If you’ve taken a drive on one of Wisconsin’s iconic scenic roads, chances are you’ve noticed a bit of alphabet soup. Signs with names like BB, CV, and N flank Wisconsin’s county roads, and Shelly from Marshall wanted to know why. She asked: "Why are Wisconsin's county roads labeled with letters instead of numbers?"
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Have you ever been at a wedding and caught a glimpse of your parents slow dancing? Maybe you marveled…or maybe you cringed, but I’m willing to bet you felt…something. Jan Larson shares a story about how watching her parents dance in the kitchen brought her comfort as a child, and now as a mother as she watches her children forge their own affections.
Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is underway. After the meat has been packed in the freezer, taxidermists are there to preserve that trophy buck or other animals hunters want to preserve. Often, that means mounting the heads of the harvest.
Winona Carufel of Lac du Flambeau navigates her cart through the St. Matthias Thrift Shop with a stuffed white horse sticking out of her brown paper grocery bag. Carufel has four daughters under age 8, and she’s filling the bag with surprises for them.
Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald heads to the pristine vistas of Mirror Lake State Park where she hits the trails with Girls Who Hike Wisconsin. The local chapter of the national organization helps provide women a chance to get together and get outdoors.
It started with five-year-old Jonah Larson catching the glint of something shiny in a bag of leftover crafts—a crochet hook. “So here is my first ever crochet project I want to show.
When you arrive at the Raptor Education Group Inc. (REGI) in Antigo, you might hear the cry of an eagle, the clicking of a frightened owl’s beak or the cackle of the geese.
“In northern Wisconsin, either you sheared Christmas trees or you peeled ‘popple’ for a summer job,” say Gordy Lekies, remembering his youth. Using his trusty chainsaw, he peeled ‘popple’ for ten or eleven cents per stick.
In Kenosha, the library comes to you! Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald renews her love of reading by checking out the Kenosha Public Library Bookmobile. To learn about how this program got its start, Angela talks with the library’s outreach coordinator, Jill Miatech.
Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is underway with bow hunting lasting until January. Hunters plan for this time all year long, imagining the challenge of the hunt and the thrill of bagging their prey.
Comedy can be a risky business and Dina Nina Martinez knows that all too well. Originally from Texas, Martinez along with her dog Gurdy arrived in Madison via Los Angeles. Not the most logical path to stardom but it seems to be working for Martinez.
Joey Smith did not always feel comfortable growing up, and a chaotic time in high school brought him to the Challenge Academy—a six-month reform school run by the Wisconsin National Guard.
Colin Orth dreams of being a traveling musician. The teenager plays trumpet in the Chippewa Falls High School jazz band. “I love how it stands out. I like how you can always hear a trumpet in a band.