Election preview: District attorney, court commissioner face off for Rock County circuit court judgeWritten by CSI Media news staff
JANESVILLE -- Michael Haakenson and David O’Leary are vying for the position of Branch 5 Rock County Circuit Court judge in the April 7 election. The seat is up for election after Judge Kenneth Forbeck declined to run for re-election.
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Haakenson works as the Rock County Family Court commissioner. Before working as the family court commissioner, Haakenson was a private practice attorney for about 20 years.
O’Leary serves as the Rock County district attorney. O’Leary has been elected district attorney eight times and is the longest serving district attorney in the history of Rock County. He was first elected to the position during the 1997-’98 election.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In 1890, one of the most popular cigars in the world was handcrafted in Delavan.
At the height of their business, brothers Washington and Ferdinand Van Velzer were taking in tons of leaf tobacco grown by local farmers and turning out some 200,000 cigars annually, including the leading seller La Delavana brand, at their small shop at 212 E. Walworth St., Delavan.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For many of the students at Studio 84, artwork is about taking them to another place -- a place where artistic inspiration trumps disability. The 6-year-old organization also strives to take its artists to another level, whether it be artistically, socially or economically.
“A large portion of our students are adults with disabilities, which gives them an opportunity that they usually don’t have,” said Deborah Blackwell, executive director for Whitewater-based Studio 84. “Most people can go to college and take a class, and it’s just not accessible to (studio clients). So, this just has been a real good, unique opportunity.
STATELINE NEWS -- Norvain Pleasant of the Porter Avenue Watch Group says the decrease in criminal activity in the Merrill neighborhood is noticeable since the Beloit Police Department established a temporary substation in the area.
“I think (the substation) is a good thing for the neighborhood. A lot of crime has decreased,” Pleasant said. “I think one of the reasons for that is an increase in police presence in the neighborhood. I think it’s a good idea. I hope they find the resources for the substation to stay here.”
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Whether you’re a second-grader or a senior citizen, the history you’ll glean from Tom Kleist and Sandy Fisher is in the doing: feeling the heft of an antique iron as you press cloth, setting down a log to form the frame of a cabin wall, even laughing at an Ole and Lena joke.
This is history under Ma and Pa, aka Fisher and Kleist, whose Adventures with Ma and Pa programs for children and adults offer slices of early Wisconsin history, from fur trapping and lead mining to dairy farming and pioneer homesteading.