Jane Burns


Carolyn Fath

Once a month for three hours, six students who pay $169 get hands-on instruction in how that whole hog becomes their breakfast, lunch or dinner. more



Eric Schirtzinger

Johannes Wallmann releases “Day and Night,” a new album of originals and standards that brings together some of the players the pianist worked with in New York City. more


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Wisconsin is not the only state producing cheese with nomability. Here are out-of-state faves that fill gaps in the Dairy State’s cheese output. more


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The improbable winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing was Art Cullen, editor of “The Storm Lake Times in Iowa. Jane Burns talks to Cullen about the future of independent journalism and the changing face of rural America. more

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Liz Dueland

Pairing cheese with spirits? It’s a thing at Yahara Bay Distillery. more



Matthew Norman

The Dutch held the world record for the largest cheese board, with 3,376 pounds. But that’s child’s play to Wisconsinites, who easily set a new record. more

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Jazz isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you say Wisconsin. But Ripon College music professor Kurt Dietrich had no trouble finding stories to tell in his hefty volume, “Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland.” more



Mary Langenfeld

The Spark! program is modeled after Meet Me at MoMA, a monthly program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to engage individuals with dementia and their care partners through art. more



Jane Burns

A French sheep’s milk cheese gets top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace. But Wisconsin makes a strong showing. more

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What does it take to judge the world’s best cheeses at the World Championship Cheese Contest? Isthmus talks to some of the “Red Hats.” more


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Cold pack cheese is as real as curds or aged cheddars. This Wisco hit just keeps on getting better with more cheesemakers coming up with special spreadables. more



Jane Burns

Cheese Underground founder Jeanne Carpenter and her husband are taking over Oregon’s Firefly Coffeehouse. Guess what they’re adding to the menu? more

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David Stluka

Wisconsin Cheese Camp is the place to learn all about artisanal cheese. Jane Burns talks to organizer and cheese geek Jeanne Carpenter. more



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Paoli jeweler John/Christine Designs finds the good luck amid the bad. John Strobel runs a gallery with wife Christine, does the art fair circuit and custom-designs pieces. more


The UW can’t fix the Field House fast enough for volleyball fans. Tickets for sold-out games are a hot commodity. more

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Mary Langenfeld

While Friday nights are full of crowded bleachers and marching bands, more subdued scenes unfold on Saturday mornings when yawning teenagers board a bus to a volleyball tournament, cross-country invitational, soccer game or swim meet for the day. more



Keith Borden

Johannes Wallmann, UW’s director of jazz studies, is soon to release a new album with rapper Rob Dz. It’s political and personal, inspired by the court fight to legalize gay marriage. more


Isthmus talks to Mike Peters, frontman for ‘80s icons The Alarm, about surviving cancer and how the band’s early anthems provide a soundtrack for his life. The band is at the Barrymore on Aug. 30, for the first time ever. more


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Jane Burns

Diana Murphy’s cow, Nelle, is the sole producer of a cheese called Arthur. Murphy, an experienced goat cheese maker, likes the farmstead aspect of one cow, one cheese. more



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On country roads throughout Dane County and beyond, corn stands that work on the honor system dot the landscape. Piles of sweet corn sit alone, kept company by a lockbox and, every once in a while, a kid whose family runs the pop-up business for a li more

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    Jane Burns

    Sylvain Diedrichs, a representative of Savencia Cheese USA, hoists the Best in Show ribbon during the finals of the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace.

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    Firefly Coffeehouse founder Erika Weidler, left, with new owner Jeanne Carpenter.

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    John and Christine Strobel.

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    Amy and John Whitehead of Cross Plains buy corn at the Statz family self-serve stand.

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    Jane Burns

    The Grand Fromage Board at Field Table is seasonal, from its cheeses to accompaniments like strawberries.