JANESVILLE -- A retired sales manager will take on Wisconsin Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, for the 31st Assembly District seat.
Don Prestia, 62, of 4109 Ingram Drive, Janesville, is running as a Democrat.
DELAVAN -- Paul Nehlen, a self-proclaimed former Paul Ryan supporter, will challenge the incumbent congressman for the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s 1st District seat.
Nehlen, a businessman and Delavan resident, made the announcement on his website, PaulNehlen.com. The primary is Aug. 9, 2016 and the general election is Nov. 8, 2016.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- While the world obsessed over dancing the macarena in 1996, Shannon Werfelmann decided to reignite a toe-tapping craze in Walworth County. This former member of the Walworth County Clowntown Cloggers started attending clogging competitions and workshops in other cities.
“I wanted to start a group that was not just recreational, but had another element,” Werfelmann said. “I wanted something where people were more committed.”
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There are stories in Geneva Lake. Some are fascinating, others a little creepy.
Ask Dan Johnson, owner of Loves Park Scuba, an Illinois diving school, and the Lockwood Pioneer Scuba Diving Museum. Johnson has been diving in Geneva Lake since 1974, systematically covering most of the shoreline in search of antique bottles -- of which he’s found dozens.
This just in blog, by Dan Plutchak, editor
As the presidential candidates crisscrossed Wisconsin this past week ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary, they’ve pitched all the things they would do as president.
But, as you head to the polls to vote, remember any president can do very little without the cooperation of Congress.
It’s the role of the House and Senate to pass legislation. The president’s only duty is to either approve the law with his or her signature, or reject it by veto.
When Donald Trump says he’ll force Mexico to pay for a wall between our two counties, or when Ted Cruz says he’ll step up policing in Muslim neighborhoods, it’s unclear what sort of legislation Congress could consider, making those campaign promises little more than talking points.
No matter who you vote for Tuesday, their proposals won’t go very far unless voters also pick a majority in the House of Representatives and at least 60 agreeable senators.
WHITEWATER -- High school’s biggest social event for juniors and seniors often takes the biggest chunk out of their -- or their parents’ -- wallets.
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Proms hold memories, but their expenses add up quickly: tickets, dinner, flowers, hairstyles, manicures. And the big-ticket items, like a new suit or a dress, can easily cost $200.
Not everyone can afford to spend that kind of money.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- As unemployment numbers continue to drop and the labor force tightens, the demand for workers in the trades and manufacturing continues to grow.
The future members of that workforce now are in middle school and high school, where they are increasingly exposed to the skills they’ll need.
Legislators and leaders in economic development say developing a skilled workforce is the No. 1 issue facing businesses in Wisconsin.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Students undecided about a career might want to consider agriculture, and plenty of people in the industry hope they do. The demand for employees in a wide variety of ag-related fields continues to outstrip the supply, said Jeff Hicken, agriculture education consultant and Wisconsin FFA adviser, and that has some leaders in the field worried.
Adding to the problem is an increasing shortage of experienced agriculture teachers as they retire and potential replacements choose more lucrative careers.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In four short months, an estimated 60,000 visitors will be descending on a 400-acre family dairy farm in the town of Linn, checking out agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, shopping for products, participating in activities, enjoying entertainment and eating literally tons of food at Farm Technology Days.
The three-day outdoor event, set for July 19 through July 21, showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, practical applications of research findings and technology developments.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Tristan Crist was about 6 years old when he began exploring the world of magic and illusion.
“My grandfather showed me a card trick, and that was the start,” Crist said. “My parents got me a magic kit for Christmas, and I learned all these tricks. I went to the library, and there were a lot of magic books in the library.
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