Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald straps on her hiking shoes and explores the vast Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in this episode. Spanning more than 225,000 acres across Oneida, Vilas and Iron Counties, this state forest is the ultimate outdoor playground. Fitzgerald explores some of the forest’s bicycle trails near Trout Lake, canoes on Hemlock Lake and learns about the Department of Natural Resources fish stocking program from Gary Muench, manager of the DNR’s Art Oehmcke Fish Hatchery in Woodruff.
Fitzgerald also shares a new collection of stories from our Wisconsin Life team, including the story of a Wausau woman who is a rising star in the Hmong-language pop music world. Maa Vue performs all over the world and has been a YouTube sensation with her music videos. She explains how she maintains and values her Hmong traditions while also finding increasing fame in the pop music scene.
Then we head to Racine where we discover, “It’s Time for Schwobble!” A team of volunteers at Ascension All Saints Hospital organize and host a weekly game show – exclusively for the hospital’s patients. Televised throughout the hospital, the Schwobble game show allows patients to follow the action on TV’s in their rooms and to call into the show to participate. The idea behind the game show is to provide patients with something fun to take their minds off of the often serious reasons behind their hospital stay. Some of the volunteers also entertain singing a capella style.
Next up, we meet a mother-son team of business owners in Grafton. James McDaniel and his mother Arlene run Heim’s Shoe Store, their longtime family shoe repair and sales business that was started by his grandfather. The McDaniels strongly believe that the future of a small business can still be rooted in old-fashioned service.
Finally, we head to the Emergency Room in Hayward. That’s where we meet Dr. Dayle Quigley and her retired colleague Dr. Bob Swenson. The ER docs share their quirky tribute to unlucky anglers… the fishermen who get hooked by their fishhooks. Dr. Swenson, a fisherman, sometimes has to do a different kind of fishing.