics in the aftermath of these events. During the Civil War, around 91,000 troops from Wisconsin fought for the Union.
    Wisconsin’s economy also diversified during the early years of statehood. While lead mining diminished, agriculture became a principal occupation in the southern half of the state. Railroads were built across the state to help transport grains to market, and industries like J.I. Case & Company in Racine were founded to build agricultural equipment. Wisconsin briefly became one of the nation’s leading producers of wheat during the 1860s. Meanwhile, the lumber industry dominated in the heavily forested northern sections of Wisconsin, and sawmills sprang up in cities like La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Wausau. These economic activities had dire environmental consequences. By the close of the 19th century, intensive agriculture had devastated soil fertility, and lumbering had deforested most of the state. This forced both wheat agriculture and the lumber industry into a precipitous decline.
    Beginning in the 1890s, farmers in Wisconsin shifted from wheat to dairy production in order to make more sustainable and profitable use of their land. Many immigrants carried cheese-making traditions that, combined with the state’s suitable geography and dairy research led by Stephen Babcock at the University of Wisconsin, helped the state build a reputation as “America’s Dairyland.” Meanwhile, conservationists including Aldo Leopold helped reestablish the state’s forests during the early 20th century, paving the way for a more renewable lumber and paper milling industry as well as promoting recreational tourism in the northern woodlands. Manufacturing also boomed in Wisconsin during the early 20th century, driven by an immense immigrant workforce arriving from Europe. Industries in cities like Milwaukee ranged from brewing and food processing to heavy machine production and toolmaking, leading Wisconsin to rank 8th among U.S. states in total product value by 1910.
    The early 20th century was also notable for the emergence of progressive politics championed by Robert M. La Follette. Between 1901 and 1914, Progressive Republicans in Wisconsin created the nation’s first comprehensive statewide primary election system, the first effective workplace injury compensation law, and the first state income tax, making taxation proportional to actual earnings. The progressive Wisconsin Idea also promoted the statewide expansion of the University of Wisconsin through the UW-Extension system at this time. Later, UW economics professors John R. Commons and Harold Groves helped Wisconsin create the first unemployment compensation program in the United States in 1932.
    Wisconsin took part in several political extremes in the mid to late 20th century, ranging from the anti-communist crusades of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s to the radical antiwar protests at UW-Madison that culminated in the Sterling Hall bombing in August 1970. Recent politics have been comparatively moderate, but the state has continued to push forward new ideas, most notably becoming a leader in welfare reform under Republican Governor Tommy Thompson during the 1990s. The state’s economy also underwent further transformations towards the close of the century, as heavy industry and manufacturing declined in favor of a service economy based on medicine, education, agribusiness, and tourism.
    Two U.S. Navy battleships, BB-9 and BB-64, were named USS Wisconsin in honor of this state.

    Geography

    Wisconsin is bordered by the Montreal River; Lake Superior and Michigan to the north; by Lake Michigan to the east; by Illinois to the south; and by Iowa to the southwest and Minnesota to the northwest. A border dispute with Michigan was settled by two cases, both Wisconsin v. Michigan, in 1934 and 1935. The state’s boundaries include the Mississippi River and St. Croix River in the west, and the Menominee River in the northeast. Wisconsin is the northernmost state that does not share a border with Canada.
    With its location between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, Wisconsin is home to a wide variety of geographical features. The state is divided into five distinct regions. In the north, the Lake Superior Lowland occupies a belt of land along Lake Superior. Just to the south, the Northern Highland has massive mixed hardwood and coniferous forests including the 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, as well as thousands of glacial lakes, and the state’s highest point, Timms Hill. In the middle of the state, the Central Plain has some unique sandstone formations like the Dells of the Wisconsin River in addition to rich farmland. The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands region in the southeast is home to many of Wisconsin’s largest cities. The ridges include the Niagara Escarpment that stretches from New York State, the Black River Escarpment and the Magnesian Escarpment. The bedrock of the Niagara Escarpment is dolomite, while the two shorter ridges have limestone bedrock. In the southwest, the Western Upland is a rugged landscape with a mix of forest and farmland, including many bluffs on the Mississippi River. This region is part of the Driftless Area, which also includes portions of Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. This area was not covered by glaciers during the most recent ice age, the Wisconsin Glaciation.
    Overall, 46% of Wisconsin’s land area is covered by forest. Langlade County has a soil rarely found outside of the county called Antigo Silt Loam.

    Climate

    The southern third of Wisconsin is classified as hot summer humid continental climate (Koppen Dfa) and the colder northern portion is classified as warm summer humid continental climate (Koppen Dfb). The highest temperature ever recorded in the state was in the Wisconsin Dells, on July 13, 1936, where it reached 114 °F (46 °C). The lowest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin was in the village of Couderay, where it reached ?55 °F (?48 °C) on both February 2 and 4, 1996. Wisconsin also receives a large amount of regular snowfall averaging around 40 inches in the southern portions with up to 160 inches annually in the Lake Superior snowbelt each year.

    Taxes

    Wisconsin collects personal income taxes (based on five income brackets) which range from 4.6% to 7.75%. The state sales and use tax rate is 5.0%. Fifty-nine counties have an additional sales/use tax of 0.5%. Milwaukee County and four surrounding counties have an additional temporary 0.1% tax which helps fund the Miller Park baseball stadium, which was completed in 2001. Retailers who make sales subject to applicable county taxes must collect this tax on their retail sales.
    The most common property tax assessed on Wisconsin residents is the real property tax, or their residential property tax. Wisconsin does not impose a property tax on vehicles, but does levy an annual registration fee. Property taxes are the most important tax revenue source for Wisconsin’s local governments, as well as major methods of funding school districts, vocational technical colleges, special purpose districts and tax incremental finance districts. Equalized values are based on the full market value of all taxable property in the state, except for agricultural land. In order to provide property tax relief for farmers, the value of agricultural land is determined by its value for agricultural uses, rather than for its possible development value. Equalized values are used to distribute state aid payments to counties, municipalities, and technical colleges. Assessments prepared by local assessors are used to distribute the property tax burden within individual municipalities.
    Wisconsin does not assess a tax on intangible property. Wisconsin does not collect inheritance taxes. Until January 1, 2008, Wisconsin’s estate tax was decoupled from the federal estate tax laws; therefore the state imposed its own estate tax on certain large estates.
    There are no toll roads in Wisconsin; highway construction and maintenance are funded in part by motor fuel tax revenues, and the remaining balance is drawn from the State General Fund. Non-highway road construction and maintenance are funded by local governments (municipalities or counties).

    Economy

    In 2010 Wisconsin’s gross state product was $248.3 billion, making it 21st among U.S. states. The economy of Wisconsin is driven by manufacturing, agriculture, and health care. The state’s economic output from manufacturing was $48.9 billion in 2008, making it the tenth largest among states in manufacturing gross domestic product. Manufacturing accounts for about 20% of the state’s gross domestic product, a proportion that is third among all states. The per capita personal income was $35,239 in 2008.
    As of June 2010, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.9% (seasonally adjusted)

    Agriculture

    Wisconsin produces about a quarter of America’s cheese, leading the nation in cheese production. It is second in milk production, after California, and third in per-capita milk production, behind Idaho and Vermont. Wisconsin is second in butter production, producing about one-quarter of the nation’s butter. The state ranks first nationally in the production of corn for silage, cranberries ginseng, and snap beans for processing. It grows over half the national crop of cranberries. and 97% of the nation’s ginseng. Wisconsin is also a leading producer of oats, potatoes, carrots, tart cherries, maple syrup, and sweet corn for processing. The significance of the state’s agricultural production is exemplified by the depiction of a Holstein cow, an ear of corn, and a wheel of cheese on Wisconsin’s state quarter design.
    A large part of the state’s manufacturing sector includes commercial food processing, including well-known brands such as Oscar Mayer, Tombstone frozen pizza, Johnsonville brats, and Usinger’s sausage. Kraft Foods alone employs over 5,000 people in the state. Milwaukee is a major producer of beer and was formerly headquarters for Miller Brewing Company – the nation’s second-largest brewer – until it merged with Coors Brewing Company. Formerly, Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst were cornerstone breweries in Milwaukee.

    Manufacturing

    Wisconsin is home to a very large and diversified manufacturing economy, with special focus on transportation and capital equipment. Major Wisconsin companies in these categories include the Kohler Company; Mercury Marine; Rockwell Automation; Johnson Controls; Seagrave Fire Apparatus; Pierce Manufacturing (fire apparatus); Briggs & Stratton; Miller Electric; Milwaukee Electric Tool Company; Bucyrus International; Joy Global Inc.; The Manitowoc Company; Modine Manufacturing Company; Reliance Controls Corporation; Super Steel Products Corp.; Ladish Co.; Oshkosh Truck; Harley-Davidson; Ashley Furniture; the Ariens Company; and Evinrude Outboard Motors.

    Consumer goods

    Wisconsin is a major producer of paper, packaging, and other consumer goods. Major consumer products companies based in the state include SC Johnson & Co., and Diversey Inc., Wisconsin also ranks first nationwide in the production of paper products; the lower Fox River from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay has 24 paper mills along its 39 miles (63 km) stretch.
    The development and manufacture of health care devices and software is a growing sector of the state’s economy, with key players such as GE Healthcare, Epic Systems, and TomoTherapy.

    Tourism

    Tourism is also a major industry in Wisconsin – the state’s third largest, according to the Department of Tourism. Tourist destinations such as the House on the Rock near Spring Green, Circus World Museum in Baraboo, and The Wisconsin Dells[disambiguation needed] also draw thousands of visitors annually, and festivals such as Summerfest and the EAA Oshkosh Airshow draw international attention, along with hundreds of thousands of visitors.
    Given the large number of lakes and rivers in the state, water recreation is very popular.
    The distinctive Door Peninsula, which extends off the eastern coast of the state, contains one of the state’s tourist destinations, Door County. Door County is a popular destination for boaters because of the large number of natural harbors, bays and ports on the Green Bay and Lake Michigan side of the peninsula that forms the county. The area draws hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly to its quaint villages, seasonal cherry picking, and fish boils.

    Film industry

    On January 1, 2008, a new tax incentive for the film industry came into effect. The first major production to take advantage of the tax incentive was Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. While the producers spent $18 million dollars on the film, it was reported that most of that went to out-of-state workers and for out-of-state services; Wisconsin taxpayers had provided $4.6 million in subsidies, and derived only $5 million in revenues from the film’s making.

    Energy

    Wisconsin has the potential to generate 255,266 GWh from 103,751 MW of land based wind turbines and 317,755 GWh from 80,672 MW of offshore wind turbines located in Lake Superior and in Lake Michigan, as well as 5,042,259 GWh from 3,206,830 MW of rural utility scale photovoltaics, and 13,939 GWh from 12,262 MW of rooftop mounted photovoltaics.

    Important municipalities

    Over 68% of Wisconsin residents live in urbanized areas, with the Greater Milwaukee area home to roughly one-third of the state’s population. Milwaukee is at the northern edge of an urban area bordering Lake Michigan that stretches southward into greater Chicago and northwestern Indiana, with a population of over 11 million. With over 602,000 residents, Milwaukee proper is the 22nd-largest city in the country. The string of cities along the western edge of Lake Michigan is generally considered to be an example of a megalopolis.
    Madison’s dual identity as state capital and college town gives it a cultural richness unusual in a city its size. With a population of around 220,000, and metropolitan area of over 600,000, Madison is a very fast-growing city. Madison’s suburb, Middleton, was ranked the “Best Place to Live in America” in 2007 by Money Magazine. Medium-size cities dot the state and anchor a network of working farms surrounding them. As of 2011, there were 12 cities in Wisconsin with a population of 50,000 or more, accounting for 73% of the state’s employment.
    Wisconsin has three types of municipality: cities, villages, and towns. Cities and villages are incorporated urban areas. Towns are unincorporated minor civil divisions of counties with limited self-government.