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A Wisconsin Record Shop Spins On

Every April, people around the world celebrate Record Store Day. The local record store has long been a gathering place for music lovers. But today, these stores often struggle to survive. Producer Scott Gordon went to check out the record market in one Madison store.

Scott Gordon covers music and the arts in Madison for his website, Arts Extract, and has written for The A.V. Club and Isthmus.

Photo: Matt Becker

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Death of a Mailbox

Winter has not been kind, especially for mailboxes. Writer Nickolas Butler shares the death of his own mailbox.

Nickolas Butler is the author of Shotgun Lovesongs.

Photo: Caffeine Obsessed

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A Croatian Easter in Wisconsin

Eggs have a long history in Easter celebrations around the world. One Wisconsin woman keeps her Croatian heritage alive by creating and teaching others to make beautiful embroidered eggs.

Photo: Erika Janik 

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Trilliums: Jewels of a Wisconsin Spring

Trilliums are the jewels of the forest floor. For Gail Folkins, spotting trilliums in Wisconsin reminded her of growing up in Washington State. The flower’s distinctive three petals made her feel right at home.

Gail Folkins is the author of Texas Dance Halls and teaches at UW-Stevens Point.

Photo: monophysite57-zzz 

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Dartball

Have you ever heard of dartball?  If not, you’re not alone.  That’s because this eclectic mashup of darts and baseball is often tucked away in the more rural parts of the state.  WPR’s Rich Kremer took the drive far outside the city to witness this age old pastime. 

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Wisconsin Monsters

Legendary monsters and spirits live wherever there are people to tell their tales – including Wisconsin. Artist Mike Bass tells us about the Wisconsin folklore that inspires his artwork.

Photo: Mike Bass

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Just a Chicken

Chickens have become common backyard animals in areas urban and rural. Chicken-sitting for neighbors, writer Heidi Hodges considered the relationship between humans and animals.

Heidi Hodges is a photographer and the editor of Door County Magazine.

Photo: Wout 

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Claw Foot Tub

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Responding to an ad for an old tub, writer Nickolas Butler found both a tub and a sense of connection.

Nickolas Butler is the author of the novel Shotgun Lovesongs.  

Photo: Andy Chase 

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Music on Ice

This winter gave us the spectacular ice caves in the Apostle Islands. But ice can do more than just look beautiful. Musician Marlin Ledin rode his bike around the icy surface of Lake Superior, recording the sounds of the ice. 

Photo: Peace Coffee

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Retreat

Certain animals have what some might consider the good fortune of sleeping through winter. But while we may not hibernate, writer Colleen DuVall suggests that we do have the option of another type of withdrawal.

Photo: Rik Panganiban

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Irish Dance in Milwaukee

Irish dance is booming in Milwaukee, where there are seven dance schools and counting. Irish dancers typically keep their arms straight at their sides while their legs quickly leap, kick and shuffle across the floor. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, WPR’s Maureen McCollum attended a recent Irish dance competition, known as a feis, in Oconomowoc to check out Wisconsin’s dancers and teachers.

Photo: Molly McCollum

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Snow Wars

Winter inspires strong feelings. As winter draws to a close – at least on the calendar – writer Jill Sisson Quinn explores why winter defines us. 

Photo: Tegan Wendland

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Wrestling in Wisconsin

This weekend, teams from around the state will compete in the WIAA State Team Wrestling Competition. High school wrestling is a Wisconsin institution, and Kaukauna High School is perennially one of the top-ranked programs. Seth Jovaag spoke to the man in charge about his passion for the sport.

Photo: Paul Stumpf, Jr. and P.S. Portraits

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Ojibwe Winter Games

On a frozen lake in the north woods, one man is working to bring long-lost Native American traditions back to life. Producer Tegan Wendland attended the third annual Ojibwe Winter Games on the Lac du Flambeau Indian reservation. 

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Wisconsin’s Love of Euchre

Wisconsinites have a passion for euchre. While sheepshead and cribbage have their ardent fans in certain parts of the state, euchre seems to cross all of Wisconsin’s geographical and cultural divides. WPR’s Breann Schossow tells us the story of this simple but competitive game. 

Photo: Wikimedia

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