Fitzgerald also has all-new stories from the Wisconsin Life team, including a profile of a modern-day, world champion logroller. Hayward native J.R. Salzman set two world-records in the boom run and ESPN describes him as “among the most preeminent outdoors athletes ever.” Salzman’s life drastically changed in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Inspired to serve in the military, he went on to become a wounded warrior and Purple Heart recipient. But would his days as a logrolling champion be behind him? No one, including Salzman himself, predicted what happened next. Wisconsin Life travels to Menomonie, where Salzman currently lives, to tell his story. J.R. has a sister, Tina, who is a ten-time champion logroller herself.
Next, the team travels to Stevens Point, where artist Karen Hoffman honors her heritage and celebrates the Iroquois culture and worldview through her traditional raised beadwork.
Then, it’s off to Danbury, in Burnett County. There we stop at Yellow Lake Golf Course and meet a pair of friends who describe their connection to – and love for – the only golf course in Wisconsin to feature greens made entirely of sand, not grass.
Finally, we meet David Drake. He has been called “a gentle troubadour” and “elemental folksinger.” Drake’s Wisconsin-esque music is inspired by his voyages across Midwestern prairies and the waters of the Great Lakes. He has performed for more than twenty-five years and has written more than 200 songs about the Midwest.