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This Just In: Union dues opt-out bill on the fast track in Wisconsin
It's commonly referred to as the Right-to-Work legislation, but it could just as easily be called a Union Dues Opt-Out bill. Such is the way two opposing sides attempt to use language to sway public opinion.
This Just In: Family business--about this week's special edition
I've always worked for family businesses.
Friday live blog: Snow sculpting in Lake Geneva
The U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition continues today in Lake Geneva. Work began yesterday in Riviera Park and will continue late in to the night for many teams. The sculpting continues until 11 a.m. Saturday, when judging begins. The awards...
Big Event Blog: Gal pals, Earth Day activities and a ski swap
Big Event Blog: Gal pals, Earth Day activities and a ski swap
What are you doing this weekend? Why not gather with girlfriends in Lake Geneva, go fly fishing in Kansasville, or celebrate at an Earth Day fair in Elkhorn?
Big Event Blog: Migrating birds, new gardeners and whale diving
Big Event Blog: Migrating birds, new gardeners and whale diving
What are you doing this spring weekend? Why not look for newly migrating birds in Kansasville, learn the basics of gardening in Burlington or hear whale stories from Fabian Cousteau in Williams Bay?
Big Event Blog: Cats, art and the spring garden
Big Event Blog: Cats, art and the spring garden
What are your plans this weekend? Why not paint and sip in Fontana, adopt a cat in Delavan or plan your spring garden in Burlington? 
Tasty in Southern Wisconsin: Experience this joint's tasty steaks
Readers of my tasty stories have two types of comments. In addition to regularly receiving recommendations on places I should try next, occasionally someone will ask about the identity of my partner.  I recently informed Geneva Smith that...
Tasty in Southern Wisconsin: Tasty pies a perfect gift
I have never been as popular as the day I showed up at one of our newspaper offices with seven pies from the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago.  It was a great treat for a team that was just recognized with a General Excellence Award by the Wisconsin...
Tasty in Southern Wisconsin: Tasty chili was right under my nose
I've been searching for tasty chili for quite some time. After a recent round of disappointing visits to places I thought could satisfy my taste buds, I asked a few co-workers for suggestions.  A tip from one of them led me down the street to a place...

Community Blogs

The Time is Now: Fire leaves family living out of its minivan
Editor's note: The Time is Now to Help was founded by a local businessman who knew extreme poverty as a child. With the help of donations from the community, The Time is Now is able to help local residents in need.  Dear W.C.,
The Time is Now: Couple get help in caring for grandson
Dear W.C.,Could you please help a friend of mine from work? She is caring for her disabled husband that is pretty much housebound. He was in a terrible car accident. He had back surgery last year that left him in worse shape than before the...
The Time is Now: Woman and her pets get a second chance to live simply, happily
Editor's note: The Time is Now to Help was founded by a local businessman who knew extreme poverty as a child. With the help of donations from the community, The Time is Now is able to help local residents in need.  Dear W.C.,
 Mystery Place: Veterans from six wars, 52 from Civil War, buried here
Mystery Place: Veterans from six wars, 52 from Civil War, buried here
The Darien Cemetery is located on the north side of U.S. Highway 14 on the southwest side of the village. The Darien Cemetery Association was organized on Dec. 12, 1854, in Henry Frey's storehouse.  
Mystery Place: The state once considered creating a Sugar Creek Lake
Mystery Place: The state once considered creating a Sugar Creek Lake
Back in 1961 the Wisconsin Conservation Department was studying the possibility of creating a lake called Sugar Creek Lake in Walworth County. The 2,300 acre lake and state park would require the purchase of about 7,500 acres in the towns of Lafayette...
Mystery Place: One-room schoolhouse held students through 1947
Mystery Place: One-room schoolhouse held students through 1947
You can see the site of the former Wright School at the southeast corner of County Highway D and Bowers Road in Section I of the town of Lafayette.  
Weekly Walk: Wildflowers mark a 'delightful' hike
Weekly Walk: Wildflowers mark a 'delightful' hike
The Weekly Walks for April 14 and 15Norwin Watson reports on the Tuesday hike:It was another pleasant spring day, just right for another quick hike around Lake La Grange.  Bonnie pulled in as we...
Weekly Walk: Pasqueflowers show off a few blooms
Weekly Walk: Pasqueflowers show off a few blooms
The Weekly Walks: April 7 and 8Norwin Watson reports on the 4 p.m. Tuesday hike:The weather today was a cool 46 degrees and cloudy with a brisk wind out of the northeast. I arrived at the U.S. Highway 12 kiosk...
Weekly Walk: Losing the layers as temps warm up along the trail
Weekly Walk: Losing the layers as temps warm up along the trail
The Weekly Walk for March 31 and April 1Norwin Watson reported on the 4 p.m.Tuesday hike: On this last day of March, it's 59 degrees and sunny with a light breeze. We have three new hikers today – one...
Video Today: Earth Day meteor shower
Cap off Earth Day with the spectacular shooting stars of the Lyrid meteor shower tonight.The shower started Thursday and goes through Saturday, but best viewing times will be Wednesday into Thursday before dawn.
Video Today: 1968 Film highlights LaGrange farm family
Follow a town of LaGrange farm family, the Markhams, on a typical summer day 47 years ago--including a stop at the Walworth County Fair in this short film by Encyclopaedia Britannica. 
Video Today: The Walldogs are coming
A group of volunteer artists from around the world, the Walldogs choose one destination annually to paint colorful murals of a community's history. Get an idea of what will transpire in Delavan June 24-28 as the Walldogs start painting the town with...

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Walworth County Government Today: Volunteers give time, talent to many county programs
In case you missed it, April 12 through April 18 marked National Volunteer Week. I have never been a fan of the “Hallmark holidays,” like Root Canal Awareness Week (it actually took place last month) and similar occasions contrived to sell...
Walworth County Government Today: Citizens play vital role in county committees
If you have ever considered getting involved in county government, but aren't quite ready to take on the commitment of elected office, there are still plenty of ways to serve. Through membership on committees, boards and commissions, citizens play an...
Walworth County Government Today: Open meetings require notice, description of agenda items
I got so carried away writing about the state budget the past few weeks that I completely forgot about Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week, which was observed March 15 through March 21, is a nationwide effort to focus on transparency at all levels of...

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Community Columnist: Between Madison and D.C., Walker's roads diverge
Gov. Scott Walker evidently has embarked on the long road to the White House, and like it or not, the state of Wisconsin will bear the effects. Whether he continues to do what is best for Wisconsin or what is best for his presidential aspirations...