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

A homepage section


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.


Castle in Tomahawk has been 30 Years in the making

By JIM SKIBO & MACKENZIE MARTIN• WXPR News MAY 17, 2019 We continue our We Live Up Here series this week with a story about an ambitious DIY project that has been 30 years in the making. The story comes in response to a listener question to our Curious North series. Dennis Marquardt from Tomahawk asks: What is up with the castle on …

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