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 […]


Library makes COVID policy changes Masks are now optional in all cases

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	Wisconsin folksinger, sailor, and songsmith David HB Drake is the special guest entertainer for the Brodhead Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Pro-gram Costume Party on July 26 at Brodhead High School.

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT The Brodhead Memorial Public Library Board decided last week to make some changes to its COVID policy. The library will no longer require masking for patrons when COVID levels reach a high level. Masking is now optional for patrons at any COVID level. The staff will mask […]


Brodhead business warms up appetite for good, shared stories – like magic

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	Firebolt Stone Oven Pizza and Colectivo Coffee opened last month at 1002 1st Center Ave., on the edge of downtown Brodhead. The Harry Potter themed décor, menu, and music are bewitchingly entertaining. Selections from Dumbledor Panini to LunaLovegood’s Croissant are available for breakfast with coffee or other good things to drink.

By Tony Ends, Interim Editor Firebolt Stone Oven Pizza and Coffee, which is unquestionably Wisconsin’s only Harry Potter-inspired pizza and coffee café, put me under its spell a month ago. When DeeAnna Straub and her daughter Karrissa Porterfield opened the themed eatery and coffee café at 1002 First Ave. in Brodhead, […]


Kelch Aviation Museum gets summer activities aloft in July and August

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	One of many meticulously maintained vintage air-craft at Brodhead’s airport and museum makes its way from a hanger to the grass landing strip in this 2018 photo. Kelch Aviation Museum has made tre-mendous progress since then, and it’s all on display in fun events this summer 2022.

Kelch Aviation Museum Back by popular demand! Join us on Thursday, July 21 to enjoy delicious BBQ, antique airplanes, and good company! Bring the whole family, and invite a friend. When: Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7p.m. (or until the food runs out!) Where: The Kelch Aviation Museum: North […]


Open water scuba instructor dives into Brodhead summer library program July 12

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	Diversions Scuba instructor Kim Smith of Madison will share stories of the underwater world at the Brod-head Public Library next week, on Tuesday, July 12.

With the theme for the Summer Library Program as “Oceans of Possibilities,” on Tuesday, July 12 at 1 p.m., Kim Smith will be sharing the underwater world of both oceans and lakes. She will share what type of equipment is needed to survive in such an environment that is not meant for […]