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Germantown schools close Tuesday

Jan. 06, 2014 2:27 p.m. | Due to the continued wind-chill warning, Germantown schools will be closed on Tuesday.

All other school-related activities are also canceled. Monday's closure will be made up on May 23, the Friday before Memorial Day.

Instructional minutes or the equivalent of a school day, will need to be made up before the end of the school year to account for the closure on Tuesday, which school officials said they will determine soon.

Video: How to navigate construction surrounding the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair

July 30, 2014 1:40 p.m. | West Allis — The Interstate 94 freeway ramps and streets around the fair are open to handle the surge of traffic starting Thursday with the opening of the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair.

That's a relief to West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who said, "They told us several times that it all would be open."

Freeway ramps at 84th Street have been closed for the massive Zoo Interchange rehabilitation project, as has the crucial Kearney Avenue that takes traffic coming from the west and exiting at 84th Street into the north end of the fair. The fair extends from 84th to 76th streets.

What will not be open is the 76th Street bridge over Interstate 94, a major route from the north to the fair's 76th Street entrance and to the fair entrance on Greenfield Avenue.

Instead, fair officials recommend taking 70th Street south to Greenfield Avenue and entering at 78th Street.

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Sam's Club to move to Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls border

July 29, 2014 11:01 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls area is becoming somewhat of a bulk shopping destination. Shortly after Costco was announced as the anchor of Whitestone Station, the Milwaukee Common Council has approved the development of a new Sam's Club across the street from Woodman's on Highway 145.

The council on July 22 unanimously approved plans for a new 135,000-square-foot store and a gas station to be built on vacant land at 124th Street and West Bradley Road.

The store will replace its existing location at 76th Street and Calumet Road, which will shut down as a result of the move. Employees of the old store will be offered jobs at the new location, which is expected to start construction by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, about four miles away a new 150,000-square-foot Costco store will anchor a large-mixed use development planned for a 65-acre area south of Highway 41/45 and west of Pilgrim Road formerly occupied by the Stolper Steel/Western Industries factory.

Following the demolition of the factory, the first phase of the development included a 91,000-square-foot Wisconsin Athletic Club and Froedtert Health sports medicine facility, which opened late 2013.

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Top 10 things to see and do at the Wisconsin State Fair

July 29, 2014 9:06 a.m. | This year's Wisconsin State Fair is the can't miss summer event of the season. With more than 30 free stages of entertainment, 100 different foods on a stick, and a cornucopia of cream puffs, what more could a Wisconsinite want?

The fair runs Tursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the final Sunday of the fair.

Check out the top 10 things to see and do before you plan your trip to the fair and follow my blog Fair E-tales for the latest and greatest in fair happenings. On Wisconsin!

1. The Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit

For all the history buffs out there, the Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit at the south end of the Exposition Center is the place to be. The exhibit includes pieces from iconic fair favorites, such as the original cream puff, Mille's Sausages, the Giant Slide and more. Test your knowledge after checking out the retro displays and take a fair quiz for a chance to win some fairy cool prizes.

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Three men in custody after burglary, two-vehicle crash

July 28, 2014 4:50 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Investigation is ongoing on an incident involving three men Saturday, July 26. Menomonee Falls police said the men are in custody in connection with a residential burglary and two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Lisbon Road and Graysland Drive.

At almost 4:30 p.m., police responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 16200 block of Lone Oak Lane.

As officers were responding, police said they determined the suspects that fled on foot were also involved in a two-vehicle crash.

It took assistance from several agencies as well as a K9 unit to locate and apprehend the men, who fled into the city of Brookfield.

No further information is available at this time.

Three injured after police chase ends in Menomonee Falls

July 25, 2014 9:49 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — A police chase ended in a crash at Mill and Lilly roads the morning of Friday, July 25.

Three people were injured as the result of a crash, which occurred as the Milwaukee Police Department was in pursuit of a suspect driving a Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on Mill Road, according to Lt. Kevin Von Bank. The suspect was involved in several armed robberies in Milwaukee that morning before colliding with a van that was driving northbound on Lilly Road.

The two occupants of the van were injured, Von Bank said, as was the suspect. All three people were taken to local hospitals for treatment and evaluation.

The incident remains under investigation by the Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee police departments. No further information is available at this time.

Highway 41 crash victim identified

July 23, 2014 10:51 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The 25-year-old Wauwatosa man who died in a crash during rush hour Thursday, July 10, has been identified. Charles Hill was pronounced dead shortly after police responded to a call reporting the crash at about 4:30 a.m. on southbound Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls.

The sole occupant of the vehicle, Hill was ejected from his 2002 Honda Accord into a flooded ditch as the vehicle rolled over about a mile south of Main Street. As a result of the crash, two southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours during rush hour as police investigated the incident.

Meanwhile, witnesses reported Hill was driving in excess of 90 miles per hour, according to the police report.

"We do not have the toxicology reports from the Medical Examiner's office, so we cannot comment on blood alcohol content," said Lt. Kevin Von Bank. The report indicates Hill, an employee at Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa, was drinking with friends the night before. 

Menomonee Falls baseball team advances with 2-0 shutout of Port

July 16, 2014 8:46 p.m. | Unbeaten Menomonee Falls sophomore pitcher Ty Weber doesn't need much offensive help to get the job done.

And Wednesday night in the Indians' 2-0 WIAA regional semifinal victory over Port Washington, fast-moving, impact-making centerfielder Michael Bowe made sure Weber had enough to work with as he ripped a two-RBI single to center in the fifth.

That smack made sure that Weber's four-hit, 11-strikeout effort would not go to waste.

"I love playing for this team," Bowe said. "I just try to provide a spark and give us some confidence. That the team feeds off that is great because I think if we play like we can, we can hang with anyone out there."

With the win, the 21-10 Indians advance to a 5:30 p.m. WIAA regional final on Friday at Grafton, which was a 5-0 winner over Nicolet tonight. Both games had been postponed a day by bad weather on Tuesday.

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Germantown baseball team outlasts Cedarburg, 3-2, in 11 innings

July 15, 2014 9:52 p.m. | Overcoming odd calls, ejections, missed opportunities and intermittent rain, the Germantown baseball team lived to fight another day, as ace Randy Finger pitched 10 strong innings and the Warhawks pulled out an 11-inning WIAA regional decision over host Cedarburg on Tuersday night.

"A great game, as good a game as I've been a part of," said Warhawks coach Jeff Wolf. "I tell you, win or lose, I couldn't be more proud. Not once when we missed an opportunity did I see them hang their heads or lose faith."

That faith and tenacity will carry the Warhawks (13-16) into a WIAA regional final at second-seeded Homestead (22-7) at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"We won't be the favorite, but we're playing our best ball of the season right now," said Wolf.

Then he looked at the strong-armed and strong-willed Finger and joked: "Maybe if we can grow another arm on Randy, we could have him go again on Friday."

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A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair

July 15, 2014 8:31 p.m. | The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.

A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.

Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.

Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.

The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.

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Manufacturers plan expansions, relocations in Germantown

July 14, 2014 10:51 a.m. | A series of light industrial developments are seeking village approval in Germantown, including one project that would relocate a company there from Cedarburg.

The projects are undergoing Plan Commission review for their site development and building plans. According to village documents:

■ Machining Concepts Inc. wants to build a 32,400-square-foot manufacturing plant on an 8.4-acre parcel in the northeast corner of Maple and Freistadt roads.

Machining Concepts is a precision machining company that specializes in production turning and milling services for the automotive, airline, electrical, medical, military and off-road vehicle industries.

The company, which has 41 employees, now has a 15,000-square-foot landlocked facility at W63-N171 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

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Menomonee Falls baseball team beats BC in GMC third place game

July 10, 2014 9:50 p.m. | Back on June 13, Brookfield Central pitcher Luke Sommerfeld and the Lancer bats dominated an inexperienced Menomonee Falls baseball team that was still trying to figure things out by a 12-2 count.

What a difference a month makes.

On Thursday, with the same line-up they had in that June contest, the Indians got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed, beating Sommerfeld and the Lancers by a 7-5 count in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament third place game.

"This is huge for our confidence," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "The last time we played them at their place (the June 13 game), they just beat us up.

"...This shows we've come quite a long ways."

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Wauwatosa man killed in crash that snarled Highway 41 traffic

July 10, 2014 11:03 a.m. | A 25-year-old Wauwatosa man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning on southbound Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls, according to a news release.

The Menomonee Falls Police and Fire Departments responded to the crash about 4:30 a.m., police say. The Wauwatosa man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity has not been disclosed.

Two southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours during the investigation of the crash. All lanes were open as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

The crash remains under investigation, and Menomonee Falls police have directed all questions to Assistant Chief Mark Waters at (262) 532-8702.

Falls baseball team advances on RBI single by Johnson in seventh

July 08, 2014 8:51 p.m. | Second baseman Derek Johnson and the rest of the Menomonee Falls baseball team know that the Indians don't need a lot of runs when they have sophomore ace Ty Weber on the mound.

But Tuesday afternoon in their Greater Metro Conference Tournament quarterfinal game with West Allis Hale, the Indians cut it a little close.

Despite a 10-strikeout, one walk, three-hit shutout effort, Weber was still not in line for the win going into the bottom of the seventh.

But an error, a sacrifice and a sharply struck RBI single by Johnson later, Falls made Weber a winner with a 1-0 decision.

"Basically, it was one of those games where there weren't a whole lot of hard hit balls," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "We didn't hit and they didn't hit. They committed just one error but we took advantage of it and that was the ballgame."

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Germantown's Finger blanks North Shore baseball champ Bay, 2-0

July 07, 2014 9:20 p.m. | In the recent past the Germantown baseball team's pitching staff had been so deep that the Warhawks didn't need the services of Randy Finger.

But time and graduation have taken a toll on the Warhawks' resources and Finger, now in his senior year, was called back to the hill.

And is coach Jeff Wolf and the team ever happy that he did.

Showing command of all his pitches, moving corner to corner and up and down, Finger completely baffled North Shore Conference champion Whitefish Bay on the Blue Dukes' homefield Monday night.

He scattered three hits, worked out of a couple of jams deftly, walked four and struck out an impressive 10, including the last three in a row. He even scored the game's only two runs as the Warhawks stymied the potent Blue Dukes, 2-0.

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Falls complicates GMC race with 5-2 win over Brookfield Central

July 01, 2014 9:23 p.m. | No longer a young team, though the talented battery on display tonight was all-sophomore, the still youthful Menomonee Falls baseball team threw a big monkey wrench into the Greater Metro Conference race tonight with an efficient and stunning 5-2 win over league leader Brookfield Central.

Sophomore ace pitcher Ty Weber held in check his second strong line-up in a row (after defeating Oak Creek last week) using a change of speed to strike out six and induce lazy flyball after flyball.

Meanwhile, his catcher, fellow sophomore Josh Schwechel hit a two-run double to right-center off Lancer ace Elijah Goodman in the second inning to give the Indians a 2-1 lead they would not surrender.

"We feel now that in the second round of (the conference season) we're working together better," said Schwechel. "We know what everything is all about now."

And Schwechel also liked what he saw out of his pitcher, who he has been catching since they were about 10 years old.

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