Visger set to step aside in February

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Cubmaster Mike Visger, of Pack 108, leading a pack meeting.

By Jeremy Gokey, Correspondent – Longstanding Cubmaster Mike Visger of Brodhead Pack 108 is stepping aside on Feb. 28, 2019 after dedicating 13 years to the position. Visger became a den leader in 2005 and took the role of Cubmaster in 2006 after Joe Sandlin stepped down. Visger made the […]


Sinnin’ Skinn Inkworks sees promise in downtown Brodhead

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Owners Matt Bremer and Diana Baade and piercer Megan Socker have made Brodhead their new home for their business.

By Jeremy Gokey, Correspondent – Sinnin’ Skinn Inkworks moved to 1008 First Center Avenue in downtown Brodhead on Dec. 1, 2018 and has had a warm welcome by city leaders and residents. Matt (Madd Matt) Bremer and Diana Baade own and operate Sinnin’ Skinn Inkworks. The tattoo shop recently relocated […]


Senior Center Committee meets to discuss spring referendum question and fundraising

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The committee is having MSA do an assessment on this lot located across from Brodhead Water & Light.

By Jeremy Gokey, Correspondent – The Senior Center Committee met last week to review the updated design and discuss a spring referendum question and fundraising to meet the Apr. 1, 2019 deadline for the matching $500,000 senior center grant. Finalizing the land has been slowed due to the holidays. The […]


Decatur Township listens to complaints about Pinnacle Dairy traffic

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Decatur/Sylvester Road is deteriorating at a rapid pace. Some stretches of the road are filled with pot-holes that are at least an inch or more deep.

By Jeremy Gokey, Correspondent – Decatur Township residents living on Prairie Road wrote a letter to the board asking for help in limiting access to Pinnacle Dairy’s trucks. David Olsen, a resident of Prairie Road, addressed the board concerning excessive traffic along Prairie Road. “This fall there were empty trucks […]


TOOL holiday cheer and volunteer

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TOOL members have been busy spreading holiday cheer to those in need.

Over 60 seventh and eighth-grade members of the Team of Outstanding Leaders were out and about on Dec. 3. TOOL adviser, Stephanie Tresemer, would like to thank Beth Riesterer for joining the TOOL team on this busy day of leadership enrichments. This annual tradition of spreading holiday cheer, while volunteering […]


Senior/Community Center committee makes forward progress

By Erica Gokey, Editor – The Senior/Community Center committee has been meeting over the last few weeks to discuss building plans and possible referendum questions for the April 2019 ballot. On Dec. 4, the committee met to observe a design concept from Chris Manske from Keller Group. Mayor Doug Pinnow […]


Brodhead Fire & Ice brings out the best

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Keith Krause receives as the winner of the Kubly Car Give-a-Way.

By Erica Gokey, Editor – The Brodhead Fire & Ice Festival went off without a hitch this last weekend. Although attendance was down at the beginning of the festival, the numbers slowly grew as the parade came near. The wind died down just in time for festivities and the temperature […]


Council approves 2019 budget, listens to committee updates

By Erica Gokey, Editor – Common Council opened the night with a public hearing regarding the 2019 city budget last week. A regular Council meeting followed. Increases to the budget include Annual Audit, Municipal Court, Attorney fees, and Clerk/Treasurer life insurance. The fireworks fund increased to $4,000 and $1,000 was […]


Brodhead Chamber holds last membership meeting of 2018

By Michele Benesh, Correspondent – Brodhead Chamber of Commerce met at Fibs North for their last membership meeting of 2018 last week.  It has been the practice for several years to omit a December membership meeting because of busy schedules. Vice President Dusty Kubly chaired the lunch meeting in the […]


Arrow sworn in, committees provide updates

Arrow is the newest addition to the Brodhead Police Department.

Common Council received committee reports and swore in K-9 Arrow last week. Arrow acquired his very own badge as Mayor Pinnow swore him in. Police Chief Chris Hughes spoke of Brodhead’s journey to acquire a K-9 unit.