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They're biting! A guide to fishing in Madison's bountiful lakes

Kurt Welke believes strongly in a certain kind of eating local. "I have been catching bluegills for the table lately, and I will tell you it gets no better," he says. "These are a true gift of spring, like roadside asparagus or morels or wild blackberries." >More
 Scenes from the 2013 Crazylegs Classic (slideshow)

About 17,000 runners, walkers and wheelers raced through downtown Madison and the UW-Madison campus Saturday in the Crazylegs Classic, raising money for UW athletics in what Runner's World magazine has called one of the country's top 100 running events. >More
 A more beautiful Southwest Bike Path

Across Madison, residents have stepped forward to help beautify our network of bike paths. On the near west side, that's led the Regent and Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhoods to create a unique partnership. Their nexus is the Southwest Bike Path, where residents and organizations have come together to beautify their shared South Prospect Avenue crossing. It started modestly in 2000, as an experiment in "guerrilla gardening." >More
 Tips for a spring hike on the Ice Age Trail

If you've ever hiked in spring in Wisconsin, you know what it is to slip, slide and fall into icy mud. But taking steps to ensure a good time hiking in the spring can be as easy as planning when to go. >More
 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
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