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February 20, 2012

Former Wausau movie theater gambles on live entertainment

Owners of The Fillmor nightclub in Wausau are making a potentially risky move into live entertainment, including booking a national act, as they work to transform the former Rogers Theater into a hot spot.
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February 20, 2012

NFL becomes more corporate: Can Packers' structure survive?

The Green Bay Packers have become more corporate in an effort to keep pace with franchises with wealthy owners, while trying to remain rooted in its community structure.
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February 20, 2012

Tribes might use treaties against proposed mine

The Bad River Chippewa tribe is considering using its powerful treaties and legal force as a sovereign nation to halt or delay a controversial iron mine project in northern Wisconsin. Other Chippewa tribes also could take similar measures.
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February 20, 2012

Children's Hospital in Madison plans $32 million expansion

American Family Children's Hospital in Madison has announced plans for a $32 million expansion project that is expected to begin later this year. It will include a surgical neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric imaging suite, cardiac …
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February 20, 2012

Washington Mutual reorganization plan approved by court

After years of legal battles, the reorganization plan for Washington Mutual Inc. has been approved by a judge with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, allowing the company to finally exit bankruptcy proceedings.
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February 20, 2012

Slideshow: Forty under 40 winners big fans of Oprah, Bill Gates

If Oprah Winfrey is ever in Milwaukee again, she would be a very welcome guest at several of The Business Journals Forty under 40 winners dinner tables.In fact, the mega-television star was the most frequent person mentioned by our class of 2012 as …
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February 19, 2012

$75 million UWM research center to start construction by December

A $75 million, 140,000-square-foot research center that will be the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's largest academic building is to be under construction by December.The Kenwood Integrated Research Center will provide lab space for numerous …
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February 17, 2012

Total compensation for MGIC's Culver jumps 27%

MGIC Investment Corp. CEO Curt Culver received a 27.6 percent increase in total compensation during 2011, to nearly $5.6 million, largely due to a $1.33 million increase in the value of his stock awards.Culvers salary increased 2.2 percent, to …
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February 17, 2012

Cardinal Solar Technologies to cut jobs in Mazomanie

Cardinal Solar Technologies Inc. plans to lay off 53 employees at its plant in Mazomanie beginning Feb. 19.The layoffs are due to unforeseeable business circumstances, company management stated in a mass layoff notice filed Friday with the Wisconsin …
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February 17, 2012

Abercrombie & Fitch to close 180 stores

Abercrombie & Fitch is planning to close 180 of its U.S. stores by 2015. The announcement was made by CEO Mike Jeffries during a call with analysts, according to numerous media reports."Our results for the fourth quarter were below our expectations …
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February 17, 2012

Mike Jones named Public Museum board chair

Mike Jones, who is vice president of corporate affairs at Millercoors, has been named chairman of the Milwaukee Public Museum board, replacing outgoing chairman and Badger Meter Inc. CEO Rich Meeusen.From 2002 to 2008, Jones was senior vice …
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February 17, 2012

MillerCoors makes changes to Killian’s Irish Red

MillerCoors LLC is introducing updated packaging and a slightly revamped formula for its George Killians Irish Red beer brand that is designed to draw more attention to the brews Irish heritage.The brands revised recipe links the beer more closely …
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