Wisconsin Life # 802: Expansive Expeditions

October 14, 2021


We’re off to Governor Dodge State Park in the heart of the Driftless Area, as host Angela Fitzgerald explores one of Wisconsin’s largest state parks. From the extensive hiking trails to the trickling waters of Stephen Falls, we’ll see why this park attracts thousands of visitors each year. Angela talks with Park Superintendent Kathy Gruentzel about all there is to do and see across this scenic landscape.

Also we visit Scott Thompson, a strawberry farmer whose farm is located near Bristol, Wis. Finding themselves having to adapt to the ever-changing times the COVID-19 pandemic brought, Thompson and his family planted millions of sunflowers to brighten the COVID-19 world.

Next, we hit the stage with Miss Black USA 2019, TeKema Balentine. As Miss Black USA 2019, she says the pageant empowers Black women to be who they are, to be the best version of themselves and provides her with a platform. While visiting Huegel Elementary School in Madison, Balentine puts her words into action.

Then, we find ourselves at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with Professors Heike Alberts and Monika Hohbein-Deegen who began teaching at the university around the same time in 2003. However, both had very different routes to America, and very different experiences in their homeland of Germany.

Finally, the clopping of hooves and the turning of wheels brings us to the Villa Louis Carriage Classic with Mark and Julie Dahlberg who found a shared passion with their family. That passion is for classic carriage riding, a sport not often thought of outside of history books.


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