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  Fiction draws on the imagination of its author. But even within that very basic idea, Wisconsin writer Andrea Lochen had to tap into the imaginary in a major way for her new novel.

There was her own imagination in crafting the story, which centers on a small-town Wisconsin woman coming to terms with her toddler's imaginary friends.

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On Lake Effect's monthly On That Note segment, award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist Robert Cohen has discussed what goes into creating and maintaining a high level career in classical music. He's discussed choosing a cello and a bow, the challenges in transporting such a valuable instrument internationally, and what kind of preparation goes into each performance.

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As Wisconsin takes on Duke Monday night for the NCAA men's college basketball title, here are five reasons to be even more excited for the big game.

74 Years

Wisconsin hasn't won a national title since 1941. Basketball was a much different game back then...

Frank The Tank

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One "Badger bar" located outside the Badger State is Mad River Bar and Grille in New York. Big crowds have gathered there to watch the men's basketball team dance through the NCAA tournament.

The bar has dressed itself up to replicate the ambiance of State Street in Madison and served-up its traditional game fare: brats, Wisconsin beer and cheese curds.

Many staffers are UW grads, while the DJ cues up Varsity and other Badger songs often heard during the fifth quarter, following the school's football games.

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Badger basketball fans have even more reason to celebrate. The University of Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky is the Associated Press' player of the year.

The 7-foot forward was a runaway favorite and is the first Wisconsin player to win the award.

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The new plan would replace the one Gov. Walker put forward. He recommended the state borrow $220 million.  Mayor Barrett opposes the lower amount.

Under Walker's proposal, Wisconsin would repay the borrowed money using the income taxes the NBA players pay to the state. Yet, from the beginning, some Republican lawmakers made it clear that they think Walker’s plan is too expensive.

The new plan on the table calls for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to lend the state $150 million to put toward a new downtown arena. The board is Wisconsin’s oldest agency.

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Politicians on both sides of the aisle point to breaking the cycle of poverty as one of the most vital issues facing the country. But what the politicians can’t agree on is how to do it.

Lowering taxes, increasing entitlements – many ideas are floated on a state and federal level, but still, around 45 million people live in poverty.

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The traveling exhibit on the Ebony Fashion Fair, now open at the Milwaukee Art Museum, shares an anniversary with the fashion program at Mount Mary University.

Thirteen of the garments on display at the art museum came from Mt. Mary’s historic costume collection. Lake Effect's Bonnie North spoke with the university's dean of the School of Arts and Design, Barbara Armstrong.

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The topic of whether or not to sleep with your baby is a divisive one.  It was the subject of a hearing in Madison on Wednesday. Legislators are considering a bill to criminalize certain cases of co-sleeping if the adult is impaired and harms the child. Most people who testified believe the bill sends the wrong message.

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During emotional hearings about the alleged overprescription of narcotics at the Tomah VA hospital, many who testified noted there are safer ways to treat pain.

One treatment mentioned was acupuncture.

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