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Author: Lee Matz

Architectural Snapshot: A look at the ongoing rise an fall of Milwaukee’s cityscape

As spring comes to Milwaukee, even with a last gasp of winter snow, two sites within a few city blocks both share a special and alternative fate. On the west side of the Milwaukee River, a landmark is midway finished with its demolition. On the east side of the river, a new skyscraper takes shape. One structure is torn down while the other is built up, and both related to BMO Harris Bank. In 2012, BMO purchased the naming rights for the Bradley Center from then owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Herb Kohl. That remained in place until just...

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Fear the Deer: Milwaukee paints the town green to celebrate Bucks NBA playoffs

To celebrate the start of the NBA Playoffs, the Bucks have taken over downtown Milwaukee with a “Bucksification” of branding on the Water Street BMO Harris Bank office tower, one of The Hop streetcars, two downtown skywalks, and dyeing the Milwaukee River green. On April 11, BMO Harris employees installed vinyl decals on the west-facing windows of its 770 N. Water Street office building to configure an 18-story “Fear the Deer” image. As the official bank of the Milwaukee Bucks, BMO Harris staff wanted to show support for their city and their team. The night display will remain lit...

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Jonah Larson: Young fiber artist unites communities with hope and healing in accidental hobby

“When I came back, I was just expecting to find a jumble of yarn and a big mess. Instead, there was this beautiful dish cloth, which we still have in the kitchen today.” – Jennifer Larson The Wisconsin public rarely hears about a child prodigy who lives in the state, which is how the global crochet community knows 11-year-old Jonah Larson from La Crosse. His birth story and adoption have been well publicized around the world, and how he accidentally discovered crocheting is the stuff of legends. “So when I was five years old, one day we came home...

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Revival of Milwaukee Marathon succeeds in filling city streets with thousands of runners

After twice measuring the route incorrectly, a monumental gaff that prevented participating runners from using the race a qualifier for larger competitions, the Milwaukee Marathon was back on track for its 2019 race on April 6. The Milwaukee Bucks presented the race this year, after the marathon was cancelled in 2018, with the course starting and finishing at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks brought in a nationally known operator to run the event and the new organizer, Rugged Races, promised to make everything right this time. Many regional athletes came to depended on the marathon as a Boston qualifier when...

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Kyle Hill: YouTube star uses pop culture and Marvel superheroes to teach kids science

88Nine Labs hosted “The Science of Marvel: Kyle Hill on the Science of Superheroes” on April 3 downtown at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall, putting a scientific spin on how Captain Marvel could survive in space or the thermodynamics of Spider-Man’s web slinging. Several hundred local families and students attended the event, programmed by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Digital Director Tarik Moody and presented by Northwestern Mutual. For fans of the 21 films in the Marvel Universe, Avengers: Endgame will be the culmination of intersecting plots and beloved characters that have stretched over a decade. While the super powers...

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88Nine Radio helps 10 Milwaukee bands produce Tiny Desk videos for NPR music contest

Radio Milwaukee filmed 10 local artists on March 30 to produce a music video for each, assisting them in the submission process to compete in National Public Radios’s Tiny Desk contest. Playing a Tiny Desk concert has become a dream gig for musicians who hope to reach the media network’s devoted national audience. Since 2008, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concert series has welcomed beloved musicians from across genres to play behind the desk of Bob Boilen, the show’s host. That playlist has included talents from Adele to Chance The Rapper, and from T-Pain to Yo-Yo Ma. As much as...

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