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Best of The Gazette, March 4: Art, AirFest and ‘ghosts of the prairie'

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Andrew Reuter
March 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 that you missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:

NEWS

St. Mary's Janesville Hospital comes out on top in patient satisfaction survey

Of patients who responded to a national survey after a hospital stay, 86 percent said they would “definitely” recommend St. Mary's Janesville Hospital. Across town, 68 percent of respondents said they would “definitely” recommend Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center. Beloit Memorial Hospital scored the lowest among area hospitals in the category at 65 percent. Still, state hospitals consistently did better than the rest of the nation.

AirFest grounded for 2014 and likely beyond

Southern Wisconsin AirFest will not return this summer, and an event organizer said Tuesday it's unlikely the show will ever return to Rock County. “You can never say never, but I'd say it's not likely,” said Tom Morgan, the executive director of the event that started in 2002.

SPORTS

Xtra Points: What will you do with your Braun gear?

With the MLB season right around the corner, many Brewers fans face a tough decision: How should they handle Ryan Braun's return? This choice is proving especially tough for Gazette Sports Editor Eric Schmoldt, a former Braun booster.

Despite hardships, hunting in the Rockies is worthwhile

Outdoors writer D.S. Pledger is headed to the Rocky Mountains this September. Stunning views await him. So do the very real dangers of the wild. But memories worth having aren't supposed to come easily, Pledger writes.

OPINION

Our Views: Bills add tools to state's fight against heroin

The more tools the state has to combat heroin use and prevent overdose deaths, the better. Fortunately, lawmakers recently passed a package of measures to fight heroin dealers. The measures were proposed by Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, who knows about the plague only too well. His adult daughter is battling a heroin addiction and has been in and out of jail for years.

Steven Walters: Ten tax facts as you face April 15 filing deadline

Most Wisconsin income taxpayers will get bigger income refunds this spring. WisconsinEye's Steven Walters takes a look at why.

FEATURES

L'Atelier Art Studio still helps Janesville artists blossom

When L'Atelier Art Studio opened in 1987, its French name explained its mission: It was a hands-on workshop for artists. That tradition continues today, despite lower class attendance and ownership changes.

Switch to Italian food works for Nonno's in Madison

Restaurant reviewer Bill Livick has shifted his attention lately to see what's cooking on Madison's west side. In February, he visited a new Italian-American restaurant on the corner of Whitney Way and Odana Road. And he's glad he did.

BLOGS

Steve Knox: A note to parents who dawdle during drop-off

Community blogger Steve Knox is sick of seeing parents do as they please during drop-off and pick-up times at school. Follow the rules, get over yourself and be an example for your kids, who are always watching, he writes. Are these parents teaching their children to be entitled?

Janice Peterson: Plant has tomato's fruit, potato's root

What do you get when you combine a tomato with a potato? It sounds like the start of a joke, but such a plant is a reality in the horticulture world. And the process to create such a life form has been around since ancient times, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes.

MULTIMEDIA

PHOTOS: Snowy owls bring silent beauty to windswept Rock Prairie

Snowy owls are seen irregularly in Wisconsin in winter. Whitewater photographer Scott Weberpal calls them “the ghosts of the prairie.” But this year, they are flooding the state, officials say.

Stand-alone photos for February 2014

Newspaper workers use the term "stand-alone photos" to describe photographs that are displayed on their own and aren't necessarily associated with any stories. These photos document candid slices of life from the community that might otherwise go unrecorded. The subjects of February's stand-alone photos include a horse, a mohawk and lots of snow.



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