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Urban Spelunking: Bahn Frei Turner Hall & Ron-De-Voo Ballroom

Published June 6, 2017

These days Turner Hall means a very specific building on 4th Street between State and Highland. But a century ago, you'd have had to be more specific, because there were at least two other Turner halls. Here, we take a look inside one.

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Houdini's challenge

Published Nov. 2, 2013

Harry Houdini not only began his craft on the streets of Milwaukee, he cut his teeth in the Cream City's boxing rings. That all came together years later when he called out the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Boxer Harry Wills an inspiration every February

Published Feb. 2, 2013

Nowadays the groundhog and its accursed shadow get all the attention at this time of year, but back in the 1920s, 30s and 40s people knew it was February when Harry Wills became a shadow of his old self by not eating any food for the entire month.

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