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12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Select Stakeholders Invited to DNR Wolf Management Round Table

DNR is beginning to come up with wolf management plan.
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Wisconsin recently concluded its first wolf hunt, on the heels of the animal’s removal from the list of endangered species.

The DNR is in the process of creating permanent rules for the hunt, and setting quotas for this year’s harvest.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

A Naturalist's Take on Baffling Spring Weather

Budding aspen gets chilly response
Credit Susan Bence

Don Quintenz practically came out of the womb with a fascination for nature.

“I just loved the wildflowers and the hawks and the birds; and I’m lucky I was brought up with a lot of exposure to nature as a young kids; go outside, I don’t want to see you until dinner time kind of thing,” Quintenz says.

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Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Political Shift in West Bend as Tea Party Ideology Gains Influence

West Bend has offered an incentive package to a concealed carry trade group to move into this former museum building downtown.

West Bend has long been a conservative stronghold in southeastern Wisconsin. The city seems to have taken a few steps further to the right in recent years, as conservative and Tea Party ideology has made its presence felt.

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Economy & Business
3:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

New Office Building Planned for Former Pabst Brewery Site

Rendering of the Pabst Business Center

A developer announced plans on Wednesday for a new five-story building to be constructed in the "The Brewery " neighborhood. The Brewery - a mixed-use development - is located on the northern edge of downtown Milwaukee, on the grounds of the former Pabst Brewery.

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Regional
11:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wisconsin's Last Flash Point Over Tribal Spear Fishing

Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have announced plans to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes this season.
Credit Wolfgang Hoffmann

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin have been unhappy with state leaders for relaxing mining standards and approving a wolf hunt. Now tensions have emerged over spear fishing.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Milwaukee Loses Out on Bloomberg Funds, But Project Will Continue

Stakeholders of Milwaukee HOME GR/OWN plan to forge ahead despite Bloomberg challenge results.
Credit Susan Bence

Last week, the hopes of many in southeastern Wisconsin were dashed when the results of the Bloomberg challenge were announced.

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Walker Marketing His Conservative Brand, Perhaps Testing Presidential Waters

A familiar face at big Republican gatherings.
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Gov. Scott Walker appeared to be one of the Republican leaders ‘testing the water’ late last week, as the Conservative Political Action Conference gathered in Maryland.

Walker was invited to address the conference and was also on its straw ballot of GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Milwaukee's Global Water Hub Gets Boost from French Innovation

We talk with Yves Dudal of Envolure
Credit Susan Bence

Milwaukee’s ambition to become global water hub took a step forward last week when the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp announced it will pump seed money into the effort. The Water Council – the local trade association that spearheaded the big picture plan - will disperse $50,000 WEDC-funded grants to six water tech startups.

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Arts
5:48 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Tracing the Growing Popularity of Irish Dance

Rince Nia dancers at Irish Fest, wearing the trademark colorful dresses and curly wigs of Irish dance.

This is the time of year, with its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, that you may see Irish dancers, doing their elaborate kicking and stomping. The tradition goes back hundreds of years. Its popularity here is relatively new, although it continues thriving.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Ian Rankin Novel Finds Once-Retired Cop "Standing in Another Man's Grave"

Ian Rankin, Scottish detective writer.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Ian Rankin.

John Rebus is one of the most famous detectives in crime fiction. The creation of Scottish writer Ian Rankin, the hard-drinking, hard-smoking Inspector Rebus has been solving crimes in his own, not quite by the book, way for 25 years. He’s also earned Rankin a slew of international literary and academic honors, as well as an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

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