Northbound lane of I-43 reopens at Mequon after 9 hours

Aug. 01, 2014 4:06 p.m. | The right lane of northbound Interstate 43 and the on-ramp at Mequon Road have reopened, nine hours after crews responded to a truck fire.

Delays of over three miles were being reported, and the lanes have now opened in time for expected heavy travel to northern Wisconsin this week.

Motorists are not out of the woods, though. The state Department of Transportation is warning of slow travel as cars heading north to the Packers Family Night and other events encounter heavy traffic and some lane closures.

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Concordia's Lake Moon Festival is Aug. 9

Aug. 01, 2014 1:26 p.m. | Mequon — Concordia University Wisconsin is opening up its campus to the community on Saturday, Aug. 9 for a night of food, music and a view of the lake from their restored bluff.

This is the first year of Concordia's Lake Moon Festival, but the university hopes it will become an annual tradition. Lisa Liljegren, Concordia's director of corporate and community relations, said the idea for the festival came about out of a desire to open up the campus to the community.

"Our idea is to get people who have never been here to cross I-43 and visit our campus and our beautiful bluff," Liljegren said. "We just wanted to open our arms wider and bring people here to have a good time."

The event features a 5K race that winds through the Concordia campus, an impressive live music lineup and a variety of other family-friendly activities. Food will be provided from Chuck's Place Family Restaurant in Thiensville.

Those who want to participate in the 5K race should check in between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The race starts at 6 p.m.

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Video: How to navigate construction surrounding the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair

July 30, 2014 1:40 p.m. | West Allis — The Interstate 94 freeway ramps and streets around the fair are open to handle the surge of traffic starting Thursday with the opening of the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair.

That's a relief to West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who said, "They told us several times that it all would be open."

Freeway ramps at 84th Street have been closed for the massive Zoo Interchange rehabilitation project, as has the crucial Kearney Avenue that takes traffic coming from the west and exiting at 84th Street into the north end of the fair. The fair extends from 84th to 76th streets.

What will not be open is the 76th Street bridge over Interstate 94, a major route from the north to the fair's 76th Street entrance and to the fair entrance on Greenfield Avenue.

Instead, fair officials recommend taking 70th Street south to Greenfield Avenue and entering at 78th Street.

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Top 10 things to see and do at the Wisconsin State Fair

July 29, 2014 9:06 a.m. | This year's Wisconsin State Fair is the can't miss summer event of the season. With more than 30 free stages of entertainment, 100 different foods on a stick, and a cornucopia of cream puffs, what more could a Wisconsinite want?

The fair runs Tursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the final Sunday of the fair.

Check out the top 10 things to see and do before you plan your trip to the fair and follow my blog Fair E-tales for the latest and greatest in fair happenings. On Wisconsin!

1. The Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit

For all the history buffs out there, the Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit at the south end of the Exposition Center is the place to be. The exhibit includes pieces from iconic fair favorites, such as the original cream puff, Mille's Sausages, the Giant Slide and more. Test your knowledge after checking out the retro displays and take a fair quiz for a chance to win some fairy cool prizes.

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