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County Parks offer new virtual adoption program to help fund protection of threatened species

Virtual adoptions of some of Milwaukee County’s lesser-known, but very lovable residents, Salamanders and Crayfish and Bumblebees, are now available as part of a $10,000 matching campaign for Milwaukee County Park’s Community Science Program. The crowdfunding campaign, run by the Natural Areas Department, works to protect habitats and monitor the populations of threatened species including Digger Crayfish, Blue-spotted Salamanders and the federally endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee. All of these species are resident in the 10,000 acres of natural areas that Milwaukee County Parks manages. Virtual adoptions of the animals are available at until June 20. If Milwaukee County Parks...

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Deer District: Fiserv Forum anchors Milwaukee’s newest 30-acre neighborhood

The official name of Downtown Milwaukee’s new neighborhood, Deer District, was unveiled recently with the release of its commercial website, The 30-acre space is anchored by Fiserv Forum, home to the city’s professional basketball team, the Milwaukee Bucks and host site of the upcoming 2020 Democratic National Convention. The district’s website was designed to present comprehensive information on projects under development, events for the public, and opportunities for the business community. “We are proud to announce Deer District as the name of this transformative project that is creating an exciting and bustling neighborhood in downtown Milwaukee,” said Michael...

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History Porn: Milwaukee’s unhealthy obsession with still images from its past

It is normal to think that history is remembered in a linear fashion, with people living in the same home their whole lives. They would pass the torch to a new generation and hand down their stories from parent to child to grandchild, honoring the memories and traditions that arrived with each wave of immigrants to settle in Milwaukee and call it home. Then, somewhere a long the way, the links in that chain of tradition fractured. In the rush for modernization and adaptation, the linchpins of metropolitan life became nails in the coffin of the city’s collective and...

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HaywoodGroup’s One MKE Plaza aims to bring Ikon Hotel to north neighborhoods ahead of DNC

A project by Milwaukee developer HaywoodGroup seeks to redevelop the former Sears store and the 6-acres of neighboring property it acquired last year into “One MKE Plaza,” featuring a much needed hotel that could support the inflow of visitor for the Democratic National Convention in July 2020. The Ikon Hotel would be built within the former Sears, Roebuck and Company’s department store at 2100 W. North Avenue. The HaywoodGroup needs Common Council approval for a $4 million city loan to build the 80-room hotel and conference center, which would kick off a $50 million redevelopment plan around Fond Du...

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Research details how Milwaukee’s air hub has been vital for state and local economies

Results of a new study was recently released by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele that identified the significant and positive impacts that Milwaukee’s Mitchell International (MKE) and Timmerman Airports have created for the state and local economies. Overall annual passenger and air cargo activity at Mitchell and Timmerman generates 26,038 jobs, $913.4 million of direct, induced, and indirect personal income, $2.6 billion of business revenue, $95.3 million of state and local taxes, and $88.3 million of Federal aviation-specific taxes. “Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport is our front door, and its impact on the economic success of the County, State and...

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Port Milwaukee expects another strong year for international cargo as shipping season begins

The Great Lakes international shipping season has yet to start, but already two ships have departed northern Europe headed for Milwaukee. Both the Fednav ship Federal Barents and the Polsteam vessel Irma are in the North Atlantic now with port calls scheduled in North America, including Milwaukee. The locks in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway are set to reopen on April 2, and the Irma and the Federal Barents will enter the Seaway approximately one week later. Both vessels are carrying raw materials for manufacturing that will be unloaded at Port Milwaukee and transferred to...

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