Author Archive: RVPEditor

Weather puts a damper on AutumnFest

MICHELE BENESH PHOTO The Independent-Register
Kirsten Fish, Aimee Fish, and Megan Weis serve chili at the Brodhead Education Association booth during AutumnFest this past weekend.

By Michele Benesh, Correspondent – Brodhead’s AutumnFest occurred last Saturday, Oct. 6, with a 5K run/walk on the Pearl Island trail sponsored by Jeremy Pinnow and Associates. It started to rain during the run, and the route was adjusted because part of the trail was flooded. The 49 participants in […]


Brodhead Dental Clinic celebrating one-year anniversary

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Independent-Register
Brodhead Dental Clinic consists of employees Cristina, Tami, Dr. Branson, Pam, and Mackenzie.

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Brodhead Dental Clinic is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Dan Branson started Dental school in 2010. He graduated in 2014 and from there went to a community health center in […]




Lois I. Berra, 93 of rural Albany, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Albany Oaks Assisted Living. She was born on April 7, 1925, in Stoddard, Wis. to Oscar and Mabel (Anderson) Bakken. On June 5, 1943 she married Howard Berra in Stoddard, Wis. The couple farmed for 60 […]



Betty Ann Pinnow, 88, of Beloit, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at Sun Valley North, Beloit. Funeral services for Betty were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 in the Daley Murphy Wisch and Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, […]


Lady Cards surrender to Spartans, overcome the Tide

BECKY MALKOW PHOTO The Independent-Register
The Lady Cardinals celebrate a service ace in their come from behind win in game one vs. Egderton.

By Trenten Scheidegger, Sports Correspondent – Brodhead and McFarland came into last Tuesday night’s matchup with 3-1 conference record.  Being tied amongst the leaders of the Rock Valley Conference was of utmost importance. The Spartans proved to be too much for the Cardinals, as McFarland defeated Brodhead in four games. […]


Cardinals unable to break streak

MANDY FIELDS PHOTO The Independent-Register
Jacob Mahlkuch gets to the Whippets quarterback for the sack.

By Trenten Scheidegger, Sports Correspondent – Brodhead-Juda traveled to Whitewater last Friday, for an inner conference matchup.  Temperatures dropped into the mid 40’s by kickoff, but both teams were fired up and ready to play. The Cardinals first play from scrimmage was a huge run by leading rusher Jeffery Williams.  […]


Latest mural honors firefighters

ERICA GOKEY PHOTO The Independent-Register
The finished mural consists of 12 painted panels.

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Members of the Brodhead Fire Department were hard at work on Saturday, Sept. 29. Using the department’s ladder truck, the volunteers lifted board by board to complete Brodhead’s latest mural. Assembly began around 6 a.m. and was completed by 11:30 a.m. The mural is […]


Brodhead Optimists hold annual awards banquet

MICHELE BENESH PHOTO The Independent-Register
Wayne Dieckhoff presents Rich Vogel, Optimist President, with the Optimist of the Year award.

By Michele Benesh, Correspondent – The Brodhead Optimist Club held its annual awards banquet at Fibs North on Thursday, Sept. 27, with several special guests in attendance. Following the meal, Lyle Merriam, the Great Plains Region vice president-elect, spoke to the group about how he came to join Optimists and […]




Roger B. Stephan, 73 of Albany died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Monroe Clinic Hospital. He was born on March 16, 1945 in rural Rock County, the son of George and Greta (Boozel) Stephan. Roger was a farmhand for several farmers over the years. He is survived by two sisters: […]




Wayne Allen Rohloff, 87, passed away at home on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. He was born in Janesville on May 4, 1931, the son of Elmer and Lilas (Notbohm) Rohloff. After graduating from high school, Wayne served in the U.S. Navy.  Wayne married Joyce V. Kelly on April 2, 1952, […]