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  • 'It's All About Being In The Right Place At The Right Time' For Musician Grace Weber January 8, 2019
    Sometimes, you just have a suspicion a person is going to go on to big things. Almost exactly 11 years ago, Lake Effect interviewed an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who had just released her first CD. At the time, Wauwatosa-native Grace Weber was 19-years-old, a student at New York University, and half of the artistic duo of […]
  • 5 Developments Coming To Downtown Milwaukee January 3, 2019
    From the opening of the Fiserv Forum to the Milwaukee Streetcar , 2018 was a year of major changes for downtown Milwaukee. But 2019 may prove to be even more transformative for the central city. There are several ongoing projects that will dramatically alter Milwaukee’s skyline. Some will rejuvenate areas that are currently marred by […]
  • Rick Steves' 'Travel As A Political Act' Guides Readers To A Broader Perspective December 31, 2018
    Editor's note : This piece was originally published on March 6, 2018. When we say the word “vacation,” most Americans probably picture a white sand beach in Florida or perhaps an amusement park adventure with your family. However, guidebook author and PBS TV host Rick Steves urges you to use travel as an opportunity to […]
  • MilWorking: Brian Sammons' Twisted Path To Distilling December 20, 2018
    Editor's note : This piece was originally published March 22, 2018. Distiller Brian Sammons is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. As founder of Twisted Path Distillery in Bay View, Sammons has taken his own twisted path to the profession and an equally unorthodox approach to his craft. When he was first starting to create the […]
  • Award-Winning Wisconsin Cheeses To Try December 19, 2018
    Cheese contributor Jeanette Hurt joins us throughout the year to talk about some of the best cheese the Dairy State has to offer. And she says we’re especially fortunate to live in a state that is abundant with award-winning cheeses perfectly suited for sharing with guests for your Christmas or New Year’s party. From the […]
  • Football & Politics: 'Big Game' Delivers Inside Look At NFL December 17, 2018
    Editor's note : This piece was originally published Sept. 11, 2018. Football is like politics. We support our leaders when we agree with them and want to throw the bums out when we don’t. The intersection between professional football and politics is pretty substantial, as Mark Leibovich learned over the past few years. "[NFL team […]
  • Pickleball Is A Big 'Dill' In Wisconsin December 17, 2018
    Editor's note : This piece was originally published Aug. 22, 2018. Pickleball has nothing to do with pickles, but here in Wisconsin, it is a big 'dill'. Jokes aside, the once-niche sport has surged in popularity, especially here in Southeast Wisconsin. According to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), the number of places to play pickleball […]
  • 'Lulu & Rocky In Milwaukee' Shows Children The City's Sophisticated & Fun Sides December 14, 2018
    Children’s books can be a great way to explore places you have been or have yet to visit. It’s even better when the characters visiting these places happen to be cute animals. In the first book of the Our City Adventure series, Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee follows two fox friends (and their penguin friend […]
  • What Are The Legal Implications Of Wisconsin Legislature's Reach Into Attorney General Powers? December 7, 2018
    Republican state lawmakers recently advanced bills that would strip power from both the incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. For one, the new bills would require a legislative committee rather than the attorney general to sign off on withdrawing from lawsuits. This would prevent Kaul from withdrawing from a national […]
  • 'We Want To Bring You Up With Us': Milwaukee Students Respond To Baraboo Photo November 29, 2018
    You’ve probably seen the now-infamous photo of dozens of Baraboo high school boys making what appears to be a Nazi salute. The photo drew international condemnation earlier this month, including from the Auschwitz Memorial Museum . As the story garnered attention around the world, a teacher at a Milwaukee high school felt compelled to respond. […]

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