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Preston Cole: The Tree Guy

As Director of Operations for the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, Preston Cole still sees himself as a forester. Growing up in a family of sharecroppers, he learned the land ethic from his parents and brings this hard working perspective to his stewardship of Milwaukee’s urban forest, sustainability programs, and natural resource management. | Q&A with Preston Cole Milwaukee Independent: Why did the City of Milwaukee merge the Forestry and sanitation divisions a decade ago? And does it remain a good fit today? Preston Cole: The two were merged for operational efficiency. Three senior managers retired at the...

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National Robotics Week draws crowd to Discovery World

Discovery World Celebrates National Robotics Week and Spring Break during First Northwestern Mutual Monday of 2016. Humanoid machines, programable Lego, and school kids all interacted during National Robotic Week hosted at Discovery World. Through a partnership with Rockwell Automation, local students were provided with a fun and educational Spring Break opportunity that showcased a career path in robotics that exists here in Milwaukee. Participants also included Milwaukee Public Schools, Marquette University’s Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics Lab, Deer Creek High School, South Milwaukee High School, and FIRST Robotics Team 1675. “We want to do some outreach to show kids...

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Northwestern Mutual Mondays return to Discovery World

Northwestern Mutual, through a grant from its foundation, is helping Discovery World offer more fun and educational family experiences than ever by opening its doors to the public on Mondays from March 28 through September 5. Now in its second year, Northwestern Mutual Mondays make Discovery World more accessible to area schools and families by ensuring the attraction is open seven days a week. “Discovery World provides so many interactive learning experiences tied to innovation, science, and technology exploration that are incredible resources for our community,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “By keeping Discovery World’s doors open...

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Photo Essay: At Republican town hall images tell the story

On March 29, The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee hosted a town hall debate with the three Republican candidates, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. The gathering was moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. A purely pictorial perspective of those who protested outside the debate, without political commentary. The pictures of Voces de la Frontera are a silent witness for all that was not said at the televised event inside. “I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute trainwreck.” – Ted Cruz “I can say all kinds of things to get people stirred up, but...

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