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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Monday, July 28, 2014

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51. Why Milwaukee Irish Fest matters to Ireland's economy
Michael Ring, TD, Irish Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, visited the Wisconsin Club today to speak to local media about the role Milwaukee Irish Fest plays in Ireland's economy.
52. Milwaukee's Iron Horse makes Manliest Hotel list
Men's Health has a new "20 Manliest Hotels in America List," and Milwaukee's Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St., is one of the chosen few.
53. On the road in Wisconsin - and beyond - with kids
When we had kids we decided we'd take them with us to as many places as we could. I didn't travel much as a child - lots of camping trips a couple hours away and the occasional visit to places like Hershey, Pa., and Washington, D.C. - but those were different times. Still, we have always wanted to make sure our kids have experienced a range of places in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, in the Midwest, across America and beyond.
54. How to pack and plan for a family trip
Family vacations are supposed to be fun, except when you're unprepared. My advice is simple: plan ahead. And don't worry about coming off as annoying or overly meticulous. The time you put in beforehand can save you headache later.
55. Water, water and more water at Sheboygan's Blue Harbor
My family and I really enjoy water parking in the Wisconsin Dells, but we like going to Sheboygan's Blue Harbor equally as much and for different reasons.
56. Iron Block loses its scaffolding
After years of seeing the historic Iron Block building on Water and Wisconsin clothed in stark white paint - and most recently - hidden behind scaffolding - it's nice to see a subtler tone and a copper brown on the storefront and mezzanine levels.
57. Prepping for 130th anniversary, 8th Street School becomes a birthday cake
As it nears its 130th birthday, Eighth Street School on the corner of 8th and Michigan in Downtown Milwaukee, is getting a makeover.
58. The stars are coming to Door County this summer
The Door County Auditorium in Fish Creek is attracting some big names for their 2013 Main Stage Season. Bands like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Shovels & Rope, the Indigo Girls and Steve Earle and John Hiatt will be gracing the stage in the DC this summer.
59. Hawai'i with the kids: A Toy Tips guide
Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and by far the one with the most to do for families with children. On a recent visit with my two children, our goal was to soak in some Vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of the island, skyscrapers of Waikiki, the ocean and all the sites that we could visit over nine days.
60. Moose on the loose this weekend in Milwaukee
This Memorial Day weekend, Milwaukee's full of events and "moose" as nearly 8,000 members of Moose International are headed to the area for their 125th annual International Convention
61. Downtown summer trolleys begin Thursday
Downtown's summer trolley service, the Milwaukee Trolley Loop presented by VISIT Milwaukee, rolls out tomorrow with its "Hop `n Shop, Wine `n Dine" route.
62. MPM gets "The Scoop on Poop"
A new traveling exhibition, "The Scoop on Poop," will run from Sept. 28, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. Based on the popular children's book of the same name, the exhibit will lead visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it.
63. Lake Express Ferry celebrates 10 years
The Lake Express Ferry, which makes four daily trips between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich. in the summer, has kicked off its season and is celebrating its 10th anniversary of service with special promotions for bike-lovers and family travelers.
64. Door County still makes a solid day trip, even in the off-season
Door County is something of a ghost town this time of year - and frankly, that's just how we like it. Seeing Fish Creek, Ephraim, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay all but abandoned in the middle of winter is reminiscent of the tranquil, removed setting and slowed-down pace that made these towns a tourist hotspot in the first place.
65. Door County named one of 10 Best Small Towns in America
Door County may not be a town, exactly, but it's been named one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America by Fodor's, a worldwide provider of travel guides and information.
66. A taxi app that is truly Uber
Experience tells me that you can't always trust a name. Just because a business calls itself "A1" or "Ultimate" doesn't make it true. There's an exception and it's called Uber.
67. A trip to Las Vegas puts a shine on March Madness
The purpose of a recent trip to Las Vegas was to be there for the madness of the NCAA Tournament - and it definitely colored in the picture of college sports a lot more for me.
68. There are pieces of Milwaukee all around Chicago
Certainly Chicago is pretty close to Milwaukee and it oughta be no surprise to see some Marquette sweatshirts on Michigan Avenue window shoppers, but a recent visit to the Windy City reminded me just how pervasive the Milwaukee-Chicago connection is even in one of America's largest cities.
69. MKE 2 SXSW
About a month ago a friend asked me to come down and visit her in Austin for South by Southwest. At first I thought she was crazy, but decided it was a brilliant idea. Of course, being so close to the actual event, I couldn't find tickets for less than $700.
70. "Working" media, Arizona style
It's hard to call this spring training trip work. It definitely is, because as I do every year, I strive to take our readers along for the ride. Inevitably, when I tell people I come to Arizona, they always say, with a glint in their eyes, "I've always wanted to do that!" And I always tell them that they should.
71. Desert burn
No amount of sunscreen could keep me looking like a lobster when I looked in the mirror this morning. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.
72. The race to baseball and beyond
Last I blogged, we were racing down a mountain, halfway between Vegas and Phoenix, struggling to make it to Maryvale Baseball Park by first pitch. After hitting every red light in Maricopa County, we arrived in time for the third batter. But we didn't see much baseball, anyway.
73. Leaving Las Vegas ... in a hurry
This didn't go exactly as planned. Yes, I'm speeding through the Arizona desert in a humungous white Chevy Suburban, while my friend from college, Paul, handles the driving for now. If we don't encounter any setbacks, we should arrive at Maryvale Baseball Park just in time for first pitch.
74. Our lake is truly great
People who are planning to visit Milwaukee often send me email, asking for suggestions of places to go. My suggestions are tailored to their interests and budget, but the last suggestion of what not to miss in Milwaukee is always the same.
75. Throwing away Milwaukee's favorite pair of jeans
If our city fits us like our favorite pair of jeans how long before too many holes and tattered and frayed edges lead to problems or stuff hanging out where it shouldn't be?