All of the (Northern) lights

Did you catch the Northern lights earlier this week?

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All of the (Northern) lights
Photo courtesy of Jamie Seidel

Good morning, Madison!

Did you catch the Northern Lights earlier this week?

The aurora borealis danced through Madison skies in a rare showing Sunday night.

People gathered at various locations across town, from the shores of Lake Mendota to Observatory Hill and beyond to catch a glimpse of the light show.

If you (like me) had no idea this event was happening and don't want to miss out on future sightings, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a forecasting map to track the location and intensity of the trippy phenomenon.

— Hayley

Photo via The Biergarten at Olbrich Park

🍻 It's Biergarten season.

  • Gather all your friends for an evening beer, brat, and cheese adventure — the Biergarten at Olbrich Park is now open for the 2023 season.
  • Pro-tip: The biergarten allows outside food, making it a great spot for a cheap date or party.
  • Keep in mind: There's major construction happening on Atwood Avenue right now, but this won’t affect the biergarten’s hours.

✈️ The F-35s are here.

🏈 Aaron Rodgers' time in Green Bay has come to an end.

  • The veteran quarterback has been traded to the New York Jets.
  • The Packers have reportedly agreed to trade Rodgers to the Jets for multiple picks, according to ESPN.
  • "He’ll always be a Packer and be one of the best to ever do it around here. He’ll be missed," Packers’ general manager said at a press conference. "Just a lot of appreciation for him."
Will you be Byron's forever family?

🐶 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet: Byron.

  • From the Dane County Humane Society: This 8-year-old pup was transferred to DCHS earlier this month from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama. Byron is a bit nervous with new surroundings, but once he adjusts, he leans in for pets and snuggles. He also gives kisses.

    Byron is looking for a home where he can be the only pup getting spoiled with all the attention and affection.

    Is this cutie the newest member of your family? Click here to learn more.

🏋️ A look at the new recreational facility at UW.

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Photo via Missy Howard

Madison Welder Picks Up Pieces After Life-Changing Fire

Artist Erika Koivunen is no stranger to tragedy. Just eighteen months after losing her husband, Aaron Howard, a massive fire torched her entire S. Park Street workshop. Acme Ironworks, the shop that she and her husband shared as metalworkers, burned to the ground after a thunderstorm. The fire caused millions in damages and destroyed several businesses on the block.

You’ve probably seen Erika’s work all over Madison: the thirty-foot tall metal tree that greets you on Willy Street, the metal flowers in front of Madison Sourdough, the benches at B.B. Clarke beach, the huge bird sculptures on S. Patterson Street.

Now after decades of making art for the Madison community, Erika’s learning to let the community support her. Friends have started a GoFundMe campaign. But how do you pick up and carry on when your world changes overnight?

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