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Munchies Craving at a Funeral

Dateline: Wiethagen, Germany — It happened last August but is only now being publicized, out of respect for the family of the deceased.

Relax, it’s nothing morbid, or terribly inappropriate.  Unless you believe it’s inappropriate to get all of the guests at a funeral high.

As the U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports, 13 people enjoying traditional post-funeral coffee and cake at a local restaurant were in need of medical treatment after they reported feeling dizzy and nauseous.

It wasn’t food poisoning.  Turns out a restaurant employee had asked his 18-year-old daughter to bake the cakes to serve to mourners after the funeral.  Which the daughter did.

However, the daughter had also baked a cake for a different occasion, and that cake was laced with hashish.  She placed both cakes in the same freezer, but apparently didn’t bother to tell anyone about the one cake’s special ingredient.

The girl’s mother then went to the freezer to grab the funeral cake and allow it to thaw.  Guess which cake she accidentally grabbed by accident?

Police reportedly investigated the incident.  No word on the outcome.

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Most Popular Halloween Candy By State

We all have our favorites, but according to, 2019’s most popular sweet treat for Halloween in the U.S. is Skittles.

The website’s data notes Reese’s Cups — quite possibly one of mankind’s greatest creations — ranked second, with M&Ms, Snickers and Starburst rounding out the Halloween top 5.

However,  favorites vary from state to state. For example, Skittles were tops in Arizona, California, Delaware, and Hawaii, to name a few, while Iowans, Idahoans and Las Vegas trick-or-treaters put candy corn at the top of the candy food chain for 2019.

You can see more at, but here’s a quick look at the highlights:

Top Halloween Candy in the U.S. for 2019

1. Skittles
2. Reese’s Cups
3. M&Ms
4. Snickers
5. Starburst
6. Candy Corn
7. Hot Tamales
8. Tootsie Pops
9. Sour Patch Kids
10. Hersey’s

Most Popular Halloween Candy by State for 2019

Alabama — Hershey’s Mini Bars
Alaska — Twix
Arizona — Skittles
Arkansas — Hot Tamales
California — Skittles
Colorado — Twix
Connecticut — Milky Way
Delaware — Skittles
District of Columbia — Tootsie Pops
Florida — Skittles
Georgia — Jolly Ranchers
Hawaii — Skittles
Idaho — Candy corn
Illinois — Kit Kat
Indiana — Hot Tamales
Iowa — Candy corn
Kansas — Reese’s Cups
Kentucky — Swedish Fish
Louisiana — Lemonheads
Maine — Sour Patch Kids
Maryland — Reese’s Cups
Massachusetts — Butterfinger
Michigan — Starburst
Minnesota — Skittles
Mississippi — Snickers
Missouri — Milky Way
Montana — Dubble Bubble
Nebraska — Salt water taffy
Nevada — Candy corn
New Hampshire — Starburst
New Jersey — Tootsie Pops
New Mexico — Candy corn
New York — Hot Tamales
North Carolina — Reese’s Cups
North Dakota — Candy corn
Ohio — M&M’s
Oklahoma — Dubble Bubble
Oregon — Reese’s Cups
Pennsylvania — Hershey’s Mini Bars
Rhode Island — Twix
South Carolina — Skittles
South Dakota — Starburst
Tennessee — Tootsie Pops
Texas — Reese’s Cups
Utah — Jolly Ranchers
Vermont — M&M’s
Virginia — Hot Tamales
Washington — Salt water taffy
West Virginia — Blow Pops
Wisconsin — Starburst
Wyoming — Salt water taffy


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AAA Weekly Fuel Gage

The national gas price average dropped by four cents on the week to $2.60, despite a jump in gasoline demand and a draw in gasoline stocks. That is the largest one-week decrease since gas prices started to increase more than six weeks ago. Today’s average is a nickel cheaper than last month and 21-cents cheaper than last year at this time. Wisconsin has experienced a 5-cent decrease.

Refinery maintenance across the country continues, though utilization rates have increased in the last week. This could mean further declines to the national average in the weeks ahead if demand drops.

In the Great Lakes and Central States, stocks drew by 2 million bbl in EIA’s latest report for the week ending Oct.18. At 48.5 million bbl, gasoline stocks sit at their lowest level since this past June, but are on par with levels from this time last year. The latest refinery utilization rate was recorded at 84%, the second lowest in the country. Motorists are likely to see typical volatility at the pump into early November as regional refineries undergo maintenance.

  Monday Sunday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago
National $2.603 $2.606 $2.648 $2.652 $2.818
Wisconsin $2.426 $2.434 $2.472 $2.544 $2.739
Appleton $2.353 $2.351 $2.383 $2.480 $2.618
Eau Claire $2.544 $2.564 $2.590 $2.681 $2.828
Green Bay $2.392 $2.395 $2.433 $2.506 $2.725
Janesville-Beloit $2.323 $2.323 $2.385 $2.430 $2.712
La Crosse $2.486 $2.474 $2.486 $2.527 $2.768
Madison $2.370 $2.378 $2.413 $2.501 $2.707
Milwaukee $2.332 $2.338 $2.393 $2.437 $2.667
Wausau $2.519 $2.522 $2.565 $2.643 $2.774
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Help Wisconsin Bundle Up

The MAVCB is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign. The Big Bundle Up is a statewide collection program running Oct. 28 – Nov. 25, 2019.

This is the ninth year of the Big Bundle Up. To date, the program has collected 155,893 warm winter items to help families in need. In addition to MAVCB, other collection sites, including Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers, are located throughout the state. Visit for a full listing of donation sites.

Donating warm winter items is the perfect way to give to Wisconsin families in need as the holiday giving season approaches. A box will be located at MAVCB for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to charities in Manitowoc County. For more information about why the MAVCB is participating in the Big Bundle Up, please contact Charlene Dresang.


WHO:              Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau

WHAT:            Collecting coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items to donate to local charities this winter season.

WHEN:            Oct. 28 – Nov. 25, 2019, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         4221 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc, WI 54220


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What Country Music Means to Country Stars

A new promotional ad for next month’s Country Music Association awards has Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and others talking about what country music means to them. The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will air November 13 on ABC and will be hosted by Carrie, Reba and Dolly Parton.

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Blake Shelton Update

With a huge arena tour on the horizon and an album due in just two months, Blake Shelton is locked and Fully Loaded. Tuesday he revealed the cover artwork and track listing for his upcoming December 13 album Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The 12-song collection will feature seven hits from previous albums and five new tracks

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Marren Morris is Pregnant

Congrats to Marren Morris! Maren and her husband, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, are expecting a boy in March