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Medford vintage chainsaw collector featured on Wisconsin Life

The seventh season of Wisconsin Life on PBS Wisconsin offers plenty to get excited about. Host Angela Fitzgerald connects viewers with people whose passions, experiences and expertise celebrate the best of Wisconsin, introducing new stories from every corner of our state.

Medford resident Gordy “Chainsaw Gordy” Lekies, is featured in an all-new episode of Wisconsin Life, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 on PBS Wisconsin.

It started with just a few, but before he knew it Gordy “Chainsaw Gordy” Lekies had a collection of vintage chainsaws. Displaying them from telephone poles near the highway, he says people like to take photos of the collection as they pass. He initially had no intention of cleaning them up and getting the chainsaws running, but he says he hopes to turn his collection into a mobile chainsaw museum.

This season sees Fitzgerald crossing the state to visit places including the Shalom Wildlife Zoo in West Bend, the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station in Stratford and the Motorama Auto Museum in Aniwa. The rest of the Wisconsin Life team is just as welltraveled; as always, the program finds and introduces unique and inspiring Wisconsinites from all parts of the state and all walks of life.

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Wisconsin Life is a partnership project of PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio. In addition to the television program, audio stories can be heard on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. during Morning Edition on the NPR News and Classical Music Network. It also airs on The Ideas Network programs Central Time at 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and on The Morning Show Fridays at 6:55 a.m. and 8:55 a.m.