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AMKE: The List 9-23-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown
Republican Candidates had another debate last night, but this time in Florida. Front-runner Mitt Romney was eager to take on the newest candidate in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry. Romney stressed the biggest issues of today, jobs and the economy. And when it was Perry’s turn, many said he seemed to be pretty flat right off the bat and never really connected with any of his attacks on Romney.  

Now we’ve heard of Wisconsin State Fair, of course, but have you ever heard of Milwaukee County Fair? It starts today and goes through Sunday at State Fair Park. This fair is for all ages; it has fall entertainment, pumpkins, trains, food activities and much more. This fair is paired with the World Beef Expo and Harvest Fair. More than 45,000 people typically visit the Harvest Fair in September.

If you’re downtown tomorrow, you can find Milwaukee’s Oktoberfest at Pere Marquette Park and Old World Third Street. We’re talking delicious brats, beer gardens and a mustache contest. The event is hosted by Art Milwaukee, Newaukee and the Westtown Association. If you want to go to das event, the celebration kicks off at noon.

Stocks plummeted yesterday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economic slump may last for years to come. The DOW fell more than 300 points. Analysts are saying the news troubled investors because the fed’s statement gave a bare estimate of the U.S. economy’s future and the fed decided to purchase bonds that matured after 30 years, hoping to push rates down.

Yesterday we talked a little bit about a new public art piece that will be installed in Bay View at the intersection of KK, Howell and Lincoln Avenues, but there’s also something else happening at that same spot. Alterra started construction for its newest location. The former Maritime Bank Building was demolished and the coffee beans will be rolling in soon. The projected is expected to finish in June.

If you’ve ever wanted to explore certain buildings throughout our city but never had a chance…well here’s your opportunity. This weekend “Doors Open Milwaukee” invites the public to explore nearly 100 buildings, theaters, work sites, churches, museums, the list goes on. You design your own itinerary and there are over two-dozen in-depth tours. It’s a chance for residents to find out about hidden treasures, special stories and the historic significance of Milwaukee.