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Don't Worry, Milwaukee's Roverwest Dog Park Is Safe For Your Canine Pals

The practice of designating green space, especially for dogs to romp freely, have become more and more popular. But one dog park in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood has some questioning the safety of the ground where their dogs frolic. What's under the grass at the Roverwest dog park in Riverwest? Some say it was a poisonous dumping ground. Are our dogs safe there? James Bruss submitted those questions to Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region. And

Don't Worry, Milwaukee's Roverwest Dog Park Is Safe For Your Canine Pals

How Did Socialist Mayors Impact Milwaukee?

Editor's note : This piece was originally published June 24, 2016. As thousands of delegates, reporters and other visitors prepare to descend on Milwaukee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention , many might be intrigued by the city's interesting political history. The piece includes portions of an interview with Anita Zeidler, who has since passed away. This week's Bubbler Talk inquiry comes from listener Brad Lichtenstein : "Besides the lakefront, what else did Socialist mayors do for

The Story Behind That Iconic, Little Food Stand On Milwaukee's East Side

On one of the busiest intersections of Milwaukee's east side, sits a tiny food stand on the corner of a parking lot. The sign simply reads "The Drive-Thru." A curious listener reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region — in hopes of learning more. "I drive past Chubby's on the corner of Oakland and North nearly every day. What is the story behind this iconic little food stand?" On a recent chilly Saturday morning, Shovanni Henderson drives

The Story Behind That Iconic, Little Food Stand On Milwaukee's East Side

The Saga Of Milwaukee's Water Tower Dragon

It was like something out a fairy tale. One day in the fall of 1985, a green and gold dragon appeared on Milwaukee's East Side. It was a 30-foot-long, 350-pound sculpture perched on the gothic-looking North Point Water Tower , where North Avenue meets the lake bluff. The dragon's teeth were bared, and its claws and tail curled around a ledge. Longtime Milwaukeeans Cookie Anderson and Gretchen Farrar-Foley remember the dragon. "People came from all over just to see it," says Gretchen. "It was

Cruller Or Kruller? However You Spell It, It's A Milwaukee Doughnut Staple

One of Milwaukee's favorite treats is the cruller doughnut — or you may know it as a kruller or crawler, but we'll get into that in a bit. After getting a couple of questions from community members about the Milwaukee doughnut staple, we decided to dig into the history of crullers and explore a bakery known for them. First, a bit of history on doughnuts in general. Food historian Kyle Cherek says doughnuts can be traced back to biblical times. "I'm talking book of Leviticus — 'Cakes mingled with

Cruller Or Kruller? However You Spell It, It's A Milwaukee Doughnut Staple

What Was Milwaukee's Key Role In Typewriter History?

Our Bubbler Talk question this week is one after my own heart. Tim Brever in Oak Creek wrote to Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region — Can you provide more context behind the typewriter being invented in Milwaukee? Tim doesn't know it but an Olivetti Studio 44 resides in my office. That was the portable typewriter favored by Tennessee Williams. But I digress. Tim and others might already know that there's a historical marker at the corner of Fourth

Is Lovers Lane Really For Lovers?

Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region — gets a lot of questions about street numbering and street names. Not too long ago, Mike Zabel submitted a question about Lovers Lane Road on Milwaukee's far northwest side. I was wondering why the north part of Highway 100 is called Lovers Lane? "My theory was actually a joke, but I suggested to my coworkers after getting lunch from Sinbad's and describing the location, I suggested that it's called Lovers Lane

Race, Representation & Redistricting: Why Milwaukee's Wards Became Districts

If you're familiar with downtown Milwaukee, you probably know the Historic Third Ward — the neighborhood with shopping, dining and theaters. It sits just south of Interstate 794. It was precisely the Third Ward that got a community member thinking: When did Milwaukee change from wards to districts? And why? Steve, the question-asker, is referring to how the city is carved up today — into aldermanic districts. Before, these areas used to be called wards. And in many big cities, they still are.

Race, Representation & Redistricting: Why Milwaukee's Wards Became Districts

Milwaukee Likely Has Largest Rohingya Refugee Community In US

You may have heard of one of the world's fastest-growing refugee crises: the Rohingya exodus out of Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma. After long waits in countries like Malaysia or Bangladesh, a tiny percentage of the world's Burmese refugees end up right here in Milwaukee. In fact, they are the top arriving refugee group to Wisconsin . Carolyn McCarthy noticed. McCarthy is a nurse practitioner at the Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic in Milwaukee. She says over the

The Story Behind The Big Old House Above Milwaukee's Lincoln Memorial Drive

Have you ever had a question that just won't go away? Milwaukee-native Ross Kuesel has been dazzled by a Milwaukee home's looming presence his whole life. So, he reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region. "What's the story behind the house built into the bluff next to the Villa Terrace Art Museum? From Lincoln Memorial Drive it looks 10 stories tall!" That grand old home Ross is referring to is located south of Bradford Beach above

The Story Behind The Big Old House Above Milwaukee's Lincoln Memorial Drive

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