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Trinity Church releases statement about structural stability from devastating fire

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church building, located at 1046 North 9th Street in downtown Milwaukee, caught fire and burned. Many watched as the roof collapsed and flames licked the window sills and gables while the Milwaukee Fire Department worked hard to extinguish the flames. On the morning of Wednesday, May 16, 2018 some of our parish leaders were able to tour the sanctuary and identify items for salvage. A great deal of damage was done to the historic interior and the members of Trinity were heartbroken, but not without hope. Pierce Engineers Inc. (PE),...

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Saehee Chang: Thoughts on a peninsula at peace with a United Korea

I am a Korean American woman, a mother, a teaching artist, and a cultural consultant living in the Milwaukee area. I am proud of my Korean heritage and my country of birth. This year South and North Korea were highlighted numerous times in the American media, as well as in the international arena. I said to myself, finally something positive about Korea is on the news. I was overcome with joy to see the united Korean athletes competing together during the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics, as well as the recent coverage of the South Korean and North Korean leaders...

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New State tax credit law to help finance local affordable housing developments

Act 176 was signed into law on May 17, establishing a Wisconsin housing tax credit program that provides a tax incentive for private investment in the development or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing. As the sole administrator for federal housing tax credits in the state, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) was chosen to lead the new program, including certification of eligibility and monitoring compliance. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue will issue the state credits on the tax returns of the recipients. “This is tremendous news for the entire state,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston. “The...

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Trains of the Milwaukee Road immortalized in photos by Wallace Abbey

Veteran journalist Kevin P. Keefe and Scott Lothes, president of the Center for Railroad Photography &a Arts, compiled a photo book chronicling the life and photography of Wallace W. Abbey. The Milwaukee-based photographer and magazine editor captured this city’s bustling railroad scene at its peak before ultimately getting a job overseeing communications for the Milwaukee Road. The book, Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography (Railroads Past and Present), features more than 175 gorgeous photos from Abbey’s collection, as well as details about Abbey’s work ranging from his time at Trains magazine in Milwaukee to running public relations...

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Remembering the Revolutionary Life of Vel Phillips

A visitation for Vel Phillips took place on May 4 at the Feerick Funeral Home in Shorewood. Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff on May 5 in honor of the former Secretary of State. Waking up in the middle of the night to three missed calls from Vel Phillips wasn’t an unusual occurrence. If she wanted to talk to you, the time of day sure wasn’t going to stop her. Vel ran her life just like she did her 3 a.m. phone calls, without regard for tradition. When she wanted to get something done, she was going to...

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Rebecca Dallet’s Wisconsin Supreme Court win seen as a bellwether for midterm elections

Liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet defeated conservative judge Michael Screnock, who was endorsed by Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker, narrowing conservative control of the state Supreme Court to 4-3 from 5-2. Judge Dallet positioned herself as a staunch opponent of President Trump, and defeated her GOP-backed rival on April 3, in what is seen as another bellwether for the upcoming midterm elections. “I’m so proud to say that our hard work has paid off. It will be my immense pleasure to serve the state of Wisconsin as a justice on our Supreme Court,” said Judge Dallet in the Twitter post...

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