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Where once you had to go to a specialty store to find natural cleaning products, they’re now on shelves in places from supermarkets to Target.  And a Wisconsin-based company is ending up with products on an increasing number of shelves around the country.

Rebel Green launched its first product nine years ago - a spray to wash fruits and vegetables.  Ali Florsheim, co-founder and co-owner of Rebel Green, shares why it is important to use something beyond water to rinse produce:

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At last report, more than 21,000 firefighters are deployed around the country, mainly in the west. More than a million and a half acres have been charred by the 62 large fires that are currently burning.

The fire danger is comparatively low in Wisconsin, but the state is not immune from large-scale fires, either. And this time of year, wildland firefighters from the state are dispatched to places like Oregon, Montana and California.

Essay: Letters From the Past

Sep 14, 2017
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Essayist Lauren Fox’s grandparents saw what was happening in 1930s Europe and decided to leave. It's something Fox has thought a lot about recently and reflects on in the September issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

In our Full Plate series, Lake Effect has been exploring the many facets of agriculture, from city bee farms to the history of our state fair to how teaching agriculture to communities can help cities in the long run.

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Wisconsin-based band Dead Horses' last album, Cartoon Moon, garnered national praise and earned the band three Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards this spring, including album of the year.

No one knows more about the risks and challenges of dealing with lead in drinking water than Marc Edwards. The Virginia Tech civil engineering professor not only helped hold a spotlight up to Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, but years earlier he investigated a public health disaster in Washington D.C. that ended with Congressional hearings in 2010.

Edwards says the challenges around lead in water begin with reliable lead testing because lead is often occurs in particulate form.

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"The first time someone hears the word 'Ayurveda,' they say, 'Ayuer-what?'" jokes Carol Nace, Ayurveda practitioner and founder of Bodhi Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a wellness system that originated in India thousands of years ago, well before modern medicine supplied evidence for the mind-body connection, Nace says.

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For three adventurous decades, Milwaukee's Wild Space Dance Company has taken audiences on journeys that confound the accepted ideas of what dance can be. From performances in expected venues like a theater, to those in decidedly unexpected venues like the Menomonee Valley’s Three Bridges Park, Wild Space continually redefines modern dance for both performers and audiences.

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Wisconsin's Senate is expected to take up legislation this fall requiring high school students to receive financial literacy education before they graduate.

Currently, only a minority of states require such education.

That squares with new data collected by Milwaukee-based organization, SecureFutures. The group commissioned a study of some 500 teens around the country about their own finances and how they learn about money management.

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There are many things brewing in downtown Milwaukee. Perhaps the most notable project this summer has been the laying of the tracks for the new Milwaukee Streetcar, which has torn up roads throughout downtown and the Third Ward.

Residents have many lingering questions about the new streetcar, but the most persistent one seems to be: Why? Like many cities, Milwaukee once had a streetcar system that was removed in the 1950s. 

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An exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art showcases the clothes of six generations of an upper-middle class, Marshfield family -- The Roddis family.

Ex Fabula: Dreamers

Sep 9, 2017
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Ex Fabula celebrates the power of true and personal stories to connect individuals through universal experiences. This weekend we want to celebrate our American immigrants while acknowledging that the road to the “American Dream” often looks to very different for the Dreamers among us.

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Every year, Milwaukee Magazine dedicates much of its September issue to showcase some of the arts events happening in the fall, when many artistic institutions put out their season offerings. 

People hoping to go to new museum shows or theater productions will find a myriad of options this season, with a mix new shows and fresh takes on old classics. 

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Renaissance Theaterworks began a quarter of a century ago as a way to both produce good work and also promote women in theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. In those 25 years, the company has mounted 66 full productions and 40 staged-readings. Nine of those productions were original works by Wisconsin playwrights and seven were World Premieres.

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The Cheesehead has become an iconic piece of Wisconsin culture and as we await the start of Packer season this weekend, we can expect to see a lot more of them in the coming months.

But the Cheesehead itself is a relatively new item, created 30 years ago by a man named Ralph Bruno. He's now the owner of Foamation, the company that produces the Cheesehead and other related products, which just set up shop in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood. 

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