If you've spent any time at the Wisconsin state Capitol building, you know it's majestic, both inside and out. It's the center of state government and the center of Madison, with streets and avenues converging from every direction at the Capitol Square. But how did that particular spot become one of the most important places in the state?
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The only time Holmen High School junior Gracie Kromke is exposed to the stereotypical bad lunch — rubber-roni, slapping food on plates — is when she hears stories about them. “That’s nothing close to what I experience on a daily basis,” she said.
It’s time to embrace the season as Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald visits Winterfest in Lake Geneva. The annual festival is home to the United States Snow Sculpting Championship, where teams from across the nation gather to compete as they create massive sculptures.
Driving home on a snowy night, author Crystal Chan and her mother encountered a hitchhiker in the blowing snow. The question of whether to pick him up or not led her to explore the meaning and limits of compassion.
Melissa Omernick loves winter sports. She’s an experienced dog musher, but in recent years her interests have turned toward a different sport, skijoring. It’s a combination of dog sledding and cross-country skiing.
Ryan Young grew up in the Ojibwe community on the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Despite this tranquil Northwoods setting, Young had a complicated childhood. “I felt isolated in a sense that you know there weren’t other folks that identified like I did that I could talk to,” says Young.
Soccer, or more globally, football, has long been the world’s most popular sport. In recent years, the game has been adapted to different settings like beaches and hardwood gymnasiums for competitive play and international tournaments.
It’s Tuesday night in the back room of a small salon south of downtown Milwaukee, and it’s time for chess club. Here it’s a game of strategy, intellect, rigor, and something else: Milwaukee’s hottest hip-hop beats.
A frosty February morning doesn’t faze the mailman. Every morning Tom Hathaway loves delivering the mail to his Janesville neighbors come rain, sleet or snow. “A lot of my customers will ask me this time of year, ‘So you willingly chose this job,’” Hathaway says.
Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald heads to Stratford to spend time on a dairy farm for the first time! Fitzgerald visits UW-Madison’s Marshfield Agricultural Research Station. The farm, actually located in Stratford, is part of a collection of research stations located across the state, each with its own research focus.
So What are some of your early rock ‘n’ roll memories? For Stoughton’s Bill Amundson, there’s one that happened REALLY close to home. == It was a normal Saturday spring morning at the Amundson household on Nora Street in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald gets to work as she joins a crew of young adults from Operation Fresh Start rehabbing a home in Oregon. Operation Fresh Start is a non-profit that gives opportunities to young adults to gain work experience, build skills or earn their high school diploma.