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Best of The Gazette, Feb. 4: Fire, beer and stunning views

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Andrew Reuter
Tuesday, February 4, 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:


Some residents not on board with County M development

Not everyone's on board with a developer's proposal for a County M interchange and a 1,500-acre industrial park west of Milton. The Gazette analyzes the reasons why.

57 years of service: Firefighter and chief recalls the best and worst of his time

Neill Flood joined the Delavan Fire Department in 1957 when he was 17. He retired as fire chief at the beginning of January. Among the highlights of his 57 years fighting fires: A three-day hotel fire, a welcome shift in training and the scariest blaze of his career.


Tom Miller: If you can think it, you can bet it at Super Bowl XLVIII

You could have put your money on just about anything related to Super Bowl XLVIII, sports columnist Tom Miller writes. You could have wagered on who scored the first touchdown of the game. You could have bet on the coin toss. You even could have put money down on how long the National Anthem would last.

WIAA makes changes to football playoffs

Clinton High hosted a WIAA football playoff game for the first time in school history this past fall. If a new rule passed this week had been in place, however, the Cougars' wait would have continued. The higher-seeded team will now host football playoff games in Levels 1-3. It was the most notable fall-sports rule change, at least in regards to this area of the state, made during a WIAA Board of Control meeting this past week.


Our Views: Opponents likely can't stop plans for wind farm

If developer NextEra Energy Resources decides to erect 50 or 60 wind turbines in the town of Johnstown in eastern Rock County, residents probably can't stop it, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. As The Gazette reported recently, the company has been visiting property owners and gotten approval to install two towers to test wind conditions. Though the company likely will face much local resistance, state rules govern wind towers, not local ordinances.

Our Views: Focus on Energy can take chills out of utility bills

Brace for it. Another big chill is due to send shudders down your spine, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. And, no, they're not talking about the next blast of arctic air. Instead, they're talking about your utility bill. If you're struggling to scrape together enough cash to pay the one sitting on the counter, wait until the next one hits your mailbox.


Brunch—it isn't just for breakfast anymore

Brunch all day—not a bad idea during these short days and long nights of winter. And it's the central concept behind Bassett Street Brunch Club, the diner that opened Oct. 31 at the corner of Bassett Street and West Johnson Street in the lower level of the new Hampton Inn. Restaurant reviewer Bill Livick recently stopped by to have a bite.

Milwaukee taps new craft breweries

Not since 1840 have Milwaukee-area beer drinkers enjoyed such an embarrassment of sudsy riches in their own backyard. Jeff Hamilton, president of Sprecher Brewing and past president of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild, said Milwaukee is finally catching up with the nationwide explosion in craft beer. Check out this list of breweries that have recently opened or are set to open soon, brought to you by Gazette content parnter the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Janice Peterson: Juicy new exhibit coming to gardens

Garden blogger Janice Peterson offers a preview of a melon-themed exhibit coming this summer to Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville.

Glen Loyd Video: Stunning photos of nature

Community blogger Glen Loyd features Whitewater photographer Scott Weberpal's stunning nature imagery in this video collaboration.

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