Lake Effect

Ex Fabula

Ex Fabula celebrated many new and exciting partnerships last season, and we started off Season 9 with a bevy of special events and community collaborations. As we spend this summer planning for our 10th Season, we’ll be looking back and celebrating some of our amazing community partners, milestones, favorite stories and generous sponsors (not to mention the awe-inspiring stories that make us laugh, cry and think). Stay tuned.

Universal Pictures

It’s been 25 years since movie audiences first saw awe-inspiring dinosaurs come to life in Steven Spielberg’s classic film – Jurassic Park. Yet, five films (and possibly counting) later, studios are still making movies about the inevitable bad situations that will happen when large, once extinct dangerous creators are brought back to life.

Audrey Nowakowski

Bikes have had many forms since they were invented, from the classic two-wheeled bicycle, to tricycles, unicycles, fixed gear bikes, fat tire bikes… the list goes on.

But it’s still rare to see a handcycle on the streets of Milwaukee. The three-wheeled, seven-foot-long machine is arm-powered, and most commonly used by disabled athletes. While an athlete’s body operates a handcycle differently, handcycle races are just as exhilarating as any other form of bike racing.

MPM 2017 BioBlitz

This weekend at Lake Farm County Park in Madison, dozens of volunteers will join a handful of scientists in a 24 hour effort to document plants and wildlife in the park. The Milwaukee Public Museum is organizing the BioBlitz for the fourth consecutive year, though this will be the first event in Madison.

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Kriete

Many cyclists would agree that training for the sport can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. Milwaukee cyclist Lindsey Kriete manages to balance rigorous cycling training alongside working a full-time job. Her next races will be alongside nearly 500 other cyclists during the Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Focus Features

If you grew up watching public television, the sound of a piano's ascending chords and the ding of a trolley bell may take you back to the land of "Make Believe" and into the television home of Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood began in 1968 and continuously aired first-run shows for more than 30 years.

You wouldn’t expect that a program with a soft-spoken and gentle man in a zip up cardigan playing with puppets would have touched so many people, but generations came to know Mr. Rogers as an essential part of their lives, early education, and childhood.

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Helen Pidd, an editor for The Guardian, recently looked into why so few women feel comfortable riding bikes in cities. Her theory: They think it is dangerous. For the most part, Wisconsin Bicycle Federation's Jessica Wineberg agrees.

Kati Kokal

Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northwestern Mutual are partnering to create the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, a $35-40 million initiative.

The collaboration aims to help Milwaukee to become "a national hub for technology, research, business, and talent development."

Northwestern Mutual will provide classroom space in its Cream City Labs, an new innovation lab that is currently under construction. The lab will be housed within the company's downtown Milwaukee campus.

Joy Powers

As laws governing urban farming have been repealed around the Milwaukee area, more people have started keeping backyard chicken coops. 

This comes as good news for Karen Krumenacher, owner of Royal Roost - a local consulting service that offers help to backyard chicken farmers, like herself. She explains, "I try to make it easy and take all the guesswork out for people, because what I’ve found is what you read on the internet is pretty scary."

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The Zablocki VA Medical Center and UW-Milwaukee have discovered they make good partners in providing military veterans with a wide range of services. For the past few years, the Zablocki VA has teamed up with UWM's Military and Veterans Resource Center, or MAVRC, to hold a veterans mental health summit. The sixth annual summit takes place this Saturday, June 23 at UWM's student union.

Essay: Brace Yourself

Jun 20, 2018
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Adolescence can really just suck. From the acne to the ACTs, it’s fair to say that most of us are happy to leave those days behind us.

But Lake Effect essayist Marnie Mamminga found herself returning to one such, teenage experience when she decided to get braces at the age of 65:

Like a pair of Cheshire cats, we grinned at each other.

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With the public school year ending in Wisconsin, many parents worry what their children will do during the summer months. Parents of elementary-age students in Arena, Wisconsin, however, are wondering what they'll do next fall. After years of financial trouble, the only elementary school in Arena is closing its doors.

HenschelHAUS Publishing

Geoff Carter has been teaching high school English in Milwaukee Public Schools for nearly 30 years. Most of his students were and are considered at-risk, and he has strong opinions about the importance of public schools and about the dynamics that exist here among public, private, charter and voucher schools and their advocates.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s long-awaited ruling on Gill v. Whitford came down Monday. But the court didn't rule on the constitutinality question surrounding the claims of illegal partisan gerrymandering in the Wisconsin redistricting cast. 

Instead, the court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to bring the suit. The justices threw the case back to lower courts, where the plaintiffs could adjust their case accordingly.

Ann-Elise Henzl

The thought of hurling sharp, potentially dangerous objects doesn't appeal to everyone. But Jason Hilleshiem wanted to try the activity as soon as he learned about it. So he was one of the first customers at Fling Milwaukee, the city's first axe-throwing establishment, which opened in May.

He lined up inside what looks kind of like a batting cage, waiting his turn to hurl a hatchet at a target painted on a wooden wall.

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