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Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Dynamic Developer -- Ellen Barnard, FEED Kitchens

"It would be easier to list what parts of the project I haven't been a part of," Ellen Barnard confesses of her involvement with the new FEED Kitchens, to open Nov. 1 adjacent to the Northgate Shopping Center. Barnard, 52, is credited with galvanizing the much-anticipated kitchen incubator, created along with the Northside Planning Council, of which she was a member. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Dane and Beyond -- Michael Fenchel, 100State

Some people collect records, others tattoos. Michael Fenchel collects ideas. As the executive director of 100State, a downtown coworking space and startup springboard, he's discovered that brainstorming is the love of his professional life. Fenchel, 26, is convinced this process leads to partnerships and innovation, two things Madison's business community needs to thrive. And brainstorming with thinkers from different industries can help people transcend the conventions of their field. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Bridge Builder -- Howard Mandeville, Movin' Out

Howard Mandeville says that people with disabilities only want a chance at "an ordinary life." Movin' Out, the organization he's led since 2005, helps them do just that, by obtaining housing that's integrated into the community. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Hometown Artist -- Meghan Blake-Horst, Absolutely Art

Absolutely Art doesn't just show and sell art; it embodies the spirit of Madison's visual-art community. The east-side gallery represents about 200 artists from the area, finding homes for their paintings, photos, mosaics, ceramics and other types of work. These pieces are chosen by owner Meghan Blake-Horst, who opened the space in 2005. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Hunting ghosts in Madison

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga reports on the search for and stories about the supernatural in Madison in the October 25 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 24 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Ghost hunters! Searching for the paranormal right here in Madison

Everyone loves a good ghost story around Halloween. For some, a night of horror movies or a trip to a "haunted" corn maze isn't enough. Local groups like Mad City Paranormal Investigations devote countless nights and weekends to hunting ghosts. For the tour guides of Madison Ghost Walks, a love of spooky stories has turned into a growing business. Both groups are looking for something deeper and more personal than just a spooky thrill. >More
 When disaster strikes, Madison Preppers will be ready

At his Town of Bristol home, Curt LaHaise has a T-shirt that says it all: "WTSHTF, ITEOTWAWKI." "When I wear it sometimes, people are like, 'What the hell?" LaHaise is a "prepper," and his shirt's cryptic message is an acronym familiar to people like him preparing for major catastrophes of any kind. It means "When The Shit Hits The Fan, It's The End Of The World As We Know It." >More
 Morrison Street residents make a unique connection in quarterly gatherings

A storm looms over Lake Monona on a Sunday evening in early June, but votive candles cast a comforting glow in the walkout basement of Dave Mollenhoff's lakeshore home. A jazz number called "Mellow Guitar" keeps the mood low-key as neighbors filter in for their quarterly social gathering. Soon the basement is filled with conversation. >More
 The fearless Chris Taylor: Madison's state rep has quickly made a big impression

Chris Taylor had never planned on running for office. She loved her job as public policy director with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. And she had a new baby and a four-year-old at home. Getting into electoral politics was the last thing on her mind. Then Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state Legislature "dropped the bomb," stripping collective bargaining rights for most state workers and public school teachers. >More
 #MeetMadison Live!

Who are the people of this city? #MeetMadison introduces you to some of them, via short stories, audio interviews, video clips, and now, social media. >More
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