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9:57 am
Wed May 8, 2013

An Achievable Dream? Biking to School Folds Into Family Routine

Chloe sticks to the sidewalk as she commutes to school.

Wednesday students from 1,500 schools coast to coast are making their way to class on foot or bicycle. Organizers hope National Bike to School Day draws attention to the need for safer routes for kids AND the importance of getting them more physical active

Maryland Avenue Montessori - on Milwaukee’s bustling east side - is one of the schools getting in the act this morning, as parents and students form walking and biking caravans. We meet up with one nine year old and her dad for whom getting to school on two wheels is already routine.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

"The Repeat Year" Poses Quandary For Protagonist: What to Do Differently?

Every day of every week – almost every hour, maybe – includes a decision that will have an impact on you and the people around you.  So it’s no wonder that we get some of those decisions wrong. 

But of all the wrong decisions you’ve made in the past year, how many of them were so wrong that they’ve changed the course of your life?  And what if you were forced to go back and try again?

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Arts & Culture
1:11 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

With "Goldin" Leadership, Milwaukee's Book Scene Stays Strong

Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin is featured in Milwaukee Magazine.
Credit Boswell Book Company

When Milwaukee’s venerable independent bookstore chain, Harry W. Schwartz, faded away four years ago – and was followed by Borders Books, many feared the local literary scene might disappear as well.

But that hasn’t happened. If anything, the book world is stronger than ever. That’s thanks in large part to the strength of the remaining independent bookstores in the area.

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Mining
1:08 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Who Knew Mining Could Be So Emotional? In Wisconsin, It Certainly Is

Writer Erik Gunn at the Penokee art exhibit at the Urban Ecology Center.
Credit Susan Bence

Plenty of journalists have covered – over the past year or so – the often hostile legislative and environmental battle that surrounded proposed iron or mining in the far-off Penokee Hills – located just below Lake Superior.

Although Wisconsin has a new mining law that streamlines permitting; and Gogebic Taconite – a company that sprouted from a Florida-based business – has begun its application process, writer Erik Gunn with Milwaukee Magazine thought the subject deserved a fresh examination.

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Environment
10:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stewardship Funding Will Soon Face Legislative Scrutiny

Local land trust hopes to preserve prime Milwaukee River real estate for public urban green space

The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres. It pools resources of the DNR, local government and land trusts. You have only to head up the Milwaukee River to see the funding at work.

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