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....

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....