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NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s bans on two popular Chinese social media apps — TikTok and WeChat — are the latest moves in an escalating U.S.-China rift, and point to a future where technology and innovation are increasingly walled behind political barriers.

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WASHINGTON — The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus has weakened hiring and the economic rebound.At any other time, hiring at that level would be seen as a blowout gain. But after employers shed … Read more

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CITY OF PEWAUKEE — MOXIE, America’s Solar Company, has opened its Wisconsin solar installation headquarters in the City of Pewaukee at N19-W24400 Riverwood Drive, Suite 350.“We’re extremely excited to be working in Wisconsin and to help the hardworking folks there understand and take advanta… Read more

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VILLAGE OF WAUKESHA — Verizon Wireless is looking to construct a 14-story-high cellphone tower on a piece of land inside the Infinity Fields Baseball Park.The 190-foot tower would be constructed within an existing parking lot on the northeast section of the property, which sits just west of … Read more

MADISON — Alliant Energy Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $136.9 million. The company said it had profit of 54 cents per share.The electric and gas utility parent company posted revenue of $763.1 million in the period. Read more

MADISON — Gas prices are holding steady and the increases that we have been seeing in recent weeks have slowed, according to data released by AAA — The Auto Club Group.The national gas price average held steady at $2.18 as the majority of state averages saw minimal impact at the pump, accord… Read more

GERMANTOWN — Jim Murray, Inc. (JMI) announced that effective Monday, the company name will change to JMI Pump Systems. On the same day, the company is moving into its new Germantown facility, W194-N11695 McCormick Drive.“This name change represents our extensive product offering, trusted ser… Read more

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MADISON — New unemployment claims in Wisconsin reported for the week ending August 1 continue to dip slightly under the previous week’s numbers.According to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, Wisconsin registered 19,302 new unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 1, a drop o… Read more

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MEQUON — It has been the go-to place for breakfast and lunch for generations of area families for 30 years. And while the Wooden Goose Cafe survived being forced out of their longtime building in 2016, they could not survive the pandemic.Cafe owners Bob, Claire and Andrew Schuster announced … Read more

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HARTFORD — City aldermen have given final approval for financing to permit a major expansion at Trade Tech Inc. at 2231 Constitution Avenue in the city’s Dodge Industrial Park.In May the Common Council had given preliminary approval to allow the company to seek up to $6.5 million in Industri… Read more

WEST BEND — Perfect Timing Gift Shop owner Maria Lopez found the perfect timing to open up her new business in downtown West Bend.Perfect Timing Gift Shop, 111 North Main St., opened on July 21, selling photography prints, inspirational gifts, greeting cards and new and used Christian books.… Read more

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CEDARBURG — After over 160 years of business and nine generations of service, Nieman Orchards at 9932 Pioneer Rd. in Cedarburg announced on Facebook Aug. 3 their permanent closure. This announcement comes a little over five months after the unexpected passing of father and owner Bob Nieman.“… Read more

 DELAFIELD — The Waukesha County Center for Growth along with Barkin’ Up, a doggy daycare and boarding facility, broke ground on their new location in Delafield, 402 Kettle Drive. It is Barkin’ Up’s second location with its first location being in Pewaukee. Owner Ben Nader said he thinks the… Read more

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WEST BEND — City Administrator Jay Shambeau confirmed that Dearborn Land Investment pulled out of the purchase agreement for the Mutual Mall property three weeks ago, freeing the property for another purchaser.UniMatrix Zero, LLC, which is connected to Dairy Queen locations in Jackson and Ke… Read more

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CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand reopening of Alpine Gift Haus, after it recently moved to a larger space on the second floor of the Cedar Creek Settlement building. Pictured are, from left: Ken Theiler, Temperature Pro and Chamber board member; Tom Mueller, Read more

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TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — The past few weeks, Foolery’s Liquid Therapy in the Town of Oconomowoc has been confiscating more and more fake IDs with 16 of them being handed to bouncers in one weekend recently.The concern, however, is that these fake IDs are getting more and more realistic, to the p… Read more

GRAFTON — Grafton will soon have a new spot to enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine. According to the July 28 agenda for the Grafton Plan Commission, Nanthakan Hamachuta has proposed to open Phrasungk sushi/Thai restaurant in the former Downtown Pizza building on 1228 12th Ave. Community Development… Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce is in a good place given the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in postponement of a few events, Director Cherie Sonsalla said.“I think that we actually did a great job of pivoting for our members services,” Sonsalla said. “A couple things we did … Read more

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KEWASKUM — Today marks the 75th anniversary for Regal Ware, an American-owned marketing and manufacturing company anchored in the food and beverage industry, bringing premium products to families since 1945.The Regal Ware history is a long story of family, craftsmanship, entrepreneurialism a… Read more

WAUKESHA — After 27 years in the Waukesha community, Murf’s Frozen Custard and Jumbo Burgers announced they have closed their location in the city as of Tuesday.The business, which is tucked behind others at 1345 South West Ave. in Waukesha, has been a staple of the city — known for its swee… Read more

HARTLAND — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce will be able to make it through the rest of 2020, and possibly beyond that, thanks in part to the support of the community and members new and old.That was the update delivered Tuesday by the organization’s president, Lynn Minturn.Facing the reduce… Read more

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RICHFIELD — The coronavirus pandemic may have slowed plans by some companies to make development moves, but three regional businesses are still planning on moving to Richfield from other locations in southeast Wisconsin.Thursday night the village’s Plan Commission is to review operation plan… Read more

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WASHINGTON  — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears … Read more

WAUKESHA — Although many area restaurants have been following CDC guidelines and requiring employees to wear masks at work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the new mask mandate issued by Governor Tony Evers now requires masks on all employees and customers in a public area.The manda… Read more

PEWAUKEE — Tuesday Morning located in Lake Country Market, 690 Westfield Way, Pewaukee, is closing its doors after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 27.“The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to close our doors for an extended period and placed immense strain on our business,” CEO … Read more

GERMANTOWN — Kathleen Bartik, DDS, and Kolver Matos, DDS, will soon be offering dental services to the Germantown community at their brand-new office, Germantown Dental Care. The new full-service, state-of-the-art family dental practice is set to open on Tuesday, Aug. 18.Germantown Dental Ca… Read more

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TOWN OF MERTON — Members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have selected Gregg Wieczorek, principal of Arrowhead Union High School in the Town of Merton, as the organization’s new president- elect. NASSP members also elected five school leaders to serve on th… Read more

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CITY OF PEWAUKEE — R&R Insurance Services recently welcomed Nicki Johnson, SPHR as the human resources director.Johnson comes to R& R with 13 years of experience managing the full spectrum of human resources programs and services. Her experience ranges from recruiting to employee rel… Read more

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NASHOTAH — MSI General Corporation recently added Irma Sanchez-More to its team as an architectural technician. Sanchez-More graduated from Waukesha County Technical College with a dual degree in Architectural Drafting and Interior Design. Prior to joining MSI General, Sanchez-More was an as… Read more

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BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed its 2020 Board of Directors.Elected board members are board chair Matt Geik, owner of three area Jamba Juice locations; past board chair Spence Mather, State Bank of Chilton; Lynn Braden, Winter, Kloman, Moter & Re… Read more

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WEST BEND — Nicole Pretre, vice president of development at Cedar Community, has been named among the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2020 Chief Marketing Officer of the Year award winners. The award recognizes the work of those in senior marketing positions in southeastern Wisconsin. Read more

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BROOKFIELD — Community Care, Inc., based in Brookfield, announced in a press release Monday that Langston Verdin will be its newest member of its board of directors. Read more

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MILWAUKEE – Todd Gray will be joining the law firm von Briesen & Roper, s.c., as a senior consultant. Gray had a distinguished career with several Wisconsin school districts, and most recently was the superintendent of the Wa u ke s h a School District, where he served for about 12 years… Read more

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MENOMONEE FALLS — Cousins Subs announced it has moved three employees into new roles at the sub sandwich company — J.J. Grube becomes vice president of operations & finance; Alan Lundeen becomes senior director of talent management; and Hilary Krekling is promoted to director of operations. Read more

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MILWAUKEE — Froedtert Hospital announced that two executives have been promoted and one executive has joined Froedtert for the roles of chief medical officer, president and chief operating officer. Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — Waukesha State Bank announced the promotion of Autumn Bartlett to personal trust assistant within their Prairie Trust division. “We are pleased to have Autumn join our Prairie Trust team and continue her commitment to serving Waukesha State Bank customers,” said Victor J. Schult… Read more

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WAUKESHA — Seven new family medicine resident physicians have joined ProHealth Medical Groups. The physicians are at the ProHealth Medical Group clinic at 210 NW Barstow St. in downtown Waukesha. They see patients in the clinic and through virtual visits, as well as patients who are hospital… Read more

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HARTFORD — Hartford Union High School’s business education teacher, Garrett Sterken, has been awarded the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE), Early Career Educator, by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.This award is presented to an outstanding educator withi… Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — Prairie Trust, a division of Waukesha State Bank, announced the promotions of Thomas Kieffer to vice president — senior trust administrator and Matthew Woyak to trust officer — real estate administrator. Read more

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MILWAUKEE — Business Partners announced the hiring of veteran family business professional James (Jim) Sandstrom. Sandstrom, who is the former president, CEO, and board chair of HM Graphics, Inc., Milwaukee. Read more

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IXONIA — Mark R. Hogan, who most recently served as secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, was elected to join the boards of both Ixonia Bancshares, Inc. and Ixonia Bank. Read more

MILWAUKEE — REV Group, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles, announced Monday that Dean Nolden is stepping down as CFO. Replacing Nolden, the company appointed Mark A. Skonieczny as chief financial officer effective this past Saturday. Read more

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BROOKFIELD — Shorewest Realtors announced in a press release Tuesday they are welcoming six new sales associates who joined the team in May.Within the Brookfield/Waukesha Office is Jean Lennon, in the downtown Milwaukee office is Ivory Brooks, in the Menomonee Falls office is Ronneeka Howell… Read more

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