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a.MKE: Help out Oklahoma, Bye to 114 years of Wausau Paper Co, ArtPlace grant and 2013 Small Business Conference 5.21.13

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Rescue workers scoured mountains of rubble this morning where houses and schools once stood, hoping to find more survivors from Monday's tornado in central Oklahoma. The Salvation Army has volunteers on the ground at the scene with more arriving today. 

Wausau Paper Corp finalized its withdrawal from making paper in Wisconsin after 114 years, signing a final agreement to sell its two remaining WI paper mills. Those two mills will merge with two other WI paper mills under new ownership, becoming the state's biggest papermaking company, employing 1,800 in the state.

ArtPlace America has awarded the Greater Milwaukee Committee a $350,000 grant to support the development of two public art projects in Riverwest and Harambee and on West Wisconsin Ave, called "Creational Trails". The Riverwest/Harambee project will convert 2/3 of a mile of an abandoned railroad corridor with an attractive trail made from re-purposed tires.

Milwaukee hosts the 2013 Small Business Conference this week. Workshops and sessions run all week long, providing area small businesses with the tools they need for continued growth and success.