Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin officials reported the largest single-day increase in COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday. Twenty-two people died, bringing the total to 539 deaths.

Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Andrea Palm didn’t dwell on the day’s death count at a news briefing, but she did acknowledge a recent rise in COVID-19 patients being hospitalized. Still, Palm stuck to positive messaging.

Michelle Maternowski

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There will be no cream puffs, concerts, 4-H exhibits, rides on the midway or foods on a stick in Wisconsin this year.

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As the current school year wraps up, Milwaukee Public Schools leaders are considering a range of scenarios for the fall. Whether students can safely go back to school remains uncertain due to the coronavirus.

Maayan Silver

The city of Milwaukee is an island right now. It’s the only municipality in Milwaukee County with a stay-at-home order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The 18 other communities have allowed nonessential businesses to reopen.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said last week that he’d comment on a possible plan to reopen the city this coming Friday. In the meantime, he’s calling on people to wash hands thoroughly, wear masks in public, and continue the practice of social distancing.

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It finally feels like spring outside, which can only mean one thing: rain. The Milwaukee area has been hit with some torrential downpours, leading to flooded yards and, even worse, flooded basements.

But there are some ways to manage water through gardening. These techniques can improve drainage in your yard and also lead water away from the foundation of your home, keeping your basement dry.

Chuck Quirmbach

Milwaukee Brewers Principal Owner Mark Attanasio says he still thinks major league baseball will play a half-season, starting in July. But he says no fans would be at games due to worries about COVID-19.

Attanasio and other Brewers executives made it clear to the Greater Milwaukee Committee Tuesday that there are significant challenges to meet before there can be a mid-summer opening day.

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Maayan Silver

Wisconsin courts can resume in-person hearings and jury trials if they can come up with plans to protect participants and observers from the coronavirus, under an order from a divided state Supreme Court.

Essay: The Parish Hall

May 27, 2020
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Attending a funeral is never a comfortable experience. But it can be especially uncomfortable if you feel out of place.

Lake Effect contributor Jan Wilberg recently learned that attending a funeral is not about your own comfort but about bringing comfort to others. She recalls her experience attending a funeral on the Oneida reservation in her essay “The Parish Hall.”

Last fall, my friend's son passed away.

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If voters didn't approve a tax referendum for Milwaukee Public Schools in April, the district would have been in a dire situation. That’s according to researchers with the Wisconsin Policy Forum, which analyzes the MPS budget each year.


Late last year, police officers were called to Estabrook Park when gunshots were heard. When they got there, they found a lot more than a few guns. They found Geoffrey Graff, the man who would become infamous for building two bunkers along the Milwaukee River, where he’d lived for 15 years.

Alesandra Tejeda

As many Wisconsinites continue to work from home, the future of office buildings could be very different from how we left them.

Like many of you, the Lake Effect team has been working from home the past few months. And while we sit at our kitchen tables, couches or closets, our office building is relatively dormant, leaving our cubicles and offices empty. While the transition has been difficult for some employees, some people and companies hope to make working from home a permanent solution.

Chuck Quirmbach

COVID-19 restrictions for businesses continue to differ across southeastern Wisconsin, depending on where the companies are located. Some communities are only offering recommendations for reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Other cities have kept orders.

Some of the greatest remaining differences are for the bar and restaurant industry.

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Earlier this month, Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre was connected to an embezzlement scheme in his home state of Mississippi. The state auditor found that Favre had been paid $1.1 million for appearances that were never made by a nonprofit called Mississippi Community Education Center, which was funded with federal welfare grants. 

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Medical error is the third leading cause of death in America, with more than 200,000 people dying unnecessarily each year. And the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted both patient and caregiver safety.


When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) first announced it would be coming to Milwaukee, there was a lot of hope for what it would bring to the city. Now, the future of the convention is unclear.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made large gatherings risky. And while the Democratic National Committee has pushed the date of the convention to August, it seems almost certain that we’ll still be dealing with this pandemic in some form.