JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- One late April evening in 1874, two men walking along the banks of the Rock River in Janesville near the Monterey Dam noticed a 6-foot-long mud-colored, stationary mass jutting up from the water’s surface.
One of the men got into a rowboat and drew near to the object. When he hit it with an oar, the mass lifted a scaly head out of the water, small eyes flashing. It snapped its long, toothy jaws a couple of times before it disappeared into the river.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Local historian, author and former archivist Patrick Quinn not only is steeped in the history of Lake Geneva and the states of Wisconsin and Illinois, he’s been part of history’s fabric himself, including a march for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, during the tumultuous 1960s.
History is part of his genealogy; Abraham Lincoln used to drink at Quinn’s great-great grandfather’s tavern in Greenview, Illinois, just west of Springfield.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- If you’ve been looking past the couch lately for your lost New Year's resolution about getting in shape, you’re not alone. According a study from the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, only one in 10 resolution-making souls achieve their goals by Feb. 1, if at all. Equally adding to the misery for those in the Midwest is the bone-chilling, snow-laden landscape we face each winter.
One of your best bets for braving the outdoors while getting some exercise may be a bicycle.
MESSENGER -- A lifelong reader, Ethel Himmel now shares her love of books with fellow mystery buffs through monthly meetings of the Mystery Book Club she began at the Milton Public Library.
Since 2002, participants have pored over more than 145 mysteries ranging from popular favorites like Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” to classics like Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile,” and authors that have included Michael Crichton, Dan Brown and Tony Hillerman.
The former deputy director of the La Crosse Public Library, Himmel is a semiretired library consultant at Himmel and Wilson, a firm she founded more than 20 years ago with her husband, Bill Wilson, who is a former Wisconsin state librarian.
BELOIT -- Even though John Kalkirtz has been a member of the Rock Valley Chapter of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus for more than 20 years, he still considers himself the "new kid on the block."
Kalkirtz of Beloit said he enjoys being involved with the chorus and sharing his love for barbershop singing with others.
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