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WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence inched up this month, showing signs of stabilizing, but remained near a six-year low in the face of the widespread business shutdowns that have sent the economy into recession.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index ticked up to a rea…

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GRAFTON — The village of Grafton is now accepting applications for their Small Business Relief Loan Program. All applications will be reviewed by village staff and Ozaukee Economic Development before final approval is granted by the Village Board for loans up to $10,000. Read more

WAUKESHA — The Plan Commission will have a virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday where they will have a public hearing and possibly take action on creating a proposed tax incremental financing district for the River Valley Development. Read more

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Stock indexes finished mostly higher Friday as Wall Street shook off an early slide, closing out a solid week of gains for the market.The S&P 500 index inched up 0.2% after having been down 0.5%. It ended the week with a 3.2% gain, largely due to a big rally on Monday that offset all of … Read more

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Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper.Robocalls.Industry experts say robocalls are way down — scam calls as well as nagging from your credit-card company to pay your bill. The coronavirus pandemic has inflicte… Read more

WASHINGTON  — Signs of renewed business activity are surfacing across the country as states gradually reopen economies and some businesses call a portion of their laid-off staffers back to work. Yet with millions more Americans seeking unemployment aid last week, the U.S. job market remains … Read more

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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump's trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks. Read more

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Stocks closed broadly lower on Wall Street Thursday as investors weighed more data showing the economic damage being caused by the coronavirus pandemic and another flareup in tensions between the U.S. and China.The S&P 500 fell 0.8%, shedding some of the gains it made in a solid rally a … Read more

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate hit 14.1% in April, a level not seen since the Great Depression, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday.The rate more than quadrupled from 3.1% in March, mirroring national trends due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was … Read more

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WASHINGTON — More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. Read more

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — While they may not be as popular as they were in the 1950s, with the coronavirus pandemic and heightened excitement for retro activities, an outdoor cinema may be coming to the Town of Brookfield. Read more

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WAUKESHA — Since salons have been able to reopen since the Safer at Home order was lifted, stylists and salon owners are beginning to implement new practices in order to offer their services. Read more

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CEDARBURG — Many Cedarburg businesses, including the ones at the Cedar Creek Settlement, will be open for the week of Memorial Day, and also opening Wednesday. All safety practices will be adhered to. Here is a list of our shops who will be open for the weekend and beyond. Read more

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Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, clawing back all their losses from a day earlier and extending their strong gains for the week.The S&P 500 rose 1.7% as the market bounced back from a sudden drop on Tuesday that snapped the index's three-day winning streak. Crude oi… Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc German Christmas Market has been canceled for 2020, said board member Sharon Manke.The decision was very difficult for the board to make, she said.“With all the uncertainty right now, we don’t feel comfortable moving forward,” Manke said.The market was started as … Read more

WEST BEND — Although the lights went down for two months at West Bend Cinema, 2014 Parkway Drive, on March 17, staff was far from quiet behind the scenes. When the cinema reopens today, movie buffs will be welcomed back with a spruced-up theater. Read more

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Stocks ended broadly lower on Wall Street Tuesday as trading turned wobbly a day after the market notched its biggest jump in more than five weeks.The S&P 500 fell 1% after having been up by 0.4% in the early going. Losses in banks, health care stocks and household goods companies accoun… Read more

OZAUKEE COUNTY — The news last week that the Wisconsin Supreme Court had struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order came down swiftly. Many local businesses were expecting to be closed for at least two more weeks, which has left them with one main decision — to either reopen right away… Read more

WAUKESHA — As businesses begin reopening, many of their day-to-day operations will look different than they did prior to COVID-19. That’s true for insurance as well. Read more

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WAUKESHA — Local real estate developer Wangard Partners recently donated 1,000 face shields to ProHealth Care.The face shields were made by Arete, a company based in North Hollywood, California, that usually constructs stage props and devices used in TV and movie productions. In the midst of… Read more

The stock market bounced back from its worst week in nearly two months Monday as optimism about a potential vaccine for the coronavirus and hopes for a U.S. economic recovery in the second half of the year put investors in a buying mood.The S&P 500 climbed 3.2%, its best day since early … Read more

WARREN, Mich. — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months Monday in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry, while an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus yielded encouraging results in a small and ex… Read more

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NASHOTAH — Nashotah native Le’erin Voss earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota on May 16. She was also granted the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Performance Award. Voss previously earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Medical College o… Read more

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MEQUON — Lori Gervais, CFP®, director with The Gervais Group at Baird, has been named on Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisor list. This year’s list spotlights over 1,000 top-performing advisors across the country. Gervais’ client-first philosophy, teamwork and service helped her earn this best-i… Read more

MILWAUKEE — Jason Sellnow, partner at Oak Hill Business Partners, has achieved the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation. The CEPA is the globally recognized, advanced-level professional certification for accountants and financial professionals in business. The CEPA program is t… Read more

WAUKESHA — Emily Schmitz, a Pewaukee resident and UW Madison student, and Jacob Gross, a Brookfield resident and Wisconsin Lutheran College student, have received the 2020 LeRoy C. Schmidt 150-Hour Accounting Scholarship in the amount of $2,500, awarded by the Wisconsin Institute of Certifie… Read more

SUSSEX — Rita Hahn has been elected to be the new president of the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society.Hahn, who was elected by the group’s board of directors, said she has many ideas to help increase membership and visibility of the organization.“My main focus is to bring our community to… Read more

PEWAUKEE — Two Waukesha County Technical College instructors, Mark Stigler and Rosemary Bednarek, have been named recipients of the 2020 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Awards. Read more

On March 7, SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County and SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc hosted its 4th Annual Bean Bags Tournament Fundraiser. This year all proceeds raised are going toward the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Read more

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for A Younger You Medical Spa on March 4. A Younger You Medical Spa offers minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedures. They are at 18900 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 112. For more information visi… Read more

WAUWATOSA — The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Serendipity Labs on Feb. 19. Serendipity Labs provides the flexibility to work in a secure, professional environment by offering co-working, private offices, customizable team rooms and suites, meeting and even… Read more

THIENSVILLE — President and CEO of the Marcus Corporation, Greg Marcus, will be speaking on the hospitality industry and how upcoming events will affect the region during the 13th annual Ozaukee Economic Development Outreach event May 7.The OED will host its annual event at The Watermark at … Read more

OCONOMOWOC — MSI General Corporation has recently added Niall Flanagan to its team as a project superintendent.Prior to joining MSI General, Flanagan was a senior project development manager at Minto Communities USA in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout and bring… Read more

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