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John Behling doesn’t have to look far to see the transformative power of a degree from the University of Wisconsin system.

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In the early 1900s, pine logging was king in northern Wisconsin, and Tripoli was a young, bustling boomtown sprung from the lumber industry’s promise. Restaurants, stores, and taverns lined the streets, patronized by the many lumberjacks and their families. Trains chugged in and stopped at t…

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Huge throngs of people turned out for the 59th Annual Butternut Pioneer Days celebration July 28-30 in Butternut. The event was blessed with warm, sunny weather most of the weekend.

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A red squirrel chirs a warning as I exit the back door, slipping into rubber boots on the stone stoop. It is early, with only the faintest red blush on the eastern horizon hinting at a nearby daybreak. Boots on, camera slung over shoulder, I head to a place I know by heart: a floating sphagn…

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“Rain, and then the cool pursed lips of the wind draw them out of the ground…astonishing in their suddenness, their quietude…” (Mary Oliver, Mushrooms)

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Once upon a time I was advised by a medical doctor not to use an alarm clock; to sleep until I awoke naturally. That was my first thought upon waking this rainy Thursday morning. My second? When I was a kid I never had an alarm clock, instead I had a mom. She was always up early, dad left fo…

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Psychiatrist Dr. Dustin Dippen will join Marshfield Clinic Minocqua and Park Falls Centers in mid-July. He joins fellow psychiatrist Dr. Dean Vaughn, and licensed clinical social workers Tiffany Cummings, Michael Megna, and Gayle Ann Wilcox, providing mental health therapy and counseling for…

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To accommodate heavy traffic expected during the Fourth of July holiday period, construction on most Wisconsin highway projects will be suspended at noon on Friday, June 30 and will not resume until Wednesday, July 5. However, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT…