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Erica Krug

Laura Strimpel’s North Paw boarding and daycare facility specializes in smaller dogs, so they won’t feel threatened or overwhelmed. There’s another small pet welcome, too … cats. Read more

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Michael Sullivan

When it comes to throwing a winter festival, Yuriy Gusev doesn’t like to rely on Mother Nature to bring the snow. So the winter sports booster lends a hand by making lots of artificial snow — even when there’s a snowstorm in the forecast. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Many women on the Madison Meteorites hockey team come to the games with toddlers and partners in tow. Hockey is in their blood. Read more

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Lauren Justice

UW-Madison created the country’s first art glass lab in 1961. Inside where the furnace burns a fiery 2,250-degrees Fahrenheit, “assume any metal surface could be hot.” Read more

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At the Rock Steady Boxing class in Fitchburg, people with Parkinson’s-like illnesses are treated as athletes, not patients. Read more

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Beth Skogen

A three-woman pop-up holiday shop covers the bases from plants to U.S. apparel to knitting fun. The Good Day Collective is on the Square through the holidays. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Planning the Monroe Street reconstruction meant paying attention to public art. By next spring, the street will have poetry in the sidewalks, mosaics by Marcia Yapp and sculptures by Harry Whitehorse and William Turnbull. Read more

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Erica Krug

Architectural salvage, reclaimed lumber, used building materials and a treasure trove of memorabilia from Oscar Mayer. It’s all at Walsh Road’s DeConstruction Inc. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Thanks to volunteers and a electric/pedal bike called a “trishaw,” seniors can still enjoy the thrill of a spin around the neighborhood. Read more

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Latasia Dhami

34-year-old Mimosa Books finds a new home on State Street. The new space features the store’s hallmark resources for alternative spiritual paths. And now: more plants. Read more

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Amy Stocklein

Barbie Strong suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s. But her family and friends have ensured that 79-year-old woman’s twilight years are filled with love and activity — including brunch every Saturday at Mickey’s Tavern. Read more

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Dave Rogers

Dave’s Guitar Shop is a legend in La Crosse. Now the shop has opened its third location in Fitchburg. Read more

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Beth Skogen

Wondering what to do with the kids on the lazy, hazy days of summer? Check out the free outdoor arts programs that travel to parks, beaches and playgrounds. Read more

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Dr. Carrie Donahue, owner of Full Circle Holistic Veterinary Care on Monroe Street, integrates Western and Eastern care. The clinic also sells a variety of holistic pet care products. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Today’s children have a life expectancy almost five years shorter than their parents. Tri 4 Schools, a program founded in 2011, aims to get children more active and healthy with events like a triathlons. Read more

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AMY STOCKLEIN

Starting May 7, 85 Bucky Badger statues — each uniquely decorated — will be displayed around Madison. One of them incorporates signatures from 4,511 community members. Read more

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Briana Raday never expected to be at the helm of a baby shoe business. But now she’s sold more than 800 pairs. Read more

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Brett Stepanik

The Blackhawk Ski Club was founded by ski jumpers in 1947. Every winter, it’s a breeding ground for Olympic hopefuls — including many young girls who until recently weren’t allowed to ski jump in Olympic Games. Read more

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Laura Zastrow

Ten teams are designing and making clothing out of paper for this year’s READ(y) to Wear competition to benefit the Madison Reading Project. Tim Gunn would be proud. Read more

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Jamie Forrest

1 OAK is a passion project for vintage bike restorer Eric Maves. The Trek employee opened the shop in the cycling hub of Paoli to share his love of vintage bikes. Read more

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    Erica Krug

    Mark Raszewski rescues unclaimed materials from businesses when they close or renovate. Nearly all of the items he sells are from Dane County.

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    Erica Krug

    Laila Borokhim, Jason Kierce and Gill Altschul were three chefs who were "chopped" before the evening's end.

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    Erica Krug

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam: “We need hope.”