If nothing else, the Milwaukee Brewers gave the International Moose Convention folks something to do for almost all of their last night in our fair city.
- If you didn’t watch the end of yesterday’s Brewers game, well, you got a lot more sleep than those who did. That’s because Tuesday’s game at Miller Park against Minnesota almost stretched into Wednesday before the Twins won 6-5 in 14 innings. The 4-hour, 43-minute contest ended at 11:53 p.m. The bright spot: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura tied a single-game franchise record with six hits, all of them singles. His game-tying fifth hit came in the bottom of the ninth, and he got his sixth with two outs in the bottom of the 14th. Milwaukee is now 5-20 in the month of May and 19-31 for the season.
- The jobs are there. The qualified employees are not. That’s the latest word from Manpower, which reports that 39 percent of businesses can’t hire the employees they want for the jobs they have. Newsradio 620’s Jon Byman has more information.
- Maybe Milwaukee’s leaders figured the city already had enough issues with bridges. Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tells how the city turned down a chance to have one of its drawbridges featured in a promotional push for Fox’s new TV series “The Bridge.” The fictional show, by the way, follows cops who are chasing a serial killer.
- Perhaps Wisconsin’s famed Midwestern hospitality needs some rehab. At least when it comes to customers placing phone calls to businesses. A report by the communication analytics firm Marchex names the Badger State as the “least courteous” in the nation as measured by the frequency with which customers used the words “please” and “thank you” (h/t @MKEConsumer). The good news is, Wisconsin wasn’t among the top five states when it came to cursing. Pleased to hear it, and thank you for that insight.
- Finally, if you get the chance, consider saying goodbye to a Moose today. The 125th International Moose Convention wraps up its weeklong stay at various locations in Downtown Milwaukee. The Business Journal of Milwaukee reports an expected economic impact of $11.3 million from the thousands of Moose in attendance. And a well-placed farewell might just regenerate some of that famed Midwestern hospitality.