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BELOIT -- Although much has been made of the gun violence that peaked in Beloit during the summer of 2014, a quite transformation in culture has been taking place during the past 120 days, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zobelski.

STATELINE NEWS -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than one-quarter -- or 500,000-plus of the nation’s 2 million farmers -- will retire during the next decade, but the decision can be fraught with difficult financial and emotional issues.

“For so many farm families, home is a part of their business. You can retire from a job in town, but you’re not asked to leave your home,” said Joy Kirkpatrick, outreach specialist with the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability in Madison. “With farming a lot of times, you’ll see an older generation as they age go from dairy to beef cattle, or get rid of their livestock entirely, or maybe crop for a while and then rent out the land to neighboring farmers.

Stateline News death notices, Sept. 30, 2015 to Oct. 6, 2015

Sept. 21, Bruce R. “Bruno” Tway, formerly of Beloit

Sept. 23, Robert “Rob” Wootton Dean, 62, of Orfordville

Sept. 24, James E. Lyons, 57, of Rockton

Sept. 26, Sarah J. Hobel, 66, of South Beloit

Sept. 26, John William Larson, 80, of Machesney Park

Sept. 27, Carmen Bratton, 92, of Beloit

Sept. 27, Paul Era Kilgore, 67, formerly of Beloit

Sept. 27, Christopher Thomas Piazza, 29, formerly of Beloit

Sept. 28, Sandra D. Kilmer, 67, of Machesney Park

Sept. 28, Spencer Lee Weed, 34, of Machesney Park

Sept. 29, Ruth J. Adams, 100, of Roscoe

Sept. 29, Marvin Burkhardt, 74, of Beloit

Sept. 29, Steve C. Sorenson, 60, of Beloit

Sept. 30, Roger C. Beier, 90, of Beloit

Sept. 30, Douglas J. Gearhart, 69, of Beloit

Sept. 30, Walter J. Zimbrich, 91, of Beloit

Oct. 1, Carol Ann Evensen, 74, of South Beloit

Oct. 1, Robert E. Holzmiller, 99, of Beloit

Oct. 2, James Hull, 89, of Beloit

Oct. 2, Ngaire E. Oliver, 92, of Beloit

Oct. 3, Robert E. “Bob” Askey, 95, of Machesney Park

Oct. 3, Charlotte Rae Christianson, 71, of Beloit

Oct. 3, Craig E. Van Aken, 64, of Machesney Park

Oct. 4, Harriet J. Kohls, 103, of Clinton

Oct. 4, Mona Mings, 61, of Beloit

Oct. 4, Elwanda M. Stanphill Robins, 84, of Loves Park

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:45

Former officer seeks pardon in DUI crash

BELVIDERE -- An off-duty police officer convicted in a 2012 Boone County drunken driving crash that left a woman paralyzed is seeking a pardon or to have his sentence reduced.

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.

STATELINE NEWS -- The Beloit City Council on Monday voted to revoke the alcohol license of Club Adiktion at 1310 Cranston Road.

The club was the scene of a shooting during the summer of 2015 that injured three.

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.

BELOIT -- John Sabaka’s vast toy collection has been stored away for many years in boxes in his basement, but now those toys have been released from their long hibernation.

Sabaka, of Beloit, recently donated some of his collection to the Beloit Historical Society’s new toy exhibit, which is located in the Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett St. The exhibit features toys and games from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:42

Rough landing injures skydiver

TOWN OF TURTLE -- An apparent hard landing sent a Rock County man to the hospital last Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in a skydiving accident at the Beloit Airport.

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