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Catherine W. Idzerda

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    Rock County government, Walworth County government, Clinton, Darien, Delavan, Sharon, agriculture

Catherine W. Idzerda

Apprenticeships returning to district
- The Delavan-Darien School District is restarting its apprenticeship program. Students will be able to learn a career in the classroom and at work. Read more >>
District cuts staff to balance budget
- At its Monday meeting, the Delavan-Darien School Board approved eliminated 17.5 positions. Of those, 6 are retirements or resignations, and those posts will not be refilled. The rest, 11.5, will be issued preliminary notic... Read more >>
Delavan-Darien kids question Ryan
- Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, spoke to students at Delavan-Darien High School about everything from political life to debt reduction. Read more >>
Delavan-Darien eyes August referendum
- The Delavan-Darien School Board on Monday will announces what cuts will be made to balance next year's budget after a failed referendum.
It will also discuss the possibility of an August referendum. Read more >>
Winter racks up another bill
- Rock County's Highway Department needs an additional $448,000 to cover costs from the 2013 winter. Read more >>
County administrator semi-finalist picked
- More than 60 people applied for post of Rock County administrator. Of those, 23 applicants met the criteria and six were picked to be interviewed later this month. Read more >>
Remembering the winter that was
- How bad was it? The numbers tell the story. Read more >>
CSA looks for a better way to grow
- Turtle Creek Gardens, northwest of Delavan, incorporated biodynamic practices that benefit both customers and the earth. Read more >>
Produce prices expected to rise
- The drought in California means that prices for produce are likely to go up. Consumers might want to consider going elsewhere for their produce--or growing their own. Read more >>
Clinic offers quality care for pets, quality of life for vets
- Emergency Veterinary Services clinic, Janesville, serves two sets of customers: People and their pets and veterinarians and their staff. Read more >>
Making the school to work connection
- Technical education is making a powerful comeback. Nowhere is the change more evident than in the Delavan-Darien School District. Read more >>
Nonprofit serves stuggling families
- Mary's Room, a Delavan-based charity has been helping single mothers, families in crisis and grandparents raising grandchildren for more than two decades. Read more >>
Delavan-Darien School District turns down referendum
- Voters in the Delavan-Darien School District voted down a referendum Tuesday that would have authorized the district to exceed state revenue limits by $2.1 million on a recurring basis starting with the 2014-15 school year. Read more >>
Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis wins another term
- Mel Nieuwenhuis has won his seventh term as Delavan mayor. Read more >>
Evergreens suffer from long winter
- It's been a hard winter and evergreens are showing it. We asked UW Extension experts what, if anything, could be done about this winter's damage to evergreen trees. Read more >>
Health Department receives farm safety grant
- Rock County Health Department received a grant to develop farm safety materials. Read more >>
'Citizens United' election-spending referendums on ballot in Elkhorn, Delavan, Edgerton
- Voters in Elkhorn, Delavan and Edgerton on April 1 will consider a referendum aiming to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in an election-spending case known as “Citizens United.” Read more >>
Spring Prairie to vote on trash pick up
- Electors in the town of Spring Prairie will go to the voting booth April 1 to decide if they want curbside trash collection. Read more >>
Delavan-Darien School District seeks $2.1 million more annually in referendum
- The Delavan-Darien School District is asking voters for permission to exceed state revenue limits by $2.1 million every year starting in the 2014-15 school year. Read more >>
Six seek three seats on Clinton Village Board
- Brandon Bickham, Art J. Bushue, Sonja M. Capes, Brian Jacobs, Dennis L. Nielson and Bill Ruston are running for three seats on the Clinton Village Board. Read more >>
Delavan mayor race features familiar opponents
- Incumbent Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis will once again face Alderman Ryan J. Schroeder in the competition to be Delavan mayor April 1. Read more >>
Three seek two seats in town of Darien
- Three people are running for two seats on the Darien Town Board. Read more >>
Two seats contested in Delavan
- The Delavan City Council has two contested seats in this spring's election. Read more >>
Five of 29 Rock County Board seats contested
- On April 1, all of the 29 seats on the Rock County Board are up for election, but only five are being contested. Read more >>
Concert at airport closer to reality
- Rock County and Janesville officials have met with the company that is considering putting on a concert at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport. Many of their safety concerns were addressed. Read more >>
Three elected to Ag Hall of Fame
- Two farmers and an attorney will be inducted into the Rock County Ag Hall of Fame on Friday Read more >>
Tree trimmers fly through Rock County
- A saw suspended from a helicopter was used to trim trees Saturday along ATC's power lines in Rock County. Read more >>
Lakeland Animal Shelter to remodel, expand
- The Lakeland Animal Shelter in the town of Delavan is remodeling and expanding slightly to meet the needs of its ever-increasing number of adoptable cats. Read more >>
Christian youth group seeking donations
- The local chapter of Youth for Christ, which has been in the Janesville area for 40 years, is looking for donations so it can continue its ministries. Read more >>
Clean lake, conflicting methods
- Two decades ago, Delavan Lake was subject to a comprehensive overhaul. Officials continue the work to keep it clean and healthy. Read more >>
"Wax Museum" charms visitors
- Turtle Creek Elementary School's annual "Wax Museum" featured fifth-grade actors entertaining visitors with characters from storybooks. Read more >>
Walworth County to go with medical examiner
- The Walworth County Board voted unanimously to change its ordinances to go with a medical examiner system in place of its existing coroner's office. Read more >>
When cops need help, here's where they turn
- Next week, members of the Janesville Police Department's chaplaincy program will be hosting the International Conference of Police Chaplains regional training session. Local ministers and police liaisons talked about the pr... Read more >>
Dog track could come down this year
- The buildings surrounding a former greyhound racing track in Delavan might come down this year. Officials with NRB Land Development, which owns the 200-arce property, said they don't yet have a buyer for the land. Read more >>
Delavan dog track to be demolished
- The development company that owns the building and grounds of the Delavan dog track is considering demolishing the buildings. No buyer for the ground has been found yet. Read more >>
Sho-Deen fight to Supreme Court
- The Delavan City Council voted Tuesday to appeal a ruling regarding the Sho-Deen housing development to the state Supreme Court. Read more >>
Church marks Shrove Tuesday
- Trinity Episcopal Church marked the last day before Lent with pancakes, fellowship and a very brief pancake race. Read more >>
Fairs offer insurance sign-up help
- Officials in Rock and Walworth counties are hosting health insurance enrollment events to encourage people to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline. Read more >>
Aquatic Center finds financial fitness
- The nonprofit board of the Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center has battled back from a $289,000 debt using technology, cost-cutting measures and a little bit of help from the city and school district. Read more >>
Ag group requests support
- The Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group presented its plans for an ag education, advocacy and expo center in Evansville at Thursday's meeting of the Rock County Board. Read more >>
Fire station plans explained
- About 40 residents turned out for an open house at Fire Station No. 1 in Janesville to hear about demolition plans for a $9 million fire station. Two options were presented and each involve razing houses. Many neighbors are... Read more >>
Delavan considering Sho-Deen options
- The city of Delavan is still considering how and if to respond to a court decision that would allow a large development in the town of Delavan. Read more >>
DA: Speeding led to pot delivery charge
- A man accused of having 15 pounds of marijuana is being held on a $15,000 cash bond at the Rock County Jail. Read more >>