Open-air classroom: Couple donates land for Parkview nature preserve

	Carol and Norm Aulabaugh recently donated a 75-acre prairie preserve to the Parkview School District to be used for educational nature opportunities for students.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent One couple’s love for the land combined with a local school district’s desire for high-quality learning options is creating a beautiful partnership. The Sunny Peace Prairie will provide tranquil nature experiences and educational adventures for Parkview School District students and the general public. “We had the […]


Recycling effort helps reduce waste and clutter while raising funds for school Albrecht volunteers organize textile drives

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	Finley Riese, left, and Easton Riese help load and unload items donated for a textile drive to benefit Al-brecht Elementary School, where they are students and their mom, Lori Riese, is a third-grade teacher.

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent Albrecht Elementary School has found a fundraising project that not only makes people feel good as they tackle spring cleaning, but does some good environmentally too. For the last several years, Albrecht has held textile drives, asking people to donate old and used clothing, and items […]


Time to dig into garden planning Local experts share tips for successful growing season

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	Workers at Ahrens Acres of Brodhead clean early geranium blooms in a greenhouse last week. With the weather warming, it’s an ideal time to think about spring planting.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent For gardeners, spring is the busiest time of the year. As air and soil temperatures begin to warm up and seed catalogs arrive in mailboxes, the experts are sharing tips to make the art of gardening more efficient and enjoyable. “Sometimes patience is the key to […]


Naturally fun: Bird watching offers a relaxing opportunity to get outdoors

Winter is a good time to get a glimpse of owls, accord-ing to area bird expert Quentin Yoerger. The short-eared owl is shown above.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Birding — the act of seeking out and observing as many bird species as possible —is gaining popularity as people have more time at home. The hobby provides many benefits in addition to presenting an enjoyable way to spend time in nature. “Birding, like many other […]


Alliant Energy plans upgrade in Orfordville

Alliant Energy officials are asking Orfordville residents to plan for a five-hour power outage when upgrade work takes place on Friday, March 19. Alliant crews will be modernizing equipment at the Orfordville substation, some of which dates to the 1970s, said Morgan Hawk, spokesman for Alliant Energy. “The community has […]


Turning the page Longtime librarian built relationships over sharing stories

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	Recently retired librarian Laurie Thill took story time participants on many reading adventures over her 20 years at Albertson Memorial Library in Albany.

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent In 20 years behind the desk at Albertson Memorial Library in Albany, Laurie Thill got to know a lot of readers by name — and by the books they checked out. “I’ve had so many patrons ask me for suggestions of what to read, and I […]


Brodhead students take fast track to CNA certification Dual credit program offers chance to jump-start a career

Brodhead students take fast track to CNA certification Dual credit program offers chance to jump-start a career

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent During her senior year in 2019, Anna Corbit enrolled in a new training program at Brodhead High School that allowed her to earn college credit while working toward her certification as a nursing assistant. It also gave her an edge at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where […]


Vaccine rollout begins for those 65 and up Health officials say patience is key as supply is limited

	Wisconsin residents age 65 and older became eligi-ble for the COVID-19 vaccination starting earlier this week, but local health officials caution that vaccination efforts will depend on supply.

Local health officials are calling for patience as hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week. As of Jan. 25, those over 65 became vaccine-eligible, a group that includes about 700,000 Wisconsinites. “Wisconsin systems and operations are ready to vaccinate more people,” Department […]


Holding out hope that customers will return to dining in Restaurants reeling from effects of COVID

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	Owner Mitzi Deal reports that walk-in traffic is down at Fibs North in Brodhead as the effects of the pan-demic linger into a new year.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Restaurants all around the state are feeling the effects of COVID-19, with some even closing their doors, cutting hours and laying off staff. Some of these restaurants are right here in Green County. Fibs North, located on Exchange Street in Brodhead, hasn’t closed its doors, but […]


High school stays with hybrid instruction for now

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	Brodhead High School students will continue with a hybrid system of instruction until at least Jan. 27.

By Brett Sharp, Correspondent Members of the Brodhead School Board voted Jan. 13 to continue with hybrid instruction for high school students. Despite hope that a return to normal instruction was possible entering the new year, board members decided to stay in their Plan B system of instruction, which includes […]