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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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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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Pushing the Envelope:

Nothing quite compares to the feeling of sun and wind in your face as you travel Wisconsin by motorcycle. Writer Ron Davis can barely wait for winter to be over to get back on his bike.

Ron Davis teaches English at UW-Stevens Point.

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Deep End:

Winter often means weekends spent indoors searching for entertainment and escape. Writer David McGlynn reflects on his Sunday afternoons with his sons at the local pool.

David McGlynn is the author of The End of the Straight and Narrow and A Door in the Ocean. He teaches at Lawrence University. 

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Grace of Snow:

Snow in the forecast is unwelcome news to some, but for others – reason to celebrate. School kids look forward to snow. And so does commentator Justin Isherwood.

Justin Isherwood is a 5th-generation farmer and an award-winning writer. His most recent book is called Pulse: A Farmer’s Take on the Universe. He lives in Plover.

Photo by JJSchad.

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The Dog Sled:

The idea of dog sledding probably brings to mind Alaska or the Yukon. But Andrea Thalasinos became a musher in Wisconsin. She tells us how she fell in love with Siberian huskies and recreational dog sledding.

Andrea Thalasinos is the author of the novel An Echo Through the Snow. More on Andrea, her work, and certainly her dogs here.

Photo by Pierre-Alexandre Garneau.

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Christmas Lights:

December is here and the countdown to the holidays has begun. Festive decorations and strings of lights are going up all over. Today, writer Dean Bakopoulos tells us about the holiday decorating advice he once gave a friend.

Dean Bakopoulos is a novelist and creative writing professor at Grinnell College. His most recent novel is called My American Unhappiness.

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Farewell Winter:

Don’t let this weekend’s snow flurries fool you. Winter is finally beginning to release its grip on Wisconsin. Today, producer Teresa Shipley says goodbye to winter with a visit to one of the season’s last candlelight ski and snowshoe events.

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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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