Here’s What You Missed in Wisconsin This Week: Jan. 28

A restaurateur retires, cars get broken into, ice castles are built and much more.

The Lake Geneva Ice Castle is Back

The Lake Geneva Ice Castle returned for its fourth year this week, making Wisconsin one of only five states to feature the attraction. It’s got slides, mazes, tunnels and fancy caverns to explore. The castle opened up on Jan. 22 and will remain open as long as the weather allows. 

Unemployment Hits a Record Low

Do you live in Wisconsin? Are you employed? Well that lumps you in with 97.2% of workers. That’s only 2.8% unemployment, a record-breaking low, reported this week by the state’s Department of Workforce Development. 



What’s Brew City’s best? We’ve picked 16 of our favorite Milwaukee craft beers for a March Madness-style tournament, but it’s up to you to pick the winner! Will it be bright and hoppy? Dark and malty? A zippy lager? Every one is worthy of the title; who will claim the sudsy crown?

Wauwatosa Car Break-Ins Are Rising

In the first three months of 2021, there were 46 vehicle break-ins in Wauwatosa. In the first three weeks of 2022, there were 55 vehicle break-ins in Wauwatosa. Man, that statistic is worse than my BMI. Thieves are smash-and-grabbing cars all over the place – parking lots, driveways, etc – and the trend isn’t Tosa-limited. Pretty much all the Milwaukee-adjacent neighborhoods are seeing an increase.

Peggy Magister Retires from the Restaurant Business

Crazy Water, Peggy Magister’s first restaurant in Milwaukee, was a critical part of the dining boom in Walker’s Point. Later, she turned it into La Dama, and this week, after 30 years in the business, the vaunted restaurateur is hanging it up. She’ll be missed.

Wednesday Was Freezing Cold

Man, Wednesday morning was horrifically cold. I don’t really have anything else to say about it. It was just super cold.

The Express Library Branch is Gone

The Westlawn Gardens book vending machine is no more. The “Express Library” was removed due to low use and high cost. I was never quite sure what to think of this machine that dispensed books. On the one hand, I love books. On the other hand, I hate technology. This combined both. It’s sort of like when I wear sweaters. Love sweaters. Hate myself. But all in all, I think it’s sad that a mini-branch of the library has fallen. 



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.