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July 10, 2012

CRE Guide: Community Spotlight - Lake Geneva

With its proximity to four metropolitan areas Madison, Milwaukee, Rockford, Ill., and Chicago the city of Lake Geneva is in a good position to attract commercial development in addition to tourists, says Mayor Jim Connors. He discussed commercial …
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July 10, 2012

Dean Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital join federal accountability program

Dean Clinic and St. Mary's Hospital on Monday were named an accountable care organization, or ACO, by the federal government, putting the Madison-based health care providers in line to possibly gain money through Medicare payments based on their …
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July 10, 2012

Former Green Bay mall will resurface in downtown surfaces

Concrete from the demolished Port Plaza Mall in downtown Green Bay is being processed for reuse as building material for new buildings, roads and other structures in the same downtown area.
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July 10, 2012

State: Former president of Valley Title stole $1 million in mortgage fraud scheme

Businessman Jay Fischer has been charged with multiple counts of racketeering, embezzlement, fraud and tax crimes on allegations that he stole $1 million from clients' home mortgages while he was president of Valley Title in Wausau.
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July 10, 2012

Wisconsin says wages up 6.7% in 2012

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said state wages in the first three months of 2012 were up 6.7 percent compared with the first quarter of 2011 following reported gains in employment and promising reports from the states …
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July 10, 2012

Dominion apartment project on Jackson Street endorsed

Dominion Properties LLC's planned five-story building with 20 apartments on North Jackson Street in Milwaukee gained Plan Commission approval Monday despite some concerns about its size and effect on area parking availability.
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July 10, 2012

Milwaukee Rocketship charter school gains first approval

Rocketship Education Milwaukee on Monday took a step toward opening its first charter school in the city in fall 2013 by gaining Milwaukee Plan Commission approval.
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July 10, 2012

Obama: Extend middle-class tax cuts now; worry about rich later

President Barack Obama on Monday gave Republicans an offer that theyre bound to refuse: Lets go ahead and extend the soon-to-expire tax cuts for middle-income Americans, and figure out what to do about the rich folks later.
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July 10, 2012

Milwaukee Sam's Club proposal could be dead on arrival

Sams Club, the membership-based retailer owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has proposed a 136,000-square-foot store at North 115th Street south of West Good Hope Road, but the plan doesnt appear to have much traction with the neighborhood's …
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July 10, 2012

Dane County housing starts up 43% in June as mini-building boom continues

Dane County is seeing a mini-surge in home building with the county reporting the highest number of housing starts in June in the past five years.
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July 09, 2012

Summer jobs disappear for teens

Summer jobs for teens are disappearing in Oshkosh and across the United States, where employment for 16-to-19-year olds has fallen to the lowest level since World War II.
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July 09, 2012

Small-scale hop growing a big business

Gorst Valley Hops in Dane, near Mazomanie, is beginning its first shipments of harvesting machines that will allow small hops growers to ramp up their production for serving local beer brewers.
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