Screamatorium is a spooktacular hit

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R.I.P. Productions makes a lot of their props by hand. Ann-Margaret Naber, President of R.I.P. Productions, made these pumpkins by hand using papier-mache and sealant. The whole process takes about a week.

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Brodhead’s newest attraction made itself available to the public this past weekend. The event hosted over 500 people on opening night. Gore and fright were everywhere in the 20,000 square foot space, but the process of turning the building from an abandoned shell and […]


Brodhead School Board presents updates; Reinstates snack milk program

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Brodhead School Board met last week to discuss updates, school trips and the elementary school milk program. Administrative reports kicked off the meeting. David Novy, elementary school Principal, explained to the Board that the elementary school was participating in Great lakes Apple Crunch last […]


Weather puts a damper on AutumnFest

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Kirsten Fish, Aimee Fish, and Megan Weis serve chili at the Brodhead Education Association booth during AutumnFest this past weekend.

By Michele Benesh, Correspondent – Brodhead’s AutumnFest occurred last Saturday, Oct. 6, with a 5K run/walk on the Pearl Island trail sponsored by Jeremy Pinnow and Associates. It started to rain during the run, and the route was adjusted because part of the trail was flooded. The 49 participants in […]


Brodhead Dental Clinic celebrating one-year anniversary

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Brodhead Dental Clinic consists of employees Cristina, Tami, Dr. Branson, Pam, and Mackenzie.

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Brodhead Dental Clinic is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Dan Branson started Dental school in 2010. He graduated in 2014 and from there went to a community health center in […]


Latest mural honors firefighters

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The finished mural consists of 12 painted panels.

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Members of the Brodhead Fire Department were hard at work on Saturday, Sept. 29. Using the department’s ladder truck, the volunteers lifted board by board to complete Brodhead’s latest mural. Assembly began around 6 a.m. and was completed by 11:30 a.m. The mural is […]


Brodhead Optimists hold annual awards banquet

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Wayne Dieckhoff presents Rich Vogel, Optimist President, with the Optimist of the Year award.

By Michele Benesh, Correspondent – The Brodhead Optimist Club held its annual awards banquet at Fibs North on Thursday, Sept. 27, with several special guests in attendance. Following the meal, Lyle Merriam, the Great Plains Region vice president-elect, spoke to the group about how he came to join Optimists and […]


Raupp family starting a new tradition

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The Raupp’s stand next to their pumpkin stand. From left: Jessica Raupp, Lily Raupp, and Brian Raupp

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – The Raupp family is trying something new with their family. Jessica and Brian Raupp, along with their children and several volunteers, put together a pumpkin stand North of Brodhead on County E. The Raupps have a seven-acre spread they are transforming into a pumpkin […]


Brodhead library to hold ‘food for fines’ drive

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Participants at family craft night on Oct. 4 at the Brod-head public library will make owls using pinecones and felt.

By Dan Moeller, Correspondent – The Brodhead library will be holding a “food for fines” drive next month. Following last week’s library board meeting, library director Angela Noel reports the program will be offered from Oct. 15 through Oct. 31. For every food item received, the library will remove $1 […]


Brodhead native co-founds One Gift, One Child in Haiti

Brodhead native co-founds One Gift, One Child in Haiti

By Robin Marsden, Correspondent – A war had just ended in Haiti in Jan. 2005. Several people dropped out of the mission trip headed there because of the unrest. Natalie Charlotin, formerly Natalie Joyce, 2004 graduate of Brodhead High, was not one of these people. She felt a pull to […]


Youth In Government, new Brodhead police officer sworn in at Council meeting

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Brodhead Chief Chris Hughes, Officer Tylor Hoard, and Hoard’s fiancée Taylor.

By Erica Gokey, Staff Writer – Common council conducted a short, but sweet meeting last week. Youth In Government students and a new Brodhead police officer swore in. Youth In Government students Craig Christensen, Sebastian Van Wyhe, and Jenna Ils took their oath before the Council.  Accompanying the ceremony were […]