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Ernest G. Rhodes III, a former fire chief in Missouri and director of that state's emergency management agency, has been named chief of the Janesville Fire Department from a slate of four finalists.

After widespread flooding a year ago, Rock County and Janesville officials are making sure they're prepared for rain this weekend. However, the National Weather Service says only a quarter-inch of rain is expected.

Matt McIntyre, District 1 alderman and former mayor, will face off against newcomer Sarah Braun on April 2. Meanwhile, Anthony Olson will challenge District 2 incumbent Candy Davis for her seat.