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AMKE: The List 12-12-11

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People are still talking about Ryan Braun. Over the weekend, ESPN reported Braun tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs which could result in a 50-game suspension if Braun’s appeal of the result is denied. Braun's appeal will be heard by a three-person panel early next year. Apparently no player has ever successfully appealed a positive test result.

Milwaukee’s Habitat for Humanity had quite a strong year as it built 40 new homes around the city. Many of the people helped by the organization were first time homeowners. The goal for next year is to do home construction and renovation services in neighborhoods like Park West and Washington Park. Habitat reps say they want to focus their energy on a smaller, geographic area that will have a greater impact.

Milwaukee developer William Waldren is proposing a Third Ward ‘lounge’ that would offer a home for businesses. The hope is to convert space on north Broadway for the co-working spaces. Waldren says he wants “digital creatives” but also landscapers, photographers, accountants and people around town that are working on temporary projects. The idea is for people to have a place to work, meet others and a place to expand your horizon. 

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe is proposing to build an $18.5 million  biogas energy project next to its Menomonee Valley Casino. The plans call for a digester that would produce both electricity and heat that would provide for hot water and heating to the casino. Construction for the project would create roughly 61 jobs and if approved, work would begin late spring and be finished by 2013.

As of last Thursday, the Packers sold more than 185,000 shares of stock within the first two days. Team officials said the organization netted roughly $43 million from the sale after costs for shipping and handling, and for the costs for the call center and website.

With less than a week left, the Hunger Task Force is reminding Milwaukee residents that the season of giving is here. Sunday is the deadline for collecting holiday hams for families in need, and roughly 800 bins need to be filled. So far only 64 hams have been donated. Donations can be taken online and in person. There’s a current count of donated hams running on the I-94 freeway signboard and online.