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Wisconsin Badgers and College Football

Wisconsin linebacker Chris Orr defends Badgers' post-game Axe celebration

On top of a dominating performance, Orr and a group of teammates stood at midfield and used the Axe as an oar, mocking Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck’s “Row the Boat” mantra. Read more

Madison Wisconsin Business News

Vortex Optics brings jobs and a $35 million investment to Barneveld

The optics company that sells rifle and spotting scopes, binoculars and range finders has grown to 300 employees and continues to expand. Read more


Underground Butcher to close, going through holidays 'would be a mistake'

On the heels of shutting down his popular restaurant, Forequarter, Jonny Hunter is closing Underground Butcher, his 7-year-old meat market, sandwich shop and grocery outlet, effective Dec. 15. Read more


Ask the Weather Guys: What is the most snow Madison has received in one day?

Tuesday is the 29th anniversary of the greatest 24-hour snowfall ever in Madison. Read more

Wisconsin Badgers and College Football

Badgers move into top 10 of AP's new poll

UW's big win over Minnesota moved it up in the AP Top 25 poll.  Read more Restaurant & Dining News and Reviews

Underground Butcher set to close Dec. 15

"It has been a joy to be a part of the Marquette neighborhood over the past seven years," founder/owner Jonny Hunter wrote in a statement. "We are really proud of the accomplishments of Underground Butcher and it saddens me greatly to close it — but it is time to end."  Read more

Wisconsin Badgers and College Football

Tom Oates: Grading Badgers' performance in 38-17 win over Golden Gophers

State Journal columnist Tom Oates grades the 13th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers' performance in their 38-17 win over the 9th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Read more

Local News

Wife hospitalized, husband dead: Missing elderly couple found stuck in vehicle on trail in Dane County

Donald Soper, 87, was found dead at the scene and his wife, Colleen, was transported in critical condition to Meriter Hospital in Madison. The Dane County Sheriff's Office is investigating Donald's death, but said the "circumstances do not appear to be suspicious."  Read more

Wisconsin Badgers and College Football

Tom Oates: Badgers reassert control over Big Ten West with convincing win over Golden Gophers

In dispatching the ninth-ranked Gophers with relative ease, the Badgers did more than reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe after its one-year sabbatical and set up a rematch with second-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Read more Restaurant & Dining News and Reviews

Fitchburg restaurant Quivey's Grove goes up for sale

Quivey’s Grove, the restaurant housed in two historic buildings in Fitchburg, celebrates its 40th anniversary next year. Read more

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This week's Photo Galleries

Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP

Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. Read more

From the Archives: Front Pages, Dec. 7

A collection of front pages from the Wisconsin State Journal published on this day in history, decade by decade. Read more

Recent Videos

WisEye Morning Minute: Elections Panel Wants Help on "Movers"

On December 6, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters and Editor JR Ross discussed how the Wisconsin Elections Commissi… Read more

Video: Barry Alvarez previews Badgers-Buckeyes for Big Ten title

Patrick Herb and Brian Mason and the "Behind the Badgers" podcast are coming to you live from the team hotel in Indianapolis! Read more

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Take our quiz to get your result, and then watch one of the most classic holiday-episode scenes in TV history. Read more