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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
 Photos from Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2012 (slideshow)

As it turns out, there's a lot to look at when hundreds of paddlers take to the lakes and streets of downtown Madison on a Saturday morning. Here are some of them. >More
 Oompa Loompas and fishnet stockings: Sights and sounds from the 2012 Isthmus Paddle & Portage race (video)

It was hard to ignore the hundreds of canoe paddlers (and their fans) who took over downtown Madison for Paddle & Portage. We caught up with some of the teams that stood out from the crowd in one of the city's most unique events. >More
 Photos and tweets from Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2012

Hundreds of canoes conquered Lakes Mendota and Monona -- along with a decent chunk of downtown Madison -- Saturday. A lot of landlubbers crossed their paths and shared the experience on social media. >More
 Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2012 results

361 vessels managed to navigate Lakes Mendota and Monona Saturday, not to mention the treacherous mile-long portage across downtown Madison's isthmus in between. Here's how they finished. >More
 Paddle & Portage is a singular water and hill competition

It's almost time for one of the Mad City's maddest scenes. The 33rd annual Paddle & Portage will be held Saturday, July 21. "It is unique and very much fun," says Susan Schmitz, president of Downtown Madison Inc., which founded the event. "It takes place on probably the busiest Saturday of the year -- it's during Maxwell Street Days and a Farmers' Market," she says >More
 The masters of bass: Competitive anglers can have their fish, they just can't eat them too

There's a longstanding, anonymous saying about angling: "Catch-and-release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time." Wisconsin's competitive fishermen can surely relate. Since most tournaments are catch-and-release, anglers aren't reeling in their lunch or dinner out on the lakes. So is it for the money? >More
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