Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people. Our award-winning producers travel Wisconsin to introduce you to the people who uniquely contribute to and shape what it means to live in or be from Wisconsin.

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      Luke Skywalker’s Milwaukee Connections


      You might have heard that a little movie called Star Wars opens this week. The Last Jedi is the latest in the series and it got journalist Meg Jones thinking about Luke Skywalker and his connection to a Milwaukee Civil War hero.


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      Leopold's Advice On Winter Birds


      Conservationist Aldo Leopold gave a series of talks in the 1930s on WHA. Unfortunately, we don’t have the recordings but we do have the transcripts. UW professor emeritus Stan Temple shares one of Leopold’s talks from December 1933 on the importance of winter bird feeding.


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      Woodworking Elves


      On a sunny day along the Mississippi River in Onalaska this past fall, a group of guys got together to make wooden toys. They call themselves woodworking elves and for nearly two decades, they’ve made about fifty toys a year to hand out to kids around the holidays. The project was founded by UW-La Crosse biology professor Scott Cooper and UW-La Crosse radiation safety officer Kurt...


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      Wisconsin Man Behind The Lines At Verdun


      One hundred years ago, Wisconsin went to war. We’re exploring stories of the Wisconsin men and women who served in World War I. Today, a letter from Bill Rice, read by Kristian Knutsen, a first year law student who served in the ambulance service before America even entered the war.  He wrote this letter during the battle of Verdun, the longest and largest battle of the war.


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      To Green Bay The Long Way


      Although we complain about traffic and other driving headaches, we have to admit that getting around today is much easier than it was in the 19th century. Historian John Gurda tells us about the often grueling journeys undertaken by our ancestors to get around the state.


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      Omer And Mary


      Some people leave school and never look back. Others just can’t stay away. College student Elise Schimke noticed an older couple auditing one of her classes… and decided to find out more about them.


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      A Buck In The Balsams


       Snow was gently falling as I moved through the dark woods towards the treestand on a ridge near the edge of an expansive spruce bog. The excitement of the impending hunt wasn’t the only reason I could feel my heart racing.  Walking alone conjures up childhood visions of creatures of the night on the prowl, though many may not admit it.  A pack of coyotes broke the...


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      Abundance: A New Life And Purpose In The Garden


      With Thanksgiving this week, many of us will be gathering with friends and family for a big feast. But not everyone is so fortunate. Jacqui Sakowski tells us how her move to Wisconsin moved her to start gardening and to share her good fortune with her community.


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      A Wisconsin Deer Camp


      The hunting fire can be lit in any number of ways. For Bryon Thompson, it was the year he was finally old enough for deer camp in the home of the woman known as Grandma Irene.


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       2017-11-17

      Grandma's Got A New Man


      It can be a little disconcerting when a grandparent who lost a spouse starts dating. Such was the case for Shannon Cummins and her grandmother. That’s one part of the story. The other is this - Shannon wrote this story in college, more than a decade ago. Her mom found it recently and Shannon decided to share it with us.


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       2017-11-15