Call it “knitted graffiti” – an unusual art installation in Madison. On a busy State Street intersection, staff and students from the UW School of Human Ecology were busy “yarn bombing” all day Thursday – covering a Metro bus shelter in knitting. Lisa Frank, interim director of the school’s Design Gallery, said the installation has been in the planning stages for months, but the actual knitting has taken place over the last three weeks or so, by members of the Madison Knitters’ Guild.
Archives for September 2010
A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor talks about her bout with cancer.
Rebecca Kleefisch says she began to feel sick in April with cramping, headaches, and an upset stomach. She blamed it on her rigorous campaign schedule — eating on the run, lack of exercise, not enough sleep. “I’ve never been a candidate in my life,” she thought, “everyone must be going through this. Everyone must have the stomach cramps from eating on the run and having too much fast food; and everyone must be really tired and having symptoms from drinking too much caffeine.” [Read more…]
A state board charged with representing the rights of crime victims said Wednesday that Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz was not candid with the panel, when he described racy text messages he sent to a domestic abuse victim. But the Wisconsin Crime Victims’ Rights Board Board said it did not have the power to punish the Calumet County D.A. because of it. Kratz was stepping down as the board’s chairman last December when he said his 30 texts were mutually friendly. But Stephanie Van Groll took those messages to Kaukauna Police because Kratz was pushing for a relationship, and called her a “young hot nymph.” [Read more…]
A group that represents law enforcement officers around the state isn’t paying attention to political parties when it comes to making endorsements for governor and attorney general. The Wisconsin Professional Police Association is running a TV ad to show its support for Democrat Tom Barrett for governor and Republican J.B. Van Hollen for attorney general.
The president wasn’t the only attraction this week.
The world’s largest dairy show continues in Madison. Lisa Behnke Marketing Manager, World Dairy Expo, calls the event “second to none.” Attendees can look forward to a gold mine of technology, products and services. “Everything about it is built for people that milk dairy cows; and it doesn’t matter if you milk 50 cows or 5,000 cows or if you come from Nigeria or Mt. Horeb. It’s all about working with cows, and there are people here that have just a real passion for the business.” [Read more…]
Taking a closer look at those Census Bureau numbers. Poverty was up for Wisconsin children by more than three percentage points last year. Jon Peacock is Research Director with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. “To put that in perspective, that’s an additional 42,000 kids,” said Peacock. “Imagine filling Miller Park with kids, and you’ve got the increase in child poverty last year in Wisconsin.” [Read more…]
While many Wisconsin industries lost jobs during a five year period, the vast field of bioscience added them according a new report from the group Bioforward. Wisconsin bioscience jobs grew three percent in 2004-to-2009 while the state overall lost three percent of its jobs that same period according to lead researcher Sammis White.
A Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field generates about $12.3 million for the area economy. That’s the finding of an economic impact study on the franchise and Lambeau Field. About $8.2 million of that total is from visitor spending. When training camp and the year-round events in the atrium are taken into account, the team and the stadium have an economic impact of more than $280 million.
The clean-up efforts around the former Badger Ammunition Plant outside Baraboo are winding down, but concerns about water contamination from the facility still persist among residents of the area. The U.S. Army is hoping to address those concerns with a proposed municipal water district serving the region.
The Army does routine testing of private wells in the area surrounding the plant. While they haven’t found dangerous signs of contamination, plant spokeswoman Joan Kenney says some residents remain worried about the long term safety of water supplies. [Read more…]
Wisconsin senior tight end Lance Kendricks has been honored as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for the second straight week.
One week after setting a career high with 131 receiving yards and tying his career best with seven receptions and a touchdown against Arizona Sate, the Milwaukee native followed it up with a six-catch, 103 yard performance with one touchdown against Austin Peay on Sept. 25.
Among all tight ends in the Football Bowl Subdivision, Kendricks ranks first in receiving yards, tied for second in receiving touchdowns and for fifth in receptions.