Best of The Gazette, Oct. 29: 'Footloose,' foreign students and a forbidden journey
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a summary of some of The Gazette's best content from the last seven days:
Giant radishes invade county farm, bringing peace—and possibly improved yields
Giant radishes have invaded Rock County. What do they want? To reduce costs for farmers—and help the environment along the way, says UW Extension crops and soils agent Jim Stute.
Here's where to get help with Obamacare in Rock County
While there are no official “navigators” to help Rock County residents wade through the Affordable Health Care law's enrollment process, a local group is working to make sure plenty of help is available. Gazette business reporter Jim Leute talked to members and compiled a list of other local resources for the health care law.
Edgerton wins first playoff game since 1990
A magical season continued Friday night for Edgerton High's football team. The Rock Valley North champion Crimson Tide opened up WIAA postseason play with a 31-24 win over Jefferson in a Division 3 Level 1 game. The playoff victory was the first for Edgerton since a 46-8 win over Milton in 1990.
Bowhunters flocked to Necedah refuge in 1940s
Bowhunters: Do you think that public hunting land is crowded these days? Wouldn't it be great to have hunted six decades ago when the sport was just getting popular and there was plenty of elbow room? That might have been true in some places but definitely not at the big Necedah Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. In the 1940s, a trip to Necedah for the opener was a kind of pilgrimage for bowhunters from around the country, columnist D.S. Pledger writes.
Our Views: Janesville should raise wheel tax to fix its streets
Boosting the city of Janesville's wheel tax by up to $38 annually to better keep up with street repairs is a painful but worthy idea, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. This city has a history of frugal fiscal management. State-imposed caps on property taxes, however, leave Janesville struggling to keep up with infrastructure needs.
State Views: Graduates of UW-Milwaukee leave with most debt, survey says
The average debt of UW-Milwaukee graduates was $24,158, according to the report given the System's Board of Regents. That was 19 percent higher than the average debt—$20,237—for graduates at 13 UW System schools, writes Steven Walters, a senior producer for the nonprofit public affairs channel WisconsinEye.
New teacher finds his groove with 'Footloose'
Adam Miller already seems to have a firm grasp of his role as Craig High School's musical director, even though this is his first full-time teaching job. Among Miller's duties is producing the annual musical, "Footloose," which opens Friday. “He definitely had big shoes to fill, and I think he's doing a good job of giving us all he can,” said senior Ross Sroda.
Food cart transforms into Madison restaurant
If you've never tasted Peruvian food, a new restaurant on Madison's east side is a fine place for an introduction, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes. Surco Peruvian Cuisine opened in July in what had been a nondescript space that once housed a Mexican restaurant. Colorful Peruvian art now adorns dining room walls, and wonderful cooking is taking place in the kitchen, transforming what could be ordinary rotisserie chicken, for example, into a tender and mildly spicy work of art.
Greg Peck: When a government shutdown trips you up
When national parks were forced to close because of the government shutdown, many vacationers' plans were derailed. But not Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck's. Instead, he and his wife followed other travelers' leads and took an unauthorized jaunt into Maine's popular Acadia National Park.
Janice Peterson: Small pumpkins deserve love, too
As Halloween approaches, big pumpkins are getting a lot of attention. But the small ones are fun, too, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes.
VIDEO: New man at the old Standard: Army vet takes over Sather's Service
Kevin Wellnitz, an army veteran and Orfordville native, recently purchased the historic Sather's Service gas station and tire shop. But former owner Bill Sather still comes into work each day to help Wellnitz get off on the right foot.
PHOTOS: Much to consider as Janesville schools go global
Foreign students going to high school in the United States? The proposed Janesville international program has potential models elsewhere. Gazette education reporter Frank Schultz talked to three other school districts with similar programs, including one in Ladysmith, where a local photographer documented what life is like for the visiting students.