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  1. An experimental boom surrounded Madison's B.B. Clarke beach in 2010 to keep out algae, though it ended up being closed June 24 for high E. coli levels. Algae and bacteria are the prime causes for beach closures throughout the Madison area and the state. Mike DeVries/The Capital Times

    Beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats in Yahara lakes and across Wisconsin

    After one of Madison's longest, coldest winters ever, swimming season is almost here — along with toxic algal blooms, bacteria, invasive milfoil and other pestilences of the lakes.

    • Apr. 22, 2014

    Yard MD: May is for the birds

    April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring May birds. The month of May truly is the peak month for birdwatchers across Wisconsin.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  3. Chad Bradley, the owner of Glass Guru of Macedonia, sprays a drying agent between panes of a thermal-pane window as part of a process to remove moisture from a thermal window. MCT

    Foggy windows can be cleared or replaced

    Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. Spring is a popular time to do some interior painting. Getty Images

    Interior painting — picking color and finish

    In the spring, many a homeowner's fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly and cheaply? That doesn't mean interior painting is a breeze.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. Linda Witt of Neenah, hugs her son, Bill Tanguay, while reuniting on the streets of Boston following the bombings last April. Witt was watching her son race the marathon when she was injured by a bomb. Submitted


    'Boston Strong' is much more than a catchphrase to Linda Witt.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. Neenah women expand presence on council

    For only the second time in the city's 141-year history, the Neenah Common Council elected a woman as its president.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. Pastry chef Amy Kelsch's prepared quiche is made with feta, leeks and lemon. MCT

    A guide to making perfect quiche, every time

    Quiche, that culinary darling of the 1970s, suddenly seems to be appearing on menus everywhere.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    LEAVEN plays vital role in helping those in need

    LEAVEN is a strong safety net poised to help us get back on our feet if we face financial crisis. Let me share the story of someone who never thought she would need LEAVEN's help, but who, in her own words, was saved by it.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. The egg has gone from versatile ingredient to far beyond breakfast. Getty Images

    In season: Get cracking with eggs, the versatile staple

    Eggs are popping out all over — and not just from spring chickens.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Jim Collar: Holidays a reminder to slow down, appreciate

    My young man has become quite the sleuth.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. Wine's 50th inspires look at Gallo's impact

    I'd like to wish a happy birthday to an old friend. Ernest & Julio Gallo's Hearty Burgundy turns 50 this year. It's an icon — and arguably the beverage that turned on the average American to wine.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Letters: Snowmobiling is about more than citations

    It was nice to see the large color photo of the four snowmobiles on the front page of the March 15 paper. With the '

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  13. Letters: Secret recording of Ellis a disservice

    I want to express my distaste for the secret recording of state Sen. Mike Ellis by Project Veritas.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  14. Letters: Are fishermen concerned about habitat, too?

    In a recent letter to the editor, Tom Kufahl expressed his concern that six Chippewa tribes aren't practicing good stewardship of our fisheries — walleye, in particular.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Deaths for April 23

    BAER, Margaret; 87, Appleton

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  16. World language loss looming in Menasha

    When voters denied a $360,000 elementary world language referendum a few weeks ago, their actions showed officials they don't believe in the program strongly enough to fund it.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  17. Hank Aaron gestures to the crowd as he leaves the field following a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the start of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets on April 8 in Atlanta. AP

    Baseball great Henry Aaron to attend charity golf outing in Fox Cities

    Photos: Looking back at the U.S. Venture Open

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  18. David Dudas of Dale is accused of brutally beating and sexually assaulting his wife — and frequently videotaping the incidents — on multiple occasions over the course of a year. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    Wife sobs during second day of David Dudas' jury trial

    The first time the jury saw her face was in a photo.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  19. Kimberly's Dani Dobinski slides into home ahead of the throw to Fond du Lac catcher Aleigha Mitchell on Tuesday. Aileen Andrews/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    High school sports: Results from Tuesday's prep action

    Sydney Pfotenhauer pitched a three-hitter to lead Appleton East to a 3-1 victory over Oshkosh West in a Fox Valley Association softball game Tuesday in Appleton.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  20. Widescreen TFT display with blue sky Getty Images/iStockphoto

    The Buzz: Wondering about American TV warranties

    Reader question: In December, we purchased a TV from American and decided on purchasing the three-year extended performance guarantee.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  21. Jimmy Fallon jokes about the name of the Boston Marathon winner. AP

    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about Boston Marathon winner

    If there's one thing Americans know how to do well, it's bounce back after tragedy.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Neenah school board approves 2014-15 staffing plan

    The Neenah school board voted to hire nearly 11 more teachers and add 1.5 administrator positions for 2014-15 at a cost of nearly $626,000.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  23. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans employees listen to instructions before packaging boxes of diapers as part of the United Way Fox Cities Diaper Bank at the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans operations center November 20, 2013 in Appleton, Wis. Wm.Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media Wm.Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media

    United Way Fox Cities raises $8M in 2013

    The United Way Fox Cities Community Campaign exceeded its $7.7 million goal in 2013, raising more than $8 million.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Justice department: Agent let 43 child porn cases languish

    The former supervisor of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Milwaukee office allowed nearly four dozen Internet child pornography cases to languish for months, agency officials said in his termination letter.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  25. Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Snider, left, takes down Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez (27) as Brewers' Rickie Weeks, right, joins a skirmish between the two teams Sunday in Pittsburgh. Gomez and Snider were ejected from the game. AP

    Brewers' Gomez, Maldonado suspended for roles in brawl

    Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  26. Clubhouse Live: Three questions with Packers fullback John Kuhn

    Clubhouse Live host Brett Christopherson asks Packers fullback and fellow co-host John Kuhn three questions about the upcoming season of the show. (April 22, 2014)

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  27. A Shawano County Sheriff squad car parks in the entrance to a gas station and fast-food McDonald restaurant where an armed person held a store employee hostage Tuesday in Wittenberg. T'xer Zhon Kha/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Hostage incident at Shawano Co. McDonald's ends peacefully after two hours

    A poised clerk and a skilled hostage negotiator on Tuesday helped peacefully end an armed standoff at a McDonald's restaurant in this western Shawano County village.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Sales of existing homes slip to lowest level since July 2012

    Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    The Buzz: Papa John's in Neenah still in limbo

    Reader question: I live in Neenah and I know Papa John's closed. Have you heard any information if they are going to reopen and where?

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  30. This is a photo of a common Wisconsin stew made with wild game and vegetables. What is it? Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Take the quiz! From hodags to wapatuli, how well do you know Wisconsin?

    Enter here to take the quiz on mobile devices

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  31. Ace Allgood, a Minneapolis superfan, has been collecting G.I. Joe memorabilia for as long as he can remember. MCT

    No ordinary Joe: Fans go wild for G.I. Joe

    As a veteran of countless military campaigns and death-defying adventures, G.I. Joe has seen it all.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  32. Ari Solomon, spokesman for the animal rights group Mercy For Animals, speaks at a December news conference in Milwaukee about the results of an undercover investigation at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf. File/AP

    Workers ordered to pay fines and court costs in Brown County farm-abuse case

    A pair of workers at a Brown County dairy filmed last year by animal activists mistreating cowsentered no contest pleas on Tuesday to a number of related charges.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  33. Figuring out what to discard and being able to actually toss stuff is crucial to an ordered, happy life, experts say. Getty Images

    For many people, gathering possessions is just the stuff of life

    We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf and from home to home. The federal government estimates that a quarter of Americans with two-car garages don't use them for automobiles.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Panel discussion to focus on immigration to be held Wednesday night at UW-Fox Valley

    A panel discussion Wednesday night will explore what immigrants mean to the economy and possible solutions that would improve their lives and strengthen the community in the process.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  35. 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is coming May 23.

    Summer movie preview: Hollywood goes huge

    Like jumbo jets on the runway, Hollywood's summer movies are lined up, ready for takeoff. Will they hit any turbulence?

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  36.  Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Two killed in motorcycle crash were UWSP students

    The two people killed in a Monday motorcyle crash west of Stevens Point were both University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  37. Performance, amenities highlight 2014 Kia Forte sedan

    Originally introduced at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the all-new 2014 Forte is a stunning European design-inspired sedan that makes it clear the Korean auto manufacturer has another winner in its line-up.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  38. Jaime Page-Stadler plays a game with her son Cole, 2, at their home in Neenah. Cole has moderate to severe autism and family and friends are holding fundraisers to get him a service dog. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    Family hopes special dog can help autistic son

    Some of Cole Stadler's milestone moments have come as a big surprise to his mother, Jaime Page-Stadler.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  39. Julie Gilkay's Mom to Mom blog: The lesson of paying it forward

    It’s good to see the lessons learned paying off.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  40. Bryan Kleist of the Wisconsin Speleological Society a group dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of our state's valuable cave systems, scans the roof of one of the caverns at Ledgeview Nature Center for roosting bats. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Nature Calling: Deadly bat disease discovered in Wisconsin colony

    The gracefulness and beauty of bats in flight, dancing over a summer meadow, pond or forest clearing, is an amazing experience.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  41. Joe Leibham

    Sen. Joe Leibham says he's running for U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's seat

    Sen. Joe Leibham announced he will run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by a retiring Tom Petri.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  42. Mark Harris meets with Oshkosh Northwestern Media Editorial Board April 2014 Joe Sienkiewicz / Oshkosh Northwestern Media

    Winnebago County exec to run for Petri's seat

    Winnebago County executive thinks 6th District is winnable despite GOP's past dominance

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  43. Steve Wittman's plane is on display inside the terminal building on loan from EAA. Wittman Regional Airport's terminal building has declined in usage in the 10 years since commercial passenger service ended. A group of Winnebago County leaders wants to spend $5 million to replace the aging terminal with a smaller administrative building. Joe Sienkiewicz/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Downsized Oshkosh airport terminal proposed

    A group of Winnebago County leaders wants to spend $5 million to replace the aging Wittman Regional Airport terminal with a smaller administrative building.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  44. Appleton East's Megan Larsen (left) and Appleton North's Erin Gietman battle for the ball during their Fox Valley Association girls' soccer game Tuesday at Appleton North. Wm. Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media

    Appleton North blanks Appleton East in Fox Valley Association soccer

    With temperatures quickly falling below freezing, Tuesday's Fox Valley Association girls' soccer matchup between Appleton North and Appleton East looked more like a battle of which fan section could stay the warmest.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  45. Kimberly Papermakers shut out Kaukauna Ghosts in soccer

    Steph Hetto and Julianna Peters scored two goals apiece and Kimberly showed no rust from a nine-day layoff in a 6-0 Fox Valley Association soccer win over visiting Kaukauna on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  46. Appleton East Patriots slip past Oshkosh West in FVA softball

    Sydney Pfotenhauer pitched a three-hitter to lead Appleton East to a 3-1 victory over Oshkosh West in a Fox Valley Association softball game Tuesday in Appleton.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  47. Appleton North bats come alive, top Appleton East in FVA baseball

    The Appleton North baseball team pounded out 12 hits and stayed unbeaten in the Fox Valley Association with 10-0 victory over Appleton East on Tuesday in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  48. Fox Valley Lutheran scores 26 runs in softball sweep of Clintonville Truckers

    The Fox Valley Lutheran softball team had a big day at the plate, scoring 26 runs on 36 hits in an Eastern Valley Conference doubleheader sweep of Clintonville, winning 10-2 and 16-1.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  49. Errors hurt Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in loss to Burlington

    An unearned run spelled the difference Tuesday as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Bees in Midwest League play in Burlington, Iowa.

    • Apr. 23, 2014

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