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MESSENGER -- The Affordable Care Act, intended to allow more people to afford health insurance, has been in effect for a year now. But too often, people mistakenly think of the ACA as a universal health insurance plan that makes free clinics unnecessary.

"For many individuals who get insurance and start to pay their premiums, one broken arm and a trip to the hospital can have people incurring expensive medical bills," said Jean Randles, executive director of HealthNet, a free medical clinic serving Rock County. "Under the ACA, we’re seeing more individuals making an attempt to pay their health insurance premium, but then life gets in the way. Their car needs repairs, for example, and the deductibles and co-pays are too expensive, so they have to make decisions about which bills to pay."

Friday, 27 February 2015 08:50

Town of Lyons woman bringing poetry to the people

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Imagine a cricket, with legs like a musician’s baton, releasing a song that echoes the sound of a canoe paddle slicing through water. Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin’s new poet laureate, conjures up such images in her poems, revealing much about herself in the process -- her affinity for the outdoors and nature, her Native American background, her mothering instincts.

The gestalt of a poet’s work is in the combination of experience, intuition and ability to create a wonderland of words that connect to readers. Blaeser’s life experience is as a wife and mother of two who lives in Lyons Township on 6 1/2 acres. As a Native American of Anishinaabe ancestry, she grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Blaeser’s poetry, fiction and essays have been critically acclaimed and widely anthologized. She teaches creative writing and Native American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Friday, 27 February 2015 08:42

A place to learn, share, create

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” But Emerson was misquoted. His original statement was this: “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”

One can only imagine what Emerson would think of people beating a path to the Apple Store for a high-tech wristwatch. With technology racing ahead, it’s easy to see that many skill sets are being left behind. This is the void Whitewater Makerspace is trying to fill -- bringing people together who not only want to learn, but also teach, and collaborate on ideas new and old.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:26

Results: Town of Beloit, Clinton schools primary

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Update: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 9 p.m.

Town of Beloit chairperson, top two advance.
Diane M. Greenlee     132
David Russell         115
Jim Stevens         30

Town of Beloit board supervisor No. 2, top two advance
Steve Heumiller         115
Phil Taber             88
David Russell         78


School board member Clinton Community School District, top four advance
Ken Luety             244
Evelyn Propp         137
Jeanette Troha         111
Melissa Manthei         101
Margery Wheeler     43
Thomas Curzi         41

Tuesday, 7 a.m.

Polls are open today in the town of Beloit and Clinton Community School district for a primary election to trim the field for the April 7, 2015 general election.

In the town of Beloit, voters can choose from candidates in the town chairperson race and one of the board supervisor races. The top two vote getters move on.

In the Clinton Community School District, voters will choose two candidates from a field of six.

Beloit Township chairperson (top two move on)

Chairperson                  Diane Greenlee

Chairperson                  David Russell

Chairperson                  Jim Stevens

(Stevens name will appear on the ballot, but he reportedly has withdrawn his candidacy)

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Beloit Township Supervisor (top two move on)

Supervisor No. 2                   David Russell (I)

Supervisor No. 2                   Phil Taber

Supervisor No. 2                   Steve Heumiller

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Clinton School Board (top 4 move on)

School Board                  Thomas Curzi

School Board                  Ken Luety (challenger)

School Board                  Melissa Manthei

School Board                  Evelyn Propp

School Board                  Jeanette Troha

School Board                  Margery Wheeler

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DELAVAN -- Mark and Brett Stinebrink remember many lessons they learned from their father when they first started in the grocery business.

"Keep the store full, keep it clean and do anything for our customers," said Brett as he outlined three things his dad stressed as keys to success.  "And he meant anything."

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