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Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Project Digs Into Area's Past

From 1882 until 1974, the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery served as the burial site of many of Milwaukee's marginalized citizens. The cemetery became the final resting place for many of the community's poor, as well as those who died as a resident of one of the county institutions or were unidentified or unclaimed from the coroner's office.

Marquette University Introduces New Program to Assist Students With Autism

As the current academic year wraps up at colleges and universities around the country, one area school is already preparing to make college life a success for a particular group of students in the fall of 2019. Students with autism spectrum disorders can have particular challenges in a college environment, away from the safety net of relatives and friends. A Marquette professor and researcher who specializes in autism spectrum disorders are behind the innovative program, called " On Your Marq ,"

Marquette University Introduces New Program to Assist Students With Autism

A Mother's Influence: It Reaches More Than Just Her Own Kids

Mother's Day is Sunday. While it's a time where we traditionally give thought to the influence our own mothers have had on our lives, a UW-Milwaukee researcher is studying the broader impact of motherhood. Leslie Harris is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at UW-Milwaukee and president of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication . She joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about how motherhood has shaped our society - from today, all the way back to the

'We're Not Reading Our History': The Disappearance of Small Farms

Small farms represented 46 percent of production in the United States in 1991. But by 2015, that share had fallen to under 25 percent, according to the US Department of Agriculture . Among dairy farms in Wisconsin, the numbers are striking - the state topped out at 167,000 in 1940 and now has just 9,000. While the average farm size grows, the total amount of land in farming has remained the same and small farms are feeling the pinch as agribusiness dominates. "Small farms are dying, and this is

Eminent Domain Claims Threaten Rural Residents in the Footprint of Foxconn

When the State of Wisconsin announced a deal with the tech manufacturing company Foxconn, many Wisconsinites were first struck by the price tag. The initial announcement of $3 billion dollars in subsidies, was the largest subsidy in the state's history. By some estimates that number has since risen to $4 billion dollars. But as the plans for the factory move forward, more residents have become concerned about some of the other aspects of this deal. Some are concerned about the plant's intense

Eminent Domain Claims Threaten Rural Residents in the Footprint of Foxconn

'Antarctica, WI': A New Play Shows Milwaukee's Warm Heart

Antarctica, WI . It's not an actual place. But it is a play about Milwaukee, about its divisions and its places of connection, and about a group of teenagers trying to navigate their world and hopefully make it better. The play opens Friday, April 6, at First Stage 's performance home at the Todd Wehr Theatre in the Marcus Center. It was written by Tasmanian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer , who interviewed kids in Milwaukee for the play. They told him stories about living here in the city,

MilWorking: Brian Sammons, A Twisted Path To Distilling

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 distillery, he says, "My approach was just to research how [a commercial distillery] would do any particular thing... but then for each of those things I would sort of re-evaluate and look at, 'Okay, that's how a normal commercial distillery does

In Transparency Lawsuits, The University of Wisconsin Ends Up On The Losing Side

It's Sunshine Week , and that's not a crack about the weather. The annual event is an effort led by news organizations, that seeks to inform people about their right to access public information. It's a right that has had many enemies - both historically and currently - but it's also a right that has endured many tests. As a young journalist in Madison, David Pritchard found himself testing the strength of this right. Pritchard is now a journalism professor at UW-Milwaukee, but in the 1970s he

In Transparency Lawsuits, The University of Wisconsin Ends Up On The Losing Side

Rick Steves' 'Travel as a Political Act' Guides Readers to a Broader Perspective

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 get out of your comfort zone. Steves has lived about one-third of his life out of a carry on suitcase and has written 50 books on what to do, see, and eat in countries all over the world. But out of all his guidebooks he's written, he considers his

Rick Steves' 'Travel as a Political Act' Guides Readers to a Broader Perspective

UWM Students Open Pantry to Combat Food Insecurity on Campus

Along with grades and debt, food is something many college students worry about. It's a story we brought you last year , when national data named Wisconsin as one of the states where college kids struggled most with food insecurity. A recent survey at UW-Milwaukee found that nearly half of students say they've experienced a time when they didn't have enough food. So, students have taken matters into their own hands, opening the school's first official Food Center and Pantry on the third floor of

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