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New study says flushing contacts contributes to pollution

Americans use about 14-billion contact lenses every year. 

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Pet of the Week: Bitty the kitty Video included

If you want to help the animals at the Dane County Humane Society, Rafflin' for Rescues is back. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Find out how to plant overlooked Coneflowers for the garden Video included

The compact size and bright yellow flowers, as well as its heat and humidity tolerance, won Goldsturm rudbeckia, or "Coneflowers", the title "Perennial Plant of the Year" in 1999.

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How to make flavored ketchup with Hemmachef Joel Olson Video included

Chef Joel Olson from Hemmachef stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin Tuesday morning with some ways to spice up a popular condiment. 

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'Wisconsin Land Trust Days' encourages people to enjoy the outdoors Video included

From winding trails to the low-lying marsh, Wisconsin Land Trust Days give you a chance to get outside and enjoy the protected places that make the Badger State special. 

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Thousands expected to attend entrepreneur conference in Madison Video included

Thousands of people from throughout the Midwest will be in Madison next week to attend a conference for entrepreneurs. 

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Meet Shadow, our pet of the week! Video included

Meet Shadow, a 2-year-old black and white husky.

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Uh-Oh! Cop gives "ticket" to boy in toy car Video included

A photo of a little boy getting written up by a police officer in his toy car is getting popular on the internet.

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Summer camp teaches teens about business leadership Video included

High school students from across Wisconsin are in the Madison area this week, spending part of their Summer by jumping into the world of business. 

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Mauston couple fosters more than 30 boys in 13 years Video included

Every year dozens of families in Wisconsin welcome a foster child into their household, giving them the chance to live a normal life full of rewards and successes. 

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Heavy Bombers set to take over Madison this weekend, offering tours and rides Video included

A rare, fully restored World War Two aircraft will be on display in Madison this weekend, with a chance to take a ride on it.

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Tips for planning for the holidays in July Video included

Mark Farnan with Retirement Income Planning joined the Wake Up Wisconsin team to offer some tips to help people start planning for the holidays in July.

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Madison's 3rd annual Black Restaurant Week to showcase authenticity Video included

Madison is getting ready to show its culinary diversity during the third annual Black Restaurant Week. 

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Madison 'Battle of the Badges' flag football game raises money for charity Video included

Madison firefighters and police officers will compete against each other in a charity flag football game this weekend.

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Thousands expected at WaunaFest over the weekend in Waunakee Video included

WaunaFest begins Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29, in Waunakee.

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Angie's List: Spice up your outdoor parties with home automation Video included

No one wants to be stuck inside on a beautiful summer’s day and with today’s technology homeowners now have no excuse not to entertain their guests outdoors.

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Statewide book drive aims to help young readers Video included

In an effort to get more books in the homes of local children, an annual statewide book drive aims to benefit hundreds of young readers in Wisconsin. 

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UW Athletics using Cherry Switchel to help athletes recover

Switchel is a beverage that's been around for centuries and now the UW Athletics Department is using a new version of it to help athletes recover after practice and competition. 

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Meet some Green Bay Packers at their tailgate party in Verona

If you're looking to meet some Green Bay Packers during the off-season, you can head over to their upcoming Tailgate Party in Verona. 

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Maple Syrup Fest happening this weekend

Maple Syrup Fest is happening this weekend in Madison. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center hosts the event to teach people the science of maple syruping. 

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Disney Parks Raise Ticket Prices

It's going to cost you more to get into the "Happiest Place on Earth". 

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Midwest woman researches historical cooking Video included

A mid-west woman has dedicated her career to researching history and has found a hobby is historical cooking. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: How to bring the garden to the party Video included

Create great memories for you and your guests by bringing the garden to your next party.

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Doctors give advice on to how to prepare kids for back to school Video included

With the school year right around the corner, doctors say there are steps parents can take right now to help their child successfully transition from summer time to school time. 

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Pet of the Week: Brownie the bunny Video included

A brown and white bunny with a "spunky" personality is looking for a forever home.

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Madison brewer pairs beers with newly released movies Video included

Flix Brewhouse keeps an eye on upcoming movies and finds beers with flavors that pair well with the theme. 

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'SOIL SISTERS' event celebrates Wisconsin farm life Video included

For three day an event to highlight women's contribution to farming will take over parts of Green County. 

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Dells music theater hosting 90s party Saturday for first responders; raising money for Sun Prairie relief Video included

A music theater in Wisconsin Dells is hosting a 90s themed party this Saturday for first responders as a way of saying "thank you" for their service. 

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Pet of the Week: Trooper from the Humane Society of Southern Wis. Video included

A pup who loves to "snooze and snuggle" is available at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

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Actors from 'WAITRESS' talk about importance of show, characters Video included

Two characters providing comedic relief for the Broadway musical WAITRESS stopped by the 27 News studio.

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Expanding a young dairy farm Video included

A family run dairy recently started having their milk made into cheese that they could sell at local farmers' markets and in their tiny farmstead shop.

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Area woman works to educate, raise money for cancer research Video included

A woman in the Madison area has made it her mission to raise $1 million for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research.

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Managing Queen Anne's Lace Video included

Find out how to manage Queen Anne's Lace in the garden in this week's Melinda's Garden Moment.

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Bear the dog needs a forever home Video included

We can't "Bear" how cute this dog is! Bear, a 4-year-old Pomeranian, is looking for someone to adopt him.  

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Tasty grilling recipe using Wisconsin-grown veggies Video included

In honor of National Grilling Month, the 71st Alice in Dairyland, Kaitlyn Riley, visited Wake Up Wisconsin Thursday morning to talk about a fresh spin on the staple summertime activity.   

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Event planned to teach families about fitness Video included

An event in Madison aims to teach people of all ages the importance to health and fitness. 

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WI Dairy News: Sassy Cow's 10th Anniversary Video included

Ten years ago, the Baerwolf family started a small milk bottling business called Sassy Cow Creamery. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Adding color to landscape Video included

You can use some lesser-used plants to add color to your summer landscape.

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Madison hiring event expected to open doors for hundreds looking for work Video included

A job fair will give people a chance to learn about hundreds of work opportunities available in southern Wisconsin.  

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Art Fair on the Square artist creates original piece on Wake Up Wisconsin Video included

Mark Hill, a local artist participating in the fair, spent Friday morning with the Wake Up Wisconsin crew. 

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Australian Shepherd available for adoption in Southern Wisconsin Video included

The 3-year-old pup was featured on Wake Up Wisconsin on Friday as our Pet of the Week.

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Annual cat show in Madison welcomes household pets Video included

A cat show in Madison welcomes champion breeds and household felines. 

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Young girls from Wisconsin cast in Broadway production of 'WAITRESS' Video included

Two little stars from Wisconsin will be taking the big stage in Madison alongside Broadway actors. 

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Unique story behind 'sunburst chairs' Video included

The Director of Wisconsin Union UW-Madison, Mark Guthier said "The fact that they kind of go away during the winter and reemerge and there's a kind of an annual ritual of them coming back out and bringing life back to the terrace and to Madison really is part of what makes them unique!" The original chairs...

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Simple salads to serve at summer parties Video included

Seasonal salads are sprouting, making them the perfect side for a summer party. 

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EAA continues push for women in aviation at WomenVenture Video included

For the 11th year in a row, EAA is reserving part of its popular AirVenture to spotlight women in aviation and encourage others to join.   

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Bonded ferrets need a new home Video included

A pair of bonded ferrets is looking for a new home. 

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Catch the Catfish River Festival in Stoughton this weekend Video included

A music event for the whole family kicks off Friday.  

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Meryl Streep joins cast of 'Little Women'

Meryl Streep is about to take on one of America's most iconic stories -- "Little Women."

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Sun Prairie grad joining elite synchronized skating team Video included

A local ice skater is training in Sun Prairie, preparing to move out of Wisconsin to join an exclusive synchronized skating team.

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Adding native flowers to your garden landscape Video included

Melinda Myers tells us about some native flowers that can last for months.

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Celebrating World Chocolate Day: Where does your chocolate come from? Video included

World Chocolate Day is just around the corner, July 7. Most of us adore the creamy candy, but do you know where it comes from? 

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Cooking with Caroline: Dress up your Fourth of July brats and hot dogs Video included

In this month's edition of Cooking with Caroline, Kevin Appleton, the food and beverage program director for Madison College Continuing Education, whipped up some Fourth of July Brats that will make your mouth water and your neighbors jealous.   

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'Sweet and cuddly' dog up for adoption in Rock County Video included

A pit-bull mix in Rock County is in need of a home. 

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Madison LEGO convention for people of all ages Video included

A LEGO convention for the whole family is coming to the Monona Terrace Convention Center. 

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Cow Candy Video included

One local entrepreneur is creating healthy specialty cheese snacks for kids.

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Clothing line with a message launches in Madison Video included

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A Madison-based clothing line is taking off.

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Melinda's Garden: Aggressive, noxious and invasive weeds Video included

When talking about weeds, you might hear these terms: aggressive, invasive, or noxious.

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Cat adoption event kicks off in Dane County

If you're interested in adopting her or any other cats at the humane society, there's a week-long event happening at several locations in Dane County.  

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Dairy News: Farm Technology Days Video included

It's been a tradition for almost 70 years.

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VACT kicks off Summer with "Willy Wonka" musical Video included

Verona Area Community Theater is kicking off the Summer in a sweet way with Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka in their all ages production. 

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Workshop aimed at supporting female farmers Video included

The number of farms in the country continues to drop, but farms owned and operated by women are on the rise, according to the USDA Census of Agriculture.

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Learn to add history and fun to your garden Video included

Learn about how some interesting plants can also bring historical value to your garden.

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'Peppa' the puppy available for adoption Video included

A precious puppy is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. 

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Bridges Library System helps kids stay engaged in summer months Video included

With school out for summer, you don't want your kids to forget what they've learned in school.  Bridges Library System's Summer Library Program is aimed at keeping your kids reading and engaging in other scholastic activities until school starts again.

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Triathlon for kids promotes healthy living Video included

Running, swimming and biking, a triathlon in Dane County is getting kids off the couch. 

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Kosher milk in high demand Video included

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One Wisconsin dairy plant is bottling up blessings for the Jewish community.

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Local golf tournament raises money for parents who've lost children Video included

A local family is hosting a golf tournament at the end of June to help raise money for parents who've lost a child.  

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Summer veggie planting tips Video included

There's still time to plant summer vegetables, if you haven't already. 

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Restaurants donate to pantry for Madison Burger Week

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Madison Burger Week is now through next Friday.

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Young dog in Dane Co. looking for a forever home

If you're looking for a pup who likes to exercise, Meg might be the dog for you.

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'The Moving Wall' honors Vietnam veterans, travels to Wisconsin

A mobile Vietnam War Memorial will be making a stop in Wisconsin during an event called A Hero's Welcome Home. 

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Developers work to fight tech addiction with new programs

With more people becoming "addicted" to technology, developers are working to help people disconnect. 

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Middleton golf outing supports childhood cancer research

A golf outing aimed at raising money to fight childhood cancer kicks off this week. 

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Students help lunch lady get a new car

A lunch lady who also helps feed the homeless is replacing her 1978 car with a 2014 one thanks to the Recycled Rides program and some auto body students!

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"Take Steps" walk to raise money for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

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The "Take Steps" walk for Crohn's & Colitis is this Saturday, June 9 at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg.

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Coonhound-mix up for adoption in southern Wisconsin

A 3-year-old coonhound-mix in southern Wisconsin is looking for a home. 

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Two teams from Darlington school compete in National KidWind Challenge

"The Birds" team from Darlington Middle School "The Birds" team from Darlington Middle School

Two teams of students from Darlington Elementary-Middle School competed in the National KidWind Challenge in Chicago May 8-10.

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Young boy's random act of kindness goes viral Video included

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A young boy's random act of kindness has gone viral.  Maurice Adams Jr. was with his mom in their car when he noticed an elderly woman struggling with a walker up some stairs.

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Massive 'Attic Sale' raises money for area kids

More than 5,000 items will be up for grabs this weekend at the Attic Sale and all the money raised will go to help children in the area. 

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Dairy Month celebrations

Celebrations already underway all over Wisconsin!

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Postpartum Support International launches chapter in Wisconsin

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A new chapter of Postpartum Support International just launched in Wisconsin.

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Perennials made for the shade

You can brighten shady spots in your garden with perennials. 

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Cycling event raises money for stroke prevention

An event aimed at raising money and awareness for stroke kicks off Wednesday evening. 

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A dozen guinea pigs waiting for new homes at Dane Co. Humane Society Video included

There are more than just dogs and cats available for adoption at the Dane County Humane Society. 

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How to make the most out of the recent tax reform Video included

Major tax reform went into place in 2018 affecting individuals and businesses. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Guide to mulching new plants Video included

Mulching new plants helps conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

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Go Red Goes STEM event this Wednesday Video included

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The Wisconsin chapter of the American Heart Association is encouraging young girls to learn more in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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"Winston," the Great Dane, available for adoption in southern Wis. Video included

A one-year-old Great Dane mix is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. 

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White House joins "Laurel" or "Yanny" debate

The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names "Laurel" or "Yanny" in a much-shared audio clip. 

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Cycropia Aerial Dance presents "Osmosis" Friday and Saturday

Cycropia Aerial Dance presents "Osmosis." 

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"On Your Feet" musical playing at the Overture Center Video included

"On Your Feet!" is now playing at the Overture Center. 

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Dairy News: Madison chef on a mission to elevate Wisconsin's food scene Video included

Chef Tory Miller even took down a famous chef on network television.

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Tips for cooking pork, including how to avoid the "meat cup" Video included

Tuesday, he showed us how to skin the fat off a pork loin and gave us a tip so your pork chop doesn't curl up when you cook it. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Time to move houseplants outdoors Video included

Tips from Melinda Myers on keeping houseplants healthy outdoors.

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'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' set to open in Madison Video included

The classic story of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" comes to life at a theater in Madison. 

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"Eleven" the cat needs a new home; winner of DCHS raffle wins party Video included

Meet "Eleven" and help the Dane County Humane Society. You could win a keg and pizza party. 

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Madison Maker Faire to be held Saturday

From beekeeping to creating dragon art, artists and tinkerers alike will be showcasing their creativity at the Madison Maker Faire. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Find out how to get hummingbirds to your garden Video included

Attract hummingbirds and add a bit of elegance to your garden and garden bouquets with easy-to-grow gladiolus. 

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Promising job outlook for agriculture students Video included

Students are excited to jump start their careers.

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Three things to remember before you go biking Video included

Christy Griesheimer with Pacific Cycle is an analyst for Schwinn and Mongoose. She wants cyclists to remember at least these three main things.

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Event for children teaches about construction industry Video included

Families will have the opportunity to learn more about the construction industry during a free event in the Madison area.

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Young volunteer organizes golf outing to make wishes come true Video included

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A Jefferson Award winner is once again making wishes come true. 

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Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has free pet adoption event Saturday Video included

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is hosting a free adoption event this Saturday. 

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Authors set to gather in Madison to talk about books Video included

Local authors will be showing off their work in Madison this weekend at a free event. 

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Madison organizations helping Kenyan girls forced into child marriage Video included

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A group of Madison professionals has come together to help young girls in Kenya. 

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Wisconsin Dairy News: Graduate of Master Cheesemaker program highlights it's benefits Video included

The program has been available to Wisconsin's Cheesemakers since 1994.

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Madison race aims to raise money for pancreatic cancer research, patient care Video included

Hundreds of walkers and runners will take part in PurpleStride Madison Saturday at Warner Park. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: It's time to bring out the grill Video included

Bringing the garden to the grill makes for a great warm weather meal.

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Greater Madison Senior Softball League opens season May 2 Video included

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The Greater Madison Senior Softball League opens its season May 2.

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April 30 is National Honesty Day

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April 30 is National Honesty Day in the United States. It gives us all a chance to be truthful in all we do.

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"Titan" the family dog, available in Dane Co. Video included

Friday's Pet of the Week came from the Dane County Humane Society.  

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Madison Opera's latest production opens Friday Video included

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The Madison Opera will open its production of Florencia en el Amazonas Friday at Overture Hall.

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Verona Area Community Theater takes on 'Hairspray' Video included

Nearly 100 teenagers will hit the stage this weekend in Verona to perform a popular Broadway musical.

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Light, colorful seafood recipes for spring

It's starting to feel like spring and you may be wanting to eat something lighter. 

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How to create Dave & Buster's menu items at home

A new Dave & Buster's restaurant and entertainment center is creating buzz around Madison.

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"Ox" the gentle giant looking for new home Video included

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Ox is looking for a new home.

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WI Dairy News: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Don't call it the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board anymore, it has changed its name to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. 

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Charity firefighter hockey tournament to start in Madison Video included

"Fire on Ice" is a charity hockey tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation. 

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Registration underway for United Way Community Volunteer Awards Video included

United Way gears up for its Community Volunteer Awards and it's encouraging people to register for the luncheon.

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Spicing up your meals with Hemmachef Joel Olson

Chef Joel Olson from Hemmachef stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin Tuesday morning with some tips to heat up your meals. 

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Melinda's Garden Moment: Preventing oyster shell scale insects

Learn how to prevent oyster shell scale insects that could hurt your plants.

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Doyenne starts crowdfunding campaign to help more entrepreneurs

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A Madison non-profit organization geared toward helping female entrepreneurs looks to expand its services.

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UW Varsity Band to celebrate 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium at spring concert

The UW Varsity Band will celebrate Camp Randall Stadium's centennial at its spring concert this year. 

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How to treat or prevent ankle sprains

Now that it'll feel like spring for a few days, you and your kids might want to get outside. 

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WI Dairy News: Japanese Farm Tour

A group of future educators from Japan came to Wisconsin to learn about dairy farms.

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Gilda's Club of Madison hosts conference for young adult patients this weekend

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Gilda's Club of Madison is hosting the Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference Saturday, April 14. It goes from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 7907 UW Health Court in Middleton

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Maydm teaching girls, students of color coding, computer skill

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A Madison non-profit is helping girls and students of color get ahead with technical programming skills. 

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Falcon the pup needs a forever home!

This week's pet of the week is Falcon from the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.  

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'Les Miserables' playing now at the Overture Center

Les Miserables is playing at the Overture Center right now.

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Madison Blaze Football team kicks off season

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The Madison Blaze women's football team kicks off its season this weekend.

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WI Dairy News: Driftless Wine & Cheese Trail

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You can have local wines and local cheeses on the Driftless Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Trail. 

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Camp Createability helps individuals with autism learn employable skills

People with autism know the importance of this month. April is Autism Awareness Month and families in the Madison area want others to learn more about it. 

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Tully needs a forever home!

If you're looking to adopt a dog, you may consider our pet of the week -- Tully!

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Hy-Vee relaunches worldwide philanthropy efforts

Most of you probably know the grocery chain Hy-Vee, but what you might not know is that some of your purchases there go towards helping those less fortunate.  There's a company-wide effort going on right now called "One Step."  

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Between the Waves: Conference and festival returns to Madison

An upcoming music festival is aimed at solidifying Madison's spot on the music scene map.   

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Melinda's Garden Moment: "Hugelkultur"

Melinda teaches us about "Hugelkultur" on this week's "Melinda's Garden Moment".

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'Just Between Friends' consignment sale held this weekend

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The 'Just Between Friends' consignment sale offers children's clothing, toys, games, books, furniture, baby accessories and other things at 50-90% off retail prices. The organization also supports WE Care.

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Four steps to saving for retirement

A Madison financial planner says "March Madness" can remind us how to handle our money. 

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"Dining in the Dark" will have you rethinking importance of vision

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A unique dining experience will have you rethinking the importance of vision.

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Make Tequila [the dog] part of your home!

Tequila the dog is waiting for a forever home at the Dane County Humane Society.  

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Madison's Leprechaun improves lives of children with disabilities

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You may know him as Madison's Leprechaun, but Joe Herr also runs a non-profit in his son's memory to help other children. 

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Madison firefighters, others to shave heads for St. Baldrick's Foundation

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Madison firefighters are teaming up with Alt'n Bach's Town Tap to host a head-shaving fundraiser. 

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Trinity Irish Dancers perform on WKOW ahead of World Championships

The Trinity Irish Dancers have a busy March. They performed live on Wake Up Wisconsin Tuesday.

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Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers in high demand

The Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers are gearing up for a lot of performances as St. Patrick's Day approaches.

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Meet Higgins and learn about upcoming adoption events

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Higgins is a sweet 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier searching for his forever home.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosts annual fundraiser for college scholarships

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Men Who Cook is a Scholarship Fundraising event of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. - Kappa Psi Omega Chapter.  

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'Discover Wisconsin' to feature Madison, Sun Prairie, Beloit

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The Madison area will be featured in several upcoming episodes of Discover Wisconsin.

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UPDATE: The Big Share surpasses goal

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The Big Share surpassed its goal by midnight.

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Madison Capitols host annual Cross-Check Cancer event

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Capitols fans are encouraged to donate to the Cross-Check Cancer cause, in conjunction with the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 

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Study: Selfies make your nose look bigger

If you're considering a nose job, don't use a selfie to make your decision.  

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Tucker looking for home; DCHS sets the stage for Toto's Gala

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Marissa DeGroot from the Dane County Human Society stopped by Wake Up to show off this week’s pet pal,Tucker.

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Avoiding identity theft this tax season

Scammers will try to get your tax refund this year or steal your identity, but there are things you can do to prevent it.

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GeekCraft Expo Midwest’s "Spring Thing” blooms in Madison this weekend

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GeekCraft Expo Midwest is a one-of-a-kind pop culture event, and it's returning to Madison this weekend.

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"An American in Paris" debuts in Overture Hall

"An American in Paris" is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

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Cooking dinner without a recipe: what you need in your kitchen

Having a few staples in your kitchen will ensure a great meal, even without a recipe.

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Meet Roxie and learn about upcoming adoption events

Roxie is a sweet 8-year-old Pug and Shih Tzu mix searching for her forever home.

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United Way taking nominations for Dane County's best volunteers

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United Way of Dane County is looking for nominations for its Community Volunteer Awards. 

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Sister Georgeann, the weather observer at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee

A nun in Milwaukee has been collecting weather data for decades. 

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VACT gears up for ‘Bus Stop’ and debuts new space

The Verona Area Community Theater is excited to present William Inge’s “Bus Stop” as its debut performance in its new facility.

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March of Dimes gears up for March for Babies kick off event

Join March of Dimes in the fight for healthy moms and strong babies at the annual city-wide kick-off to the March for Babies campaign on Wednesday, February 21 at Chick-fil-A in West Towne beginning at 7:00 am.

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Zor Shrine Circus kicks off in Madison

Royal Bengal tigers, aerial trapeze artists, a quick-change transformation and performing elephants - and of course lots of clowns -  are just some of the acts featured as part of the Zor Shrine Circus being held in Madison this weekend.

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Rusty looking for home; DCHS gets ready for Toto's Gala

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Dane County Humane Society is gearing up for their annual event, Toto's Gala.

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Madison Black Chamber of Commerce hosts inaugural awards dinner

The Madison Black Chamber will salute the Black Business Community for its innovation, leadership and the movers and shakers in Madison.

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WI Dairy News: Dado's FFA Family

Dado's family farm in Amery is committed to their cows and the Wisconsin Association of FFA.

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WI Dairy News: Raclette Lunches

Fromagination puts a modern twist on fondu by offering Raclette lunches during the winter months at the communal table. 

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Last minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas from local vendors

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Whether you want to dazzle or pamper the one you love, there’s still time to pick out the perfect valentine’s day present.  

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Valentine's Day candy for your sweetie

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It's that time of year when people across the nation start buying sweet treats for their loved ones, friends and crushes.

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Valentine's Day gifts for him, her and the kids

If you’re in need of a last-minute gift for the upcoming holiday, look no further.

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Madison Opera presents The Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart’s first smash-hit opera comes to life at the Capitol Theater this weekend.

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Stoughton Norwegian Dancers get ready to Norse Afternoon of Fun

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The internationally known Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers will present their annual “Norse Afternoon of Fun” on Sunday, February 11.

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The Wild Rumpus Winter Circus presents: Punky Rumpus; a Steampunk Circus

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The Wild Rumpus Circus is gearing up to present their circus steampunk spectacular February 10-11. 

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Meet the teen who snapped a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show

Ryan, 13, snapped a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the halftime show at the Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018. Ryan, 13, snapped a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the halftime show at the Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018.

It was the selfie seen 'round the world.

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Local Girl Scouts selling cookies to fund educational adventures

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Local Girl Scouts are now selling their famous cookies, but the organization is about so much more than that. 

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LOV with No Limits Speed-dating geared towards people with disabilities

Valentine's Day is almost here and there's a special event for adults with disabilities. 

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Madison community wears red to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke

Thousands of people are bringing awareness to heart disease and stroke by wearing red. Friday, February 2 is National Wear Red Day. 

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Travel Wisconsin offers fun Valentine's Day getaway ideas

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. Lisa Marshall with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism has some fun ways to get out with your sweetie this month.

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Hotels offer deals during Madison Hotel Week

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Madison hotels are offering discounts starting next week for Madison Hotel Week.

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Healthier burger options for Super Bowl Sunday

With the big Super Bowl game coming up, you may need some help panning your football themed party.

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The Wisconsin Roll with Hemmachef Joel Olson

Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef, is a nationally-recognized culinary instructor for children, youth, and adults with 20 years of teaching experience.  

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Upcoming "Souper Bowl" to raise money for Habitat for Humanity

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As football fans get ready for the big game, a local organization hopes you'll support its "Souper Bowl." 

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Monster Truck Nationals roll into Madison

The Monster Truck Nationals are in Madison starting Friday. 

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Meet Izzy and learn about upcoming adoption events

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Izzy is a playful 2-year-old Terrier American Put Bull/Mix searching for her forever home.

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Madison 'Battle of the Badges' raises money for charity

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The Madison Police Department will take on the Madison Fire Department in the 4th annual Battle of the Badges.

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Frostiball 2018 this Saturday to benefit the Overture Center

If you feel like getting dressed up, having dinner and drinks and supporting the arts, Frostiball 2018 is for you.

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Beloit International Film Festival kicks off 13th year later this month

Now in its 13th year, the Beloit International Film Festival is a ten-day tribute to the power of film and the excitement of independent film from around the world.

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Are you ready for the Super Bowl? Tips to help you prepare for the game

After a Championship Sunday that gave us one nail-biter and one blowout, the Super Bowl is officially set, and it's going to be a rematch of a game we saw less than 15 years ago: Eagles vs. Patriots. 

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Principal sings parody songs for "school's closed" announcements

Principal Chad Caddell writes and sings parody songs to announce when schools are closed for snow days. 

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Discover the Dinosaurs visits Madison this weekend

Dinosaurs are taking over the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

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Madison’s fastest growing winter festival returns

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As winter drags on, you may be feeling a bit of cabin fever, but a local tradition is looking to change that. 

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VACT rings in the new year with "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

The Verona Area Community Theater will ring in the new year with their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Mad Rollin' Dolls' 14th season is underway

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The Mad Rollin' Dolls league is in its 14th season of roller derby.

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Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest returns for annual passing of the beers

Everything you’ve come to enjoy about Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest returns to the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday, January 20.

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Meet Petra and learn about upcoming pet events

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Petra is a playful 7-year-old Shepherd mix who needs to find a good home.

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Wedding Planner & Guide's Winter Bridal Show this weekend

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Wedding Planner & Guide's Winter Bridal Show is happening January 13 and 14 at the Alliant Energy Center.

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Wisconsin Dairy News: A&W Cheese Curds

Local ties for A&W cheese curds

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North Carolina alligators poke noses through ice to survive the chill of winter

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (ABC) -- Well, here's something you truly don't see every day ... alligators living in ice! The gators in Brunswick County, North Carolina can be seen poking their noses through a sheet of ice, and experts told WWAY, the ABC affiliate in Wilmington, they do it stay alive, saying they're in a state of brumation which is like hibernation. Shallotte River Swamp Park posted a video of rescued American alligators doing the rare sight on their Face...

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South Carolina man keeps beer cold on frozen pool

A man in South Carolina gives a whole new meaning to "having a cold one." 

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