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JANESVILLE -- Rep. Paul Ryan, after a week at home in Janesville with his family mulling a call from Republicans to run for speaker, gave his party an ultimatum.

During a widely reported closed door meeting today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, with members of the House Republican Conference, Ryan said he needs to know by Friday if all 247 members would support his bid for speaker.

JANESVILLE -- Active shooter incidents, such as the one that recently occurred at an Oregon community college, are becoming more common. That frightful reality is driving a new proactive training effort in Janesville.

The memories came flooding back as my brother and I examined the 65-year-old Allis-Chalmers WD farm tractor on display at the Rock River Thresheree.

If you go: Here There Be Dragons
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Where: Roland Olson Forest Preserve in Roscoe
Admission: Free for spectators, $3 and a nonperishable food item for participants
Online: Facebook.com/groups/234371180025959/

STATELINE NEWS -- Don’t get confused if it seems as if you’ve stepped back in time next weekend in Roscoe.

Members of the Dagorhir Rockford chapter will host their eighth annual Here There Be Dragons event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Roland Olson Forest Preserve (MAP I GPS) in Roscoe. The event will feature simulated medieval battles, weapon checks, combat classes and silent auction.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- In a city that was the center of the tobacco industry in southern Wisconsin a century ago, local history isn’t forgotten. It’s just taking on a new shape.

A towering warehouse at 208 S. Main St. in downtown Edgerton that once held stacked pallets of tobacco leaves destined for cigars is being transformed into the residential Legacy Lofts, with apartments featuring exposed brick walls, solid wooden beams and 10- to 17-foot-high ceilings.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Students at Parkview High School are getting firsthand experience about what it’s like to manage and operate field crops.

The school offers the agriculture plot program, in which student volunteers in the FFA and agriculture programs manage a 25-acre field behind the high school. The students are involved with growing and overseeing the crops. The crops alternate between corn and soybeans; this year is corn.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The curtain has opened on a new season at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, not only on stage, but in the offices inside with key director positions and instructors. Executive Director Beau Bisson was brought in this past spring, and already has created new additions in the form of a season announcement party, a new community outreach coordinator (Jim McCullough), and a comedy series being added to JPAC’s lineup.

The changes in staff were naturally occurring, Bisson said.

NEWARK TOWNSHIP -- Never underestimate the power of a volunteer.

For nearly two decades, countless visitors, from seniors to school groups, have toured the grounds of the 50-acre park to see what Friends of Beckman Mill volunteers have wrought, including an 1840s-era cooperage, a dam and mill pond, a fish ladder, a foot bridge, saw mill display, blacksmith shop, nature trails -- and the crown jewel, an authentically restored 1868 grist mill.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2015 and Sept. 27, 2015, the Friends of Beckman Mill will mark its 25th anniversary with a celebration in Beckman Mill Park, located six miles west of Beloit and planted in the footprint of a mill that’s almost a century and a half old.

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Walk back to bygone days in Janesville

JANESVILLE  MESSENGER -- Taking a stroll on a late summer morning could lead to a bit of a history lesson.

The Rock County Historical Society hosts Historical Walking Tours every other Saturday from June to October. Each tour begins at 9 a.m and lasts about an hour. During the tours, participants learn about historical homes, buildings and people of a particular area.

STATELINE NEWS -- Clayton Moen is looking to keep his streak going. Moen, of Janesville, has participated in the Beloit Autorama for 38 years with the same car, a 1957 Chevrolet. He is preparing his car for this year’s event, continuing his annual tradition.

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