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Milwaukee County Aims To Lease Park to Greenfield

While the Milwaukee County Parks system is rich in greenspace, it is low on cash. The department hopes to lease one of its parks to help relieve a bit of its more than $240 million in deferred maintenance.

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Mitch Teich

Speedskaters Sugar Todd and Mitch Whitmore both represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  Those Olympics, you might recall, did not work out well for the USA.  But Todd and Whitmore say things are already looking a lot different for US Speedskating at the upcoming Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

Where once you had to go to a specialty store to find natural cleaning products, they’re now on shelves in places from supermarkets to Target.  And a Wisconsin-based company is ending up with products on an increasing number of shelves around the country.

Rebel Green launched its first product nine years ago - a spray to wash fruits and vegetables.  Ali Florsheim, co-founder and co-owner of Rebel Green, shares why it is important to use something beyond water to rinse produce:

The state Assembly on Thursday gave final approval to a $3 billion incentives Foxconn package. It's next stop is the governor's desk.

The Assembly had to take up the bill a second time, because the Senate made changes to it. The vote fell mainly along party lines but this time, one Democrat changed his vote from no to yes.

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At last report, more than 21,000 firefighters are deployed around the country, mainly in the west. More than a million and a half acres have been charred by the 62 large fires that are currently burning.

The fire danger is comparatively low in Wisconsin, but the state is not immune from large-scale fires, either. And this time of year, wildland firefighters from the state are dispatched to places like Oregon, Montana and California.

MILWAUKEE WATER WORKS

Update:  Since the story aired, the Milwaukee Department of Public Works provided the folowing information:

Milwaukee's final 2017 budget approved by the Common Council adjusted the year's eplacement targets to 300 day cares and 300 residential properties. DPW reports 355 replacements have been completed, 135 more are scheduled.  The department it will replace 600 lines by year's end.    

Original Post: Mayor Tom Barrett called this year's budget the starting point for removing lead pipes throughout the city.  

Essay: Letters From the Past

Sep 14, 2017
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Essayist Lauren Fox’s grandparents saw what was happening in 1930s Europe and decided to leave. It's something Fox has thought a lot about recently and reflects on in the September issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

In our Full Plate series, Lake Effect has been exploring the many facets of agriculture, from city bee farms to the history of our state fair to how teaching agriculture to communities can help cities in the long run.

Wisconsin's State Capitol
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The Wisconsin State Assembly late last night passed a $76 billion budget that is now headed to the state Senate, where it is unclear whether Republicans have the vote. 

The new fiscal year began on July 1, and since then, the state has been operating on the previous budget. The Assembly debated for 11 hours on Wednesday, and as expected, Democrats introduced a number of amendments, all of which were rejected by Republicans.

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Wisconsin-based band Dead Horses' last album, Cartoon Moon, garnered national praise and earned the band three Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards this spring, including album of the year.

The first of two Slender Man trials is underway. Opening statements were heard in Waukesha County Tuesday. Anissa Weier, last month, pleaded guilty to second degree intentional homicide with a deadly weapon. Three years ago, she and Morgan Geyser were 12 years old, when they stabbed a friend multiple times, leaving her for dead in a park in Waukesha. The girls said they were trying to please the fictional horror character Slender Man. The victim survived. The jury is being asked to decide whether Weier is legally responsible -- or if her actions were caused by mental illness.

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