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DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

In addition to creating a big single-game coaching payday for Barry Alvarez and casting a far-reaching spotlight on who the Badgers might pick to coach the team post Rose Bowl (spoiler! He’s from Utah), former UW football coach Bret Bielema’s departure for Arkansas inspired another attention-grabber: the mocking Twitter imposter @BeingBielema.

Since the former coach's departure from Madison, the account's following has been gaining quickly and The Badger Herald scored a sit down with the faux former coach.

Get a whiff of the sometimes irreverent, most times funny Q&A.

Former ‘sportscaster of the year’ to sign books Friday

Former ‘sportscaster of the year’ to sign books Friday

A Badger sports commentator since 1988 will be on site at the University Book Store Friday to sign his sports memoir published in August.  

Matt LePay’s non-fiction work, titled “Why Not Wisconsin? From Barry to Bo: Broadcasting the Badgers from the Best Seat in the House”, includes stories on sports personalities, coaches and players. LePay recounts his experiences giving the play-by-play over the last 20 years in the 256-page hardcover read.

The University Book Store is located at 711 State Street. LePay is scheduled to sign books from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

More information on the book is available online.



Watch Matt LePay in a recent appearance on News 3's Live at Five



Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Science and dance combine at UW-Madison


A Wisconsin Science Festival event will combine science and dance Friday.

The Dance Department will bring science to the stage with "PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science" at 8 p.m. in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lanthrop Hall at 1050 University Ave.

The concert will feature mathematician Karl Schaffer from De Anza College and dance professor Erik Stern from Weber State University, said a press release.

The performance will feature Li's "Hado," a dance inspired by the book "The Secret Life of Water" and will include video projections.  Another performance will explore the concept of repetition with the expectation of different results through the lens of religion.

Pre-concert activities include a dance demonstration on Friday entitled "Where Patterns Collide – Math & Dance" from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  A reception will follow the free performance.

Madison named best college football town

Madison named best college football town


Madison was ranked as the best college football town according to an online poll conducted by USA Today.  Sports writers contributed to the decision, listing their favorite college football game day cities.

According to a press release, Adam Kramer from Bleacher Reporter nominated Madison as one of his favorite game day locales.  Kramer said "Bloody Mary's, cheese curds and a sea of red" were all a part of the Madison experience.

More than 50,000 votes were cast and Madison beat out other football favorites such as Austin, TX and Gainesville, FL.

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau played a role in the win, mobilizing supporters to vote for Wisconsin's capitol city.

USA Today reporter Laura Bly will visit Madison for the Oct. 6 home game against Illinois, said a press release.  Bly will write a feature story about Madison for the Oct. 12 edition of USA Today.

Badger Bash celebrates football opener

Badger Bash celebrates football opener


Badger Bash will kick off its 40th season Saturday before the 2:30 p.m. football game.

The public tailgating party begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 at Union South, located at the corner of Dayton Street and Randall Street.

Each Badger Bash features special events and activities, said a press release.  The first bash features Alumni Band Day and includes an Alumni Band performance, announcements about the UW Marching Band Hall of Fame, and a historical band exhibit.

Mike Leckrone and the UW Marching Band will perform.  Bucky Badger will be on-site, as well as grilled food and cold beverages.

Face and hair painting will be available at The Orchard in Union South.  In The Sett, the pre-game show will be broadcast.

After the game, the UW sixth quarter will begin back at Union South.  Food, music and movies will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.