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The milk house lives on at Wisconsin State Fair.
The milk house lives on at Wisconsin State Fair.
Fairgoers line up at the Milwaukee Bucks Milk House, which is now presented by Prairie Farms.
Fairgoers line up at the Milwaukee Bucks Milk House, which is now presented by Prairie Farms.
The 25 cent cost of a cup of milk attracts even the youngest of fair goers.
The 25 cent cost of a cup of milk attracts even the youngest of fair goers.
The Milwaukee Bucks Milk House now serves Prairie Farms dairy.
The Milwaukee Bucks Milk House now serves Prairie Farms dairy.

The iconic Milk House lives on at State Fair

Herb Kohl started "Herb’s Superb Milk House" in 1989, shortly after he was elected to the United States Senate for the first time.

The first time people wondered if the milk house would disappear was in 2011 when Kohl announced that he was retiring from the Senate.

It was only natural to think what would happen with the popular attraction in 2014, what with Kohl nearly completely out of the public spotlight after selling the Milwaukee Bucks. And, especially because the team sponsored the house for the first time last summer.

Don’t worry – the now iconic house, which has sold flavored milk for just 25 cents a cup since the beginning, will be in full operation on the fairgrounds, in a Bucks area just south of the grandstand.

But, it will have a new name: Milwaukee Bucks Milk House – Presented by Prairie Farms Dairy.

The organization announced the change in name on Wednesday in conjunction with the news of a multi-year sponsorship with Prairie Farms as the official milk of the team.

The Illinois-based milk provider will have five flavors on hand for fairgoers: chocolate, root beer, strawberry, birthday cake and fruit hoops.

The second hole at Coldwater Canyon. The front nine is one of the oldest designs in the state.
The second hole at Coldwater Canyon. The front nine is one of the oldest designs in the state. (Photo: Chula Vista Resort)

Coldwater Canyon a golfer's treat

WISCONSIN DELLS – There is plenty of great golf to take advantage of in Wisconsin Dells, especially championship-caliber venues that can stretch your mental and physical abilities, but Coldwater Canyon – now part of the Chula Vista Resort – is a must play for travelers and residents alike.

The front nine was built 91 years ago as a daily fee course, and when the back nine was added nearly a decade ago, it had yet to be absorbed into the resort. Once it was, it didn't lose its attraction as a "local" golf course and it offers those staying on the grounds a different feel than typical "resort" golf.

Just looking at the scorecard, a player might lick their chops. The course is short (less than 5,700 yards, but some new tee boxes will push it over 6,000 next year) but you need to control your tee shots. And on the front nine, you also need to be able to shape them in order to have excellent approaches into contoured greens that are more slippery than you'd expect.

You can definitely post a career-best round there, which can be exciting, but you can also walk off the 18th green shaking your head, wondering how in the heck you posted the high numbers that you did.

But that's what makes Coldwater Canyon such a gem.

There are no tricks, and no surprises. It's all out in front of you, offers some room to recover, but it can beat you down if you make bad decisions.

What also makes Coldwater Canyon a treat for a resort player is that front nine, built along its namesake. It stands on its own, so if you've only got a couple hours to kill while the kids nap or the spouse hits the spa or water park, it's worth a spin.

Off the course, a full driving range with grass tees is available to you, which is an underrated part of the resort experience. It gives you a chance to shake off the cobwebs built up on the swing (or from the night before), and there is a green to chip and putt on as well.

New PGA professional and Director of Golf Jason Boaz will welcome you, along …

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Jordan Zimmermann hasn't been in the major leagues long, but he's on our all-time team.
Jordan Zimmermann hasn't been in the major leagues long, but he's on our all-time team. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

I'm coming home: Wisconsin's all-time nine

"I'm coming home." LeBron James rocked the sports world with those three simple words. It got us thinking -- what if all of Wisconsin's baseball players did the same thing?

Then we realized, wait, there aren't enough active players left to field a full squad. So, we made an all-time team of players born in Wisconsin.

It'd be kind of a zombie squad at this point, but a good one nonetheless, even with some fan favorites and familiar names left off the starting nine.

Did we get it right?

Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or in the Talkback section at the end of this blog.

Graphic by Andy Tarnoff

Kelly Brough, the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, says Milwaukee is at a tipping point culturally.
Kelly Brough, the President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, says Milwaukee is at a tipping point culturally.
Roy H. Williams from Oklahoma City spoke about the impact an NBA franchise has had on his city.
Roy H. Williams from Oklahoma City spoke about the impact an NBA franchise has had on his city.
Joe Roman of Cleveland sees similarities between his city and Milwaukee.
Joe Roman of Cleveland sees similarities between his city and Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is at its tipping point

The Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force hosted a panel Friday morning featuring guests from Denver, Oklahoma City and Cleveland – and while topics such as new arena, transit and taxation were covered – the main takeaway was that these visitors feel Milwaukee is at its tipping point culturally.

Nearly 200 people filed into the Todd Wehr Theater in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Center to join chamber of commerce presidents and chief executive officers Roy H. Williams (Oklahoma City), Kelly Brough (Denver) and Joe Roman (Cleveland) for an hour-long discussion about what their cities have done to revitalize and expand their cultural and entertainment districts. It was near the end of the panel when the trio was asked about its perception of Milwaukee that things got really interesting.

After a pause, and some kind words about the foundation provided by the lakefront, the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan itself, Brough said:

"I think how I look at it is this is it’s in a transition area, and this is the moment where you get to decide, do we tip it? I’d say this is where we were as a city about 20 years ago. Are we going to make the investments and make a run at the things that will tip us to be a city of the world, not a city in the United States."

The three panelists all admitted it’s a long, difficult process with no true blueprint – no "magic formula" – but it requires investments in land, amenities, transit, public space and growing the city’s brand globally.

But, starting that investment now is vital.

"The intensity of the moment is greater than ever," Brough said. "Our history has been one that says just attract that company and we’ll be fine. What we know is, the reality is, that company’s not going to come without the workforce, so you have to do both. And to create the future you want, you have to say what’s it take to get the company and you have to say what’s it take to get the workforce, or keep the workforce…

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