Beloit Memorial High School Students: 2020

Feb 2, 2020
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Back by popular demand! For the second year, we are handing over WNIJ's daily feature "Perspectives" to a smart group of Beloit Memorial High School students. Their teacher Breja Fink uses WNIJ's Perspectives to help teach opinion writing to her A.P. Language and Composition students. They choose a topic, research it, write it in a radio script style, and whittle it down to under 90 seconds. Then WNIJ Perspectives editor Susan Stephens visits their classroom and records them in a makeshift studio (a.k.a. The Storage Room). 

Beloit Memorial High School Students

Feb 18, 2019
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Breja Fink uses WNIJ's Perspectives as a teaching tool for her AP Language and Composition class at Beloit Memorial High School. Her fall '18 students had a great idea: write their own perspectives! So they worked on their minute-and-a-half essays, which went through a number of edits and rewrites, and recorded them in a makeshift studio down the hall from their classroom (OK, it was a supply closet).

Roy Chapman Andrews Society

The Roy Chapman Andrews Society in Beloit is presenting its annual 'Distinguished Explorer' award to Dr. Richard Alley. He’s a Penn State climatologist whose drilling into Antarctic ice led to greater knowledge of global climate change.

Dr. Alley started out studying geology at Ohio State University, but branched into studying glaciers and snowfall while working with a professor over one summer.  The data he gathered, however, was from an "unconventional" source.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Imagine an object that could help some students improve their attendance. Other students will learn leadership skills. Still others will discover how to become valuable employees some day. And everyone smells better.

That object? A basket of laundry. A humble chore is changing lives in one high school.

Beloit Memorial High School looks a lot like the old factories that sprawl across this city just north of  the Illinois/Wisconsin border. It’s huge.

The City of Beloit is processing absentee ballots at a single location this year, and some have yet to come in.

In the past, absentee ballots were held at city hall until Election Day, and then processed in each of Beloit’s wards.  However, a change in state law allowing no-excuse absentee voting has resulted in more ballots coming in over the years.  

City Clerk's Office -- Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit City Clerk Lori Stottler says Wisconsin voters have another week to start the registration process online to avoid long lines at the polls on Nov. 8.

Being registered may not be a given to voters who only vote once in a while, perhaps just for presidential elections. That’s why Stottler says voters should check to see if they’re still registered, or even register again ahead of next month’s election.

Primary Turnout High in Southern Wisconsin

Apr 6, 2016

County officials report high levels of voter turnout for Tuesday’s primaries.

Rock County reported levels of 62%, while Walworth county reported over 32%.   Polling places reported long lines, with some Janesville voters citing waits of 45 minutes or more. 

Yesterday’s election was also the first with high turnout to require a photo ID.  The Janesville Gazette reported that police had to confront a belligerent voter in Hedberg, but most people had no issue with the requirement. 

Visit Beloit

The 11th Annual Beloit International Film Festival begins its 10-day run Friday afternoon.  This year's could be the best yet.

City of Beloit

The city of Beloit has reached a settlement with its top two police officials. Beloit City Council unanimously approved retirement deals for the two, who have been on paid administrative leave since June. 

  An external review accused Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin of leadership problems and mismanagement of the department. They were to face disciplinary hearings before the city’s police and fire commission next month.

New Hearing Dates Set For Beloit Police Chiefs

Nov 18, 2015

New hearing dates have been set to review charges against the two top officers of the Beloit Police Department.

The Beloit Police and Fire Commission scheduled nine days in January to hear evidence against Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin.

City Manager Lori Luther told a news conference October 13 that Jacobs and Dunkin “grossly mismanaged the department, incurring significant liability for the city and the community as a whole.”

Beloit Seeks New Consultant On Police Department

Jun 24, 2015

Beloit officials are seeking a new consultant to conduct its internal review of the Beloit Police Department in the wake of its two top officers being placed on administrative leave.

Chicago-based security management firm Hillard  Heintze, whose report to Beloit City Manager Lori Luther resulted in Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Durkin stepping aside, said it was withdrawing to ensure impartiality and maintain the integrity of the Beloit Police Department.

Top Beloit Police Officials Placed On Leave

Jun 16, 2015

The top two officials in the Beloit Wisconsin Police Department were placed on administrative leave today following an outside review that questioned police "leadership and management."

Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin were put on paid leave, effective immediately, according to City Manager Lori Curtis Luther.

"The findings of the report are serious and involve questions of leadership and management of the police department," Luther said in a statement. "Because of the findings, the city is launching an internal investigation."

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Nancy Nienhuis was born in a farmhouse in rural Janesville, Wis. She's worked the land her whole life and plans to keep it in the family. She's proud of her family's agricultural legacy and wants others to take notice.

15 people were hospitalized and dozens of others detained after an envelope containing powder was delivered to a Beloit health clinic.

Beloit Casino Plan Still in Play

Jan 17, 2013
Ho-Chunk Nation

The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to build an off-reservation casino in Beloit. Ho-Chunk president Jon Greendeer says the application is under federal review, a process that could take another couple of years to complete. Greendeer says there's a lot that goes into it: