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1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Superintendent Departs at Critical Time for Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS has seen small gains in achievement under Superintendent Gregory Thornton, but the district still faces great challenges.

After four years on the job, Monday is officially Gregory Thornton’s last day as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New MPS Leader Will Face Dire Financial Outlook

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A new report by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee details the district’s dire financial picture. Forum President Rob Henken says MPS faces flat revenues, but rising costs.

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Dining
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Cheese Stands Center, But Not Alone At 'Cheese Dinners'

A cheese dinner isn't just plates of cheeses, like the one pictured. Instead, it's a culinary experience in which cheese is incorporated into elegant dishes.
Credit Dan Tentler/Flickr

Lake Effect cheese contributor Jeanette Hurt takes us to a cheese dinner in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin may be the land of cheese, but even local cheeseheads would likely draw a blank at the mention of a "cheese dinner."

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wine for a Cause: Napa Valley Auction Could Offer Model for Community Fundraising

Wine contributor Ray Fister says Auction Napa Valley (pictured here) could offer a model for community fundraising.
Credit AuctionNapaValley.org

Wine blogger Ray Fister spoke with Stephanie Lecci about Auction Napa Valley.

$18.7 million is a lot to raise in a single auction – but it was the total raised earlier this month by the Napa Valley Vintners Association in its annual Auction Napa Valley.

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Books
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Girl and Her Dog Take on Nazis in Milwaukee Author's New Middle Grade Novel

A girl and her dog learn to live in occupied Norway during WWII.
Credit SandyBrehl.com

Brehl joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to tell the story of the book.

Milwaukee area writer Sandy Brehl’s new middle grade novel tells a coming-of-age tale set in occupied Norway at the start of World War II.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Milwaukee Public Museum President Returns Home

Wisconsin native Dennis Kois will take on his first assignment at a natural and culture museum as the new head of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Credit Milwaukee Public Museum

Dennis Kois spoke with Bonnie North about his plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum as he takes over as President and CEO.

A new era has begun at the Milwaukee Public Museum, with Whitefish Bay native Dennis Kois as the institution's new President and CEO.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tribes Urge EPA to Review Their Concerns about Mining in Northern Wisconsin

Water moves in the Penokee Hills

Six Chippewa tribes hope the EPA agrees and either restricts or halts a mining company from extracting iron ore from the Penokee Hills.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Russian-Native Provides a Nesting Doll Full of Short Stories in New Book

Snow in May, by Kseniya Melnik, is a collection of short stories set in her native country, Russia.
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If you are an American, the chances are good you know little, if anything, about the eastern Russian city of Magadan.

But if you’re a Russian of a certain age, you would think of it as a remote place where dissidents were sent to live under Stalin.

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Education
10:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Lovell, Marquette's First Lay Leader, Prepares for his First Day

Dr. Michael Lovell is the new chancellor of Marquette University.
Credit Marquette University

The news this Spring that Michael Lovell would leave his role as Chancellor at UW-Milwaukee to become the next President of Marquette University stunned many in the Milwaukee community.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Latinos Thrive As A Growing Population In Wisconsin

Shoppers sample the goods at Pete's Fruit Market in the heart of Milwaukee's Latino community.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

According to U.S. Census figures, the largest minority group in Wisconsin is Hispanics.

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