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UW prof Eric Sandgren celebrates Freakfest in elaborate costumes

Eric Sandgren is wearing a Band-Aid two inches above his left eyebrow. The associate professor at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine notes that he's been banging his head on things since he was 3 years old. This time, it was a dresser. >More
 Leave your GPS at home

Lost in her own corn maze. It does happen, Angie Treinen allows. It happened last year, when she went in search of a school group. She was carrying a flag on a long pole taller than the corn itself. Her husband, Alan, was up on the tower overlooking the 15-acre maze, directing her toward the school group's flag. >More
 Goodman Community Center takes a bow

Becky Steinhoff has the appearance of someone who has had all her wishes granted. The executive director of the new Goodman Community Center looks exhilarated by their manifestation, but also a bit stunned by the reality of dreams come true. >More
 Souvenir keeps on truckin'

This poster from one of Paul Soglin's early mayoral campaigns came to light over the weekend. I was sorting through a bunch of old stuff, clearing some of it out to make way for new stuff that will, itself, become old stuff someday. >More
 It came from Turville Bay

Jim Leverance turns the key in the ignition. The engine grumbles. He backs the boat away from the Olin Park launch and points it south toward Turville Bay. It is a few minutes past 8 on a Tuesday morning. The sky is the pale blue tone of a day still getting under way, yet the climbing sun is already radiating heat off the surface of Lake Monona. >More
 That guy on the BMX bicycle

Julian Watkins is that guy you see zipping around downtown Madison on a little BMX bicycle. He wears the alert, focused appearance of someone intent on accomplishing whatever task might be at hand. >More
 Disability is no barrier to paddling sports

Monica KamalRossa has compiled quite an impressive record of vigorous physical activity. "I did martial arts, body-building, sports conditioning, and I was my sons' soccer coach," she says. "For fun, we would go to Devil's Lake to climb the trails, and we loved biking at Governor Dodge." Now 43, she was chaperoning her sons' ski party 7½ years ago when she hit a tree, sustaining a spine injury that has left her paralyzed from the ribs down but has had little effect on her determination "to be a good example to my two boys." >More
 Redefining the staycation

With gas prices approaching an average of $4 per gallon - and with flying as unreliable and unpleasant as it is cost-prohibitive - vacationing close to home carries undeniable appeal. So I decided to try it, and see what happened. >More
 Pat Hitchcock: Land lover

Pat Hitchcock is sitting at a red picnic table on the farmstead where she has lived for more than 40 years. Situated in a shallow unglaciated bowl ringed by verdant hills south of Mount Horeb, her home is a 160-acre segment of Donald County Park, one of those idyllic settings that reward the fortunate person who puts down roots in its silty loam. >More
 Thanks for the clean rivers

Duane Schuettpelz is starting to retire. This process will take some time. The chief of the wastewater section for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources holds vast reservoirs of institutional memory. For more than 40 years, he has been at the center of Wisconsin's efforts to clean up its rivers and streams. >More
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