Midwest Traveler: Wisconsin's Fox Cities offer visitors a delightful mashup

  • by: LISA MEYERS McCLINTICK , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 2, 2014 - 9:50 AM

The ordinary kitchen blender roared to life, whirling and shredding office paper and newspaper comics into slurry. A staffer at the Paper Discovery Center in Appleton, Wis., had coached visitors on making the perfect souvenir with a litany of pre-blender questions: Colored paper? Newsprint? Glitter? How about dyed fibers? The results are always a surprise as the pulpy soup is poured into a framed screen and several more steps wick out all the water, leaving a textured, one-of-a-kind piece of homemade paper.

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