Author: Melissa Larsen

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Kid’s Birthday Party Spots

Though large-scale events are put on pause, there’s still plenty of fun to be had for your child’s birthday party at these family-friendly Wisconsin spots–whether you’re raising an animal lover, an aquatic adventurer or the next Harry Potter.

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Q & A with Lindsay Christians, Author of “Madison Chefs: Stories of Food, Farms, and People”

Lindsay Christians, food editor and arts writer at The Capital Times and cohost of the Corner Table (a podcast about food and drink in Madison), has authored Madison Chefs: Stories of Food, Farms, and People, set to come out Dec. 21. In this new release, Christians takes readers on an in-depth look at nine Madison-area chefs and showcases why the city endures as a culinary gem.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Time to whip out the wrapping supplies. Whether for the foodie, arts enthusiast, pet parent or DIYer in your life, here are gifts for giving and getting this holiday season from some of our favorite Wisconsin-based businesses.

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5 Spots for Apple Cider Doughnuts

While apple-picking is a beloved Midwest tradition each fall, getting to dig into warm, fresh-from-the-fryer apple cider doughnuts makes a day at the orchard even sweeter. Here are five favorites for apple cider doughnuts in Wisconsin.

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5 Spots for Pepperoni Pizza

One of America’s most beloved dining staples gets it own special day on Sept. 20: National Pepperoni Pizza Day. To celebrate in scrumptious style, here are five of Wisconsin’s best pizzerias to check out.


Fab Educators

It is safe to say that teachers hold a special place in the lives and hearts of just about everyone. Especially after an unprecedented school year of virtual learning and grasping for a “new normal,” it’s time to celebrate some of Wisconsin’s top educators.

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Nonprofit of the Month: Nature’s Edge

When speech pathologist, Becky Payne, invited some of her patients to her 65-acre ranch in Wisconsin, she was amazed to see how one of her patients reacted to a cow that was in the pasture. This interaction planted the seed for Payne to create Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, which offers rehabilitation through licensed speech and occupational therapy incorporating animal-assisted therapy, hippotherapy and horticulture therapy.