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How to be respectful during physically distant hikes

To avoid trail closures in the future — either because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns or damage caused by recklessness — you should adhere to the following rules.

To avoid trail closures in the future — either because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns or damage caused by recklessness — you should adhere to the following rules.

You, too, can hike the entire ice age trail

This summer, Kris Van Handel of Madison completed her second segment-by-segment hike of the entire 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail across Wisconsin.

This summer, Kris Van Handel of Madison completed her second segment-by-segment hike of the entire 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail across Wisconsin.

A new running record is set on the Ice Age Trail

On June 22, Coree Woltering finished the trail in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

On June 22, Coree Woltering shaved about five hours from Weiss’ time, finishing in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

Hiking groups in the age of COVID-19

Organized trail enthusiasts rethink how they promote their favorite outdoor activity.

Organized trail enthusiasts rethink how they promote their favorite outdoor activity.

Tips for your new 'corona casual' look

Mad Mag's fashion blogger gives some advice on how to nail a chic loungewear look

Mad Mag's fashion blogger, Taryn Pemberton Schmidt, gives some advice on how to nail a chic loungewear look.

Funding sought for planned Verona bookstore and cafe

Ryan Kimmett hopes to open 'Kismet Books' in historic Matts House.

The would-be bookseller wants her store to help preserve a building which dates to around 1848, before the town of Verona got its name, according to the Verona Area Historical Society.

A beginner's guide to urban foraging in Madison

Find edible fruits, nuts and more within city limits

There are plenty of public spots in town to snag some berries and other non-creepy-crawly goodies straight from the bush, tree or otherwise unrestricted plant.

How to safely embrace the outdoors in Madison

Outdoorsy options to beat the pandemic blues.

Things may look a bit different with hikers masked up, gardens and parks oriented for six-feet-apart travel, but adapted programming and adjusted hours are keeping the green thumbed people of Madison safe.

Pool days meet pandemic: Staying cool and safe this summer

8 activities to beat the heat in Madison during a global health crisis

With the recent reopening of the Goodman Pool, that itch-you-can’t-scratch feeling that physical distancing rules are interfering with our already-sparse Madisonian summer may intensify.

LIST: Places to get face masks in Madison

Support local businesses and makers in anticipation of mask mandates

The Centers for Disease and Prevention says cloth face coverings are most likely to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when they're used widely by people in public settings.

Ways we cope with stress during COVID-19

We’ve found big and small ways to cope in quarantine.

At the same time, stress, grief and fear have crept into our everyday lives, making our mental health just as vulnerable.

A different kind of stress

Being Black in America is not only hazardous to our health, but can be a death sentence for some.

Being Black in America is not only hazardous to our health, but can be a death sentence for some.

A wedding in quarantine

Getting a Zoom invite to your friends’ wedding to be held on April 1 sounds like an April Fools’ Day joke.

Getting a Zoom invite to your friends’ wedding to be held on April 1 sounds like an April Fools’ Day joke.

Dogs we love on Instagram

Get a canine pick-me-up online

If you don’t have a dog at home and need a canine pick-me-up, check out these Instagram accounts featuring local pups you can admire from a distance.

Were more pets adopted due to quarantine?

While some area pet shelters reported adoption increases during quarantine, others report lower numbers due to fewer furry friends available for adoption.

While some area pet shelters reported adoption increases during quarantine, others report lower numbers due to fewer furry friends available for adoption.