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National: WI #3 in Conducting Elections

Building a Stronger Wisconsin means making sure citizens have confidence in the way elections are run. The Pew Center on the States ranks Wisconsin #3 in the nation in how our thousands of local election officials administer elections. Click here to read more.

National: WI #3 in Conducting Elections

Building a Stronger Wisconsin means making sure citizens have confidence in the way elections are run. The Pew Center on the States ranks Wisconsin #3 in the nation in how our thousands of local election officials administer elections. Click here to read more.

National: UW-Madison #8 Best Value

Building a Stronger Wisconsin means making sure our outstanding public universities are affordable to middle class working families. That's why we saulte UW-Madison for being awarded the #8 spot on Kiplinger's 2013 Best Values in Public Colleges rankings. Click here to read more.

March Madness in Wisconsin

What's another thing that make's Wisconsin great? Certainly not the average temperatures in March. But this time of year does offer some excitement for state sports fans with two of our college basketball teams consistently going to the NCAA tournament. We put together an info graphic of how The University of Wisconsin and Marquette University have fared in the tournament since 2000. Good luck to these two teams as they are again seeded in the tournament for 2013! We also tip our hats to the UWM, UW Green Bay, UW Platteville and the many other state college teams that have performed so well over the years.

YEAR UW Madison UW Madison Defeated by Marquette Marquette Defeated by
2000 Final 4 Michigan State (53-41) Not in NCAA tournament
2001 Round of 64 Georgia State (50-49) Not in NCAA tournament
2002 Round of 32 Maryland (87-57) Round of 64 Tulsa (71-69)
2003 Sweet 16 Kentucky (63-57) Final 4 Kansas (94-61)
2004 Round of 32 Pittsburgh (59-55) Not in NCAA tournament
2005 Elite 8 North Carolina (88-82) Not in NCAA tournament
2006 Round of 64 Arizona (94-75) Round of 64 Alabama (90-85)
2007 Round of 32 UNLV (74-68) Round of 64 Michigan State (61-49)
2008 Sweet 16 Davidson (73-56) Round of 32 Stanford (82-81)
2009 Round of 32 Xavier (60-49) Round of 32 Missouri (83-79)
2010 Round of 32 Cornell (87-69) Round of 64 Washington (80-78)
2011 Sweet 16 Butler (61-54) Sweet 16 North Carolina (81-63)
2012 Sweet 16 Syracuse (64-63) Sweet 16 Florida (68-58)


National: Wisconsin ranks well in best-place-to-live survey

Wisconsin will be the nation's 15th best place to live in the future, despite concerns that the Badger State will have a lower-than-average economy and standard-of-living. That's according to a new Gallup Poll... Click here to read more.

College Sports: On, WISCONSIN! -Best College Football Town

USA TODAY's readers clearly agree: Madison was the kickoff-to-finish winner in a recent "best college football town" survey that generated more than 50,000 online votes... Click here to read more.

Tourism: Green Bay ranks 5th cheapest city for date night

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Good news for your budget. Tuesday Green Bay ranked as the 5th cheapest city for a date, among all cities in the U.S. with 80,000 or more people... Click here to read more.

Food: Cranberries are good for more than Thanksgiving

Gone are the days when cranberries were limited to a requisite appearance on the Thanksgiving table and then perhaps a small role at Christmas strung with popcorn on garlands adorning the tree. "Many people think of cranberries as the pretty red stuff alongside the turkey. But they are so much more..." Click here to read more.

Tourism: On Wisconsin: State still top dog in cranberry production

Don't forget Wisconsin cranberries this Thanksgiving! Wisconsin ranks #1 in cranberry production and they are Wisconsin's largest fruit crop.
TOMAH - Fresh cranberries are crunchy, especially when you walk on them... Click here to read more.

Education: UW-Madison ranked 17th among world universities

UW-Madison is ranked as the 17th best university in the world, according to the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. ... Click here to read more.

National: UW Ranked 13th Among Nation's Public Universities

UW-Madison ranked 13th among public institutions and tied for 45th among 262 national doctoral universities in rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report for this year's edition of America's Best Colleges ... Click here to read more.

Education: Wisconsin Average ACT Test Scores 3rd Highest in the Nation

The average ACT test score of Wisconsin students again ranked third in the nation among states whose students primarily take the ACT ... Click here to read more.

National: The Healthiest Places for Women: Madison Ranks 8th in the Nation

SELF's survey of 100 U.S. metro areas reveals the fittest, healthiest and happiest women in the land. Now you can steal their life-improving secrets... Click here to read more.

Local: Chalkboard: Autism Education Done Right in Madison

There are a number of locally familiar names in a long, glowing feature in the Aug. 1 New York Times about how Madison's public schools have taken the isolation out of autism for many district students... Click here to read more.

National: Where To Educate Your Children

In Pictures: Top 20 Places To Educate Your Child
Let's agree with wise experts that the quality of education any child gets comes down to just three things: their own motivation, their parents' support and good teachers. Still, is there a way to compare America's metro areas for education strengths? Consider five factors... Click here to read more.

National: Women in Charge of Businesses: Madison Ranks 5th in Nation

Each of the first four markets in these rankings has more than 4 million residents. Madison -- barely above half a million -- is tiny by comparison. But there's nothing small about the success its women enjoy. They hold 43 percent of all local managerial and professional jobs, the best rate among the top five metros. The best markets for female execs and women business owners... Click here to read more.

Sports: Best College Football Weekends

Think your school's game-day experience is all that and a bag of chips? Universities like to carry the one definitive aspect of their programs around like a trump card. Click here to read more.

Tourism: America's Top Farmer's Markets: Dane County Farmer's Market

Once a hippie haven, Madison has emerged as one of the most livable cities in America; part and parcel of its metamorphosis has been this farmers' market, running full blower since 1972 when then-Mayor Bill Dyke sought a way to bridge city and country. The market circles the Capitol building, which sits in the middle of an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, right at the head of energetic State Street, which runs into the University of Wisconsin several blocks away. Click here to read more.

Tourism: Forget cheese. Madison, WI, #1 for walking

City beats out Miami, San Francisco in list of most walkable in the country

MADISON, Wis. - With the thermometer hovering at 22, and the wind ripping off a frozen Lake Mendota, Rink DaVee and his brother Jim decided to take a stroll.
And why not? After all, according to a recent top 10 list, there's no better place in the country for walking than the capital city of a state known more for cheese and beer than exercising... Click here to read more.

National: Hottest Big State School

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Laura Sullivan was raised on Badger mania. But she was initially afraid that she would get lost in Madison amid 41,000 students, 140 undergraduate majors and nearly 700 student organizations. So when her high-school German class visited, Sullivan says she was shocked to find that she immediately felt at home. The tree-filled campus of nearly 1,000 acres looked to her exactly like a college should. It occurred to her that its enormity actually meant "endless opportunities," she says. It is the old traditions graduates remember most, including Picnic Point, declared by one newspaper to be "the kissing-est spot in North America." Click here to read more.

Tourism: #1 Madison: Full of Great Taste

By 2012, Nichole Fromm and JonMichael Rasmus plan to eat in all 600 or so restaurants in Madison, Wisconsin--in alphabetical order. Their endeavor, addictively documented at, perfectly captures our top food town: quirky, totally democratic and full of great taste, not pretension. Click here to read more.

Tourism: 5 Great Wisconsin Lighthouses

Lucky Wisconsin—it has not one Great Lake, but two.
That means it's got lots of scenic coastline, lined with cliffs, beaches, islands—and lighthouses.
To many, lighthouses are irresistibly romantic. In a harsh environment, they were outposts of civilization, and their keepers often became heroes, saving the lives of shipwrecked sailors... Click here to read more.

Humor: 5 Reasons to Live in Wisconsin

Technology: National Bio and Agro Defense fits Wisconsin

Madison, Wis. - It's not every day that Wisconsin has a chance to attract a major federal laboratory. It has been more than 30 years since the National Wildlife Health Center was established in Madison, and nearly 100 years since the University of Wisconsin was selected over the University of Michigan as the site for the National Forest Products Laboratory. Both labs have contributed immensely to the world's knowledge of wildlife diseases and forests - as well as the state's economy... Click here to read more.

Middleton, WI is the Best Place to Live National: Middleton Wisconsin is the Best Place to Live in the United States.

Why Middleton is No. 1:
Good schools, low crime, green space - there's a lot to love about this Wisconsin town...

Find out why this Wisconsin town, with its picturesque main street and open space, takes the top spot on Money Magazine's list of the Best Places to Live 2007, Click here to see the video.