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Students participate in annual Holiday Toy Hack, donating 55 modified toys

Students participate in annual Holiday Toy Hack, donating 55 modified toys

Ruth Wendlandt, Journalist December 11, 2022

Dozens of students from across all three colleges at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville came together for the fifth annual Holiday Toy Hack, to modify electronic toys for children with special needs....

Attacked by a tree terrorist

Attacked by a tree terrorist

Chris Hardie, Contributor December 11, 2022

A lot of time and money has been spent in our country coming up with increased security and contingency plans for the possibility of a terrorist or cyber-attack on our electrical grid. With winter weather...

Chris Hardie

Turn thankfulness into gratitude

Chris Hardie, Journalist December 4, 2022

Thanksgiving has come and gone but perhaps this can be the year that we turn a day of thankfulness into a holiday season of gratitude. I can see, smell and hear the ghosts of Thanksgiving’s past when...

Chris Hardie takes a sip from the top of his grandfather’s Thermos during the opening day of the 2021 gun deer hunt.

Learning lessons from hunting

November 20, 2022

Life is measured by the passage of time and the season of deer hunting gives me plenty of moments to reflect on past memories. This is my 47th year of gun deer hunting and there is no place I’d rather...

Hickory tree tells story

Hickory tree tells story

Chris Hardie, Contributor October 10, 2022

In the middle of one of my ridgetop clearings stands a large shagbark hickory tree that’s nearly 100 feet tall. Those in the know are no longer with us, but I believe the tree was left there for a...


Some of the wild apples growing in the woods

Making cider and making memories

Chris Hardie, Contributor October 2, 2022

It’s apple harvest season with community festivals celebrating the fruit and many commercial orchards open for picking and family fun. While we have never grown apples commercially, we have a few...

Cattle pose for a photo in a barn at the UW-River Falls campus.

UW-River Falls lands grant to research robotic milking

October 2, 2022

Sept. 15, 2022 -- A research project led by a pair of University of Wisconsin-River Falls faculty members has the potential to change the face of the signature industry in America’s Dairyland. Assistant...

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