Licenses applied for

May 29, 2011

Restaurant La Salsa, Taqueria La Salsa, LLC applied for a new Phonograph Premises and Class “B” Tavern license for 117 E. Oklahoma Ave. on May 5.

Francisco Montenegro is the registered agent for Taqueria La Salsa, LLC, headquartered at Taqueria La Salsa at 1105 W. Lincoln Ave. However, the Compass could not confirm plans for 117 E. Oklahoma Ave. Taqueria Azteca most recently occupied the building at 117 E. Oklahoma Ave., previously Ye Olde Dinner Bell.

Rocco’s Bar and Hall, Foxhole, LLC, at 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. applied for a new Class “B” Tavern License and Amusement Machine Premises and Phonograph Premises and Tavern Dance License April 26.

Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille, HM-MKE LLC, at 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. applied for a new Class “B” Tavern License and Tavern Amusement License May 2.

DC’s Mad House, DC Connection, LLC, at 3423 S. Clement Ave., applied for a new Class “B” Tavern License and Pool Table License and Phonograph Premises and Amusement Machine Premises license May 9.

Burnhearts, Logan & Potter, Inc. at 2599 S. Logan Ave., applied for a new Class “B” Tavern License and Instrumental Music License May 16.


BeingNau Gallery & Boutique

May 29, 2011

By Michael Timm

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Emotional Trappings, Black India ink and colored pencil, 14”x18,” Brian Nau

When Brian Nau lost his job as a process technician after four years at Vesta, Inc. in Franklin, he took it as a sign.

During his tenure at Vesta, Nau had rented studio space in South Milwaukee, but the married father of a 5-year-old said his 50-hour weeks didn’t allow him to work much on art. Now that’s changed. He’s opening BeingNau Gallery & Boutique June 3 in just under 1,000 square feet at 907B Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee, formerly Glitter Day Spa. “We want to foster the arts on this side of town,” he said.

Nau hopes to sell “natural and green sustainable items” including homemade soy-based candles, glycerin soaps, and essential oils in the boutique. He’ll also sell “upcycled” items on consignment and hopes to add fair-trade goods as well.

The gallery will host themed shows and promote local artists’ work online. The first theme is “Being.” Through June, BeingNau will show art by Nau and Robert Arganbright, Josh Benishek, Jake Cole, Allie Eastwood, Katie Gamb, Roshan Houshmand, Julie Marie Ludwick, Laurie Pledl, Cassandra Renee, Candice Roberts, Anna Rodriguez, and Romel Josue Romero.

Nau also wants to engage students, some of whom will also display work for the grand opening. He’s working with the school district to display South Milwaukee student art in the gallery and coordinate themed events. If a child can take an image from their mind and put it onto paper, Nau said, it shows they can make a real impact on the world. “It goes a long way to help their self-esteem, their confidence.”

Nau said he’s working with a writer/poet and also plans open mic nights, poetry readings, and acoustic music performances.

He believes downtown South Milwaukee has the potential to evolve into “a little Cedarburg” and defines success as increasing arts awareness—“to bring that glimmer of pride to our community, to know that people are interested in the community, and bring commerce to the avenue so it doesn’t become a ghost town.”

Some of Nau’s artwork is on display at the South Milwaukee City Hall. Interested local artists can call Nau at (414) 916-2427. More info:


Dowling Acupuncture opens in South Milwaukee

May 29, 2011

By Michael Timm

The abrupt closure of Apple A Day Massage April 9 left acupuncturist Loran E. Dowling, Jr. without a place to practice. For a few weeks he operated out of 2229 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., owned by John Endries. But Dowling said he was already planning to open a new South Milwaukee location for his own business. He opened Dowling Community Acupuncture in 750 square feet at 911 Milwaukee Avenue, Suite A in South Milwaukee on April 30.

He counted about 1,200 clients while at Apple A Day and hopes most of them will follow him to South Milwaukee, just two miles from his home in Oak Creek, but his plan is to build up new clients in South Milwaukee and across the south shore.

Dowling said his is the first standalone acupuncture clinic in South Milwaukee. “The permit people didn’t quite know what to do with me,” Dowling joked.

The “community” aspect means that clients choose what they can afford on a sliding scale of $15 to $40. Instead of receiving treatment in a private setting, clients are treated on recliners in a common space to keep the overhead lower, he said. Existing clients include many who Dowling said are priced out of private acupuncture practice—the likes of “baristas, bike mechanics, bartenders.”

The majority of clients see him about pain or stress management, but Dowling said he’s been “pretty successful with gynecological issues.”

From Indiana, Dowling graduated from Wabash College in 2001 with a biology degree, but a chiropractor friend turned him on to acupuncture. His grandfather was a chiropractor and Dowling said he was already leaning toward practicing some kind of complementary medicine; receiving acupuncture treatment solidified his path. He earned a master’s degree from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, after which he began practicing acupuncture on Milwaukee’s south side. He was an independent contractor at Apple A Day.

Dowling said his practice is very similar to Milwaukee Community Acupuncture at 2915 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and he does not view them as a competitor.

Dowling Community Acupuncture’s grand opening was May 7. Its hours are Monday, Wednesday 9am-4pm; Tuesday, Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday, 12-4pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. More info: (414) 762-5775,


Southwind Marine Boating Center

May 29, 2011

By Michael Timm

Milwaukee’s boaters just got a new retail option.

In May Southwind Marine opened a larger boating retail store, Southwind Marine Boating Center, in approximately 5,500 square feet at 147 E. Becher St. in Bay View.

The boat storage facility has always offered a limited retail selection, said Tom Young, manager of the new store that will employ four, but the space and selection are now expanded.

Southwind sells marine electronics, maintenance chemicals, electrical components, “everything you need to keep your boat running,” Young said.

They’ll offer Garmin, Raymarine, and Lowrance brand equipment, including chartplotters, GPS, autopilots, marine stereo systems, safety equipment, flares, life jackets, and signaling equipment.

While Young said Southwind will tap its natural customer base of about 350 boat owners who store boats in its yard at 162 E. Lincoln Ave., the store is open to the public. Parking is available off Becher Street.

Southwind also works with a network of contractors who can install products sold at its store. They are marketing to the Great Lakes boating community, not smaller inland lake fishermen, Young said.

With rising fuel prices and a struggling economy, Young has observed power boaters making shorter, more local trips, but there’s still a lot of interest in boating.

With the dredging of the Kinnickinnic River and the emergence of the Horny Goat Hideaway, Young said he’s observed more boats on the river where there would never have been traffic before.

Southwind’s store will also sell the Sebago sport shoe line. Classroom space is also planned for maritime-related groups.

Southwind Marine owner Brian Read is a member of the Milwaukee Yacht Club. Young is a member of the South Shore Yacht Club. “[Southwind] truly is a local business,” Young said.

Young said the store is open whenever the boatyard is open, but general hours are 9am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 8am-8pm Wednesday; and 10am-4pm Sunday.


Edward Jones Investments satellite office opening

May 29, 2011

By Michael Timm

Edward Jones Investments plans to open just its second office in the city of Milwaukee in 1,000 square feet at 2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Suite 6, the first floor of the Urban View Condos building in Bay View.

Financial advisor Greg Baumgardt will run the office, which will employ him and one other person. Baumgardt said he’s been building up a client base in Bay View over the past year by going door to door and meeting with people face to face.

“It’s a very underserved market,” Baumgardt said. “There’s a lot individuals and families out there not being serviced like they should be. We believe that relationships are key to long-term success.”

Edward Jones offers investors tools to plan for retirement and their children’s education as well as tools to help retirees manage their investments. It typically works with long-term individual investors and small business owners.

Baumgardt said he selected the location at KK and Becher because of the parking lot and street visibility. He said an Edward Jones market analysis agreed with his assessment that there are enough area assets to sustain a Bay View office.

He said his client base in Bay View spans the public and private sectors, including retirees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, and other workers. “It’s a real, real mix of individuals,” which fits Edward Jones’ philosophy that the individual client comes first, he said, adding that “there are a lot of great savers in the Bay View area.”

Originally from Racine but now living on Milwaukee’s East Side, Baumgardt joined Edward Jones last year after five years at Robert W. Baird. He earned a double-major in finance and marketing from UW-Milwaukee.

In May, the build-out was going through the city permitting process, Baumgardt said, and June 23 is the expected opening date.

More info: or (414) 273-8464.


Hollis: Brew Haus movie house deal moving forward

May 29, 2011

By Katherine Keller

A rumor began circulating May 19 that Jay Hollis’ deal to purchase the Bay View Brew Haus building at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. fell through. The Compass reported last month that Hollis had an accepted offer to purchase the building and plans to establish a cinema on the second floor with a restaurant/bar on the first floor.

Hollis said May 19 there was no truth to the rumor and that his acquisition is moving forward.

“Maybe the confusion stems from our act of extending the offer to purchase [the Bay View Brew Haus],” Hollis said. “We notified the owners [father and son Matt and Steve Fix] today of our intention to extend our offer to purchase to August.”

Hollis’ denunciation of the rumor was emphatic.

The Compass has not received a reply from Bay View Brew Haus owner Steve Fix in response to our request for comment about the status of the sale of the building and any contract with Hollis.

According to city property data, although Mainstage Rocks LLC, Matthew Fix, is listed as the property owner, the titleholder is listed as the property’s previous owner, Arthur J. Manske.

The city assessment sale history indicates that the 2009 sale for $475,000 to the Fixes was a land contract.

Mainstage Rocks LLC is delinquent in property taxes, according to city data.


Fatal poisonings at St. Aemilian’s orphan asylum

May 29, 2011

By Anna Passante

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Orphan boys working in the asylum garden. ~photo courtesy The New Assisi Archives, Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

In order to survive financially, orphanages back in the early 1900s relied heavily on orphan labor, and St. Aemilian’s Orphan Asylum in St. Francis, Wis. was no exception. Household and gardening chores were all part of the orphans’ routine. However, on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 21, 1929, a simple chore took a turn from the routine at St. Aemilian’s. That morning four orphans, sent to the basement to sort cabbages, came upon a white paper bag. What was in the bag would cause the deaths of two of the boys and consequently turn the orphanage’s world upside-down.

The paper bag was half full of what looked like cookie crumbs, and this sweet-tasting substance was shared among the four boys that morning. The four—Philip Giganti, 13; Joseph Djeska, 12; and brothers Frank and Paul Novakovich, 13 and 12 respectively—joined the other boys in the cafeteria for a lunch of beans and sauerkraut. The four boys became so violently ill that Dr. Joseph Lettenberger was called. After an examination, the boys were sent to bed with the instruction that they be given no food.

The next day Giganti was found dead. Shocked, the nuns who ran the orphanage (the order of St. Francis of Assisi) questioned Djeska in hopes that he could shed some light on the cause of death. Djeska told Sister Superior Mary Amabilis about the paper bag. According to Djeska, each of the four boys ate some crumbs, but he and Giganti ate the most. The two Novakovich brothers corroborated this story.

Djeska died the next day. According to Amabilis, before he died Djeska urged her to tell Frank Novakovich “to tell the truth.”

Dr. Edward L. Miloslavich conducted autopsies and found “irrefutable evidence of arsenic poisoning,” reported the Milwaukee Sentinel. That opinion was corroborated by Peter Sampson of the Sommers Chemical Laboratories who conducted a chemical analysis of the boys’ stomach contents.

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Brothers Frank and Paul Novakovich, who survived the poisoning, in an undated and unidentified photocopy of a news clipping.

The Novakovich brothers recovered and were questioned by authorities. The poison paper bag, the brothers said, was of a white, kraft-paper type. Orphanage officials insisted that such bags were never used at the orphanage. The boys’ claim that the bag appeared new and that its contents were loose caused the district attorney office investigators to conclude that the bag had come onto the institution grounds very recently. If the bag had been there a long time, the investigators speculated, the absorption of moisture from the concrete floor would have caked its contents.

Sister Amabilis claimed that arsenic was never used at the asylum “for rat poison, use in garden spraying, or any other purpose,” reported the Milwaukee Journal. A rat did get into the basement vegetable bin a few months back in December, she admitted, but a small piece of bacon was spread with a rat poison consisting of a phosphorous paste, not arsenic.

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St. Aemilian’s pictured in a 1910 postcard from the author’s collection.

An intensive search was made for the bag. The Novakovich brothers told investigators that Giganti had thrown the bag away after lunch on Thursday, during recreation time. Neither the bag nor any trace of arsenic was found on the property.

“Was it an act of a maniac or was there malicious intent?” asked Father Joseph F. Kroha, the orphanage superintendent, in a Milwaukee Journal article. The investigators ruled out orphanage staff. “Since not the least breath of suspicion, culpability, neglect, oversight, or forgetfulness can be attributed or traced to any of the sisters and the working men at the institution, the inference naturally arises that the bag gained entrance into the institution from the outside,” reported the Journal. The investigators later officially ruled the deaths as accidental.

The funeral was held in the orphanage chapel on the following Monday, Feb. 26. It is unknown if any family members attended. Giganti’s father lived in Milwaukee and Djeska’s parents were circus acrobats.

Father Kroha officiated at the funeral Mass and in his sermon referred to the poison deaths as “a very sad occurrence,” according to the Milwaukee Journal. Kroha also asserted, according to the article, that the undue publicity of the case was “salacious, scurrilous, and libelous filth thrown at a Catholic institution.” Inferences by the media that “the boys might have been poisoned by food at the orphanage were libelous,” Kroha said. Though the origin of the poison was still a mystery, in his sermon Kroha contended “that boys as old as the two victims should not have eaten anything of which they knew nothing.”

The two boys are buried side by side in the St. Francis Seminary Cemetery in Section D to the right (south) of Archbishop Frederick Xavier Katzer’s monument in a section where St. Aemilian’s and St. John’s for the Deaf children and staff were buried. It is an open grassy area with no grave markers.

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One of the two extant pillars of the old St. Aemlian’s orphanage. ~photo Katherine Keller

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Drawing of the orphanage pillars done by the late Bay View artist George T. Burns for the Bay View Historian, April 2009.







Hi-Fi Cafe

May 29, 2011

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Mary Hart and Peter Steinhoff purchased the Hi-Fi Café in April 2004 from Sage Schwarm, who established the business in October 1996.
~photo Michael Timm

1. How long have you owned Hi-Fi Café and how has it changed since you’ve owned it?

Seven years. The menu has approximately doubled. We’ve added more entrees and beer/wine to increase dinner business.

2. How many menu items do you offer? Do you serve breakfast? How did you select your menu? During what hours do you serve food?

Full menu: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Food is served from open (7am Monday-Friday, 8am Saturday, 9am Sunday) to 9:30pm daily. Breakfast till noon M-F, 1pm weekends. The rest of the menu is available anytime. There’s a large selection for vegetarians, vegans, and meat lovers. Everything is homemade from scratch with fresh ingredients—bakery, soup/chili, hummus, dressings/sauces, salsa, guacamole, quiche, pancakes, made-to-order omelettes, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, burritos/quesadillas, specialty shakes and smoothies, coffee and coffee drinks… Everything available for dine-in or carry-out.

3. Do you use any local suppliers for your ingredients?

Local produce whenever possible. Alterra fair-trade organic coffee, Rishi teas, El Rey Mexican products, Glorioso Italian products, Casablanca falafel, Breadsmith breads, Lakefront beers, Sprecher beers and sodas, Attari Supermarket pita bread and Middle Eastern foods, Luv Unlimited incense.

4. Does Hi-Fi have Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi at Hi-Fi is free with any purchase.

5. Have you noticed a shift in business to or from sandwich/soup/food items versus just coffee/beverages?

Less all-day coffee drinkers with the smoking ban, more food sales but still plenty of both. House coffee is still the most popular seller.

6. Many people may not know that Hi-Fi also sells beer and wine. How important are beer and wine sales to your business?

Offering beer/wine has increased business in evenings somewhat. It has caught on more slowly than expected.

7. What do you know about what your building was used for prior to the café?

It was a restaurant before Hi-Fi but not a coffee shop/café. Not sure how long. At some point Hi-Fi was a TV repair shop/showroom.

8. What have you noticed about your clientele since the smoking ban took effect? Has your business plan changed as a result?

Many smokers stopped coming altogether. Very few customers stay as long as they used to, which is good for turnover. Food business has definitely increased, but not as much as we expected. Possibly people who ruled out Hi-Fi because of smoking in the past don’t know how much we have to offer.

9. Do you have plans to ever expand or open a second location?

We almost expanded our current location recently, and would still like to if/when possible.

10. The burning question: What happened to your sign?

No exciting answer about the sign. It burned up during a storm, most likely the result of an electrical short. We prefer the explanation in the Compass April Fool’s edition, though: “Hi-Fi Café So Hot, Melts Own Sign.”

Hi-Fi Café

2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Mary Hart & Peter Steinhoff

(414) 486-0504



Where have all the heirlooms gone?

May 29, 2011

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

My grandmother recently moved to assisted living and the family had to help slim down her possessions. Cardboard boxes of miscellanea found their way into basements and shelves in my home and those of other relatives.

This moment is poignant for many families and has tugged at my own heart a little. I always thought I wanted Grandma’s blue teapot, but now that I have it, I struggle to find the right spot to display it. The location should be prominent yet I don’t want the ceramic within toddler-reach, and do want it to match its surroundings.

The teapot got me thinking about heirlooms and wondering what we will pass down to our daughter. It is not a topic I hear or read much about: How to get heirloom tomato plants is a more common topic among my friends than heirlooms for our kids.

I don’t think my parenting cohort will be passing many traditional objects to our children and their descendants. We’re not big on family Bibles or buying build-a-pearl necklaces that grow as a girl reaches milestones. And decades-old china won’t see the light of day in most of my friends’ homes. What objects of value will we give our children to remember us? I can’t see our daughter someday saying, “Look! That’s Mom’s old iPhone and Daddy’s Droid there on the bookshelf. It’s so nice that we saved them all these years.”

Favorite child belongings themselves could become heirlooms, but they are a mixed bag. Children’s books should endure and are small enough to save in the back of a closet so I might purchase hardcover versions of well-worn favorites The Rainbow Fish and Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business.

Changing safety regulations also affect a lot of potential keepsakes. The crib our daughter slept in was a drop-side style, de rigueur when she was born but considered unsafe by the time she grew out of it. Due to injury concerns, rocking chairs like my parents’ have been replaced by gliders with a flat base. Gorgeous hand-knit baby blankets get limited use because parents are cautioned against blankets suffocating sleeping children.

Some people expand the meaning of heirloom to include things like child photos. Two of my admirably organized friends captured photos of their baby in the same place each week or each month, then printed a nice memory book. Meanwhile, many of us are not even printing out photos because we keep only digital copies which, who knows, may not be easy to access in 20 years. Some of my wedding photos are on a floppy disk, which seems antiquated less than 10 years later. Our children are heavily photographed and videotaped, but they may never view those images.

We will always be reflected in our children’s genes, of course, and our values are another important, intangible inheritance. Values may be the most important thing we bequeath. Some people think of this as “emotional inheritance,” even codifying it in an ethical will in the spirit of This I Believe.

I believe that principles should always outlast possessions. But if it survives a few more decades, it sure would be nice for my daughter to be able to pass on Grandma’s blue teapot to the next generation.

The author is a freelance writer and mother of one. Reach her with comments or suggestions at


Paradise Lost, phosphorous contributes to ecological perfect storm

May 29, 2011

By Nancy Turyk & Chris Arnold

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Sediment flowing directly into Park Lake after heavy rain in June 2008. Manicured lawns engird much of the lake. Stormwater runoff carries eroded sediment, as well as lawn-care fertilizer and chemicals, directly into the water, where each contribute to algal growth. ~photo Chris Arnold

Bob Lambert still remembers when Park Lake in Wisconsin’s Columbia County was known for its healthy fishery. When he was a kid in the ’60s, Park Lake was a hot spot for fishing. Lambert can remember going with his dad and grandfather and always catching a lot of fish. People would even come for bluegills, he said. “There was plenty of action from crappie, perch, once in a while northern, and the elusive walleye.”

But in the 1970s, the 312-acre lake started to change.

Aquatic plant growth that clogged boat motors made fishing difficult. By the mid ’80s, the proliferation of aquatic plants united a group of property and business owners and the nearby city of Pardeeville, who started to fight back. They formed the Park Lake Management District and attempted to curb the nuisance growth through harvesting and herbicides.

It shouldn’t have been surprising that Park Lake—a flowage created by humans in 1856 by the damming of the Fox River—would promote aquatic plant growth. It’s shallow and its rich sediments provide a perfect aquatic plant environment. The real surprise came around the turn of this century when the aquatic plants disappeared—replaced by algae.

By 2001, the algae grew so thick that light no longer penetrated into the water, killing more aquatic plants, whose detritus provided more nutrients for algal growth. A vicious cycle of ecological transformation had begun. Over time, even the more sensitive aquatic insects, such as mayflies and caddis flies, were replaced by pollution-tolerant lake flies and sludge worms.

Scientists and resource managers suspected that the algae proliferated due to a “perfect storm” of factors affecting Park Lake: the aquatic plant manipulation by humans, the unintentional introduction of bottom-disturbing fish like shad and carp, and a significant inflow of nutrients and sediments which enter the lake from the Fox River.

One of those nutrients is phosphorous.

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Eerily reminiscent of clogged arteries prior to a heart attack, this map shows the 172 lakes and streams in Wisconsin that are on the Impaired Waters list as of 2010. Test results from these waterways exceeded the state standards for phosphorous and have led to biological problems. Once a waterway gets on this list, the state is required to develop a strategy for improvement. Park Lake and its tributaries are shown in the inset. ~maps courtesy the Center for Watershed Science and Education, UW-Stevens Point
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Water Quality Follows Land Use

Most of the phosphorus entering the lake runs off the land. In the Park Lake watershed, 78 percent of the land is agricultural cropland or pasture. Across the 34,432 acres that drain into the lake, there are 26 farms raising 1,920 dairy cattle and 21 with 1,612 beef cattle—not to mention 401 hogs and 181 sheep. This livestock generates an estimated 5,780,245 gallons of manure annually.

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At this farm in the Park Lake watershed, manure was being stacked in a hole in the ground that had a spring in it. Runoff travels into the road ditch, then into a culvert and straight to the tributary. ~photo Chris Arnold

While farmers stockpile manure for use as fertilizer, it doesn’t all stay piled up. When it rains or if not adequately contained, manure can—and does—run off into streams that feed Park Lake. The accumulation of manure in the watershed has actually overwhelmed the ability of the wetlands to soak up the phosphorus.

Another source of phosphorus was lawn fertilizer. Although only 1.2 percent of the Park Lake watershed is developed, much of this property is close to its shore. Removing shoreline vegetation buffers and chemically treating green lawns has translated to lots of fertilizer flowing directly into the lake.

Based on decades of research that recognized its harmful effect on aquatic communities, the state of Wisconsin in 2010 enacted a statewide ban on fertilizers containing phosphorous. However, Governor Walker’s proposed state budget would change these phosphorus rules, which could jeopardize the future of lakes like Park Lake, which, for its high concentrations of phosphorus and suspended solids, was added to Wisconsin’s list of Impaired Waters in 2006.

Education & Action

The Park Lake Management District realized their lake’s problem was getting too big to solve by citizen action alone. So in 2001, the district contacted Kurt R. Calkins, director of Columbia County’s Land and Water Conservation Department.

“Early on it became evident we had to bring in experts to help people understand the current state of the system,” Calkins recalled. A collaborative process emerged that led to water-quality monitoring, a watershed inventory of land management practices, and the development of a citizen-based plan for the lake.

In 2007, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducted a fish-netting survey. They quantified what fishermen like Bob Lambert had already noticed. Between 1996 and 2007 bluegill numbers dropped from 458 per net-day to 62, crappie from 340 to 26, and largemouth bass from 23 per mile of shocking to seven.

“When the good diversity and density of aquatic plants disappeared… so did the desirable fish species,” explained Tim Larson, retired DNR fisheries biologist who conducted the study. “A good fishery and aquatic plants coexist.”

By the Numbers

In the Park Lake Watershed

34,432 acres

1,920 dairy cattle

1,612 beef cattle

401 hogs

181 sheep

5,780,245 gallons of manure annually

In 2009, Columbia County and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point began a two-year study to understand where the sediment and phosphorus was highest in the watershed. Sampling sites were established in streams in four locations above Park Lake and one downstream.

The study revealed that high levels of phosphorus routinely moved through the streams. All but one stream site showed median concentrations well above Wisconsin’s phosphorus criteria level for streams (75 parts per billion), and during 2010, samples from the three had double this value.

Until this recent study, many landowners wouldn’t accept the relationship between their land use and nearby water quality. Some still don’t.

Harold McElroy, a farmer in the watershed, was initially skeptical but he’s been persuaded by the evidence.

“I was surprised by how quickly sediment [in the stream] that was washed out by the flooding filled in again. Within a year, areas that had water depth of three to four feet were filled in, only to be six to eight inches deep,” said McElroy, now also a conservation technician with Columbia County.

Resource managers say changes in land use are the only way to address the lake’s phosphorus and sediment levels, but they acknowledge that landowners face financial challenges—concrete bunker-like storage facilities for manure that could make a difference are not cheap, and erosion-control efforts require technical expertise.

Everyone acknowledges there’s a lot of work ahead.

“Park Lake has great potential,” said Bruce J. Rashke, Park Lake Management District chair. “With community support, that potential can be realized in the form of clearer water and a better fishery while maintaining areas for other recreation. The challenge is finding the community energy to realize that potential.”

Nancy Turyk is a water resource scientist for the Center for Watershed Science and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Chris Arnold is a water resource specialist for Columbia County and is working on his master’s degree with this project.


1905 Colonial Revival apartments soon to be more memory than mystery

May 29, 2011

By Anna Passante

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—photo Michael Timm

Soon this Colonial Revival style apartment building, located at 2438-2444 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will be no more. It is slated to be razed and replaced with a 70-unit, five-story, mixed-use building.

The 5,060-square-foot, four-unit apartment building was built in 1905 at a cost of $7,000 and was designed by local architect Nicholas Dornbach. The apartment site was once part of the Joseph Williams farmstead. John C. Julien purchased the property from George Edmunds, Jr. in 1882.

Two years before the apartment’s construction, a one-story cottage located on the property was moved around the corner to 625 E. Conway St. where it remains today. According to a 1903 building permit, Dr. William Bachelor, who lived across the street, owned the cottage. In 1906 he sold it to Herman Haffemeister.

Julien and his wife Calista lived in a house just south of the property, presently addressed 2448 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Julien was an assistant engineer for the city of Milwaukee Water Department at the North Point Pump Works. When John C. Julien died in 1907, his wife moved into one of the apartments addressed 2444 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. In 1924, the building was converted to its present-day eight apartments.

Julien’s son, John B., owned a plumbing company, J.B. Julien & Co. located at 2242 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., which is presently the site of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. In 1903 architect Dornbach designed a building at 2246 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. for John B. Julien just south of the plumbing store that consisted of a storefront and upper flat. In 1907 John F. Freuler rented this storefront for his movie theater, the Comique, which ran until 1909. Presently BYO Studio, an art gallery/cocktail bar, occupies the storefront.

Information from Carlen Hatala of city of Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission, deeds, city directories, and building permits.


Bay View Historical Society to dedicate Williams house

May 29, 2011

Landmark dedication ceremony

The Bay View Historical Society will hold a landmark dedication for the Williams House, 606 E. Homer St., Saturday, June 4 at 2pm. Guests can tour the historic house. Refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public. More info: (414) 304-5039.


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