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With the recent passing of Hank Aaron, we thought to share stories of struggle and remembrance to honor the history that so many have left behind. While we also explore people who are making history now.

First, is an exploration of Hank Aaron's early career in Eau Claire before he moved on to the big leagues. Next, we meet two professors in Oshkosh who have managed to bridge a divide that has split Germany for years.

Then, we share one woman's story of the complexity of navigating politics and finding common ground. After that, we discover a group of inmates who have found pride in creating art.

Finally, WHYsconsin delves into the history of one of Wisconsin's semi-professional football team.

We hope you stay warm this week!

-The "Wisconsin Life" Team

Hank Aaron passed away last week at 86 and will forever be a legend on and off the field. And while he's remembered fondly for his time in Milwaukee and Atlanta, he started his career in Eau Claire. Author Dean Robbins tells us more about Aaron's time with the Eau Claire Bears.

Bridging the “Cold War” Divide

Wisconsin has always been a beacon of German culture. Now, it is undergoing a renaissance at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Walk across campus with Professors Heike Alberts and Monika Hohbein-Deegen and you will likely hear a conversation in German. Both professors started on campus in 2003, on the very same day. While both are German, their paths to Oshkosh were very different.

Believe it or not, not everyone agrees when it comes to politics. And in the current political climate those differences are especially amplified when trying to have these discussions with family.

Waukesha writer, Judy Bridges walks us though the complex arc of navigating politics and finding common ground with her distant brother.

A La Crosse County government building is an unexpected gallery space, but in a way, the works by current and former inmates hung by The Pen Project are quite appropriate.

Husband and wife Chad and Keri White run the non-profit The Pen Project out of the office of their Eau Claire-based design firm.

The northeastern village, some 25 miles from Green Bay, is known for its Dutch heritage. A lesser known fact about Little Chute is that it was once home to a semi-pro football team, the Little Chute Flying Dutchmen, that played for three decades straight.

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