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Our newspapers were honored with 12 awards Friday, March 31, at the annual Wisconsin Community Papers conference. This year’s event was held at the Abbey Resort in Fontana.

CSI Media, part of Bliss Communications, publishes Walworth County Sunday, the Walworth County Shopper/Advertiser, the Stateline News and the Janesville Messenger, along with a variety of specialty publications.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Oak savannas are so rare in Wisconsin that less than 500 acres remain of the 5.5 million acres that covered Wisconsin before clearing, overgrazing and invasive species took over since the mid-19th century.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The man wanted in connection with a gun shop burglary had been frustrated with the government and penned a 161-page manifesto that he sent to President Donald Trump, officials said Friday.

Joseph A. Jakubowski , 32, of 811 Glen Street (upper) in Janesville remains at large, and authorities nationwide are looking for him, an FBI spokesman said at a news conference this morning.

At the news conference, which included Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden and Janesville Police Chief David Moore, authorities said the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man.

“Basically, he's angry at all government officials,” Spoden said.

The manhunt has forced area school districts into their second day of heightened alerts. 

0403 suspectInvestigators learned early Thursday that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues.

He also is the suspect in the burglary Wednesday evening, April 5, 2017, of the Armageddon Gun Shop on U.S. Highway 14 in Janesville. Several high-end weapons are missing, according to police.

School updates:

School District of Janesville, closed:

Based on current information from the Janesville Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff's Office, the School District of Janesville has decided to cancel school Friday, April 7, 2017. Parents will be receiving notifications through the Infinite Campus system about this cancellation.

Janesville parochial schools:

St. Paul's, St. Mary's, St. Williams all are closed, according  to WCLO.

School District of Milton, closed:

All schools in the School District of Milton will be closed today Friday April 7, 2017. With the current situation still unresolved it is our decision that for the safety of our families and staff, the district should close for the day.

Informational updates about co-curricular and extracurricular activities for this evening will be shared later today through Skyward Family e-mails to parents and students.

Parkview School District, closed:

Because the suspect wanted in the theft of numerous weapons and ammo from a Janesville gun shop and then making threats to attack a school is still at large, Parkview will be closed Friday April 7, 2017. Another message will be made later today regarding after school co-curricular and athletic practices and games.

UW-Rock County, closed:

Due to security concerns, all classes and activities on the UW-Rock County campus are canceled for Friday, April 7, 2017 only. Buildings will be locked and closed to all: faculty, staff, students and the public.

Delavan-Darien School District, open today:

Delavan-Darien schools will be open tomorrow, Friday, April 7, but, we will be in a general or soft lockdown situation again as a precautionary measure. All in-town after-school activities are canceled for Friday. The scheduled DDHS baseball games in Mauston will go on as planned.

Elkhorn Area School District, open today:

As a result of this situation and working with local law enforcement, all schools in the District have been put on an alert status. Our buildings are already locked down during the school day with buzzed entrances and video surveillance as well as the WAVE system.

Shortly after Wednesday burglary was discovered, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away, according to the news release.

At that scene was evidence of arson and it appears that the burglary and vehicle arson events are connected.

The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Jakubowski.

Investigators learned early Thursday that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues.

Jakubowski also allegeldy made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.

As a result, area schools have been notified and the search efforts for Jakubowski have been supplemented by several additional agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies.

Jakubowski is considered a suspect in both incidents and is currently wanted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. If anyone has any information regarding Jakubowski’s location, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (608)757-7911.

 

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Area school districts are going into their second day of heightened alerts as authorities search for a man who they fear made threats against schools and politicians.

JANESVILLE – Schools in southern Wisconsin are under heightened security this morning as authorities look for a man who burglarized a gun shop Wednesday evening.

Friday, 31 March 2017 09:42

Welcome to Spring Home and Outdoors 2017

It’s been nearly two weeks since March 20, 2017, the official first day of spring. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the seasons have changed with the extended stretch of cool, cloudy and gloomy weather.

We’re here to help.

This week's paper is a special edition, Spring Home & Outdoors, to get readers thinking about all of the possibilities of the season ahead.

The paper is packed with stories and ads to get your moving as the weather gets nicer.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

(Read our full digital edition HERE: Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the edition of your paper.)

Senior Editor Lynn Greene spearheaded this project with a collection of stories we hope will help you get motivated for the new season.

In our lead feature, Greene interviewed experts in the field of home organizing and clutter control. They offered suggestions about how to tackle our homes and our lives to be more organized and efficient.

We also head to the golf course to preview what’s ahead in the golf season, from the U.S. Open coming to Wisconsin in June to a variety of local events and activities.

Mixed in, there are suggestions for summer camps for our kids and tips for painting.

Hopefully we’ve done our part to get ready for the new season. Now, we just need the weather to cooperate.

Dan Plutchak, editor

Are you looking to get the kids out of the house this summer where they can have adventures and learn something, too.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

Summer day camps are a great way build valuable activities into your schedule.

Here are a few popular programs in the Stateline area:

 Friday, March 31, 2017

Open mic, March 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Lucas Ray, March 31, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Ernie Hendrickson, March 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,CafeCarpe.com

Open Mic, March 31, and every Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Boxed and Burlap coffeehouse, 2935 Wisconsin Highway 67, Delavan. 262-374-5497, BoxedAndBurlap.com

   The Mike Stone Trio, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Star Rock Bar & Grill, 328 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan

Thursday, 30 March 2017 13:03

Lighten it up with spring salads

What do you think of when I say spring? Do you think of bright splashes of color, fresh green grass, spritzes of cool and crunchy?

After a long winter, we just naturally crave color. In the past, in prerefrigeration days, the urge for color was a symptom of our urge for fresh dosages of vitamins and minerals — all of which are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

After living on root vegetables and salted meats all winter, our ancestors were ready for the fresh pickings of spring. Foraging for wild greens such as dandelions and watercress, fruits such as strawberries and vegetables such as mushrooms and wild parsnips were important sources of these much-needed vitamins.

Salmon, shrimp and scallops all provide omega-3 fatty acid (good for the heart), vitamins A, B2 and B6 plus niacin and riboflavin. Use seafood as the base for these healthy recipes. Because we’re still in the Lenten season, I expect you’ll find some nice fresh seafood in the store right now.

Whether it’s signing up youth for their first lessons, participating in the weekly men’s or women’s scramble, teeing it up for bragging rights at a municipal tournament or joining the gallery at a PGA touring event, 2017 will offer Stateline area golf enthusiasts a wide variety of options to enjoy the links.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

One such effort features the Walworth County Visitors Bureau, which is teaming up with nine golf courses in hopes that families and individuals will get out their clubs more often this year through a passport program.

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