WXPR reporter Mackenzie Martin heads to an old-growth forest with naturalist John Bates to answer this Curious North question: Are there any old-growth sections or oldest trees known in the area that are secreted away that the general public doesn’t know about?
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For Will Green, who grew up poor at the end of the steel mill area in Gary, Indiana, basketball was a way out. “I had a great coach and he just always taught us that what you do in life is how you’re going to be as a basketball player,” says Green.
One day, Missy Makinia was on Facebook when something caught her attention. There was a little girl in her town of Ladysmith, Wisconsin who needed a kidney. “My daughter look at me and said, ‘You know mom, you would match up with her blood type,’ Makinia said.
For three generations, the Bauman family roots have run deep on this land. Dave and Debbie Bauman are not about to let that change. Their name in German means “small farmer.” And it’s what Dave always wanted to be.
Jan Killian has always loved nature. “I was the kid that somebody would find a bug in our house, ‘Oh, there’s a beetle here,’ and I’d yell, ‘Don’t kill it!’ and I’d be running over and I’d grab it and I’d put it outside,” Killian says.
Whimsical, colorful and dramatic are just a few ways to describe the Ten Chimneys Estate nestled in the woods outside Genesee Depot in Waukesha County. The estate was once owned by theater royalty Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, America’s first couple of theater.
The connection between a grandmother and her granddaughter — and mother and daughter — is special, especially when it’s bound by braids. Writer Araceli Esparza tells us more about it in the story, “Braided Life.” == Braided Life Everyone Everywhere wears their hair differently.
Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald Angela heads to West Bend to embrace the wildlife at the Shalom Wildlife Zoo. The zoo’s focus is to preserve the animals’ natural ecosystem while providing an educational experience.
Way before cell phones, there were these things called telephones. And in the early days, a telephone call required a switchboard operator to make the connection. Writer Meg Jones tells the story a group of switchboard operators whose skill and courage on the front lines helped the US win World War I.
Tens of thousands of black bears roam Wisconsin and yet to see one up close is rare. Jeff Traska has the good fortune of having bear encounters on a daily basis.
Nestled in a valley by Valders is the Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill. Five hundred and fifty head of sheep and lambs call Hidden Valley Farm their home. These are Coopworth sheep, developed in New Zealand.
Evan Slocum is a one-of-a-kind arborist. “I think the way that I do things is pretty different,” Slocum says, referring to both his tactics and equipment. “I try to keep it as simple as I can while being efficient.” Slocum has been a tree expert for a number of years, even spending time pruning trees for the New York City Parks Department: “Very archaic techniques there.