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Nice day for a ride! Madison Winter Bike to Work Week turns two

Call them crazy or the rest of us lazy -- many bike in winter and love it. To encourage you to try it, too, the city's second annual Winter Bike to Work Week will be held Monday through Friday, Feb. 11-15. It's sponsored by Madison Bike Winter<, a loose-knit group of enthusiasts. >More
 Snow or no snow: Making do at state parks in the new Wisconsin winter

With lakes freezing a month later than usual and spotty January snow cover from Beloit to Bayfield, Wisconsin winter sports fans could well shake their Manhattan glasses at the weather gods and retire to the couch for a long winter's sulk. Or not. >More
 Freeze for Food run and walk benefits a nonviolent community in Colombia

The 32nd annual Freeze for Food run and walk will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Vilas Park ice rink shelter. This year, the event will raise money for the residents of San José de Apartadó in Colombia. The residents there have responded to their country's violence by declaring themselves a nonviolent community and banning any guns, says Jack Laun, who helped plan the event. >More
 The ice rinks cometh: Skating is more than the sum of its parts

Some of us watch the lakes all summer for sunsets. Others watch the lakes all winter for ice. We love skating. For one thing, it instantly makes me three inches taller. For another, it's the only time I truly feel graceful. The rest of the year I might trip on curbs or knock my head on cabinet doors, but when there's ice, I'm doing ballet. In my head, at least. >More
 A new breed of Wisconsin deer hunters focus on sustainability

There was a time not so long ago when a young woman like Kelly Maynard would participate in the annual protest of the deer hunt on Madison's Capitol Square. For a decade or more on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which is the opening of the nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin, protestors would tie pillows wrapped in blaze orange jackets and pants onto their bumpers and parade around the Square. >More
 Passing the buck: Wisconsin is doing little to stop chronic wasting disease

On the eve of Wisconsin's annual gun deer hunt, so rich in tradition and so important to our self-definition and economy, a disease that threatens that institution quietly spreads like an oil slick. And we are doing nothing about it. Chronic wasting disease was first found in Wisconsin deer just west of Madison a decade ago. Today, according to Department of Natural Resources wildlife experts, the disease infects 20% of adult bucks at its epicenter in Iowa County, and it is moving out from there at the rate of about two miles per year. >More
 Madison alders question parks plan to take over golf pro shops

The Madison parks division is pushing a plan to take over administration of the clubhouses at the city's four public golf courses. But it's not proving to be an easy sell. Three parks representatives presented a briefing on the proposal Tuesday night for members of the Common Council. >More
 Look up to the skies and see: Top birdwatching spots in southern Wisconsin

American birdwatchers are an intrepid lot. Whether on a spring journey to the Platte River for sandhill cranes or an early fall trip to the Atlantic Tidewater to watch shorebirds, they seem forever on the move between breeding and wintering grounds of their favorite species. Thanks to Wisconsin's location on Great Lakes and Mississippi River migration paths, however, Badger State birders can have fun close to home. >More
 UW Lifesaving Station quietly rescues boaters and swimmers

Nestled on the southeast shores of Lake Mendota next to James Madison Park is the UW Lifesaving Station -- a concrete structure resembling a fortress. In many ways, the Lifesaving Station operates as a fire station does, except that its purpose is to provide lake rescue services. Four limited-term employees (LTEs) are on call 10 hours a day, seven days a week, April to October. >More
 Prepping for a mud run

Tip #1: Wear clothes you don't mind getting caked in mud. Tip #2: Dig out an old pair of running shoes. Tip #3: Strap them on tight with a few turns of duct tape. Now you're ready to tackle one of the many mud runs or obstacle races coming to the greater Madison area. >More
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