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At Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek, the daily duties on the farm never end. 
Photo: Kelly Saran PBS Wisconsin Producer

This week, we're honoring those who take up different lines of duty across Wisconsin.

First, we have the story of a writer who found solace within nature as she closely watches over her family's garden. Then, a local conservationist makes it their duty to keep Wisconsin's rivers clean for future generations.

In honor of Memorial Day, we are sharing the story of Franklin Van Valkenburgh, a Milwaukee-born captain of the USS Arizona who went missing in action after the attack on Pearl Harbor. We join a diver who found her calling to preserve the history residing within the waters of the Great Lakes.

Finally, the students of the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been getting their food delivered by some very interesting characters and their devotion to food delivery is stellar.

We hope you enjoy the week ahead,

-The "Wisconsin Life" Team

As the coronavirus pandemic has left more people stuck inside, a yearning to get back to nature has flourished. This is something writer Yia Lor of Eau Claire has been paying attention to over the last year. She tells us how she found solace in her family’s garden and at the farmers’ market…closely watching the fruits and vegetables.

Sauk County Conservationist’s
Calling Is Improving The Earth

Monitoring the health of our waters is important and requires getting a little wet. That’s why Sauk County conservationist Serge Koenig is standing in a cool stream gathering samples.

Koenig is part scientist, part ambassador for conservation. 
“What we’re trying to do now is just clean up the water a little bit,” he explained. 

This past Monday, people across Wisconsin honored the fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is a time when remembering soldiers from the past and present. 

The late Meg Jones tells us about a Milwaukee-born captain who is missing in action when the Pearl Harbor attack caught America by surprise. 

Maritime Archaeologist Dives Into History, Exploring Great Lake Shipwrecks

Tamara Thomsen is a maritime archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. She and her team are interested in history sunken in the Great Lakes; shipwrecks resting on the bottom, hundreds of feet below the waves.

“It’s more than just a pile of wood on the bottom," she said. "We don’t collect. What we do is we collect information. In Wisconsin waters, we have catalogued 752 vessels.”

If you’ve been to Madison sometime in the past year, chances are you’ve seen them — stout strangers from a strange land about the size of a cooler. They scuttle down the sidewalk on six wheels, flag raised, dodging obstacles as they go about their business. WPR's Norman Gilliland brings us the story of the Starships.

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