This collection of stories from people sharing their “Wisconsin Life” includes the story of Steve Brown, a world champion curler from Madison who gives back to the curling community by coaching the United States Paralympic Curling Team. Brown has coached the team both at the Paralympics and at the World Championships. Based at the Madison Curling Club in McFarland, he brings years of experience to coaching along with a family devoted to the sport.
Then Wisconsin Life travels to Waunakee to meet Joshua Feran, a teenager who not only collects Rubik’s Cubes, but solves them faster than most people run the hundred yard dash. His speedy puzzle solving skills have led to Feran holding 11 state records in Rubik’s Cube competitions. He is currently one of North America’s ten fastest “cube solvers” with his feet and is ranked second with a puzzle called the Rubik’s Clock. With a YouTube channel that has more than one million hits, Feran has landed endorsement deals from cube companies and traveled from coast to coast competing in tournaments.
Next, it’s over to Milwaukee to meet photographer Mary Lee Agnew. With the kindness of a complete stranger, she now has a knack for capturing photos of urban wildlife.
Also on tap, a trip to La Crosse to meet UW-La Crosse Historian Ariel Beaujot. She gives a bike tour of “Hear Here” — a collection of sites in downtown La Crosse where visitors can access oral histories through their cell phones.
Finally, Wisconsin Life heads to Oulu in northern Wisconsin to learn about Anton and Sue Vojacek. They are glass artists who met in college at UW-Superior. Their studio is located off-the-beaten-path, in a hobbit-like structure deep in the Northwoods.