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Wisconsin Life #203

Meet a collection of people who share their Wisconsin life. Stories include: Frank Kovac, who built his own planetarium, a glider pilot who soars high over Wisconsin, a boxer who hopes to bring the sport back to UW-Madison, a profile of gospel group Queens of Harmony, a fire-loving hula hooper and author Michael Perry on crops.

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Mike Perry on Crops

Mike Perry shares a bit of his unique “Clodhopper” Wisconsin life… this time, describing the perils of raising crops on his farm a few seasons ago.

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A Life in Gourds

Humans have used gourds for a variety of purposes for centuries. Artist Terri Schmit didn’t even know what a gourd was until she met her future husband. She’s since become the “gourd girl,” creating art and teaching others about this fascinating fruit. Judith Siers-Poisson has the story. 

Photo: Terri Schmit

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Returning History

Bill Green is the director of Beloit College’s Logan Museum of Anthropology. As part of his work, Bill leads anthropology students in their studies of the museum’s Native American artifact collection. Bill’s work is unique because unlike many museums that seek to add to their collections, the Logan Museum conducts research to determine who rightfully owns the artifacts 

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St. Martin’s Island

The Nature Conservancy’s Mike Grimm regularly walks this island sanctuary where most people will never step foot. Mike explores this newly acquired island for the National Fish and Wildlife Service to provide the agency with a complete inventory of migratory bird use of the island and to better understand importance of these islands for migratory birds.

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Wisconsin Life #202

Meet a collection of people who share their Wisconsin life. Stories include: a paranormal investigation of the old Kewaunee County Jail, a humorous look at how to speak ‘Wisconsin,’ one of the last botanical artists, family tree needlepoint and an introduction to the traditional North Indian dance form, Bhangra.

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Making a Home

Ann Peters’ architect father designed and built her childhood home north of Fond du Lac. Everything about that house came to define her sense of place and what home means.

Ann Peters is the author of House Hold: A Memoir of Place, and is associate professor of English at Stern College, Yeshiva University.

Photo: Yeshiva University 

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Queens of Harmony

Ella Ray and her friends regularly sing to the heavens.  They’re part of a seven-member gospel quartet called the Queens of Harmony, and they’ve been singing around Milwaukee for almost 50 years.  Along with the joy of singing, their music has also taken these women around the world and brought them closer to one another.

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Man with Dog

Many of us see the same people on the bus, in our coffee shop, at the gym, or walking to work each day. They are a part of our lives even if we don’t know their names. Patti See tells us about the regulars in her life. 

Patti See is a writer in Eau Claire. 

Photo: Doug Sharp

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Fire Hooping

Sarah Sparkles and the “Madison Fire Tribe” love, well… fire.   Sarah also passionately loves hula hooping and has found a visually arresting way to combine the two activities. 

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Wisconsin Life # 201

Meet a collection of people who share their Wisconsin life. Stories include: a Vernon County man who lives off the grid, a group that helps kids with Autism build and fly drones, a look at Madison’s Roller Derby team, northern Wisconsin’s Loon Rangers and a Milwaukee blacksmith.

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Wisconsin in Watercolor

German immigrant Paul Seifert lived a varied and creative life in the Driftless region he called home. He painted vibrant watercolor farmscapes in the 19th century that are highly prized by collectors today. Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Joe Kapler tells us about Seifert, the man and his

An exhibit of Paul Seifert’s work is on view at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison through August 30th.

Image: Wisconsin Historical Images

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UW Boxer

UW-Madison sophomore, Chandler Davis, has successfully petitioned the university to bring back boxing as a club sport, following a 54 year absence of the sport on campus. In 1960, a UW-Madison boxer died following a match and boxing was banned. Chandler already has practices ongoing and expects to have the first matches sometime while he’s still a student here. 

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