Author: Rich Zimmermann

Milwaukee Mile prepares for return of NASCAR series with safety training and track upgrades

Before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series could return to the Milwaukee Mile for the Clean Harbors 175 race, after a 14-year absence, the racing association demanded some track repairs and retraining for the Fire and Safety crews. Even though the series is not scheduled until August 27, the refurbishment effort requires that the Milwaukee Mile be shut down for all racing and club events this summer, until the repairs are completed. To prepare for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA Menards series, and Sprecher 150 race, the old track will see several important upgrades. The Milwaukee Mile is the...

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An 1867 relic of the Milwaukee Road: One of state’s last train depots moved for conversion into coffeehouse

The former Brookfield depot was physically relocated on November 4, as part of plan to rehabilitate the abandoned train station built in 1867 into a coffee shop. Once a thriving stop on the historic Milwaukee Road, Heritage Movers repositioned the station 350-feet southwest, to the corner of Brookfield Road and Northhills Drive. Fiddleheads Coffee originally announced that the restored Italianate clapboard depot would be home to their new coffee shop location. However, those plans had changed by June 21 when the Economic Development Committee met. “Fiddleheads will not be the tenant in the depot, as they were unable to...

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A look at Summerfest 2021: Images from the world’s largest music festival under COVID-19 restrictions

Back in February, the Milwaukee World Festival announced that Summerfest would move from its original “summer” dates in June to September to give the public more time to get vaccinated against the COVID-19. The event was cancelled for the first time in 53 years in 2020. The 2021 festival was highly anticipated, and introduced three new major amenities to the public. They include the new $51.3 million American Family Insurance Amphitheater, the new Northwestern Mutual Community Park, and the new Generac Power Stage. The price of admission required that individuals show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative...

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Live music returns: Foo Fighters perform first major concert in Milwaukee since COVID to sold-out crowd

The famed Seattle rock band Foo Fighters performed to a sold-out crowd at the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 30, the first concert held at the Milwaukee venue since the city was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters followed the dissolution of the trend-setting grunge band after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. The group took its name from the nickname coined by Allied aircraft pilots for UFOs and other aerial phenomena. Over the course of their career, Foo Fighters have won 12 Grammy Awards. “We are incredibly honored Foo...

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Road America: Camping at the starting line of Elkhart Lake’s racing track since 1973

The Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin has held racing events since 1955, over a beautiful 4.048 mile roadway. From 1950 to 1955 the race course ran through the actual streets of Elkhart Lake. As a result of the safety concerns with using public roads, the track moved in 1952 to a closed course. Since 1955, the track has been a destination for world-class drivers. The appeal to spectators is that the course retains its original rural feel, with country scenery surrounding the speedway and close access for viewers. Campsites are also available for anyone who wants to...

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Vintage racers from yesteryear unlikely to rev up at the Milwaukee Mile Speedway this summer

IndyCar season was scheduled to start March 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida and would be followed by a vintage series event at the Milwaukee Mile racetrack in June. However, officials have already canceled all races nationwide through the month of August. It remains unlikely that any competition will be held this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. The famous Milwaukee Mile had begun cleaning the track, adjacent to the State Fair grounds in West Allis, in preparations for what would be another season of weekend competitions. But the social and economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has left...

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