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If you can be torn away from the silver screen - it is Wisconsin Film Fest weekend, after all - we have other sorts of distractions for you with this week's issue of Isthmus. We also have some exciting news from the Milwaukee Press Club.

With your Isthmus you will find the spring edition of our semi-annual supplement Abode, about things having to do with the home. There's a story on co-op living by Sarah Lozanova, in case you're at a stage in your life that calls for such a shared lifestyle. There are also a couple of stories that deal with your house and the housing market by David Medaris. One talks about preparing for an open house, the other discusses what kind of home improvement actually improves your home's resale value.

Then there are stories by Linda Falkenstein; as supplements editor she's responsible for producing Abode. She penned the "Emphasis" feature, as well as the bulletin on mulch. (She put together the house and garden calendar as well.)

I mention her last because she came in first in the recently announced Milwaukee Press Club awards. Her first place came in the business story category. She won with "How Far Would You Go for a Lake Louie?" a story about the popular artisanal brewer in Arena, Wis., emblematic of the revival of craft brewing in the state.

Isthmus had other successes in the competition. News editor Bill Lueders won second place in Best Topical Columns. Arts editor Kenneth Burns won a second place for his review of the Ben Stiller movie Greenberg. Contributor Sally Franson won a second in the category of best feature over 30". Her "Hello, Cancer" told the first-person story of a 25-year-old woman facing the scourge. Jay Rath, regular correspondent on news and the arts, came in second in the best background, analytical or interpretive story for his report on corporate insinuation into the blogosphere, "The Future of Journalism."

We congratulate all the winners and once again realize how fortunate we are to have available to us such richness in writing talent. The editors aren't too shabby either.

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