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The Top 30 Milwaukee Stories of 2013

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2013 is almost over and in the past 12 months, 88Nine has told some great stories about Milwaukee.  We covered subjects from Economic Developement to Education to Technology and more.  Below are the top 30 Milwaukee stories of 2013.  Let us know what was your favorite story we covered in 2013 in the comment section below.

1. Milwaukee Named Top 12 Art City
National art advancement organization ArtPlace announced Monday its selection of Milwaukee as one of twelve best art cities in the nation.

2. New Brewery To Open In Walker's Point
A new brewery is preparing to open its doors in the Walker's Point neighborhood. Brenner Brewing, near 5th and Pierce Streets, will produce a full line of beer varieties, and its product will focus on promoting Milwaukee artists and musicians. 

3. Little Free Libraries Encourage Sharing, Reading and Community
Little Free Libraries. If you live in Southeastern Wisconsin, you have probably seen these popping up in a neighborhood near you during the last year.

4. Les Paul Exhibit Opens In Waukesha
It's an exhibit more than two decades in the making, and over the weekend, The Waukesha County Museum welcomed patrons into the "Les Paul Experience." 

5. Save Water, Earn Rewards With H2O Score
A local technology startup is making it easier for you to understand your water bill -- and use less as a result. H20 Score translates household water usage data from city records into an easy-to-read dashboard, allowing anyone who receives a water bill in Milwaukee to track their use online.

6. The Future of the MECCA Floor
Ben Koller is a on a mission to save the city's most famous -- floor. If you've lived in Milwaukee a while, you have seen that iconic MECCA court -- huge 'Ms' for Milwaukee, outlined in geometric sections and painted in bold primary colors. 

7. Journey From Coporate America To Organic Farming
How does someone go from sitting behind a desk at a corporate office job to managing your own farm a few years later?

8. Homegrown Milwaukee: Patti Keating Kahn
She's a downtown developer and a longtime supporter of Milwaukee's arts and non-profits.  This week we hear from Patti Keating Kahn on Homegrown Milwaukee.

9. KK River Bike Trails Opens
Milwaukee's newest bike trail opened to the public earlier this month providing another route for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel from the city's Near South Side to Downtown.

10. TypeFace Project Installs Public Art
Milwaukee has four new pieces of installation art, in four neighborhoods around the city. The project is called TypeFace, the brainchild of local artist Reginald Baylor and storyteller Adam Carr

11. MSOE Invest In Milwaukee's Future
Economic development in Milwaukee is important to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. MSOE has made downtown Milwaukee their home for the last 110 years. This fall, they put the finishing touches on their latest addition to campus, an athletic field and parking complex. 

12. Bring Out Your Kids' Inner Rockstar At Girls Rock MKE
Do you think you could form a band, learn to plan an instrument, write a song and perform it at a local rock venue in front of hundreds of people in just one week?

13. Fund Milwaukee Helps Launch Local Startups
When Sheila Firari and her business partner Bowen Dornbrook sought funding for their startup auqaponics company they hit more than one brick wall…

14. Wellspring: From The Farm To School Lunchrooms
Wellspring is the oldest organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm in Wisconsin. It's also an educational retreat center. Their mission to inspire and teach people to grow, prepare and eat healthy food is highlighted in their Farm to School program.

15. Dial L For Latch-Key - One-Act Radio Drama
It’s a modern twist on a classic art form -- radio drama.  And one theater company is keeping the tradition alive.  It just finished recording an original 28-minute, one-act play, a witty satire of the Alfred Hitchcock style dramas of yesteryear.

16. MCTS adds 55 New Clean-Diesel Buses
Technology and engineering has changed quite a bit in the 29 years Cliff Rubel has worked in the maintenance department at Milwaukee County Transit System. "The buses are replaced every 12 years or 500,000 miles," says Rubel. The first of the newest model of MCTS buses arrived this week, the Xcelsior.

17. Mount Mary College's Professional Etiquette Boot Camp
About 60 first generation college students learned the basics of professionalism last week at Mount Mary College's Professional Etiquette Boot Camp.

18. Girls In Tech: MKE mentors the next generation of female tech professionals
Milwaukee will soon have its own chapter of Girls in Tech, a global organization dedicated to helping women get into technology-based careers. Girls in Tech:Milwaukee hosted its inagural event, reaching out to the community that it will serve.

19. Playworks 'Making Recess Count' For MPS Students
A national non-profit called Playworks is working in 12 Milwaukee Public Schools, helping students learn outside the classroom during recess. 

20. YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA of Metro Milwaukee is partnering with a national organization to prevent Type 2 diabetes. “Not Me” is a mobile screening clinic which tours the country, and in June, stopped in Milwaukee.

21. Explore LGBT History at UWM
On the fourth floor of the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir library -- if you look hard enough -- you'll find a one-of-a-kind collection of LGBT history. In fact, it's the largest in the state. 

22. Drafting Milwaukee's First Encyclopedia
Local history buffs have begun writing the city's first encyclopedia. It's a partnership between the history departments of UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University, and it will include entries written by the academic community, industry professionals, and graduate students. 

23. Mobile Bike Hub To The Rescue
Looking to see what the main needs were for the neighborhood, the focus was on youth education/leadership and healthy living. "From there we started talking to the Bike Federation about other ways to promote healthy living and biking in an dense urban neighborhood" says Vega-Skeels

24. Burmese Immersion Project Help Refugee Students
Political unrest in Southeast Asia has driven more than 1000 refugees to Wisconsin.  They come to the U.S. to escape the militaristic governments of Burma and Malaysia, which deny basic civil liberties and due process to ethnic minorities.

25. Milwaukee's Favorite Frozen Treat
Summer just isn't summer without frozen custard.  And in Milwaukee, it's a decades-old tradition. 

26. New Performance Arts Center at Pius High School
It still smells like fresh paint inside the Fr. Robert Carney Performing Arts Center, which now houses two art galleries and state-of-the-art, single-level theater.  The space was once home to the boy's gymnasium, but walking into it now, you'd never know.

27. ACTS Housing Helps First Time Home Buyers
A local not-for-profit real estate broker is helping low-income, first time home buyers purchase and rehab foreclosed properties in the inner city.

28. Mix@Six With Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is reaching out in a unique way...looking to gather new volunteers or "bigs" for their kids. They're holding monthly social events called Mix@Six. Part celebration of their current volunteers, part happy hour drink specials and free pizza and part information sessions for potential new "bigs" looking to help out a "little". 

29. Clock Shadow Building Wins MANDI
The Clock Shadow Building at 2nd and Bruce Streets in Walker's Point is one of a kind, and last month, it won a major local award.

30. Alverno Students Gather Clothes For Homeless
Student volunteers from Alverno College collected donations for two area homeless shelters last week, filling two school busses with clothes and toiletries.