Honoring Ed Maxcy, an actor who served his country

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It arrived in the mail last week: a large manila envelope with “Office of the Mayor” in the return address space. It sat in a “good intentions” pile on my desk for a few days. Probably wasn’t urgent, I thought. Probably a report on water quality or some propaganda for streetcars. When I finally found […]

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Marty Olson explains the origin of the Gopher Crossing sign in Cross Plains

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Last Sunday, when I stopped in Cross Plains (on my way home from the Lake Louie Brewery) to take a few photos of lawn ornaments, I also snapped a photo of the neon Heileman’s Old Style sign outside Main Street Lanes. Suspended under the neon sign is another sign that says “Gopher Crossing.” I was […]

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Making music on State Street: The stellar Floyd W. Cheatham III and his soulful saxophone

August 9, 2006
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Most nights, if you’re lucky, you can find Floyd W. Cheatham III on the 200 block of State Street, across from the Overture Center, making beautiful music on his saxophone. He’s performed there off and on for almost a decade — and those of us who admire the haunting, evocative sounds of his music, hope […]

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