Wisconsin Life: Willow River State Park in Hudson

October 19, 2023


Join Angela Fitzgerald at the beautiful Willow River State Park. The park sits close to the Wisconsin border in Hudson with a wide selection of hiking trails and scenic gems.  The park’s most popular destination is the cascading waterfall with a deep history to dive into. Fitzgerald talks with Park Superintendent, Aaron Mason, to learn more.

David Groenjes treats his work like one giant puzzle. He’s a self-taught welder who started out working on cars at a local repair shop. As time went on, he started experimenting with welding outside of work. Making small sculptures and statues out of reused metal and scrap. Now, his work has been bought and shipped throughout the United States. 

Visit a house in Menomonee Falls, the home of Shawn Redner and Hilary Siegel-Redner, that has a cat figurine collection like no other. The couple travels all over collecting cat figurines and have turned their house into Redner’s Rescued Cat Figurine Mewseum, which is periodically open for tours. Despite covering every inch of their home, they still haven’t beat the Guinness World Record … yet.

Then, meet Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis an artist, art historian and Professor Emeritus. High began working for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and for 41 years worked to expand the presence of African American art history on a local and national level. Now retired, High remains active with her art practice and scholarly work.

Jon Riemann aka the ‘Pudgy Pie Guy’ is passionate about pudgy pies. His love for them started at a young age when noticed there was a lack of information online on how to season a pudgy pie iron. He decided he would make a video to teach people and later became known as the ‘Pudgy Pie Guy.’ Now, he’s become a regular educator on pudgy pies at Kohler-Andrae State Park, headlining Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.

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