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‘This is big, big stuff’: Cuban exile from La Crosse finally becomes US citizen

Ernesto Rodriguez of La Crosse, Wisconsin came to the state in the summer of 1980. That’s after making a treacherous ...

Political aficionados in La Crosse make a sport out of elections

A small, bipartisan group of former politicians and political observers in the La Crosse area has been putting their money ...

Refugee in La Crosse dreams of returning to Cuba

(This story is an excerpt from the podcast, “WPR Reports: Uprooted.”) A group of musicians are jamming in their living ...

Cuban in Wisconsin: Introducing ‘WPR Reports: Uprooted’

In 1980, there was a mass exodus of Cubans who left their homes for the United States as part of ...

A Q For You: Where Does The Name ‘Chicken Q’ Come From?

A Chicken Q is a name for a charcoal chicken dinner sold as part of a fundraiser. But the name ...

Remembering Gene Purcell: My Brother’s Brief Stint As A Rock Star Manager

Gene Purcell dedicated almost his entire professional life to public media. His passion began in La Crosse, where he started ...

For Hmong Language Speakers, Keeping Wisconsin’s Third Most Commonly Spoken Language Alive Is Essential

WHYsconsin recently received a listener question wondering, “What is the third most commonly spoken language in Wisconsin after English and ...

Slingin’ Drinks: Bartending At La Crosse’s Iconic Del’s Bar

In a city with never-ending bar options, Del’s Bar in La Crosse sticks out. It’s been open since 1933 in ...

Kayaking The Mississippi Backwaters

As Maureen McCollum begins her new journey as the producer of Wisconsin Life, we thought it'd be fun to revisit ...

La Crosse’s Public Library Has Added Seeds To Its Collection

Roman orator Cicero said, “If you have a garden and library, you have everything you need.” La Crosse librarian and ...

La Crosse’s Public Library Has Added Seeds To Its Collection

Roman orator Cicero said, “If you have a garden and library, you have everything you need.” La Crosse librarian and ...

Visitors Take Self-Guided Tour Of Downtown La Crosse Using A Cell Phone

In La Crosse they call their downtown: “Historic Downtown.” But a new innovative and interactive tour asks whose history is being ...

Wisconsin Life #403: Adventure Awaits

This collection of stories from people sharing their “Wisconsin Life” includes the story of Steve Brown, a world champion curler ...

UW-Madison Basketball Player Takes Pride In His Native American Heritage

Bronson Koenig is a standout basketball player with the UW-Madison Men’s Basketball team.  He is also a proud member of ...

Mindoro Cut

A windy road makes for motorcycle paradise. Ron Davis tells us about a legendary stretch of highway near La Crosse.