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Kattia Jimenez

Wisconsin was once a leader in hemp production. Now that growing hemp is legal again, many farmers are trying to relearn what their grandparents knew well. The learning curve is steep. Read more

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Hillary Schave

Catherine Capellaro talks to Overture’s new president and CEO, Sandra Gajic, about her journey from her childhood in Yugoslavia to Madison, by way of Canada. It’s an immigrant’s tale, and a love story about the performing arts. Read more

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Joe Rocco

Five challengers say it’s time for new leadership in Madison — in other words, it’s time for Mayor Paul Soglin to go. But the city’s veteran mayor says his opponents overlook progress made during his last two terms and he’s “not done yet.” Read more

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Shaysa Sidebottom

Legal protections for transgender people is the next step in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Wisconsin’s antidiscrimination law still doesn’t cover gender identity. Advocates are optimistic about progress, but the Trump administration is an obstacle. Read more

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African Americans started putting down roots in Madison in the 1800s. A new collection of oral histories from the descendants of these pioneers capture what life was like for these early settlers. Read more

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James Gill

New Glarus Brewery is celebrating 25 years in business. Though it sells only within Wisconsin, it’s the state’s largest craft brewery and the 16th largest craft brewery in the country. Read more

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James Heimer

Madison is trying to end homelessness with a Housing First strategy. But is the company it selected to oversee its new developments the best fit? Read more

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Matthew Laznicka

If humans are going to explore deep space, they need to figure out how to grow food there. UW-Madison’s Simon Gilroy is doing ground-breaking research in gardening in space. Read more

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Jim Mayfield

UW-Madison’s WARF was founded in 1925 to help bring ground breaking research to the market. But it’s fallen behind the times and desperately needs to change. Erik Iverson has a plan. Read more

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Madison’s videogame development scene continues to flourish, with heavy hitters and studios popping up all over the place. Here’s Aaron R. Conklin’s guide to the players, from A to Z. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Just about everyone seems to agree that Lake Mendota needs to be lowered in order to prevent Madison’s flooding risk. Everyone, that is, except lake experts who say it won’t solve our problems. Fortunately, there are other solutions. Read more

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This week, when we are giving thanks to all that we're grateful for, we give a big shoutout to our loyal, four-legged friends who give and give and give. Read more

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Masarah Van Eyck

It’s never too late to train your old pup. The key is to build on already learned skills. Read more

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As part of our dog issue — on newsstands now — we hounded staff writer Dylan Brogan for a few Wisconsin-themed dog jokes. He Whippet-up some good pooch puns, too. Fur real. Read more

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Making homemade dog treats is fun, every so often. These feature wholesome ingredients for your canine companion — who will (let’s face it) eat moldy sweet potatoes out of the compost bin. Read more

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Who knew pet registration forms could be so interesting? Take a deep dive into Madison’s dog demographic data. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Compared to other cities, Madison is an outlier when it comes to banning dogs from parks. But the city’s parks system is becoming more dog-friendly — albeit slowly. Read more

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Our people work at Isthmus. Some of us have fancy names, and others are in Madison’s “mutt majority.” But one thing’s for sure: We are good dogs! Read more

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Jason Nolen

You already know Cats of Madison, the beloved Instagram account that documents the city’s fine feline residents. But did you know there’s a dog version? Read more

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Catherine Capellaro talks to Aaron Backer, executive director of Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs and his “demo dog,” Ian, about the importance of service dogs and the distinction between service and emotional support animals. Read more

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