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12:38 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'Prairie Silence' Reconciles Small Town Life and Coming Out

Coming out leaves a small-town expat with a lot to say and an inability to say it. (Author Melanie Hoffert)

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Melanie Hoffert.

The appeal of small town living to some is the very thing that drives other people away – the very close connections to your neighbors. That is, while the sense of community can be very strong, it is also difficult to live with a secret when everyone knows everyone else.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Study: Mercury Has Fast Path into Fish, But There's Hope to Lower Levels

UW-Madison and USGS scientists collect sediments

Concerns about the presence of mercury in fish keeps a lot of people from consuming what comes off the line. And that’s a concern anywhere there is a large body of fresh water, like, say, Lake Michigan.

Over the last decade, a group of scientists set out to discover if new mercury added to a lake would make its way more quickly into the aquatic food chain faster than “existing” mercury – what is released naturally into the atmosphere, by volcanoes or otherwise, and makes its way into watersheds.

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Economy & Business
10:19 am
Mon January 7, 2013

How Journalists Are Harnessing Social Media

Ellyn Angelotti specializes in journalism and social media at the Poynter Institute.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Ellyn Angelotti.

Social media tools continue to grow in popularity. About a billion people are now on Facebook, and half that many have Twitter accounts.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

A Heat Gun, Some Plastic Bags, and the Sun

Pete Prodoehl's "Plastic Sun," constructed from plastic grocery bags with the assistance of a heat gun.
Credit Gianofer Fields

This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Concerns Persist About Dogs Tangling with Wolves

Bobbi Rongstad's husband Tom and dog Marley are avid grouse hunters.
Credit B Rongstad

Wisconsin’s first grey wolf hunt closed weeks before its deadline.

However, debate over a component of the new law remains fierce.

Friday a Dane County judge could rule on that contested point – the use of dogs in future hunts.

Some outdoor enthusiasts such as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association believe using dogs to track wolves is safe and appropriate.

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