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Burlington redevelopment project preserves the past while focusing on the future

Over a century ago, the old Keuper Mercantile building in downtown Burlington was one of the cornerstones of the city’s commercial district.  Built in 1914, the building on Pine Street originally housed a general store, was later a Montgomery Ward department store and then a shoe store. In 1977, it became home to Schuette-Daniels Furniture until it was destroyed in a fire in 2014 — and it has remained vacant ever since.  Local businessman Shad Branen is working to change th... Read More

Downtown Racine building sold


410 Main Unveiled As Makers’ Space

The building at 410 Main St. has a purpose again after sitting vacant for 12 years before Tad Ballantyne, president of PW Partners Inc., bought the building in December for $165,000. Several media-related companies already occupy the second and third floor. But the excitement around the first floor space — called The Offices at 410 Main — created a buzz at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday night. In a few weeks the finishing touches will be made on the first floor. ... Read More

A Tale of Ten Acres – UNFI’s Agrarian Journey of Soil health

They say a journey begins with just one single step. UNFI has taken a ten-acre step in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, to further a vision for increasing access to fresh local organic food. UNFI's CEO, Steven Spinner, has long held an agrarian dream of preserving farmland near its distribution facilities. This dream grew into a vision in which UNFI would engage the communities where it has facilities not only through employment, but also with access to well-priced organic food.  ... Read More

Burlington Nestlé factory celebrates more than its own anniversary

As Nestlé celebrates its 150th anniversary and the Nestlé factory in Burlington celebrates its 50th anniversary, there is another Nestle anniversary worth noting. ... Read More

Racine Participating In International Communities In Bloom Challenge

Racine business owners and residents may want to tidy up their properties as the city is participating in the 2016 National Edition of Communities in Bloom, International Challenge, July 10 through July 13.  Two judges — Bob Ivison, of the United Kingdom, and Ed Hooker III, of Camp Springs, Maryland — will evaluate the community on its civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification, and quality of life improvements. Communities in Bloom, a non-profit organization in C... Read More
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