Liz Merfeld


Mary Langenfeld

The Sewing Machine Project stitches up clothes and lives. From teaching sewing skills to offering free mending clinics, they’re making the world a better place one stitch at a time. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

Sun Prairie and Elver Park host new farmers’ markets. Both target convenience in underserved areas. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Joe Anderson

As Madison’s building boom continues, more and more buildings are being erected with a prominent amount of glass. Traditionally, glass reflections have been deadly to birds. But science is finding new ways to help avians avoid them. more

Apr 28, 2016 5:00 AM News

Climate change is already shifting and shrinking the terrain suitable for many birds to live and breed, UW-Madison researchers have discovered. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM News


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​The UW-Madison’s Biotron contains simulated environments of every climate on Earth except Antarctica. These “field stations” have helped astronauts grow food in space. more

Mar 2, 2016 3:43 PM News

As the nation continues to lose wilderness area, a national project seeks to identify every state’s remotest locale. Liz Merfeld went looking for Dane County’s distant spot, but found it just a little too crowded. more

Nov 24, 2015 1:30 AM News


Jeff Miller

When coyotes move into an area, they typically force out (or kill off) the foxes living there. But in Madison, the two canid species appear to be coexisting. UW researchers want to know how. more

Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM News

Madison’s Paradrop is trying to revolutionize how people interact with the Internet. But it’s gotten more support in Tennessee than in Wisconsin. more

Sep 25, 2015 7:55 AM News

Now in its sixth year, Madison’s Forward Festival offers a special focus this year on “parentpreneurs” — those who do double-duty by raising young families and newborn businesses. more

Aug 19, 2015 2:29 PM News


Alexei Vella

​Low-power FM community radio is growing in popularity, but technical and regulatory hurdles remain. Wisconsin’s Phantom Machine Works helps communities establish new radio outlets. more

Jul 17, 2015 8:00 AM News

Whether you prefer the term "nerd" or "lifelong learner," Madison has something to offer curious minds nearly every day of the week. Here are a few events to get you started, all open to the public. more

Sep 11, 2014 2:00 PM News

Computer programmers and engineers, meet foodies and hopeful music-industry innovators. No longer limited to high-tech or biotech topics, this year's Forward Festival, taking place Aug. 21-28 in and around Madison, has evolved to make room for the gr more

Aug 14, 2014 2:00 PM News

Maybe you've spotted it in your daily news feed in the last few weeks. Net neutrality " the idea that the Internet should remain an open, democratic, free-market medium for all people, regardless of how much they pay " is getting mainstream attention more

May 15, 2014 2:00 PM News


Liz Merfeld

Madison College and the Literacy Network team up to help a wide range of students with ESL. more

Feb 27, 2014 3:00 PM News


Liz Merfeld

It has everything to do with more open space and natural light, and not a thing to do with abandoning StartingBlock Madison, the proposed coworking space for startups. Gener8tor co-founder Troy Vosseller clarified this right away, discussing the busi more

Jan 30, 2014 3:00 PM News

The city of Madison is recruiting applicants for a new Digital Technology Committee, tasked with advising Mayor Paul Soglin and the Common Council on ways to make high-speed Internet more accessible to residents and businesses, with a focus on low-in more

Nov 27, 2013 3:00 PM News

For most of us, smartphones make life more convenient and fun. We route trips, game, buy things and share ideas on the go. But for blind users, smartphones can be survival tools. An app or web page that's not accessible is more than an annoyance " it more

Sep 26, 2013 2:00 PM News

The group golf outing: the networking habitué's summertime habitat. A chance to swing clubs, sip cocktails, bolster professional ties and maybe even fundraise. Madison Magnet is one community organization that hosts "an afternoon of golf, networking more

Aug 29, 2013 2:00 PM News

If a paperback on your summer reading list was published anonymously, you'd probably notice. But if this article lacked a byline, or tonight's episode of "Wilfred" didn't credit a writer, you might not bat an eyelash. Mark Vareschi, assistant professor of English at UW-Madison, wants to know why, and also how anonymous publication affects the way we interpret published or performed works. To help him get closer to the answers, he turned to computers. more

Jul 25, 2013 2:00 PM News

Last May, the girls next door found a baby bunny hopping near their tomato garden, scooped her up and placed her in a box in their garage. "What should we do with her?" they asked me, the neighborhood's token animal rescuer. more

Jun 13, 2013 2:00 PM News

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    Liz Merfeld

    Elver Park offers easy access to produce and accepts SNAP/EBT.

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    Liz Merfeld

    Dante Graham of Bur Oak Gardens