Welcome to my site where I host my blog, “Halfway North.” My wife, Becky, and I have moved to White Lake, Wisconsin, which is at latitude 45°9’51.” This is just a few miles from the midway point between the North Pole and the equator—halfway north. We are calling this our 3rd Act as we have retired from our past careers but are now committed to living more sustainable, being more available for family and friends, and getting involved politically. This blog will document the journey.

If you are more interested in my archaeological work, please visit here: https://about.illinoisstate.edu/jmskibo/Pages/default.aspx

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I am a writer, archaeologist, former professor and university administrator. I am currently working on a book, “Half Way North,” that focuses on all things north. I also continue to write and publish in archaeology.


Antigo Native Moves Back Home to Become an Organic Apple Grower

There is a growing market for locally grown food produced without the use of synthetic chemicals. In Antigo, the 100-year-old Grandview Orchard in Antigo is slowly being transformed to organic production. Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and buying a farm? Lisa Rettinger has done just that. Four years ago, she quit her …


You can contact me at: jmskibo@gmail.com