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

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	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 […]


She ‘walks with’ Alzheimer’s patients. Monroe caregiver chairs annual walk

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	Ronda Toepfer is the honorary chair of this year’s Green County Alzheimer’s Walk. Walkers may choose their own routes and places to walk and raise money for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Longtime volunteer and caregiver Ronda Toepfer will serve as the honorary chair of the 19th annual Green County Alzheimer’s Walk. Toepfer is a resident assistant at Aster Assisted Living in Monroe. “I’ve been involved with the Alzheimer’s Walk for over 17 years,” Toepfer said in a news release. “I’ve been […]


Brodhead teacher notches state honor. Kintzle among five selected for excellence

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	Members of Brooke Kintzle’s family were on hand last week when she was named one of five Wisconsin Teachers of the Year. Pictured from the left are Kintzle’s brother, Mitchell Lederman; her parents, Michelle and Lon Lederman; her husband, Mike Kintzle; and Kintzle.

A local educator is one of five selected as Wisconsin Teacher of the Year for 2021. Brooke Kintzle (nee Lederman) teaches cross-categorical special education at Brodhead Middle School. Kintzle has taught at the school since 2014, where she “strives to create an inclusive and trauma-sensitive environment in her classroom,” according […]


Winners of garden of the month – Flowers and so much more

Donald and Stella Wolters

  The Brodhead Evening Garden Club has chosen the yards of Donald and Stella Wolters, located at 17416 Wisconsin Highway 81, for the Garden of the Month Award. After driving around, we decided on theirs. Then along came the storm, which beat up a lot of the couple’s petunias. Pick […]


Exploring Brodhead’s history. Al Ringling among those who stayed at the famous Exchange House

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	 The Exchange House is located down this street behind the trees in a photo that was taken in Brodhead before 1895.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Halfway through the 19th century, Loring S. Fisher moved to the newly settled Brodhead area. He came from Bowdoinham, Maine, with hopes to run an inn, just like his father had. Fisher’s dream came true in 1864, when he opened the Exchange House inn on Exchange […]


Getting out in the woods Area shops, sportsmen gearing up for busy fall hunting seasons

Getting out in the woods  Area shops, sportsmen gearing up for busy fall hunting seasons

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent As summer draws to a close, many are thinking ahead to the upcoming hunting seasons that accompany fall. Deer hunting is up first, starting for bow hunters on Sept. 12. Gun deer hunters begin their season a couple of months after, on Nov. 21. Albrecht Taxidermy […]


Tinker’s Garden makeover

Tinker’s Garden makeover

Brodhead’s Business Improvement District has made several improvements to Tinker’s Garden this year. The Brodhead Jaycees placed new mulch, and Kuhn North America donated the newly installed benches to replace the deteriorating concrete pebble stone ones. Brodhead Public Works employee Justin Schwartz installs new benches. “Tinker’s Garden is a great […]