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Best of The Gazette, Sept. 2: A virus, a steakhouse and miles of corn

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Andrew Reuter
September 2, 2014

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:

NEWS

Local corn mazes appeal to kids, adults

Residents looking for a family friendly activity this fall don't have to look much farther than Skelly's Farm Market. From September to Halloween, the family farm hosts tons of activities for low or no cost. The most popular attraction is the corn mazes. Those looking for a challenge should head for the Impossible Maze. The twisting paths stretch 4.8 miles and cover 9 acres.

Rock River carp virus to hit Janesville, Beloit in a few weeks

The carp-equivalent of the Ebola virus is on track to kill thousands of fish this summer. But it's not a silver bullet for controlling the carp population, says DNR Fisheries biologist Laura Stremick-Thompson. It's really just making for a disgusting situation along the river's edge. Property owners already have reported hundreds of dead fish downstream of Lake Koshkonong and upstream of the Indianford Dam, Stremick-Thompson said.

SPORTS

Area volleyball teams gear up for season

Coaches often say they don't know a lot about their teams until they get out on the field or court and face another team. On Friday, many area volleyball coaches learned a lot about their teams in a hurry. Janesville Craig hosted its annual invitational to kick off the season, where 16 teams squared off in over roughly seven hours. “I love this tournament, and I hope the other teams do, too,” Craig coach Blake Budrow said amidst Friday's busy schedule.

High Fives: Justin Filter sparks Craig football

In this look at the area's top performers of last week and the games to watch in the week to come, athletes from Clinton, Edgerton and Janesville earn kudos. Meanwhile, Janesville Craig at Verona in football and a solid lineup for Big Eight volleyball mark games to watch in the days to come.

OPINION

Our Views: Expect changes in Janesville as school bells ring

Changes are in store as Janesville School District students return to classes next week. Some new ideas improve learning, while other trends will come and go quickly. All, says Superintendent Karen Schulte, are designed to improve learning. That's good to hear given that ACT scores at Craig and Parker high schools were below the state average last year, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Editor's Views: Gazette covers Beloit stories with broad interest

“Why don't you do more in Beloit?” That's been a common question of The Gazette through the years, Editor Scott Angus writes. The answer has never been simple. Here's a look at the dollars and sense behind the organization's coverage of this complex city.

FEATURES

Hoppy trails: Time to tour Madison's craft breweries

Madison's Great Taste of the Midwest has passed. But don't despair. Madison has a thriving craft beer scene, making it easy to create your own beer festival. Read more in this story from Gazette content partner The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Bill Livick: Delaney's reputation as Madison's best steakhouse seems dated

Delaney's is a classic Wisconsin supper club in every way—from the Rat Pack soundtrack to the menu's emphasis on meat and potatoes to the high prices. But customers could be paying quite a price for food that has been better prepared for less elsewhere, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes.

BLOGS

Janice Peterson: The 'poisonous' fruit embraced by Thomas Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson garden at Rotary Botanical Gardens has proven popular. Here's a look at community blogger Janice Peterson's favorite plants in the display.

Glen Loyd Videos: Rock River winds keep moving on, always moving on

In part three of Glen Loyd's interview with Wisconsin outdoors writer Bill Stokes, the author reads more passages from "The River is Us," a collection of nature essays featuring the Rock River.



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