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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.