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Council swears in new officer, releases mortgage on Production Grinding building

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	Retiring Brodhead Police Officer Kathy Hammon swears in new officer Brandon Barnes at the April 10, 2018 City Council meeting.

By Ryan Broege, Editor — Outgoing Brodhead Police officer Kathy Hammon was honored for her 34 years of service with the force, where she started as a part-time dispatcher in 1984. Hammon was thanked for her service, and awarded a shadow box as a token of gratitude from the city. […]

 
 

Finance committee recommends wheel tax

Finance committee recommends wheel tax

By Ryan Broege, Editor — The Green County Finance and Accounting Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a proposed wheel tax before the county board for a vote scheduled for the April 17 meeting. The tax would tack on $20 in registration fees to each of the roughly 30,000 […]

 
 

Mayor Pinnow, committee members talk future of Senior Center Project

Mayor Pinnow, committee members talk future of Senior Center Project

By Ryan Broege, Editor — The Independent-Register sat down last Wednesday with Mayor Doug Pinnow and Senior Community Center Committee members Ellyn Popanz and Sharon Wolter for an update on the progress on the Senior Community Center project. The conversation covered the proposed project’s feasibility, timeline, and fundraising needs. Pinnow […]

 
 

Election brings half of registered Brodhead voters to polls

Election brings half of registered Brodhead voters to polls

By Ryan Broege, Editor – While it fell a few hundred votes short of the turnout two years ago when a school referendum was up for a vote, last week’s Spring Election drummed up significant activity at the polls. 725 voters cast ballots, accounting for 50 percent of all eligible […]

 
 

Cold, dry spring postponing planting season

RYAN BROEGE PHOTO The Independent-Register
Unseasonably cold temperatures mean spring fertilizing, among a
number of other harbingers of spring, has been on hold.

By Ryan Broege, Editor – Below-average soil moisture and temperature is delaying this year’s planting season. The ground needs to gain about another 30 degrees before farmers can plant this year’s crop, said Nick Baker, UW-Rock County Agriculture Extension agent, who also works in Green and Walworth counties. In an […]

 
 

Landlord-tenant issue touches off downtown, village board reshuffle in Orfordville

Landlord-tenant issue touches off downtown, village board reshuffle in Orfordville

By Ryan Broege, Editor – Orfordville Village Board member Becky Strupp is relocating her business, 100 Proof Design, to Evansville, and said she is also resigning her post on the village board. The reason, she said, is local landlord Jason Nehls. Another downtown business owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, […]

 
 

Green County Defending Our Farmland packs library conference room for forum

State Sen. Janis Ringhand, left, answers a question as Assembly Rep. Mark Spreitzer, right, looks on. Both were in attendance at last week’s GCDF forum on factory farming.

Nearly 100 area residents crowded into a standing-room-only forum held last Tuesday in the Brodhead Library conference room, for a forum titled “The Real Cost of Factory Farms.”

 
 

Sen. Ringhand sits for interview

Sen. Ringhand sits for interview

Ringhand talks school safety, funding, grants and dark-store legislation By Ryan Broege, Editor — State Sen. Janis Ringhand (D – Evansville) sat down with the Independent-Register last Tuesday for a wide-ranging discussion that touched on agriculture, school safety, transportation and other issues. Ringhand represents the 15th Senate district, which spans […]

 
 

Library works to restart friends organization

By Dan Moeller, Correspondent – Library board president Kelly Gratz is working to restart the Friends of the Brodhead Library organization. Gratz reported on her efforts at the library board meeting last week. The board hopes to call another meeting in late April to form the group again, library director […]

 
 

Senior Center committee gathering letters of support, research

By Erica Gokey, Correspondent – The Senior/Community Committee members were motivated by supportive letters and area community centers, while discussing the Senior/Community Center. Whether supportive or divergent of the decision for a bigger Senior/Community Center, the committee seems to be building momentum. At the latest meeting, held last Thursday, the […]