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Michael Popke

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Michael Popke

In the middle of a major city are 1,200 acres of natural living history, including effigy mounds, tallgrass prairies, savannas, wetlands and several forest types. One Dane County resident had never visited. more

Snapshot

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Madison Squash Workshop

Squash remains an outlier sport in Madison and much of the Midwest. The Madison Open squash tournament aims to raise the sport’s profile. more

Sports

In a new book that has been adapted for the big screen, volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan tells the true story of the team that goes on to win a state championship while grieving the loss of a teammate. more

SCREENS

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Scott Paulus\Milwaukee Brewers

Can Milwaukee Brewers’ fans get their hopes up? After all, the team took off early last year, too, before crashing. more

Sports

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Ridgewood Pool

A keystone of the Meadowood neighborhood and the swimming community needs an upgrade. Ridgewood Pool needs $4.2 million for the renovation. more

Sports

Oregon’s Distant Cuzins releases a delicious new album, “Need a Light?” The musicians play with a youthful abandon while also demonstrating that they are ready for the big time. more

MUSIC

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Edgewood College Athletic Commun

Edgewood College women’s basketball starts its comeback. Coach Chaia Huff is a big part of that. more

Sports

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David Stluka/UW Athletics

Injuries, inexperience end the UW men’s basketball season early. Can UW return to its status as a premier team? more

Sports

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NBAE/Getty Images

Barring a late-season collapse, the Bucks likely will secure a lower-level seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. That would be a noteworthy accomplishment, considering the drama this team has endured. more

Sports

The Swedish band Sabaton find satisfaction by combining adrenaline-powered heavy metal with military history lessons. They invade the Orpheum Feb. 24. more

MUSIC

A new book gives context to the tradition of activist athletes. In We Matter: Athletes and Activism, former NBA player and social justice advocate Etan Thomas covers everything from police brutality to Donald Trump’s presidency. more

Sports

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Abigail Carlin

Madison ER doc Tom Miller pens an acclaimed debut novel, “The Philosopher’s Flight.” more

Books

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Tom Blau

Futsal is a variation of soccer, played indoors, on a hard surface. Four teams, two each from the Madison 56ers and Madison Futsal Forge (Midwest regional champions) are heading to Kansas to compete in the largest youth futsal tournament in the U.S. more

Sports

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Feld Entertainment

Mid-winter action arrives at the Alliant Energy Center with AMSOIL Arenacross, at the tour’s only Midwest stop. It’s real dirt and they go real fast. more

Sports

Madison is sending more than curlers to the Olympics more

Sports

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Steve Jurkovic

Madison’s renowned women’s roller derby league — featuring a recreational team, four competitive squads and the all-star Dairyland Dolls — will slam into its 14th season with a triple header on Jan. 13 at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum. more

Sports

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Ben VanHouten/Seattle Mariners

The Brewers take a chance re-hiring the veteran starting pitcher. But it’s no surprise; the team has a history of bringing players back into the fold. more

Sports

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Kirsten Schmitt/Milwaukee Brewer

Local athletes provided many reasons for optimism in a tumultuous year in sports. From UW basketball to a La Follette wheelchair track and field star, we recap it all for you. more

Sports

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Todd Hubler

The WIAA was for the establishment of a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball...before they voted against it. The WIAA board rescinded its decision before the rule ever took effect. more

Sports

From Indian Mounds to lumberjacks to the Great Lakes, 2017 was a great year for Wisconsin authors and publishers. more

Books