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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Recycling those old housing materials
With workers installing new windows in our home this week, one question arose: What do we want to do with the old windows?
Greg Peck: Dealing with disruption of home improvement
This week, a crew is installing new windows in our house. The work reminds me how disruptive a home improvement project can be.
Greg Peck: Will seed slitter turn the trick in yard?
After several years of trying to thicken the lawn under our maples without success, I tried a new tactic this weekend. I rented a seed slitter.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: Area conference races taking shape
Xtra Points: Area conference races taking shape
This week on the show: Eric and John discuss how the area high school baseball and softball leagues are panning out, while mixing in some Brewers and Jets.
Xtra Points: High school spring season revs up
Xtra Points: High school spring season revs up
This week on the show: Eric and John give their impressions on the high school spring sports scene, Milwaukee Brewers and the Janesville Jets.
Xtra Points: From college hoops to MLB
Xtra Points: From college hoops to MLB
This week on the show: Eric and John wrap up college hoops and preview high school sports and the Brewers.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein

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Fuel and Tires

All about auto racing with Gazette staffer Dave von Falkenstein
Fuel & Tires: Cup at Talladega; Kvapil gets new sponsor
Fuel & Tires: Cup at Talladega; Kvapil gets new sponsor
This week, Dave previews this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Talladega; looks at Travis Kvapil's new sponsor; and previews the local track action.
Fuel & Tires: Reviews and previews of IndyCar, NASCAR
Fuel & Tires: Reviews and previews of IndyCar, NASCAR
Dave reviews last week's action, including the controversy in IndyCar and Carl Edwards' win in Bristol, and previews this weekend's action in NASCAR and IndyCar.
Fuel & Tires: Bristol, Long Beach and China on agenda
Fuel & Tires: Bristol, Long Beach and China on agenda
Dave previews a full racing weekend with NASCAR at Bristol, IndyCar at Long Beach and F1 in China. There's also action this weekend at two local tracks.

ProjectLab

A team of do-it-yourselfers share their successes (and failures) on a variety of topics
ProjectLab: $6 stilts you can make in an hour
ProjectLab: $6 stilts you can make in an hour
Drywall stilts can cost hundreds of dollars and require circus-performer DNA to wear. But this DIY pair can offer a few extra inches for just $6, DIYer Andy Reuter writes.
ProjectLab: Andy versus the broken dryer
ProjectLab: Andy versus the broken dryer
As an apartment renter, Andy longed for the day that he had the authority to fix his own appliances. That day came recently when his dryer stopped spinning.

Press Start

Video game news, reviews and commentary with Gazette reporter Jake Magee
New 'Gears of War' shows promise
New 'Gears of War' shows promise
Although the beta shows promise that “Gears of War 4” can feel every bit as satisfying as previous “Gears” multiplayer, some hitches hold it back while other new features improve the experience, columnist Jake Magee writes.
Press Start: The best video game trailers
Press Start: The best video game trailers
There are a few trailers that gain special attention, whether it's for the strong emotions they convey, their artistic direction or just their pure awesomeness.
Press Start: ‘Quantum Break’ unique experience
Press Start: ‘Quantum Break’ unique experience
“Quantum Break” treads new ground by combining a video game with television-esque live-action episodes, but the innovative idea can't make up for the final product's lackluster components, columnist Jake Magee writes.

The Hungry Reporter

Cooking and food talk with Gazette reporter Andrea Anderson

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Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Fact-check election campaigns
John W. Eyster: Fact-check election campaigns
John urges voters to fact-check the election campaigns before going to the polls.
John W. Eyster: Thoughts on the spring election
John W. Eyster: Thoughts on the spring election
John wants to know what you think as the state prepares to elect a Justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Eyster: Evangelical Christians and Trump
Eyster: Evangelical Christians and Trump
John wrestles with the question of how Evangelical Christians can support Donald Trump.

Glen Loyd Videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: Stuffed Decorah eagle babies
Glen Loyd Videos: Stuffed Decorah eagle babies
Glen provides an update on the two baby eagles in Decorah, Iowa, who are "growing like weeds."
Glen Loyd Videos: Hope running out for third Decorah hatch?
Glen Loyd Videos: Hope running out for third Decorah hatch?
Glen has more video of the two baby eagles in Decorah, but it doesn't look like there will be a third hatching.
Glen Loyd Videos: Decorah eagles, table for two
Glen Loyd Videos: Decorah eagles, table for two
Glen has video of two hungry Decorah baby eagles provided by the Decorah Eagle cam.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey

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Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson

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Ask a Poultry Farmer

Advice from a man with sixty years of experience with chickens, turkeys and waterfowl. With community blogger Dale Wheelock.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Turkey wing problem?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Turkey wing problem?
If you notice the wings of your waterfowl and turkeys are dropping down or sticking out, they might have a condition called split wing or angel wing.