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Drought
4:53 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Farmers Hoping for Rain to Salvage Season

Corn farmers are worried that this year could be a total loss because of the extreme heat and dry conditions.

Farmers in southeastern Wisconsin are wondering just how bad this growing season will be – or what might be salvageable. The drought in southern Wisconsin last week intensified from moderate to severe. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited Rob -N-Cin’s Farm in West Bend.The family-owned farm tends around 400 dairy cows and raises crops - alfalfa, corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Son Rick Roden fears this season could be devastating.

Environment
2:57 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Can City's Canopy Stand Up Against First Sign of Emerald Ash Borer?

One of a dozen or so ash trees hit by emerald ash borer infestation on Milwaukee's northwest side.

The City of Milwaukee has joined a club of which no community wants to be a member.

Late last week, officials announced that the Emerald ash borer has infected trees on the city’s northwest side.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met a city forester on the site to learn how Milwaukee has been preparing for the pest.

It has already taken down tens of millions of trees in states to our east as well as in Canada.

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Milwaukee River Revival
2:24 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Along the Milwaukee River, Optimism Abounds

The Milwaukee River, on a somewhat colder day.
Credit Wiki Commons

All this week, WUWM News is exploring recent efforts to revitalize what was once a key thoroughfare through the city, but one which fell into decline decades ago. The Milwaukee River once was the catalyst for commerce and industry during the city's formative years and also provided recreation for the people who moved here. However, disregard for the river's health led to decades of decay.

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Milwaukee River Revival
2:21 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

New Housing and Commerce Highlight River Renaissance

New apartments and landscaping hugs the Milwaukee River.

We now continue our series about the revival of the Milwaukee River.

As we reported earlier, the City of Milwaukee exists here because of the river. It, with its mouth in Lake Michigan, supported commerce and industry in the early days, and provided recreation. However, no one tended the health of the river, so it decayed; and manufacturers left its banks, as trains and trucks replaced boats. The community abandoned the ailing Milwaukee River for decades, but a turnaround began in the 80s. The city initiated improvements, including Riverwalk, and worked with developers.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

First Cases of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Discovered in Milwaukee

One of several emerald ash borer infestations discovered on Milwaukee's northwest side.

It was not entirely “unexpected” news Friday when Milwaukee officials announced conclusively - the Emerald ash borer hit a cluster of trees on the northwest side.

Scientists first spotted the destructive green beetle in Detroit, Michigan in 2002.

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Milwaukee River Revival
2:17 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The City's Past Relationship with its Namesake

Rohn's Swimming School with tethered beginning swimmers.
Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

If you want to view a thriving strip of the City of Milwaukee – hop a boat and cruise the Milwaukee River. New housing and repurposed old buildings line the waterfront and its adjoining neighborhoods. Most vessels that cruise the river these days are not the working types of generations past, but rather pleasure boats.

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Civil War
9:02 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - The Carnage of Shiloh

Click to Enlarge Photo"The Battle of Shiloh," by Thure de Thulstrup, circa 1888
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

We’ve been learning about the contribution Wisconsinites made, 150 years ago, to the Union cause in the American Civil War. It was a significant contribution - and sacrifice, despite Wisconsin’s relatively recent entry into the union and its distance from the battlefield.

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Environment
3:28 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Challenge of Asian Carp Control Assignment

Army Corps under increased pressure to come up with carp solutions

President Obama last week signed the transportation bill he hopes will put thousands of construction workers on job sites.

The law also carries some unexpected “environmental” clout.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned more about what SOME are calling “The Asian Carp Act.”

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Economy & Business
1:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

New Skyscraper Could House Hotel, Apartments

Click to Enlarge PhotoDeveloper Rick Barrett poses next to an artist's rendering of The Couture.

Milwaukee’s skyline could have a distinct new feature in a few years: a 44-story tower. County Executive Chris Abele outlined the plans Wednesday. The building would be located across the street from Discovery World and the northern entrance to Summerfest. As WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl reports, the development would include hotel rooms and housing to meet what planners call a growing demand.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Saving Face: The Legacy - and Mystery - of Face Jugs Endures

Face Jug, Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield, SC, 1862-70. Chipstone Foundation.
Credit Gavin Ashworth

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Claudia Mooney, curator for the Chipstone Foundation, about face jugs.

As a student of Material Culture, contributor Gianofer Fields spends a lot of her time studying objects. However, in this installment of "It’s a Material World," it seems the object has its own agenda, albeit a somewhat ambiguous one.

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