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Rice Harvest

Wild rice isn’t actually a rice at all. It’s an aquatic grass that has been an important food for native people for centuries. Fred Ackley, Jr., from the Mole Lake Reservation learned to harvest rice from his grandmother, and he continues to harvest and process it to this day. 

This story was produced by Finn Ryan for The Ways. 

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Migrant Worker

Wisconsin’s reputation as the dairy state relies on labor from countries like Mexico. In today’s Wisconsin Life, we meet one of those workers in Buffalo County.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Alejandro Tepole - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Restoring the World’s Cars

On a dead end street in the tiny village of Brooklyn, a former windmill factory now houses some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Albrecht Stachel is the man behind the wrench.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Albrecht Stachel - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Seth Jovaag

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Guitar Maker

Ten years ago, Todd Cambio quit his job as a carpenter to become a luthier, specializing in guitars from the early 20th century that he now sells to musicians worldwide. Seth Jovaag introduces us to the Madison craftsman.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Todd Cambio - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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Wisconsin’s Fishing Champ

For many Wisconsinites, fishing is more than just a pastime. One Shawano angler is making waves in a male-dominated sport.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s working people - and hear more from Marianne Huskey - on The Working Lives Project from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Photo: Marianne Huskey

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The Wondrous World of Dr. Evermor

Dr. Evermor has been turning bits of metal and other salvaged parts into fantastical sculpture since 1983. Behind Delaney’s Surplus near Baraboo, he’s created a whole world of mechanical creatures, insects, birds, and other contraptions.

Photo: Ross Grady

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Summer Fun, History, and Elvis at Bay Beach

Wisconsin is home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. Visitors from around the world come to Green Bay every summer to enjoy the rides and the beautiful views. Patty Murray has the story.

Photo: Green Bay Press Gazette 

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Motorcycle Heaven on the Mindoro Cut

A windy road makes for motorcycle paradise. Ron Davis tells us about a legendary stretch of highway near La Crosse.

Ron Davis is a writer and teacher in Central Wisconsin.

Photo: Craft Barn 

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The Perfect Place

The list of what makes a place special is endless. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn tells us about what is for her, Earth’s most perfect place. 

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer and teacher in Central Wisconsin.

Photo: Pavel Trebukov

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UFO Capitals of Wisconsin

Many towns stake their claim to fame on an historical event, a large fiberglass object, or local delicacy. In Wisconsin, not one but three towns claim to be the state’s UFO Capital. Erik Lorenzsonn went to investigate.

Photo: SilentJoe 

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Wisconsin’s Historic Velodrome

For 87 years, every Tuesday night in the summer, bicycle racers have thrilled spectators at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha. Producer Nancy Camden went to see the riders race around the oval track.

Photo: Nancy Camden

Music: Ben Hans “Tides”

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Don’t Go To Wisconsin

Writer June Melby tells us everything that’s wrong with Wisconsin so that you’ll stay away… and leave it for us to enjoy.

June Melby is a teacher, performer, and the author of My Family and Other Hazards. 

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Photos from the tractor parade. 

Photos: Adam Hirsch

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Tractor Parade

Three times a year, a group of antique tractor collectors get together for a multi-day ride. Producer Adam Hirsch rode along for a day and found out why life is better at tractor speed.

Photo: Adam Hirsch 

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A Little Wisconsin in NYC

Off a busy street in Greenwich Village lay a cluster of restaurants known as Little Wisco. Owned and operated by Wisconsinites, these restaurants celebrate the spirit of the state. Producer Erin Clune went to talk with Wisconsin ex-pats Adam Benedetto and Brian Bartels.

Photo: Wisconsin Historical Images

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