Best of The Gazette, July 1: Vegetables, golf and a personal tale of loss
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 look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
About 25,000 pregnancies end in stillbirth each year in the U.S. Gazette reporter Gina Duwe knows the pain of that loss first-hand. She and her husband lost their first child to stillbirth in 2012. Here's her story.
A year after city and state officials dished up financial commitments, sweet peas are rolling through a new packaging line at Seneca Foods in Janesville. Rock County is a major player on the state's ag landscape, bureau officials said during a tour of the facility last week, and Seneca is a significant contributing factor.
Jake Wisniewski had plenty of opportunities to lose his cool at Riverside Golf Course on Sunday afternoon. But every time he faced adversity, Wisniewski had an answer. The Sussex native's final one came when he drained an eight-foot putt for birdie on the first playoff hole, topping Andrew Cobb to win the championship.
Most Wisconsin anglers have never heard of the St. Louis River, let alone fished it. But thousands of Cheeseland fishers pass over these perpetually turbid waters every year en route to potentially greener pastures in Canada, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes.
Something is glaringly wrong when a program funded by tax dollars generates many complaints. So it is with the state-contracted program offering free rides to medical appointments for Rock County residents on Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus. Clients in the program face unconscionable problems, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.
Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican majority have completely controlled the legislative agenda for 3½ years and bear responsibility for the result of their policies. The governor claims “it's working,” to justify his actions. Well, it isn't working, Democratic Rep. Debra Kolste writes.
Coachman's restaurant and bar don't appear to have changed much over the years, with its dark wooden beams, heavy doors, gold-colored glass and ceiling tiles that were the norm in the 1970s. Still, the food has potential, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes.
Freedom isn't free, the saying goes, but nearly everything at the annual Freedom Fest is. “It's free,” was the answer of nearly everyone interviewed on the fest grounds when asked why they were there. People came from as far away as Kansas, Pennsylvania and Florida for at least one event.
Gov. Scott Walker says gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke needs a lesson in "Government 101" after her comments about gay marriage. But community blogger John W. Eyster believes the opposite is true. To make his case, he offers a refresher course on U.S. government.
Flying insects can make people miserable, but bugs can threaten birds, too. Learn more in this video from community blogger Glen Loyd.