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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: What national parks in Wisconsin?
A report released Friday suggests 320,000 people visited Wisconsin's national parks in 2013. Which led me to one key question.
Greg Peck: Pavement problems plague Janesville
Whole streets in need of repairs aren't the only pavement problems in Janesville. You can spot small pockets of deterioration in lots of locations.
Greg Peck: A “baby in a basket” story right here in Wisconsin
Perhaps you read in Sunday's Gazette the story out of Michigan about a baby left on a porch in 1946. A similar story played out in Wisconsin.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
Girl's writing impresses Word Badger
I recently sat down to be interviewed by a 9-year-old girl.
Word Badger: Corrections courageous
Word Badger takes a look at a corrective sent out by a world-class university.
Clouds are funny things
Word Badger has a new favorite acronym.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: Pavelski stops at Jets camp
San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski, a part owner in the Janesville Jets, was in town this week.
Xtra Points: Dan Madden reflects on Parker's state baseball berth
Vikings former coach helped guide the team to six state appearances between 1974 and 1992.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Lawsuits, lockers and one man's rare voice
Best of The Gazette: Lawsuits, lockers and one man's rare voice
A rise in retailer lawsuits, a school district's monumental task and a Janesvillian's rare voice are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Conspiracies, parks and blood tests
Best of The Gazette: Conspiracies, parks and blood tests
Government controversy, an amphitheater plan and a look at the state's toxicology lab are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Veggies, golf and a personal tale of loss
Best of The Gazette: Veggies, golf and a personal tale of loss
A look at a Janesville food plant, a wrap-up of the Ray Fischer Championship and a reporter's story about losing her baby are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Secrecy undermines our republic
John W. Eyster: Secrecy undermines our republic
President Barack Obama, who ran on a ticket pledging transparency, has gone on to lead one of the most secretive administrations in decades, blogger John W. Eyster writes.
Eyster: Story shines light on homeless
Eyster: Story shines light on homeless
Community blogger John W. Eyster sends praise to Gazette reporter Neil Johnson for his article about the closure of a homeless shelter in Janesville.
John W. Eyster: A reason for hope this Fourth of July
John W. Eyster: A reason for hope this Fourth of July
Community blogger John W. Eyster dusts off the Declaration of Independence on the 238th anniversary of its ratification.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Community blogger Steve Knox commends three Janesvillians who are making the city a better place.
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Community blogger Steve Knox reminisces about the evolution of Freedom Fest and offers readers a preview of what to expect this year.
Steve Knox: No controversy, just a 'thanks' to teachers
Steve Knox: No controversy, just a 'thanks' to teachers
Looking for more controversy about teachers? You won't find it here. Instead, community blogger Steve Knox offers a simple message to local educators: Thank you.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: The things you'll see at Glen Loyd Island
Glen Loyd Videos: The things you'll see at Glen Loyd Island
Video blogger Glen Loyd offers viewers a look at the sights and sounds of the Rock River island that bears his namesake.
Glen Loyd Videos: Swan parents team up to feed babies
Glen Loyd Videos: Swan parents team up to feed babies
Community blogger Glen Loyd shows viewers a pair of swan parents caring for their brood.
Glen Loyd Videos: Experts sound off on Rock River Mudslide
Glen Loyd Videos: Experts sound off on Rock River Mudslide
There's a new ice cream sundae in town. It's called the Rock River Mudslide. How does it stack up? Video blogger Glen Loyd finds out.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
The Congregation of The Great Spirit in Milwaukee mixes Catholicism and the traditions, language and culture of the Native American community, blogger James Martin writes.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: The top 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin
Janice Peterson: The top 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin
Garden blogger Janice Peterson takes a stab at listing the 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin, including her personal weed nemesis.
Janice Peterson: Unusual flower specimens
Janice Peterson: Unusual flower specimens
There are so many beautiful flowers, plants, shrubs and trees a gardener can choose from, more than could ever be grown in a lifetime.
Janice Peterson: Just remember—thrillers, fillers, spillers
Janice Peterson: Just remember—thrillers, fillers, spillers
Garden blogger Janice Peterson offers an easy recipe for attractive container gardens.

Ask a Poultry Farmer

Advice from a man with sixty years of experience with chickens, turkeys and waterfowl. With community blogger Dale Wheelock.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Community blogger Dale Wheelock offers some handy tips for finding and formulating feed for your fowl.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Fear the racoon, not the cougar
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Fear the racoon, not the cougar
If you farm birds for long enough, you'll butt heads with predators, community blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Follow this advice to keep your birds safe.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: A chance to pick Dale's brain
Ask a Poultry Farmer: A chance to pick Dale's brain
If you have burning questions about raising backyard chickens, you can Ask a Poultry Farmer in person next week.