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Van Buren Elementary School in Janesville celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house Thursday afternoon. Teachers from years past and students from multiple generations milled about in the hallways. One of them remembered a student by name, even though she hadn't seen him since the late 1980s.

The school board's finance committee Thursday recommended that the school board approve a financing plan that could drop the tax rate impact from $1.64 per $1,000 of equalized value to $1.60 per $1,000.

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Elkhorn's Lane Schweitzer loved his truck, “Big Blue.” The 15-year-old who overcame a traumatic brain injury before his fatal dirt bike accident will get his last ride at memorial services Saturday.