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Polar blast inflicts less damage in Milwaukee, Madison than similar weather five years ago (UPDATE)

A billboard in Port Washington reminds passersby on Wednesday to bundle up amid the arctic blast that inflicted damage on old infrastructure throughout the Midwest. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems. But in Wisconsin’s two largest cities, city officials were saying the cold snap hadn’t caused as much damage to infrastructure as had the previous deep freeze five years ago.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Broadway Connection

(Rendering courtesy of Engberg Anderson Architects)

The Broadway Connection will become the new home of the Milwaukee offices of the law firm Husch Blackwell, which plans to move out of the Cathedral Place building at 555 E. Wells St. Even with Husch Blackwell taking up much of the new building, Broadway Connection will have additional offices for rent, as well as space for retail and parking.

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Combatting drug use and opioids in construction


We are all waking up to the realities of the devastating effects that opioid abuse can have on employees and businesses in the construction industry. The statistics are overwhelming and offer only a glimpse into the damage done to our workers and their families. Fortunately, our industry and political leaders have begun to champion and carry out real plans to eliminate this scourge.

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