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Diane Baima: Former Milwaukee teacher shares stories of life in rural Ukraine during 9 months of war

Diane Baima grew up in America’s midwest, being born and raised in Minnesota, attending college in Madison, and later working in Milwaukee. Her love of education would eventually bring her to Ukraine, where her hope for a peaceful post-Soviet era collided with the reality of Russia’s brutal full-scale invasion. Her fascination with Soviet culture culminated towards the end of the Cold War, as tensions thawed and “perestroika” showed the possibilities of friendship between the two bitter rivals. In her teenager years, Baima believed that learning another language could help bring peace to countries divided by political ideology. Language study...

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Justin Aprahamian: Sanford’s James Beard Award-winning chef offsets inflation with culinary passion

Of the many complex factors affecting the American economy after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, food inflation has hit families particularly hard in 2022. The unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February directly threatened the global food chain. Because of Russia’s interference with Ukraine’s agricultural exports, millions starved while prices skyrocketed. No part of the world has been immune to the impact of food inflation, including Milwaukee. And the additional hardship arrived just after widespread COVID vaccinations allowed the public to resume the in-person dining experience at their favorite dinning spots. Justin Aprahamian, chef and owner of the...

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Jonathan Brostoff and Mark Chambers sworn in as newest members of the Milwaukee Common Council

Jonathan Brostoff and Mark Chambers were sworn in as the newest members of the Milwaukee Common Council on November 16, surrounded by fellow elected officials, family, friends, and community leaders. Alderman Chambers will represent the city’s 2nd District and Alderman Brostoff the 3rd District, filling the two vacant seats after a special election on November 8. City Clerk Jim Owczarski swore in Alderman Chambers. In his address to the Common Council, he pointed to a pin he was wearing and acknowledged the influence of his late friend. Jamaul Jones was a pedestrian killed by a car in 2021. “Jamaul...

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