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Dollmaker Sews Kindness and Awareness Through Dolls

Amy Jandrisevits believes everyone has something in life that they're good at and it's our obligation as people to use ...

An “Awesome Mailman” Making A Difference For Janesville’s Homeless Population

A frosty February morning doesn’t faze the mailman. Every morning Tom Hathaway loves delivering the mail to his Janesville neighbors ...

Practice Makes Perfect for the Fond du Lac Blades on the World Stage

Sixteen ice skaters, one goal, and three minutes to prove it. Synchronized ice skating is moving in unison while gliding ...

Who’s Behind The Handmade Ornaments Adorning The Wisconsin Capitol Holiday Tree?

With the holidays right around the corner, WPR's Andrea Anderson was talking about all things festive­ — Christmas trees, twinkling ...

Randolph Woman’s Passion Propelled Her To Restore Hot Rods

Drive down Cemetery Road in Columbia County near Randolph and you’ll see some old hot rod muscle cars. Judging by ...

Woodworker Uses Frank Lloyd Wright’s 100-Year-Old Designs To Build Furniture

Nicole Atkinson was already building shelves and furniture when she was just a teenager. She went on to study mechanical ...

Chetek Barber Makes Lasting Impact

For the last 60 years, the people of Chetek have depended on two things. Good fishing and Harry Bossany. During ...

Medford Man Displays His Collection Of Chainsaws In Unique Way

"In northern Wisconsin, either you sheared Christmas trees or you peeled 'popple' for a summer job," say Gordy Lekies, remembering ...

Dina Nina Martinez: Ready or Not, Here She Comes

Comedy can be a risky business and Dina Nina Martinez knows that all too well. Originally from Texas, Martinez along ...

Challenge Academy Alumnus From Kaukauna Mentors Next Generation

Joey Smith did not always feel comfortable growing up, and a chaotic time in high school brought him to the ...

Chippewa Falls Teen Performs In New York City Musical About Hemophilia

Colin Orth dreams of being a traveling musician. The teenager plays trumpet in the Chippewa Falls High School jazz band. ...

Ms. Milele’s Legacy Of Telling Positive Stories

“I came to Madison in 1968,” recalls 85-year-old Madison activist Milele Chikasa Anana. “In that era, when I would look ...

At Home in the Ten Chimneys Estate

Whimsical, colorful and dramatic are just a few ways to describe the Ten Chimneys Estate nestled in the woods outside ...

Black Bears In Wausau’s Backyard

Tens of thousands of black bears roam Wisconsin and yet to see one up close is rare. Jeff Traska has ...

Stitching A Niche With Stoles

White, green, purple, red. Melinda Halom knows her church colors and the corresponding seasons. Halom is a part-time pastor at ...