December 2016

  • Coffee Talk: Madison's latest java trends
    Tabatha Wethal

    Coffee Talk: Madison's latest java trends

    There are some coffee trends stirring up change in Madison. We asked Michael Johnson, founder of JBC Coffee Roasters, to spill the beans.

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  • Amazon pickup point a divisive issue for UW

    Amazon pickup point a divisive issue for UW

    When the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a five-year contract in August to allow online retail giant Amazon to put a package pickup point on the UW–Madison campus, among the deciding factors were convenience and the minimum of $100,000 per year in commissions the deal would bring to the university. Under the plan, packages with campus ZIP codes would be dropped off at a single pickup site, which is expected to open by spring 2017.

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  • A tavern with history: Off Broadway Drafthouse
    Nicole Peaslee

    A tavern with history: Off Broadway Drafthouse

    The backstory: For a fairly new open, Off Broadway Drafthouse has quite a history. Chef Dave Dorst says the building has housed a tavern since the 1920s. First it was the Airway Tavern, then a couple of jazz musicians turned it into a family restaurant, then it was the South Towne Lounge, and then the South Bay Lounge—which actually was Dorst's first kitchen job out of culinary school. Today, the Monona tavern has been completely remodeled and reimagined into the Off Broadway Drafthouse by...

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  • 13 new bars, bakeries and eateries in Madison
    Peter Wynn Thompson Photography

    13 new bars, bakeries and eateries in Madison

    Everyone’s talking about these new spots in town

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  • Facing the reality of race relations
    Kate Kostsina

    Facing the reality of race relations

    As we approach the end of 2016, we will remember this as the year we faced the reality of race relations across the country and in our city. The topic of race relations was at the forefront of the presidential campaigns and an issue that law enforcement agencies grappled with nationwide. Police shootings of unarmed black men and civilian shootings of officers have sparked overdue conversations about race.

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  • Top Nurse: Laura Megna takes the extra step
    Todd Maughan

    Top Nurse: Laura Megna takes the extra step

    The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be a scary place for families and their newborns. Babies’ stays are usually unplanned, and it’s easy for a parent to feel helpless.

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  • Election season had its share of hits
    T.Earl

    Election season had its share of hits

    The recent race to the White House was the third presidential campaign I’ve covered as the political reporter for WISC-TV. The first two had incredible moments—but this go-round, I had to say to myself: “Is this happening?” more than ever. Outside of the election results, here are some greatest hits.

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  • Michel: We live in a winter wonderland

    Michel: We live in a winter wonderland

    Wintertime is storytelling season in many cultures.

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  • Upon further review, maybe it is great to be ungrateful

    Upon further review, maybe it is great to be ungrateful

    The turkey is being thawed in the fridge, in prep for further thawing in the sink.

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  • Top Nurses 2016: Under their wings

    Top Nurses 2016: Under their wings

    Our 2016 Top Nurses are selfless caretakers making a difference in the areas of practice, innovation and leadership.

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  • Top Nurse: Christina Bell puts community first
    Todd Maughan

    Top Nurse: Christina Bell puts community first

    As a 4-year-old child sitting on a riding lawn mower, Chris Bell reached to pluck a leaf from a tree on her family’s Darlington dairy farm. She fell off the running mower and suffered a serious hand injury from the blades, an accident that required a one-month hospitalization.

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  • Top Nurse: Sarah Larson relays grace under pressure
    Todd Maughan

    Top Nurse: Sarah Larson relays grace under pressure

    The unimaginable happens. Ambulances wail through the streets toward the scene of the accident. It’s worse than they thought. Immediate advanced medical care is needed, and every minute matters.

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  • Top Nurse: Karen Larson leads the way
    Todd Maughan

    Top Nurse: Karen Larson leads the way

    Karen Larson’s job as nurse manager at UnityPoint–Meriter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital fulfills her commitment to helping children—her true passion.

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  • Top Nurses: Bill Yerges and Betsy Bazur-Leidy
    Todd Maughan

    Top Nurses: Bill Yerges and Betsy Bazur-Leidy

    The special bond is apparent in the lively banter that occurs when Bill Yerges and Betsy Bazur-Leidy discuss their pediatric nursing careers.

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  • Things that make winter wonderful in Madison
    Photo by Greg Dixon

    Things that make winter wonderful in Madison

    There's a lot to love about the coldest time of year in our snowy city.

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  • Winter gives us a chance to invigorate our minds and bodies

    Winter gives us a chance to invigorate our minds and bodies

    Are Wisconsin winters so bad that even the artists among us shun them? Isn’t beauty one of the best things winter has going for it? Can we show winter a little love?

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  • A toast to classic holiday drinks

    A toast to classic holiday drinks

    In one way or another, most holidays involve eating —going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, barbecues on the Fourth of July and turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. But only The Holidays—that season roughly between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve—has its own unique drink: eggnog. It’s more a product of evolution than invention.

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  • Whisk Recipe: Chocolate Merlot Cake
    Alice Choi

    Whisk Recipe: Chocolate Merlot Cake

    I love the holidays. Not only is there a crisp coolness in the air, but it’s filled with a festive spirit.

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  • SSM Health nurse leads study in aromatherapy

    SSM Health nurse leads study in aromatherapy

    Having a baby, taking a cardiac stress test or recovering after a knee replacement surgery are all stressful experiences. Patients are dealing with pain, nausea and anxiety.

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  • Top Nurses 2016: Under their wings
    Todd Maughan

    Top Nurses 2016: Under their wings

    Nurses have a sainthood about them. Day in and day out, they lend experience-based knowledge, keen instinct and compassion to help save lives and care for patients. It’s a difficult job, and most of us have known at least one who holds a special place in our hearts.

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  • UW Hockey's Granato: From player to coach
    Sharon Vanorny

    UW Hockey's Granato: From player to coach

    Of all the hard things Tony Granato has done in hockey from —succeeding as an NHL player without great size, to coming back from a serious head injury to his current challenge of resurrecting the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey program—the hardest may have come on a day in Vancouver when he never left his hotel room.

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  • Get inspired at Good Style Shop
    Timothy Hughes

    Get inspired at Good Style Shop

    A vintage clothing shop has succeeded when a customer feels inspired to add depth to an already eclectic wardrobe, or maybe even, for the first time, a customer finds a style all his or her own. Good Style Shop is that kind of place.

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  • Stoughton Opera House is worth the trek
    Courtesy of The Stoughton Opera House

    Stoughton Opera House is worth the trek

    If you’ve never been to the Stoughton Opera House—or think “It’s all banjos and cowboy hats,” says director Bill Brehm—then you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The Opera House bills itself as “Southern Wisconsin’s most charming theatre,” and its blend of historical features and contemporary updates makes it an exciting venue worth the trip.

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  • 6 top December events to put on your list
    Courtesy of Children’s Theatre of Madison

    6 top December events to put on your list

    What’s better than one glorious tenor? Ten of them, of course!

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