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— Madison startup GymDandy is hoping to become the Airbnb for athletic spaces, helping sports teams find spaces in which to practice and compete.

GymDandy’s app, which is expected to launch in the spring, will make renting athletic spaces easier for anyone who needs one, said founder and CEO Nicholas Kartos. But it will largely target youth recreational and club sports teams that need space.

“You can basically rent spaces for this purpose already at a school or a church, but everyone does it a different way,” Kartos said. “We want to simplify it.”

Kartos began the venture about a year ago and began working on it full time after leaving his previous position as director of media and advertising at Sport Ngin, a website that helps organize sports leagues. His co-founder, Joe Fahrenkrug, hopped on full time at the beginning of this year.

The company has raised almost $100,000 to help develop the app, according to an SEC filing from last week.

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— A Senate committee today will hold a hearing and vote on Lon Roberts’ appointment as the new secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions.

Roberts, the chair of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, will take over Ray Allen, who will be heading up the Department of Workforce Development.

— Engineered Propulsion Systems has raised another $3.6 million for its efforts to make a more efficient airplane engine.

The New Richmond-based company says its lightweight diesel engine is “the first of its kind” and can cut fuel costs by up to 40 percent. An SEC filing from the company shows 17 investors have participated in this fundraising round, in which EPS hopes to raise $9 million.

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— Madison-based Propeller Health will work with Humana to alleviate asthma effects in Louisville.

The company, whose FDA-cleared platform helps manage asthma, will begin its work with Humana through a program in Louisville.

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#Wisconsin exports fall 4.2 percent in 2015

Breakfast crowd touts 2015 Fox Cities tourism

Mitchell airport may create rules, regulations for ride-share services such as Uber, Lyft

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– Small Milwaukee credit union closed by state regulator


– New products help Badger Meter set revenue records


– Sojourner Family Peace Center opens its doors

– Roth-Mallek named CFO for Aspirus Riverview


– End of an era: WEC energy losing CEO Gale Klappas

– Sensient elects Paul Manning as chairman

– Marcus Hotels resorts names new culinary leader


– Badger Meter looks for return to better earnings in 2016

MEDIA ^top^

– Lee Enterprises posts higher 1Q earnings


– Wisconsin nonprofit executives get chance to study at Harvard University


– Humphrey Scottish-rite Masonic Center to be sold

– Thirteen story mixed use tower proposed on Milwaukee’s east side

– Walker’s Point apartment renovation in Milwaukee adds parking structure to mix

– Apartment plans tout upscale units, but little or no parking

– Park East apartment expansion plan wins County Board approval

– “Alamo” of Milwaukee parking lots keeps redevelopments efforts at bay

RETAIL ^top^

– Forest Mall sold to Texas developer

– Milwaukee designer’s T-shirts find Hollywood lights

– Pre-season demands boost Johnson outdoors

– Seventh expansion planned for Brookfield Square

– What will it take to bring shoppers back to Grand Avenue?


– Second Mad Rooster restaurant proposed for Waukesha

– Numbers dropping, but barbershops still fill niche

SPORTS ^top^

– Packers property taxes take temporary dip


– Fund to pump millions into faster broadband connections in rural Wisconsin


– We Energies customers could save $150 on heating this winter


– Dane Checolinski: Sheboygan is ‘Someplace Better’

– Rob Kleman: Businesses amplify Oshkosh’s growth businesses amplify Oshkosh growth

– Tom Still: Small budget surplus gives lawmakers a chance to stimulate economy


See these and other press releases:

Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Value-added counselors can provide technical assistance

Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Has record year for grants

Lawrence University: Named one of the country’s top “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Midwest Food Processors Association: Touts Wisconsin vegetable production

Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton to represent Bucks in Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend

UW-Madison: Three finalists chosen for vice chancellor for university relations

Wisconsin Chiropractic Association: Announces support for legislation creating primary spine care practitioner