Wisconsin Life celebrates the people, places, history and culture of the state. Come with us as we kayak the Mississippi River, interview musicians in Milwaukee, and bake pasties in Rhinelander. We connect you with diverse people and ideas through short stories updated twice a week.
Hmong New Year Celebrations Return To Wisconsin
Like many festivities, Hmong New Year celebrations were put on hold in the first year of the pandemic. Some gatherings returned this last year, including a New Year celebration at Sheboygan North High School on November 27, 2021. As we continue to settle into 2022, Nkaujoua Xiong brings us the sounds and voices from that event.
Dear Abby, Ask Ann Landers and Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Legendary advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren dished out wise and witty advice to millions of readers for more than half a century. The two were also twins — and sometimes bitter rivals. But before they were famous, they lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for more than a decade. Writer Dean Robbins brings you the story of the sisters who, perhaps, could have used some advice themselves.
Dogsledding In Northern Wisconsin
Dogsledding has been a family affair for writer Julie Buckles. She and her husband, Charly Ray, caught the bug when they first moved to northern Wisconsin. She has raced with her daughter, Caroline, in the annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog race. Buckles considered hanging it up, but she just kept on dogging it. Danielle Kaeding brings us this audio postcard. (This story originally aired on February 2, 2018)
Winter Hitchhiker Tests Balance Of Safety And Compassion
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.
Ice Fishing Joins The World Of High School Sports
A classic Wisconsin activity is making its ways into the world of high school sports. Ice fishing teams are popping up in schools across the state, and the excitement and challenges of spending a cold day on the ice don’t stop until the fish are collected and the winner is determined. Taylor Pomasl brings you the story.
In Central Wisconsin, A Metalworker And His Sons Make Art At The Forge
Boleslaw Kochanowski spends hours at his drafting table in his office above the blacksmith shop, creating designs for his metal sculptures. Getting the details right in drafting matters. The drawings, the modeling, the planning all matter. But it’s at the forge where his metalwork becomes art. Rob Mentzer brings you the story.
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