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Brodhead library eyes dropping late fines Most area libraries have gone fine free to encourage maximum usage

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT Officials at the Brodhead library may decide to no longer charge fines for overdue items. The library board will take up that question after first discussing it at its July 15 meeting. In an interview, library director Angela Noel said that only four of the seven […]

 
 

Dream project takes off as aviation museum opens July 23 Brodhead airport attraction offers education for all ages

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	The Kelch Aviation Museum at Brodhead airport will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. Years of fundraising and countless hours of volunteer work have gone into making the opening possible.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent After five years of planning and fundraising, Brodhead’s Kelch Aviation Museum is finally opening to the public. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, and running through the weekend, the new attraction — located at Brodhead Airport — is hosting a grand opening event, complete with […]

 
 

Swim team members build skills while having fun

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	Students on the BLAST swim team practice laps in the pool in Brodhead on a hot July afternoon.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Students on the Brodhead Local Area Swim Team — or BLAST — are learning life skills in the pool while spending time with friends. “It’s a really relaxed atmosphere with BLAST,” said Tyler Urness, Brodhead pool manager. The season always begins in mid-June and runs through […]

 
 

Superintendent reflects on career Lueck retires today after 16 years with Brodhead School District

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	Lenny Lueck and his wife, Tracy, both are retiring from the Brodhead School District. He served as su-perintendent for eight years after serving as Brodhead High School principal. She was an administrative as-sistant for 13 years.

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent When he retires today, Leonard Lueck — Lenny, as he’s more commonly known — will have put in eight years as Brodhead’s school superintendent, and a total of 16 years in the Brodhead School District, where he also served as Brodhead High School’s principal. Lueck’s wife, […]

 
 

Brodhead pushes back referendum Council OKs appointee, money for Pearl Island project

Brodhead pushes back referendum  Council OKs appointee, money for Pearl Island project

By Jenny Sharp, Editor Brodhead city officials had to scrap plans for a November levy increase referendum after the city attorney advised that state statute would not allow such a measure on the November ballot. On June 21, Brodhead Common Council members had approved a referendum question asking for permission […]

 
 

Bank of Brodhead marks 125 years Times change, but bank’s local focus hasn’t wavered

Bank of Brodhead marks 125 years  Times change, but bank’s local focus hasn’t wavered

By Margaret Plevak,  Correspondent The Bank of Brodhead was around not only at the turn of the last century in 2001, but also at the turn of the prior century in 1901. In fact, its predecessors date back to 1869, when a private bank named Bowen and Company was formed, […]

 
 

Library board lifts mask requirement Face coverings still encouraged to protect those who aren’t vaccinated

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	Brodhead Memorial Public Library policy will no longer require patrons to wear masks but their use will be strongly encouraged.

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT Beginning immediately, the Brodhead library won’t require patrons to wear masks. Instead, library board members said last week that masks are “highly encouraged and much appreciated to protect children and others who are unable to be vaccinated.” Before the change, masks were required for anyone 5 […]

 
 

All in for a weekend of fun in Orfordville Community comes together for June Days festival

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Orfordville’s June Days is back with another year of fun for kids, adults and food-lovers alike. The fun starts on Friday, June 18, with events including the Sons of the American Legion corn boil, ax-throwing and a softball tournament at Purdy Park. The fun continues Saturday […]

 
 

Pedal power: Special needs students ride their way to therapy, relaxation Grant helps school district expand equipment offerings

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	Brodhead students Jesse Douglas and Jayden Hanson enjoy some time outside pedaling the new side-by-side tricycle that’s specially adapted for students with special needs.  Grant money was used to purchase two tricycles.

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent Biking can be a relaxing, enjoyable activity for many, but for people with autism, who often need extra physical support to ride, finding the right bike isn’t always easy. Thanks to a grant from The Arc of Green County, which is the local chapter of a […]

 
 

Brodhead Senior Prom was held outside on Saturday, May 1

Connor Green and Madelynn McIntyre were named senior prom king and queen.

The Brodhead senior prom court is all smiles. In the front row from the left are Nataley Bump, Kassy Berget, Jenna Ils, Madelynn McIntyre, Bailey Matthys and Hailey Elmer. In the back from left are Connor Green, CJ Kamholz, Christian Wilkins, Braden Cook, Devon Anderson and Grant Gretebeck.