Downward dog meet jumping goat: Goats invade yoga classes

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Downward dog meets jumping goat. Yoga classes are popping up across the nation that include the playful goats. At a recent class at Oak Hollow Acres farm in Burlington, Wisconsin, Bear Foot Yoga Healing instructor Megan MacCarthy advised participants to worry less about testing their physical ability and more about sharing […]

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Apple Hut owner on track to finish renovations by opening day

By RYAN SILVOLA Staff writer BELOIT — Residents who have visited the Apple Hut in the past are in for a sweet surprise this fall. The orchard is reconstructing the interior of the barn to improve operations. When the Apple Hut, 1718 W. Walters Road, opens for the season on Aug. 30, the new barn […]

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71-year-old GE Lighting factory in Mattoon to close Friday

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois General Electric Lighting plant that once employed as many as 1,800 people is closing this week. The Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports that the 71-year-old factory will permanently close at the end of the day Friday. GE Lighting spokeswoman Alicia Gauer says 133 employees remain on the job at the […]

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Wisconsin Senate leader says Foxconn votes may be lacking

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the Wisconsin Senate said Wednesday he doesn’t know if he has the votes to pass a package of incentives for a Foxconn plant in the southeastern corner of the state, raising doubts about whether legislators will be able to meet a deadline for finalizing the deal. Senate […]

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S. Beloit considers upping number of video gaming licenses offered

By CLINT WOLF News editor SOUTH BELOIT — The South Beloit City Council discussed possibly increasing the number of video gaming licenses it offers and increasing the fee for those licenses during the council meeting Monday. The city currently offers four BG or Boutique video gaming licenses. These licenses are for businesses that derive the […]

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Ho-Chunk increases presence as casino plan advances

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — Efforts by Ho-Chunk Nation officials to move the proposed casino project forward are picking up, with the tribe preparing to make a marketing and project visibility push in Beloit. The Ho-Chunk Nation has tasked a member of its leadership team with working as a community liaison between the […]

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Hendricks featured in New York Times

BELOIT — Beloit’s continued revitalization and billionaire Diane Hendricks were featured Sunday in The New York Times, with a lengthy feature on the increasing number of start-up companies flocking to the city at the Ironworks campus. The story, written by Alexandra Stevenson, covers Beloit’s struggles in the early 2000s and Hendricks’ plan to acquire and […]

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Development trend continues in City of Beloit

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer BELOIT — Development in Beloit has remained steady this summer, with officials touting new residential development as a strong sign of economic health and diversity. On Friday, the Beloit Daily News sat down with Building and Planning Services Director Drew Pennington to check in on ongoing projects. As of July […]

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llinois company helps create Pete Rose statue

  LAKEWOOD, Ill. (AP) — The idea when sculptors immortalize athletic heroes is to capture them in their element. Michael Jordan soars through the air outside the United Center, legs spread in the Jumpman pose popularized by Nike, about ready to posterize another unfortunate opponent. Hank Aaron stands outside SunTrust Park in Atlanta, eyes fixed […]

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Craft brewers compete to create Illinois bicentennial brew

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair is giving visitors something to wash down all that funnel cake: Craft beer. Craft brewers from all over the state will take part in the competition Aug. 11-13 at the state fair in Springfield. At least 18 craft beer makers are expected to compete. They’ll showcase one […]

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