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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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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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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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Scenes from the Ojibwe Winter Games at Lac du Flambeau.

Photos: Colin Connors

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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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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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Photos of the Lake Superior Ice Caves

Copyright: Rich Kremer/WPR

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A Cold Winter Brings Spectacular Ice to Lake Superior

While many may look at this winter’s extreme cold with disgust, it’s being praised by thousands traveling to northern Wisconsin.  That’s because a rare natural phenomenon has taken shape along the red sandstone cliffs of Lake Superior’s south shore.  WPR’s Rich Kremer went to see the spectacular ice caves, accessible for the first time in five years thanks to the cold.   

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Trout Christmas

Many of us have particular rituals that make Christmas feel complete. Justin Isherwood’s farm family marked the day with a trip to the trout stream.

Justin Isherwood is a farmer in Central Wisconsin. 

Photo: Eric Fink

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The Highs and Lows of Winter

Winter officially starts next week. It’s a season that invites strong feelings among Wisconsinites. Writer Christi Clancy tells us how she deals with this time of year. 

Christi Clancy teaches English at Beloit College. 

Photo: Jennifer Tomaloff

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Cottage Rituals

Fall is filled with rituals, both celebratory like a holiday and wistful as we prepare for the winter. Writer Christi Clancy has an annual ritual around her cabin.

Chrisi Clancy is a writer and professor of English at Beloit College

Photo: Dawn Tefft

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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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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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Ski Jump Competition

Every year, ski jumpers from around the world gather in Westby for the annual Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament. Last weekend marked the event’s 90th anniversary. WPR producer Maureen McCollum braved the cold to see the skiers in action.

Photo by Maureen McCollum

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