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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



It's commonly referred to as the Right-to-Work legislation, but it could just as easily be called a Union Dues Opt-Out bill. Such is the way two opposing sides attempt to use language to sway public opinion.

The Wisconsin Legislature began work last week on the bill that would prevent private-sector unions from entering into contracts that require employees to join a union as a condition of employment.

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."

Gov. Scott Walker evidently has embarked on the long road to the White House, and like it or not, the state of Wisconsin will bear the effects. Whether he continues to do what is best for Wisconsin or what is best for his presidential aspirations already has been called into question.

Early indications show he is off to a strong start on the campaign trail. He has led polls in Iowa and New Hampshire and currently ranks at or near the top in several recent surveys of GOP voters.

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."

DELAVAN -- The best known taco in Delavan just may be the approximately 5-foot-long fiberglass one atop the van owned by Hernandez El Serape Mexican Restaurant, often easily spotted in area traffic.

"I get lots of comments on that taco," said Rafael Hernandez Jr.

The most prolific incubator for the next generation of entrepreneurs may not be across the country in Silicon Valley, but right around the corner at a neighborhood family business.

I’ve always worked for family businesses.

To me, the successes and challenges that we explore in this week’s Family Business Special Edition are  familiar and certainly not unique.

The 12th annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state.

Family businesses long have had the support of a variety of programs supported by universities in Illinois and Wisconsin.

This will be the 10th year for the Beloit International Film Festival. The event will begin on Feb. 20 with the opening night block party, which will include films, entertainment and music at several downtown businesses.


"It’s going to be a fantastic evening of entertainment and films," Nief said. "That will be our 10th anniversary celebration. This will be a unique presentation."

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