It’s peak season for deer versus vehicle incidents State advises motorists to slow down, be on the lookout

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, State Patrol and partner law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to be alert for the potential of deer darting across roadways during upcoming weeks. Deer versus vehicle crashes typically peak during the October and November “rutting” period when bucks pursue potential mates. “The best strategy […]


Farmers stressed as virus outbreak drags on Technology troubles, mental health issues complicate operations

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	Mike Wenger of Brodhead unloads the hopper of his combine into a waiting grain truck late last week on County Road OK south of Highway 11.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Many farmers believe in being eternal optimists. Technology woes, mental health issues and fluctuating commodity prices have optimists feeling saddened this year. But farmers are looking to the future for hope, better prices and fewer sources of stress. “We have to remember that farmers and agribusinesses […]


Hard times, hard work made easier when shared among friends Farmers help Brewer family harvest soybeans after losing mother and father within months

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Members of the Brewer family gather for a photo in the soybean field on harvest day. The adults, from the left, are Tony Brewer, Nicole Brewer, Tami Behnke, Brian Behnke and Traci Brewer with youngsters Jaxson and Kinslee.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Glenn and Joann Brewer’s three adult children, Tami, Traci and Tony, are grateful for the lessons their parents taught them. The most important lesson is how to be happy doing the work that needs to be done each day on the family’s dairy and crop farm […]


Rooted in tradition Visitors, family growers enjoy harvest time at Ten Eyck Orchard

BRETT SHARP The Independent-Register
	Apple trees surround the round barn at Ten Eyck Orchard in Brodhead. The 1920s-era structure is a favorite stop for visitors to the orchard.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent With the fall season in full swing, Brodhead’s Ten Eyck Orchard is as busy as ever. Located along Wisconsin Highway 11 just outside of town, the orchard is owned by fifth- and sixth-generation farmers Rob and Drew Ten Eyck. Because of the lack of labor and […]


Chamber cancels this year’s Fire & Ice Festival Activities wouldn’t allow for social distancing

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT Brodhead’s Fire & Ice festival has been canceled for this year because of the coronavirus. The festival is traditionally held the first weekend in December. Brodhead Chamber of Commerce President Michael Lowery made the announcement in an Oct. 3 email. “Working closely with our team of […]


Plans for aviation museum are taking off Organizers eye spring opening, social and educational events

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	Ray Pawlisch, representing the William S. Knight Foundation, presents a donation in a symbolic U.S. Air Mail pouch to Ami Eckard-Lee, collections manager at the Kelch Aviation Museum in Brodhead. The foundation has donated $370,000 to the museum pro-ject and the recent check presentation was the final one, as museum officials get ready to start construc-tion on the Phase II building at the facility. The two are pictured near the museum’s 1929 Stearman C3-B.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Brodhead’s Kelch Aviation Museum is raising money to construct its Phase II building before officially opening its display to the public this spring. Currently located inside their Phase I hangar, this large collection of historical planes was once owned by Wisconsin airplane fanatic, Alfred Kelch. Kelch […]


Former factory carries the weight of history Al Ringling of circus fame once worked at Brodhead landmark

JENNY SHARP The Independent-Register
	The former L.C. Bartlett and Son Carriage and Wag-on factory is a landmark in downtown Brodhead. The building on West Third Avenue is included on the state and national historic registries.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Brodhead is full of history, and the brick building standing tall on West Third Avenue is an important part of that story. The L.C. Bartlett and Son Carriage and Wagon factory has been around in some capacity since the late 1800s. According to Betty Earleywine, curator […]


A teaching tradition Orfordville educator marks fourth generation at elementary school

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Laura Laursen, center, marks the fourth generation of Parkview Elementary School teachers in her family. The teaching tradition also includes her grandmother, Sandra, left, and mother, Vicki Neal, right. Also pictured is Laursen’s daughter, Lainey, who attends 4K in the Parkview district.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent First-grade teacher Laura Laursen is continuing a longtime tradition, making up the fourth generation of Parkview School District educators in her family. The long line started with her great-grandmother and grandmother, Mildred and Sandra Olson. Mildred Olson was a reading specialist and Sandra Olson was a […]


County sets free COVID-19 screening

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Green County Public Health is opening COVID-19 test-ing sites in Brodhead, Monroe and New Glarus. Pre-registration is required for the free drive-thru service.

Green County Public Health officials have announced that beginning Sept. 9, Green County will have three COVID-19 community testing sites. Free COVID-19 testing will be available for anyone 5 years of age and older. Individuals who need to be tested are asked to register online prior to getting tested. This […]


COVID-19 outbreak sends high school students home. District, health officials continue monitoring as school goes online until Sept. 18

Green County public health officials reported Monday that seven Brodhead High School students have tested positive for COVID-19. The school district immediately implemented a full virtual plan for the high school, to last through Sept. 18, according to a post on the district’s Facebook page. The Brodhead School District was […]