Marti Mikkelson

Several dozen people turned out Wednesday night to discuss how Milwaukee County will house juveniles, once the troubled Lincoln Hills facility closes in two years. The teen prison in northern Wisconsin has been plagued by allegations of abuse, so the state decided to close it and move inmates to facilities closer to home. Those attending the meeting had a lot of ideas, for how the county could provide better care for their loved ones.


The past year has been marked by major collisions — both metaphorical and literal — that have changed the world and our view of the universe. Recent discoveries have confirmed scientific theories, brought more materials from space and brought to light how earthly elements came into existence.

Every month, Lake Effect’s Bonnie North speaks with our astronomy contributor, Jean Creighton, the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UWM. This month, she gives us her list of the top astronomical discoveries of 2018. 

Angelina Mosher Salazar

Gov. Scott Walker spoke for the first time Tuesday on the GOP bill package that seeks to limit the power of Gov.-elect Tony Evers. While Democratic lawmakers, advocacy groups and individuals were outraged over the proposals, Walker downplays the impact the bills would have. 

"For all this hype and hysteria ... the bottom line is there is not a fundamental shift in powers," said Walker at a small business event in Pewaukee.

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Playing games might be a year-round hobby for some of us, but buying games is generally a holiday season pastime. Since 2010, writer, editor and games expert James Lowder has joined us during the holiday season to share his Games to Gift List.

While older adults might have learned to games from an experienced player, many of today’s players are turning to online videos according to Lowder.


The U. S. Attorney's office announced Tuesday that Aurora Health Care, Inc. has agreed to pay $12 million to the federal government and the state of Wisconsin. This is to settle allegations that Aurora violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, which is in violation of the Stark Law. Under the law, the government refuses to pay for designated health services ordered by physicians who have improper financial relationships with entities to whom they refer patients. 

First Stage Theater

Forty-seven years ago, the federal government passed Title IX. The civil rights legislation was designed to level the playing field for women in higher education — both in the classroom and on the field. But even before Title IX was passed, history had seen determined groups of women rowers fight for their place in the boat.

Lauren Sigfusson

At first glance, Blooming Lotus Gourmet Bakery might look like a typical cafe on Milwaukee’s east side. But look closer and you’ll see that the ingredient list is far more specialized than many gourmet bakeries — free of grain, gluten, egg, dairy, cane sugar, oils, soy and yeast. That might sound like a recipe for a hockey puck, but Blooming Lotus sells everything from cupcakes to cookies, scones and more — and they look as good as they taste.

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The legislative lame duck session dominated the news last week. The Republican-controlled legislature passed a sweeping package of bills designed to weaken the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul. 

Now, many eyes are on Republican Gov. Walker to see if he'll sign the measures. Walker is being pressured by people on both sides of the aisle, not to sign the legislation and to think about his legacy.

Audrey Nowakowski

Andrea Gibson’s poetry covers a wide spectrum of topics, including gender, love, loss, family and mental health. Their (Gibson prefers the they/their/them pronouns) latest book, Lord of the Butterflies, is also about providing a place of healing. 

Marti Mikkelson

Members of the faith community held a protest Monday at the U.S. Immigration and Customs office in downtown Milwaukee. They called on the Trump administration to allow immigrants and refugees stopped at the Mexican border to apply for asylum and enter the U.S.

U.S and Mexican authorities sealed the border south of San Diego last month after hundreds of refugees arrived seeking to escape unrest in Central America.


It's the gift giving season. But it's not just gifts in a stocking or under a tree — it’s also the season many people do their charitable giving. And a recent report shows Wisconsinites are pretty generous.

The study by the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network shows people, foundations and companies give almost $2.7 billion to charitable causes each year.

Cornerstone Press

Milwaukee-area writer Kim Suhr has helped hone the writing skills of many fellow writers in the region as the director of Red Oak Writing. But it’s fair to say that students helped shape Suhr’s own latest project.

It’s a collection of short fiction called Nothing to Lose, and it’s just published by Cornerstone Press, the teaching press of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. That is a story of its own, which we’ll hear about in the days to come. But we also talked with Kim Suhr about the new book.

Susan Bence

It’s no secret that U.S. environmental standards are shifting. President Donald Trump has been candid in his resolve to ease regulations. And in early December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to revise air pollution rules.

The American Lung Association in Wisconsin is among the groups concerned about where the changes could lead.

READ: The State Of Wisconsin's Air

Art Montes

The controversy surrounding the plight of immigrants and refugees – notably, the “caravan” of Central Americans seeking refugee status in the United States – continues to make daily headlines. Beyond the rhetoric, though, are real people with real stories. Refugees and immigrants have been fleeing violence, poverty and bleak futures in hopes of a better life in the United States for generations – and those journeys continue today.

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In 1840, there were less than 400 African-Americans living in Madison, Wis. Some arrived as slaves to fur trappers, others came to work in the mines. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act caused many to escape to free states like Wisconsin. But that's not where the story ends.