Maggie Holdorf

Lake Effect Intern

Maggie Holdorf started as a WUWM Lake Effect intern in September 2019.  

She is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is pursuing a degree in journalism. 

When she’s not studying or working, she can be found hiking, watching a Studio Ghibli film, or drinking large amounts of coffee at one of Milwaukee’s local coffee shops.

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March is dedicated to celebrating the history and impact of great women and their achievements throughout the years. This month, Adam Carr has recognized five events to help us celebrate. 

Carr is the deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. The news organization covers the central city, which includes a diverse group of neighborhoods on the near north, west, and south sides of Milwaukee.

Here are Carr's highlights of a few events taking place in the central city this March:

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Wisconsin winters are long and gray, which is why many of us choose to brighten up our homes with plants. But caring for indoor plants can be difficult — particularly in the winter when homes become drier and less hospitable to plant life.

Gardening expert Melinda Myers knows how to navigate these challenges, and also notes that caring for plants can help us cope with the day to day stressors in our lives. 

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The 2020 census will impact the nation — from determining how much federal money will go to states, to dividing congressional seats, to helping city planners organize and build for their futures. However, a less than stellar rollout and controversy over a citizenship question proposed by the Trump administration have severely hampered projections of its accuracy.

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Many parents have started to think about what their children will do while school is out of session this Summer. It can seem like a daunting task to go through the endless options that are offered to keep your child safe, happy and entertained. From costs to accessibility, there can be a lot that goes into making a decision on which summer camp to choose for your child.

Each year in January, the Milwaukee Art Museum puts on a community project that hopes to inspire members of the community to engage their artistic abilities. This year, The Kohl’s Art Generation Lab is teaming up with Milwaukee’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to work on a mural that showcases inspirational self-portraits of children and community members in Milwaukee.

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There are loaded words in all languages. From swear words to sacreligious words to simply crass words, most of us know them but refrain from using them — at least in public discourse. Most of them can’t be said at all on the radio. But Jade Solomon Curtis wants all of us to have a conversation about one of the most weighted words in English: the n-word.  

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Although Milwaukee singer-songwriter Tae is just 21-years-old, she’s not exactly a newcomer. She’s been performing as a solo artist for nearly a decade, and she began touring with her music last year.

On New Year's Day, she released her first full-length album called “What Love Is.” It explores different parts of her life and experiences, which Tae says is reflective of her creative process.

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month — an effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which hopes to shed light on the issue of fetal health. While there are many birth defects which can’t be prevented, with the right care there are steps that mothers can take to make certain birth defects less likely. 

Birth defects include a wide array of issues, including both mild problems and life-threating conditions. 

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How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re like many people, your determination to exercise more, eat healthier, lose weight, or get better rest isn’t as strong as it was on Jan. 1. By the second week of February, about 80% of people who made resolutions have failed.

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Wisconsin’s fight over a potential purge of voter registrations has garnered national attention. The issue began with a lawsuit brought by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative law firm based in Milwaukee. The group, also known as WILL, sued Wisconsin’s Elections Commission after it recommended waiting until 2021 to deactivate the registration of voters who may have moved.

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Milwaukee Magazine has created a winter playbook that offers a range of tips for staying happy and healthy through the winter season.

"One of the ways to survive winter, just in general, is to develop a hobby that makes you want to go outside," says Milwaukee Magazine's Carol Nicksin. 

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The holidays and all of its glory create the perfect opportunity to try new things — like wine for example. Wine expert Ray Fister sat down with Lake Effect's Bonnie North to discuss the best wines to try over the holidays and the impact that the California wildfires has on the wine industry.

Fister recommends you try something a bit sweeter, unique and Italian this holiday rather than choosing the old reliable you know and love. Next time you're out shopping for your holiday gatherings, grab a bottle of moscato d'Asti.

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Over the past few years, the game Dungeons & Dragons has enjoyed a renaissance of popularity. When it was first created in the 1970s, the game was revolutionary. Its publication is even credited with being the beginning of modern role-playing games.

What some may not know is that Dungeons & Dragons has a strong Wisconsin connection. The game was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in Lake Geneva, Wis., which still has deep ties to the role-playing community.

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Here at Lake Effect, one of our favorite holiday traditions is our annual Games to Gift list. Complied by our resident games expert Jim Lowder, the list is in its 10th year.

Lowder says there continues to be an oversaturation of games in the market. The influx of new games not only causes shelf shortage in hobby stores, but an attention shortage for players. So no matter how fantastic a game is, "finding a market now is really tough because the competition is very, very rigorous," says Lowder.

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Leading up to the 2020 election, America’s unusual approach to health care is on full display. The hot-button issue is a consistent talking point for both Democrats and Republicans since it has a huge impact on all American citizens.

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