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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The number of coyote attacks on family pets has spiked over the past year, and wildlife experts say it’s a symptom of growing urbanization.

“The days when people can let their pets out without supervision are over, because coyotes will prey on them,” said Michael Foy, wildlife specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “We’re not going to get rid of them. We’re not going to go back to a rural society. I tell people to treat their small pets like children: Don’t let them out of your sight. (Coyotes) aren’t real common, but (they will attack pets) and people have to be real careful.”

ROSCOE -- A Roscoe father and son died early Friday after they were unable to escape their burning house.

Harlem-Roscoe firefighters were called  about 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2915 to a two-story home in the 8000 block of Elevator Road.

Alan Bekielewski and his 2-year-old son. Orin. died from injuries sustained in the fire. Alan's wife, Olivia, and their daughter, Octavia, were able to escape, according to a page set up for the family.

In the first three hours after the page was set up, more then $5,000 was donated toward the $10,000 goal.

The page is located at

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:03

When is trick or treat 2015?

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Trick or treat times in Rock, Walworth and Winnebago counties for 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015 12:48

Opportunities growing for young entrepreneurs

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MESSENGER -- 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 people under 30 start a business.

JANESVILLE -- Rep. Paul Ryan, after a week at home in Janesville with his family mulling a call from Republicans to run for speaker, gave his party an ultimatum.

During a widely reported closed door meeting today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, with members of the House Republican Conference, Ryan said he needs to know by Friday if all 247 members would support his bid for speaker.


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