WHYsconsin received a question from listener Rachel Potter of Fitchburg wondering, "Why don’t more Wisconsinites know about the majestic regal fritillary butterfly?" To find out more about this rare insect, WPR traveled to a restored prairie outside of Barneveld in southwestern Wisconsin with guide Rich Henderson, a board member of the Prairie Enthusiasts and a former state Department of Natural Resources ecologist.
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Grace Petzold’s passion for water skiing started when her parents took her to a ski show in northern Wisconsin when she was 12 years old. “I told my parents: ‘I want to do that,’” she says.
When Ken Vogel started making puppets in the 1970s, he didn’t actually believe he would still be making them to this day. “People ask me how many puppets I made in my life and I, for a long time, have said 10,000 or so,” he says.
Family separation can be extremely traumatic, especially for children. At Camp To Belong-Wisconsin in Plymouth, brothers and sisters who have been separated by the foster care system have an opportunity to spend time together once again.
As groups of siblings sit around a large campfire, they begin to share stories while eating a few snacks. They’re starting to make memories that will have to last them until they can see each other again.
Shruti Parthasarathy is a dancer from Middleton, Wisconsin. She practices Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form that originated in southern India thousands of years ago. It tells mythological tales of gods and goddesses through movement and music.
Jim Fiste of Cedarburg has been running for five days straight. He has 17 hours left and a goal of 250 miles. With a mop of grey and white hair and full beard, he looks younger than his 77 years.
Saw mills are loud places. Menominee Tribal Enterprises in Neopit is no exception. Talking across the mill floor is nearly impossible because of the noise. That’s why for more than a century, the workers in this mill carry on conversations in a different way.
Wisconsin Public Radio lost a dear colleague and friend to cancer over the weekend. Glen Moberg covered central Wisconsin for WPR for 15 years. As a reporter and talk show host of WPR’s “Route 51,” Glen’s love for his community was apparent on the airwaves and off.
Stephanie Schultz is a fashion designer and the tenth artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. “I’m working on high fashion garments inspired by the Victorian paintings that are here at the hotel,” says Schultz.
“First Day of School” is an animated version of the story written by Joe Shaffer describing the dreadful anxieties that come with his experience of the first day of every school year.
Mike Valley is perched in his fishing boat, taking in the scene around him. It’s idyllic — birds are chirping and small waves gently brush up against the side of the boat.
At Stevens Point, the Wisconsin River fans out into a flowage, with branches and channels and swirls and broad, still expanses. On the map, the flowage looks a little like a low, gnarled tree.