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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The seventh-grade Phoenix Middle School girl who suited up for the Jr. Comets team at youth football games and stood up to bullies on the playground is still remembered here, even though she’s been gone for 10 months.

In her too-short life, Lilly Perry touched a lot of people.

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.

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More young people starting their own businesses

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More resources means more opportunities and that means more young people are starting their own businesses.

Young entrepreneurs are getting their feet wet at “break-neck speed,” according to David Gee of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Gee is a lecturer in entrepreneurship and the co-director of the UW-Whitewater Launch Pad program, which helps UW-Whitewater undergraduates and graduate students launch startup businesses.

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.

Kristen Anderson received her degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which hasn’t helped her erase all of the heartbreaking near misses and memories as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

However, the Williams Bay resident and Schaumburg, Illinois, native has found perspective after the many disappointments, especially concerning the franchise’s decades of postseason failure, better than most folks concerning their beloved North Siders.

“I attended Catholic school, and I remember when they lost their first 14 games of the year and praying every day that they would break the losing streak,” Anderson, 29, said of Chicago’s 2000 campaign that ended with a 68-94 record. “They knew what I was praying for.”

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