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A deluge of rain slammed northern Wisconsin last week, washing out roads, bridges and damaging people’s homes - and during prime tourism season. Yet resorts there hope vacationers don’t change their plans.

“They are concerned about economic losses up there, because of the flooding,” according to Lori Getter of the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center.

Getter says some roadways remain closed, but there are workarounds, so call ahead.

"(Conditions are) changing hourly, because everyone is working hard to get those roads open,” Getter says.

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Shakespeare in the Park is a pretty well-established concept, and one that puts the idea of "All the world's a stage" into practice. A Milwaukee-based theater troupe is now into its second season of putting its distinctive spin on the concept.

Susan Bence

Milwaukee real estate prices are on the rise. According to a new report that analyzed apartment listings in major U.S. cities from June to July of this year, Milwaukee saw the highest average increase in the country.

One bedroom rental listings went from an average of $880 in June to just over $1,000 in July. That's an increase of 15%.

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Making dinner after a long day at work can be a daunting proposition, at least until you make the decision that tonight is “cereal night.”

However a new cookbook by a Milwaukee writer makes the case that dinner – or lunch or breakfast – need not have a long ingredient list and a complex set of prep instructions to make for a delicious meal.

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The Milwaukee Brewers emerged from last week's All-Star break about the same way they went into it - sputtering a bit. Expectations were low for the Brew Crew this year, as the team continues to rebuild with an eye towards future success.

The Sports Post managing editor and Lake Effect sports contributor, Shaun Ranft stopped by this week to offer a mid-season review of the home team and share his thoughts about what's gone right, and wrong, for other teams.

Susan Bence

For decades at this time each summer, Wisconsin farmers have gathered to talk technology. Wisconsin Farm Technology Days began back in 1954 with a simple hay baling contest in Waupaca County.

This week a farmer south of Geneva Lake hosted.

Kyle Scott came to check it out. He works for a crop farmer northeast of here. He and his wife also farm their own five-acre parcel.

Christina Bodznick

For many of us, there is a certain allure to the Arctic. But for author and sled dog trainer, Blair Braverman, the appeal has nearly always extended to something deeper. 

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Komatsu announced Thursday that it is purchasing mining equipment maker Joy Global of Milwaukee in a deal worth about $3.7 billion.

The Japan-based Komatsu makes construction, mining and military equipment.

Joy Global has 1,000 employees in Milwaukee and 12,000 worldwide.  

Michelle Maternowski

Strong internet connections can play a huge role these days in the economic viability of an area.  As growing numbers of devices and systems are being connected to the internet, cities across the country are looking to keep up with what’s called the Internet of Things, or IOT. Milwaukee is no different.

The city is in the early stages of examining what it means to be a "Smart City," or a city that uses technology and the internet to enhance performance.

The City of Milwaukee is ready using smart technology connected to the internet to improve lives and services.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took center stage Wednesday night during the prime time session of the Republican National Convention.

Walker spoke for about 10 minutes, outlining why he believes voters should choose GOP nominee Donald Trump for president. Walker also urged people to vote for Republicans in other races.

Here are some highlights of Walker's address:

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If these have seemed like stressful times, relief – according to a recent study – could be found nearby. Wisconsin was the only state in the country with two cities in the top ten list of least-stressful places to live.

Madison ranked fourth and Eau Claire fifth on the list, which was compiled by the technology and personal finance website, SmartAsset.

Couresty of the Small Business Administration

Small businesses are a vital part of Wisconsin's and the nation's economies. When these businesses struggle, it often portends deeper issues for the economy at large.

Access to tools and networking needed to start and grow your own business can be difficult to attain without the proper resources.

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Despite their losing record, the Milwaukee Brewers represent the pinnacle of the baseball world in Wisconsin. But fans don't necessarily need to go to Miller Park to watch high quality baseball. There are two minor league teams that call the state home, the Beloit Snappers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Appleton.

Mitch Teich

There is no shortage of warnings as weather conditions in much of Wisconsin are expected to become oppressive. 

For instance, people are advised to:

--cancel outdoor activities

--check on people who may be isolated in a hot home

--seek cool spaces

--drink plenty of water

Highs in metro Milwaukee will push into the 90s on Thursday and Friday with high dew points sending heat indexes over 100 degrees.

The people most at risk are those with chronic or mental health conditions, older adults and young children.

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The last of golf’s major tournaments tees off next week with the PGA Championship taking place in Springfield, New Jersey. However, golf fans in our area are eager for next year’s U.S. Open, which will be held at Erin Hills in southeast Wisconsin.

There are several golfers associated with the state. The most recent, significant name is Edgerton native Steve Stricker.

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