Best of The Gazette, July 29: Downtown development, Wisconsin sports and a plan to stop gun violence


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:


New procedure takes guns from hands of those who might kill

A man beats up his wife or girlfriend. The woman asks a court for a restraining order against the man. The judge orders the man to stay away from her. The man shoots and kills her. The story is too familiar. But a few Wisconsin counties began doing something about that in recent years, and Rock County joined in last fall.

Q&A: Family still at the forefront for Jane Blain Gilbertson, new leader of Farm & Fleet

Jane Blain Gilbertson recently became sole owner of the Janesville-based Farm & Fleet. She sat down with business reporter Jim Leute to talk about the move. Among the revelations: The first item sold on the company's website was a step stool. "I thought, really, they don't sell step stools where you live?"


Matt Behm holds off Sam Van Galder for city golf crown

Matt Behm hopes he finishes with 10 championships in the Men's City Golf Tournament. After Sunday, he's halfway there. Behm birdied the par-4 14th to take a three-shot lead and held on down the stretch to win by one stroke at the Janesville Country Club. Four-time winner and two-time defending champ Sam Van Galder shot 76 Sunday to finish second.

Ted Peck: Mississippi River waters receding to improve fishing

Fish in the Mississippi and its myriad backwaters haven't seen many hooks this summer. High waters have forced anglers to look elsewhere to feel the tug of something finny at the end of their lines, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes. But the great pendulum of life is finally sweeping back the other way.


Our Views: Graffts' plan could build downtown excitement

The redevelopment of the historic building at 34 S. Main St. could be a boon for Janesville—and the Graffts, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. An architecturally intriguing building such as this one could become the focal point of downtown redevelopment that the city needs.

Editor's Views: Sports fans in Wisconsin have it good

What other state has as many big-time teams in as many sports that are as successful, interesting and widely supported as those in Wisconsin? While it's always a good time to be a sports fan in Wisconsin, we're in the midst of a particularly rewarding stretch, Editor Scott Angus writes.


Witness to history: Wisconsin historian delves into Freedom Summer

“Risking Everything,” a book edited by Michael Edmonds, explains the struggles and triumphs of people involved in the beginning of the civil rights movement. Through eyewitness reports and information from more than 40 documents, Edmonds gives readers an in-the-trenches view of Freedom Summer. As Edmonds himself writes, “No punches are pulled.”

Joan Neeno: State's 'favorite supper club' has charm, high prices

Author Ron Faiola dubbed Ishnala "Wisconsin's favorite supper club" in his most recent book. Restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno visited the Wisconsin Dells landmark to see if it stood up to the hype.


Glen Loyd Videos: Rock County fox kits play on the prairie

Local photographer Scott Weberpal spent weeks shooting photos of fox kits playing on the Rock Prairie. Here are the results.

John W. Eyster: An about-face on outsourcing

Almost all candidates take part in political gymnastics, community blogger John W. Eyster writes. Gov. Scott Walker's recent comments about outsourcing are no exception.