WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Born in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, Lilly Barrett came to the United States as a child, so she understands firsthand the difficulties of learning a language while simultaneously navigating life in a new country.
That experience adds a compassionate dimension to her new job as coordinator of the Walworth County Literacy Council, where she assesses the needs of students and matches them to tutors.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER--Putting the cart before the horse usually isn’t recommended, but it seems to have worked out for the Wellnitz and Welsh families. One could even say it’s brought them closer together.
“My aunt won a doctor’s buggy at the Rock County Fair,” said Matt Wellnitz, 28, of rural Janesville. “You could say that started it.”
If you have a buggy, you need a horse, or two or three, right?
STATELINE NEWS--The city of South Beloit is having a birthday party, and everyone is invited.
A centennial celebration will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 24 through Aug. 27. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a kick-off ceremony, followed by a future football program scrimmage, flag football alumni game and park dedication at South Beloit City Park.
“They’re going to kick off the centennial and dedicate the field and the park,” John Patrick of the South Beloit Historical Society said. “(The park) has never had a name other than South Beloit City Park, but we’re going to put up a dedication sign.”
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Walworth County was Woodrow Wilson in 1912. From then on the county has been considered -- certainly by political analysts -- a Republican stronghold.
The closest it came to leaning blue since then was 2008, when Sen. John McCain won it by 2.6 points. And although President Donald Trump got only 34 percent of the county’s vote in the Wisconsin primary, he won it by 57 percent in the November election, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 37 percent.
Just how red -- or purple -- is Walworth County? Ask the grassroots party people.
STATELINE NEWS -- Olivia Runne’s recent trip to Finland served as inspiration for one of the 4-H projects she entered in this year’s Winnebago County Fair.
Runne, 17, of Rockford, visited Finland for about a month this summer as part of the 4-H Exchange Program. Runne’s project featured photographs that she took during her trip.
“I used a lot of the same photos that I took there, and I even brought some of the candies back here with me,” Runne said.
Runne traveled to the Scandinavian country with more than 20 other 4-H members from around the United States. She said they went hiking, enjoyed Finnish cuisine and visited tourist attractions, adding that it’s similar to the U.S.
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