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JANESVILLE -- Vice President Mike Pence met with business leaders in Janesville today as the administration continued to make the case against Obamacare and put pressure on Congress to pass a plan to repeal and replace.

Pence was in Janesville Friday morning, March 3, 2017, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price, Sen. Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan, who was back in his hometown.

MESSENGER -- The Janesville and Beloit Area Retired Educators' associations will host a free seminar on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Parker High School for participants of the Wisconsin Retirement System.

JANESVILLE -- There’s been a buzz in environmental news recently, and local beekeepers are taking notice.

The fate of the humble bee, a critical but often overlooked contributor to agriculture, may now lie in the hands of dedicated backyard enthusiasts.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:04

Vice President Pence in Janesville Friday

JANESVILLE—Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be in Janesville, Wisconsin, Friday, March 3, 2017 for an appearance at Blain Supply, 3507 E. Racine Street, across from St. Mary’s Hospital.

The long-awaited Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could have its first committee hearing as soon as Wednesday of this coming week.

What should be known by early next week is if the plan also includes elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

By Sara Nichols, executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

As the executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, I oversee licensed medical volunteers who provide essential health care to uninsured individuals in Walworth County who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I do, filling a critical need for accessible health care for those who have few options.

STATELINE NEWS -- Audience members viewing "End of Fall" at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival ( may find the movie’s locale and even some of its extras familiar. That’s because independent filmmaker and 1992 Big Foot High School grad Joselito Seldera shot his first feature film, a crime thriller, in Walworth County, where he grew up.

"End of Fall" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Domenico’s and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Hendricks Center for the Arts.

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:48

BIFF 2017: Quick guide

The basics

What: 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival

When: Feb. 24 through March 5

Where: Film venues include Bagels & More, Bushel & Peck’s, La Casa Grande, Domenico’s, Luxury 10 and the Hendricks Center.


JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

That sentiment aptly applies to University of Wisconsin-Rock County professor and Fort Atkinson sculptor Mark Dziewior.

But fate also may have played a part in his latest work, which when finished will be a 37-inch-tall sculpture of a Vietnam War era combat dog. It is the signature piece of a new K-9 memorial that will be unveiled during a June 25 ceremony in Fort Atkinson.

JANESVILLE -- One person has died and several others escaped after a fire Sunday evening, Jan. 29, 2017, on South Main Street.



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