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Erica Krug

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Hillary Schave

Opera for the Young has been taking one of the stuffiest music genres into schools since 1970. The organization doesn’t just perform the art, it makes the kids part of the show. Read more

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Amy Stocklein

Hanah Jon Taylor never liked how music is taught more like science than the language it really is. So every Saturday, he turns his Cafe Coda jazz club into a classroom. Read more

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Madison designer Hailee Von Haden has a creative way of extending the viability of clothes. Her embroidery skills join her concern over fashion waste. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Several local amateur boxers are heading to the Golden Gloves tournament later this month in Middleton. They hope to qualify for the national tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Read more

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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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    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

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    Erica Krug

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam: “We need hope.”