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Racine County's Seven Mile Road Is 7 Miles From Where, Exactly?

There are three types of people in this world: Those who notice nothing. Those who notice but don't care to question. And then there are those who ask why. David Wagner is the last one. David reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate, and together we unveil the answers — to learn about a road he often passes. What is Seven Mile Road 7 miles from? First, we consulted Google. To be honest, Google was only good for letting us know the answer is not Lake Michigan. Next,

WWII, Gertrude Stein & Poetry: The History Of The Bookstore At General Mitchell Airport

Walk into the public area of Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, and you'll see traditional airport sights: monitors for departures, places to grab coffee and food. But you'll also see a 2,600-square-foot used bookstore, Renaissance Books. Our latest Bubbler Talk — our series that allows you to ask WUWM questions about Milwaukee — takes us to the bookshop. Question asker Susie Hoglund, of Shorewood: "What is the history of the used-book store in the General Mitchell Airport?"

WWII, Gertrude Stein & Poetry: The History Of The Bookstore At General Mitchell Airport

Oconomowoc, Nagawicka, Okauchee: Unpacking Wisconsin's Native Place Names

When you look at a map of Wisconsin, it's covered in names that remind us of this country's original inhabitants. Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Waukesha, Kinnickinnic – all words derived from Native American languages. Another is Oconomowoc, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee. This week's Bubbler Talk questioner, Jeff Dittel, moved there about six years ago. "[It's] lake country," he says. "There's a couple dozen lakes. And some of them have English names like Pine Lake, Beaver Lake and whatnot. But some

Oconomowoc, Nagawicka, Okauchee: Unpacking Wisconsin's Native Place Names

Northridge Mall: Still Standing In Line For Renewal

Northridge Mall was one of several large suburban malls built in the 1960s and '70s. It was at the far northwestern edge of Milwaukee — at 76th Street and Brown Deer Road. But the glory days didn't last. The mall closed 15 years ago and has gone into extended limbo. Most of the buildings remain, but they're empty. It's a big-box ghost town with a chain link fence around it. The latest Bubbler Talk — our series that allows you to ask WUWM questions about Milwaukee — tackles curious community

Beach Trash: Where Lake Michigan's Litter Originates

Almost every day since last June, Marla Schmidt has walked along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Bay View. But she's not lounging around enjoying the beach — she's picking up trash. She regularly gathers plastic and other garbage that washes up on the shore, filling her bucket on nearly every trip. Marla documents her finds on her Facebook page, Catch of the Day MKE . With so much trash on the beach, Marla wanted to find out: "I'm curious where it's all coming from... Do you have any idea where it

The Milwaukee Fire Department's Unknown Heroes

A fire truck making its way to a scene, sirens blazing, is a common sight in cities and towns across America. But within the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD), there's a support staff responsible for maintaining all the equipment firefighters depend on.

How The Brewers Decide To Open Or Close Miller Park's Roof During Games

The Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park has a roof hotline – 414-902-4636 – that tells callers the weather and if the roof is open or closed. That way fans know what to expect when they head to a ball game. But how do the Brewers decide whether the Miller Park roof is open or closed at game time? That's a question Bubbler Talk received from listener Lila Johnson. Lila is a recent transplant to Milwaukee from Minnesota, whose Twins don't get to decide whether to close the non-existent roof at Target

How The Brewers Decide To Open Or Close Miller Park's Roof During Games

'Brady Street Beasts' Creator Hopes to Restore Iconic Sculpture

For this week's Bubbler Talk , we tackled a request from Kathy Yanoff of Shorewood to provide an update on the Brady Street Beasts. The "beasts" Yanoff refers to, are actually part of a sculpture featuring fanciful creatures on Milwaukee's east side, called Cavorting Critters. It's tucked away near the corner of Brady and Holton streets north of downtown, and you can get the best view while walking or driving over the Holton Street Bridge. There are three critters — a water rat, a dragonfly and

Unpacking The History Of Milwaukee's Eagles Club

What was the Eagles Ballroom before it became The Rave ? That's a question we've heard a lot at Bubbler Talk and it turns out there are a lot of answers. The Eagles Club on Wisconsin Avenue was first completed in 1926. It was the headquarters for the Milwaukee Aerie of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles – a national social organization with a rather illustrious history. The group created Mother's Day and its membership includes many former presidents - John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt,

Painted Koi Fish Have Been 'Swimming' On Milwaukee's Sidewalks For Over A Decade

If you do much walking through Milwaukee neighborhoods, say in the Historic Third Ward or Bay View, you've probably stumbled across vibrant schools of fish painted on the sidewalks. They're koi, the large decorative fish some people keep in outdoor ponds. I spotted a few of the paintings on the East Side, where several clusters of koi are depicted in orange, black and white patterns. A few Bubbler Talk listeners have asked about the paintings. So I tracked down street artist and former Milwaukee

Painted Koi Fish Have Been 'Swimming' On Milwaukee's Sidewalks For Over A Decade

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