Ben Binversie

Lake Effect Intern

Ben Binversie is an intern with WUWM's Lake Effect. He graduated from Grinnell College with a history major and policy studies concentration.

Aside from telling and eagerly listening to fascinating stories, Ben devotes his time to doting on his rescue dogs and playing board, ball, and mind games, but mostly pickleball.

Matt Rinka, Rinka Chung Architects

Downtown Milwaukee has been undergoing a building boom in recent years — from completed projects, like the Northwestern Mutual tower and the newly named Fiserv Forum, to current ones, like the BMO Harris tower on Water Street.

Although baseball here in Wisconsin starts as soon as the snow melts in the spring, it doesn’t really heat up until summer. For many fans, baseball and summer go hand in hand, and high school baseball has been a summer staple here in Wisconsin for the past 54 years. All that is coming to an end though, as the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association Board of Control voted this spring to end summer baseball and move all teams to spring rather than giving them the choice of seasons.

NASA SeaWiFS Project / Wikimedia Commons

The International Joint Commission - or IJC - was created by the Boundary Waters Treaty signed by the United States and Canada in 1909. The commission is tasked with preventing conflicts between the two countries' shared waters, including the Great Lakes.

Last week the IJC released a paper that lays out five action steps designed to assist the two countries as they coordinate efforts to keep Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and other toxic flame retardants out of the Lakes.

Photo Courtesy of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Most art curators work for museums and tend to have substantial academic credentials in art history and museum studies. David Wagner is not an art historian. His academic background is in musical performance and arts administration. But he is a curator.

Wagner’s Milwaukee-based business, David J Wagner LLC, produces and manages traveling exhibitions for museums and other cultural and scientific institutions in North America and abroad. 

Matt Haas / Milwaukee Magazine

With summer in full swing, people want to take in the beautiful weather whenever possible. As Wisconsinites know, summer is only here for so long and outdoor dining is a great way to take advantage of season.

Dining critic Ann Christenson agrees: "We have such a short amount of time to really enjoy it. So this is that precious time that we can...enjoy outdoor dining."

Darren Hauck / Getty Images

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alleges that Sam Llanas, former BoDeans' band member, sexually abused Tessa Neumann, the stepdaughter of his former bandmate Kurt Neumann. 

Susan Bence

President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin Thurday to attend Foxconn's cereminial groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant. During the ceremony, Trump gave an extended speech, which ran the gamut of topics - ranging from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement to trade tariffs with other countries. Trump singled out Canada in particular, saying, "We need to level the playing field." 

The Consul General of Canada to the Midwest, John Cruickshank, takes issue with President Trump's claim that the economic playing field is tilted in Canada's favor.

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The recent deaths of food writer and host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have cast the issue of suicide into the public eye. But while those high-profile cases generated headlines, suicide has been a significant public health issue for years.

Mount Mary University

Donna Ricco, the noted fashion designer, is returning home.  More specifically, Ricco is coming back to Milwaukee - at least on a regular basis - to her alma mater, Mount Mary University, where she will serve as an Executive Fellow in the Fashion Department.  The new position will have her teaching and mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in fashion. 

MPM 2017 BioBlitz

This weekend at Lake Farm County Park in Madison, dozens of volunteers will join a handful of scientists in a 24 hour effort to document plants and wildlife in the park. The Milwaukee Public Museum is organizing the BioBlitz for the fourth consecutive year, though this will be the first event in Madison.

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Helen Pidd, an editor for The Guardian, recently looked into why so few women feel comfortable riding bikes in cities. Her theory: They think it is dangerous. For the most part, Wisconsin Bicycle Federation's Jessica Wineberg agrees.

Mitch Teich

In less than a week, cyclists from all over the world will converge upon Wisconsin. The Tour of America's Dairyland (ToAD) begins its 10th annual criterium cycling race on Thursday, June 21st in Kenosha and continues until July 1st, racing through Southeast Wisconsin. Last year, ToAD drew racers from 42 states and 15 countries according to executive director Bill Koch.

Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel has always been a place of opulence and luxury. During its 125 year history, it has been host to countless important events and dignitaries, including visits from Prussian royalty and American presidents. Now, Anna Lardinois has the chance to share and become a part of the hotel's history.

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As many coffee aficionados know, love for coffee can be a powerful force. But widespread adoration for coffee is nothing new. In fact, Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated a song to the beloved beverage many years ago. On Friday, Great Lakes Baroque performs Bach's "Coffee Cantata" at the Skylight's Cabot Theatre as part of an all-Bach musical program.

Courtesy of UWM Cultural Resource Management

From 1882 until 1974, the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery served as the burial site of many of Milwaukee’s marginalized citizens. The cemetery became the final resting place for many of the community’s poor, as well as those who died as a resident of one of the county institutions or were unidentified or unclaimed from the coroner’s office.