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Judith Davidoff

Why haul beer on foot to that tailgate when you can pack it into a custom-made “Kooler Kart” and enjoy the ride? That was the thought bubble of engineer Adam Jablonski. more

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How do you tag a butterfly without killing it? “They are tougher than you think,” says Mark Martin, a volunteer with the Madison Audubon Society. more

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Chris Lotten

Madison’s new concert venue, The Sylvee, is finally open. Aaron Conklin wanders the crowd to see what the fuss is all about. 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. more

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Matthew Norman

Believed to be the most archaeologically rich campus in the nation, UW-Madison is built atop ancient Native American villages and burial sites that date back 12,000 years. A cultural landscape tour brings this history alive for new generations. more

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Dylan Brogan

City officials and downtown businesses have been lamenting about criminal behavior at the top of State Street for years. Staff writer Dylan Brogan hung out on the prominent corner Saturday night to see what all the fuss was about. more

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Without any native predators, invasive plants often explode, choking out local ecosystems. That’s why volunteers are scouring Black Earth Creek, a popular trout fishing site, for the pesky plants. more

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Breanne Cyr

Five rhesus macaques — who spent years being experimented on — have now found sanctuary at Primates Inc., a new retirement facility in Marquette County. Here, they get to do what they want. more

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Benjamin Zastrow

The backside of the East Side Shopping Center undergoes a dramatic transformation, from somewhat sketchy to bright and welcoming. The opening ceremony of “Mural Alley” is a vibrant celebration of one of Madison’s underserved communities. more

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Eric Tadsen

According to some, we’re living in the golden age of drag. Pop culture phenomenons like RuPaul’s Drag Race have made the art form more popular — and more visible — than ever. You already know the queens. It’s time to meet the kings. 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. more

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Thomas DeVillers

Wisconsin isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when people talk about wine country. But local vinters have been working hard to change that perception. more

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Beth Skogen

Every Sunday morning, the coffee and conversation are free at the Jenifer Street Market. Not everybody pauses to chat, but those who do become part of the market’s family. more

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Dylan Brogan

Lots of groans and guffaws at Pundamonium. Isthmus sent staff writer Dylan Brogan to wit-ness the monthly pun contest at the High Noon Saloon. 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. more

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Dylan Brogan

Universal Soul Explosion on WORT 89.9 FM was the first show to broadcast hip-hop in Madison. For decades, it’s also helped prison inmates stay close to home. more

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Lauren Justice Lauren Justice for Isthmus

For six decades, the Ben Franklin store in Monona was the place to go for arts and crafts supplies, custom framing and friendly service. When the store closes at the end of the month, a new tenant is moving in. more

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Michael Sullivan

Eight months ago, a group of LGBTQ creatives came together and created a collaborative art and event space on the city’s east side. Now the members are dispersing, but a new generation hopes to keep the spirit of the space alive. 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. more

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Tsela Barr

On “Nakba Day,” Madison protesters demonstrate against moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and ongoing bloodshed in Gaza. more

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