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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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Race Cars Take to the Ice

For some racers, racing cars on pavement is something to do until the lakes freeze over. Ice racing is street racing, iced – complete with the spins, slides, cold, and unpredictability of racing cars on a frozen surface. Danielle Kaeding went to check out the ice racing on Lake Superior. 

Photo: Kally Malcom

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Curling:

Maybe you’ve only heard of curling, or maybe you’ve seen people lunging down long sheets of ice, pushing stones on TV. … or maybe you’ve got a teflon-shoe, and you can feel the difference between throwing ‘tee weight’ and ‘hack weight.’ Continuing our look at games, producer Adam Hirsch went to the Madison Curling Club to find out more.

Photo: Adam Hirsch

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Photos by Adam Hirsch

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Broomball:

Broomball is just like ice hockey, except players wear shoes and use a ball instead of a puck. The game originated in Canada in the early 20th century and eventually made its way to La Crosse where bar-sponsored teams play weekly during the winter. WPR’s Maureen McCollum took to the ice in a rink along the Mississippi River.  

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Ice Bowl:

The Super Bowl this weekend got us thinking about another memorable bowl a little closer to home – the Ice Bowl. Commentator Bill Povletich tells us the story behind this historic game.

Bill Povletich is a documentary filmmaker, television producer, and the author of Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition


Photo: Wisconsin Historical Society

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On Clear Ice from QUEST Wisconsin on Vimeo.

When Wisconsin Public Television graphic designer Jennifer Hadley took her daughter out to skate and watch ice boats racing on Madison's Lake Mendota, she was amazed out how clear the ice was. She put together this video incorporating some amazing images she shot with some commentary from lake expert UW Emeritus Professor John Magnuson.

On Clear Ice

When Wisconsin Public Television graphic designer Jennifer Hadley took her daughter out to skate and watch ice boats racing on Madison’s Lake Mendota, she was amazed out how clear the ice was. She put together this video incorporating some amazing images she shot with some commentary from lake expert UW Emeritus Professor John Magnuson.

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The Island Queen appears. Approaching Bayfield on the Is. Queen I don't look as cold as I was.

Great shots of our ride aboard the Island Queen.

Photos by Finn Ryan.

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Madeline Island Ferry:

Ice is a big part of everyday winter life in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Especially for the hardy commuters who ride the Madeline Island ferry. Producer Todd Witter took a ride on one of the last trips to the island this season and has this story.

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Ice Yachting:

Four lakes and the right winter climate makes Madison, Wisconsin a perfect place for one thing: ice boating. Light, sleek, and terrifyingly fast, the city’s fleet of ice yachts is one of the biggest - and most famous - in the world. Producer Aubrey Ralph went to find out what 70 miles an hour on ice is like.

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Early Wisconsin Settlers:

Those of us who live in the upper Midwest often take a perverse pride in our ability to withstand sub-zero temperatures and epic snowfalls.  Historian Erika Janik says that Wisconsin’s winters have been something to talk about since settlers first started coming here.

Commentator Erika Janik is a historian and author of Odd Wisconsin and A Short History of Wisconsin.

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Image ID: WHI 68451)

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Finnish Saunas:

What could possibly make hundreds, maybe thousands, of Wisconsin residents jump naked into freezing lakes? It’s called a Finnish sauna, and commentator Arnold Alanen says it’s part of our state’s heritage.

Commentator Arnold Alanen is an emeritus professor of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin. He recently wrote the introduction to a new book called "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition."

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Ice Diving:

Our lakes are worlds unto themselves, but when one becomes covered with a roof of ice nearly two feet thick, it takes on an isolation and beauty that few are brave enough to ever see first hand.

Producer Aubrey Ralph followed a group of local divers as they do just that.

For photos, visit http://tinyurl.com/4et5zuk.

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