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Economy & Business
1:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Fondy Market Supports 'Opinionated Food Culture' On Near North Side

Vegetables abound at Fondy's Food Market.
Credit Fondy's Food Market

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Young Kim.

The Fondy Market at 22nd and Fond du Lac is one of the Near North Side’s success stories. There had been a farmer’s market in the area for decades, but about 10 years ago the market really took off in its present form, thanks in great part to Young Kim.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mining Supporter: Four Reasons We Should Make It Easier to Mine

Supporters line up in the state Capitol to support a bill streamlining the process to mine in Wisconsin.
Credit Iron County Development

Mining is in the air at the state capitol. Yesterday, Democratic Senator Tim Cullen unveiled his version of a iron ore mining bill he believes balances environmental protection and the potential of jobs in the Penokee Hills that straddle Iron and Ashland counties.

The bill relates to a proposed mining operation just below Lake Superior, in the wetland- and stream-rich Bad River watershed. Meanwhile, at this hour in Madison, a recently released GOP bill is being scrutinized and commented on at a public hearing - it is the only one scheduled for the bill.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Mining Back on Fast Track

Site of former Plymouth Mine in Wakefield Michigan - approx 10 miles east of Hurley in Iron County. Lake feeds City of Wakefield's water supply.
Credit K Klein

There will be a flurry of activity at the state Capitol this week – and mining legislation is the topic of discussion.

GOP leaders will hold a public hearing, but not before a Democratic senator reveals a mining bill of his own.

A piece of land just south of Lake Superior – rich not only in streams and wetlands, but also in iron ore, is propelling the debate.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the debate which seems to be accelerating at a furious pace.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

'Growing' Art From Plastic Bags

Yevgeniya Kaganovich's "grow" installation at Lynden Sculpture Garden is made up of recycled plastic bags.
Credit Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Yevgeniya Kaganovich about a new installation at Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Yevgeniya Kaganovich is a jewelry maker and metalsmith who applies the techniques of her trade to other media.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Experts Weigh In on Possible State Income Tax Cut

Lake Effect’s Amy Kiley interviewed UWM economist Scott Drewianka and Marquette University political scientist John McAdams.

As President Barack Obama begins his second term on Monday, taxes and the economy are sure to be key issues. At the end of the year the country dodged the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But another round debt ceiling talks looms in the near future.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Thu January 17, 2013

What's Behind Our Culture's Obsession with Artisan Cheese

Author and anthropologist Heather Paxson highlights the people and practices behind the recent influx of artisan cheese.
Credit Photo by Dominick Reuter, via MIT News

An interview with Heather Paxson.

It’s an understatement to say that cheese holds a special place in Wisconsin’s ethos. It also holds a special place in Wisconsin’s economy. The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture shows that the state produced 2.6 billion pounds of cheese in 2011. Just as significantly, the percentage of that which is specialty cheese has increased to 22 percent.

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Mines
12:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans Put Forward Another Mining Bill

Penokee wetlands
Credit P Rasmussen

Just hours after Gov. Walker said his agenda includes rewriting Wisconsin's mining laws, Republican legislators introduced a slightly-reworked mining bill. Most of it is similar to the plan the Senate rejected by one vote last year.

New GOP Senator Tom Tiffany touted the new plan as one that would enable the state to create thousands of new jobs without weakening environmental standards.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Facing Wildly Fluctuating Weather Challenges - An Apple Orchard Story

Chores don't end after a bad yield, even in the middle of winter; Deidre Birmingham has lots of pruning to do.
Credit Susan Bence

Later Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council will release a map ranking the states for extreme weather conditions over the last year.

We’ve already learned that Wisconsin is in the top ten because of the summer drought.

That is no surprise to many residents – from farmers to scientists.

We begin a series of stories on how people here intend to cope with increasingly erratic weather.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes us first to an apple orchard in southwestern Wisconsin.

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Economy & Business
12:41 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

With Golden Guernsey's Bankruptcy, Is Wisconsin Losing Its Dairy Dominance?

A dairy policy analyst explains what impact the closure of the Golden Guernsey plant will have on Wisconsin's dairy industry.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Mark Stephenson, the director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Many school systems in the Milwaukee area had to scramble last week to find a new milk supplier and 100 workers are looking for jobs after the sudden closure of the Golden Guernsey dairy plant. The 83-year-old milk producer went on to announce that it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Regional
12:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lobbyists Will Urge Wisconsin Legislators to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Advocates of legalized medical marijuana are planning to approach Wisconsin legislators on Wednesday, to urge them to pass a bill allowing patients to use the drug to allay physical discomforts.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison intends to sponsor such legislation, taking over from predecessor, now Congressman Mark Pocan.

Supporters of legalization are calling their planned efforts for Wednesday, Medical Cannabis Lobby Day.

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