Police investigating fire in historic Monell Block building in Brodhead

Green County EMS; Juda, Monticello, and Monroe fire departments; also Beloit Township Rescue personnel and volunteers were among 10 departments from three counties and Illinois that came to the aid of Brodhead Fire Department in structure fire. Primarily affected was the historic building, which has 5,800-square-foot of combined store front, office, and apartment space.  Police said Monday the fire is under investigation.

Ten fire departments come to aid of city, containing blaze from spreading Staff and police reports Investigators are working to determine what caused a fire that damaged three businesses in downtown Brodhead Sunday afternoon, according to Brodhead Police Chief Chris Hughes. Brodhead Police dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls around 3:25 […]


Summer improvements, good start to school year, recovery from COVID years highlighted in September reports to Brodhead board

Elementary School Tour

By Tony Ends, Editor All three Brodhead school administrators reported an “awesome start” to the school year at the district’s regular monthly school board meeting last Wednesday, Sept. 14. Relief from effects to all schools across the nation during COVID-19 finally seem to be abating, proving resilience of Brodhead students and […]


Library looks at funding cutbacks

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	Kyle Domer, who was hired Aug. 22 as the new di-rector of the Brodhead Memorial Public Library, began work on Sept. 6. Domer, 35, replaces Angela Noel who left in June to become the library director in Dodgeville.

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT The board of the Brodhead Memorial Public Library got its first look at the library’s 2023 budget last Thursday and it included possible cuts amid an uncertain revenue outlook. Former library director Angela Noel prepared the budget as part of her consulting duties for the board after […]


Edgewood grad to direct Brodhead library

Butterfly at the Library

By Dan Moeller, Correspondent Brodhead Memorial Public Library has found its new director. The library board held a special meeting last week and offered the position to Kyle Domer, who accepted. Domer replaces Angela Noel who served in the position for more than six years before leaving in June to become […]


Brodhead Parks and Recreation Director leaving city to serve school district

Wade Boegli

By Tony Ends, Editor Brodhead lost a longtime friend to its city parks and recreation programs last month. “Park and Rec” Director Wade Boegli had already served his last day, Aug. 12, when Common Council took up his resignation. Boegli is leaving a more than 26-year legacy of service to city […]


Decatur Dairy and Swiss Cheese Co-op expanding

Decatur Dairy on County Highway F west of Brodhead is open daily except Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with both retail and lunch options.

  By Tony Ends, Editor Decatur Dairy officially broke ground Tuesday, Aug. 16, on a 23,000-square-foot cheese plant addition. The historic creamery just west of Brodhead and Decatur Swiss Cheese Co-op are forming a new limited liability company in the cheese plant expansion. The plant produces cheese on West County Highway […]


Library director search down to one. Board wants a second interview with candidate

Library director search down to one.  Board wants a second interview with candidate

By Dan Moeller, Correspondent The Brodhead Memorial Public Library may be closer to finding a new director. Last Thursday board President Ann Anderson told the board that the library interviewed its second candidate earlier that day. However, she said, shortly afterward the candidate texted and withdrew her application. “So we only […]


City’s 11th Wildflower Art Festival is Aug. 13

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	Crafts and arts of local artisan and return artists’ hands will please and inspire Brodhead in the coming Wildflower Art Festival held on Saturday during Covered Bridge Days, Aug. 12 to 14.

By Michele Benesh, Wildflower Festival Chair Banners are flying in Veterans Park in Brodhead. They’re signaling the area to mark the calendar and prepare shopping lists for an annual summer event that’s fast approaching. Veterans Park will transform into an impressive art gallery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, […]


Canadian toughs out first flight to Brodhead. Years of car trips to Pietenpol reunion inspired homebuilt craft success

Canadian toughs out first flight to Brodhead.  Years of car trips to Pietenpol reunion inspired homebuilt craft success

By Tony Ends, Interim Editor Scott Knowlton of Toronto flew his homemade plane for the first time last week on a trip he’d made 10 hours by car for years to Brodhead. One of his mentors, Dan Helsper, flew in hours ahead of him that Thursday from Anamosa, Iowa. They […]


Nick Burkhalter joins Brodhead City Council

Nick Burkhalter joins Brodhead City Council

Clerk Nikolai Wahl told the council in their July 18 meeting that he had received three resumes for the Alder position. They were Nick Burkhalter, Joseph Clark, and Johanna Major. Nick Burkhalter and Joseph Clark were in attendance in the meeting and were questioned by the council. There was then […]