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How to Do Anything: The Best Continuing Education Classes to Take in Milwaukee

Here’s a resolution worth keeping: Learn something new this year. Taking up an activity or course of study can strengthen the connectivity between different parts of the brain – helping deter memory loss and maintain large-scale brain networks. Plus, it’s fun! We’ve rounded up the most interesting classes offered in the area, so find one that intrigues you and sign up now....
Jon Ferraro

Meet Jon Ferraro, the Man Who’s Trying to Open a Downtown Strip Club

Raised an only child in a wholesome family and educated at Catholic school, Jon Ferraro has grown up to be a lavishly successful businessman in his hometown, earning a fortune — and lots of headlines — in the unholy world of strip clubs. He owns three. He wants to own more. Standing in the way is a city tired of his act and a lingering legal matter with the code name "Russian Laundry."...

Wisconsin is Trying to Turn Lake Michigan Shipwrecks Into an ‘Underwater National Park’

The waters off Wisconsin’s east coast hold treasures known and yet-undiscovered, with hundreds of sunken ships resting for decades – some for well over a century – on Lake Michigan’s floor. A federal push to create essentially an underwater national park would protect an especially interesting stretch of water, sending divers and researchers down under and creating coastal cachet for lakeside harbor towns....

Shelter From the Storm

Carmen Pitre runs the world's most comprehensive facility dedicated to victims of domestic abuse. She gives hope to the hopeless, seeing in them many of the same struggles that defined her early life....

Identity Crisis

Milwaukee has struggled to reach beyond its beer-and-brats identity in a way that stirs both visitors and residents. Are we finally close to getting it right?...

Brotherhood of Bruisers

On Saturday nights in suburbia, hundreds gather to watch men in tights grapple in staged combat that has been described as ballet with violence. But forgive the occasional off-script moment when the tough guys get a twitch of emotion and the tears begin to fall. Story by Tom Conroy and Rich Rovito....

Family Guy

Beneath the tattoos and chiseled physique, Adam Von Rothfelder carries deep scars, physical and emotional, and an abiding desire to improve the fitness and the lives of everyone in his native Milwaukee, be they a CEO or his two young kids. Here he shares pro tips about keeping the entire family fit....

Lady Leah

Leah Vukmir, a soft-spoken former nurse, has emerged as one of the heaviest hitters in the Wisconsin Legislature, all by doing it her way. ...

The Selma of the North

Thirty years ago, Richard Bernard and Bill Lueders wrote of Father James Groppi and what led to the 200-day march for better open-housing laws. We're revisiting this story now to better understand what has and hasn't changed for racial equality in the decades since....

Let It Grow

When it comes to saving for retirement, do you have the knowledge necessary to chart your own course, or would you benefit from some professional expertise? Use our guide to help you decide and, if appropriate, to find an adviser who is worth the investment....

Father Tim Superstar

His followers enthusiastically seek him out, no matter where he's preaching. All that adulation is fine, Father Tim Kitzke says, as long as it helps bring people closer to Christ....

Breaking Away

They grew up in a religious colony defined by old-world norms and rigid controls. Now they’ve left their upbringings behind, settled in Wisconsin and embraced rock ‘n roll, YouTube and waterskiing. But they remain very religious. Meet The Nine....

The Changing Face of Agriculture in Wisconsin

Big farms keep getting bigger. Midsized farms keep disappearing. In the shadow of these seismic changes in the rural Wisconsin landscape, tiny farms have proliferated, fed by consumer demand for local eats and healthy choices. A look at what's driving the supersizing, and microsizing, and what it means for the rest of us....

Summerfest by the Numbers

From zero (seemingly available picnic tables at peak hours) to 52,621 (burgers consumed) to 89,263 (patrons who entered the grounds for free thanks to promotions) and everything in between. ...

Everybody Loves Dean

Dean Strang was a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney admired by his peers but little known to the general public. Then came "Making a Murderer."...

Creature Feature

In the spring, natural pools form and, as if by magic, fill with life. Then, just as suddenly, they disappear. Despite their evanescent status, they are crucial to the life cycle of frogs and other tiny critters....

Setting a High Bar

In an educational world that’s shifted to choose-your-own-adventure from one-size-fits-all, some high schools have found student success using very different approaches. Here’s a look at three of them....

Giving Bonobos A Hand

The world’s largest group of captive bonobos lives in Milwaukee. Sometimes, they break each other’s fingers. Dr. James Sanger is there to fix them....

Behind the Walls

It’s called restorative justice, and it asks crime victims to come face to face with convicts. Why would they? And how did an avowed skeptic of the concept become its biggest advocate?...

On the Move

Millennials are buying homes. Short-term rental services like Airbnb have found a market here. These and many other red-hot real estate revelations fill out this property package. ...