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Jeff Hare of Menomonee Falls hugs his daughter, Nikki Michler, on her wedding day in December.
(Photo by Citrine Pine Photography)
A Father’s Love: His Daughter Needed Masks. He Went to Find Them

Menomonee Falls dad is on a one-man mission to find N95 and surgical masks for his daughter and other healthcare workers

Samples of mustard being judged at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton. Judges must bring their own tiny spoons or pretzel sticks to dip into the samples as one precaution against spreading coronavirus. (Photo submitted by Mary Bergin)
The Mustard Judging Must Go On

Middleton museum's annual event takes precautions

Charlie Berens, host of the "Manitowoc Minute," is using his platform to keep people informed about coronavirus while also keeping their spirits up. Seen here is a still from the 54th episode of his comedy-news show. (Photo courtesy Charlie Berens)
‘Just Wear a Bears Jersey’: Manitowoc Minute Host Looks for Comedy in Social Distancing

Charlie Berens spoke with UpNorthNews about how he finds ways to lighten the mood during a crisis

Pastor Ned Lenhart of Living Water Lutheran Church in Cameron addresses a largely empty nave while broadcasting through multiple online sites. (Photo by Pat Kreitlow)
Coming Together in Spirit While Forced to be Apart

Churches getting used to modern tools to deliver timeless messages

At Sportsmen's Bar 'n Grill in the Dunn County, a Facebook post Friday invites customers to shake dice "to win a giant TP roll! Try your luck tonight during our delicious fish fry! Walleye and perch dinners served 5-9pm."
The Friday Fish Fry Has Fans in Dunn County

Bars and restaurants serving a traditional meal with a nod toward current events

Attendees of the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest sample the top 75 cheeses of the competition Thursday evening at the Monona Terrace in Madison. (Photo by Sharon Vanorny)
Three Wisconsin Cheeses in Top 20

A gruyere from Switzerland wins the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest

Matt Lambric, a Baraboo cheesemaker and pepper-flavored high-heat cheese judge for the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, pulls a sample from a block. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
Hot Peppers Make For Devilish Dairy Products

High-heat cheeses burn bright in their own category at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison.