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Menasha (mənăshˈə) [key], city (1990 pop. 14,711), Winnebago co., E Wis., on Lake Winnebago and the Fox River, adjacent to its twin city of Neenah; settled 1840s, inc. 1874. Menasha's large paper-making industry, which is served by water power, dates from the late 19th cent. The region at the lake outlet was visited by Jean Nicolet (c.1634; the site is marked) and other French explorers and was described by Jonathan Carver in his Travels (1778).

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