The coronavirus ground game gamble hits the homestretch

MILWAUKEE — Nowhere else may the pandemic-year ground game contrast between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden be more apparent than in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County, part of the trio of suburban counties surrounding Milwaukee.

Trump won this part of the state in 2016, but his margin was significantly below that of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. It is in counties like Waukesha — which has itself become a notorious catchword in some quarters for any potentially contest-defining bellwether area — where Biden hopes to cut into Trump’s previous margin and reclaim the state.

In late September, the Trump campaign’s website advertised a “MAGA Meet-Up” at the Republican Party of Waukesha County office to “connect with other supporters in the area and recruit new volunteers.”

Although the online description nodded to a virtual event option, it was unclear how to take advantage of it. When NBC News arrived at the office,

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Le Sueur breaks ground on downtown renovation project

a man holding a gun: Walls were smashed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, symbolizing the beginning of the downtown Le Sueur renovation project in Le Sueur, Minn.

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Walls were smashed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, symbolizing the beginning of the downtown Le Sueur renovation project in Le Sueur, Minn.

LE SUEUR, Minn. (KEYC) — Tuesday marked the groundbreaking celebration for Le Sueur’s downtown renovation project.

The project will partially demolish the Valley Green Square Mall and redevelop that space into 47,900 square feet of retail space and 15,000 square feet of 14-second floor apartments.

In addition, the redevelopment will allow for the reopening of Main Street that was disrupted by the construction of the mall in 1975.

“So, our team is not unfamiliar to small downtown renovation projects. We’ve done a lot of work in Old Town Mankato and also in St. Peter on the [Highway] 169 Corridor, so we are really looking forward to entering the Le Sueur market and helping businesses thrive,” explained Cate DeBates, director of business development at Coldwell Banker Commercial

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City breaks ground on Roberto Clemente Park improvements

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Thursday, the City of Grand Rapids celebrated a groundbreaking at Roberto Clemente Park, which is the latest park that will see a host of improvements.

According to a press release from the city, Roberto Clemente Park will undergo significant upgrades and renovations with funding from a $242,000 Michigan DNR Trust Fund grant, approximately $951,000 from the city’s 2013 parks millage and $300,000 Environmental Services Department.

The grant will support the following renovations and developments:

  • New outdoor discovery area featuring a play area, seating and stage that will provide recreation and outdoor classroom space for children. The play area will offer universal access and be made with natural materials such as logs and boulders.
  • Universally accessible 6-foot-wide and 8-foot-wide concrete walking trails that will connect park amenities and new energy efficient lighting for safety.
  • Demolition of current restroom, shelter building and parking lot. Amenities will be
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