Bygone Brodhead

Bygone Brodhead

Brodhead Historical Society member Polly Weeden said Wisconsin was on the northern edge of covered bridges. According to the local historian, there were 60 bridges in the state when the first started going up in the 1830s. Romantic theories offered as to why they were covered, but roofs were built […]


Brodhead school district drops in state rating. Officials caution that scores come with many factors due to pandemic

RVP staff, Brodhead School District scored lower on its state report card than in 2018-19, when schools throughout the state were last rated. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published public and choice school and district report cards for the 2020-21 school year Nov. 16, as required by federal and […]


Sending love and joy to Fort McCoy. Students complete successful supply drive for Afghan refugees

Brodhead Middle Schools collectively collected, boxed and delivered hundreds of items for the Afghan refugees temporarily living at Fort McCoy. The supply drive was coordinated by Brodhead grad Harper Sage, who had been enlisted at Fort McCoy, and middle school teacher Stephanie Tresemer, who advises the school’s leadership club TOOL.

By Independent-Register Staff, After a two-week supply drive to benefit the thousands of Afghan refugees temporarily housed at Fort McCoy, Brodhead Middle School students got word that donations they recently collected were distributed among those in need. Wisconsin National Guardswoman Sage Harper, who graduated from Brodhead High School in 2018, […]


Hospital reaches ‘all-time high’ of COVID cases Monroe health group suspends procedures to keep up with demand

SSM Health Monroe Hospital and Monroe Clinic Medical Group began suspending select, non-urgent medical procedures beginning Monday, citing an all-time high of COVID patients. “Like many other healthcare facilities, SSM Health is experiencing extremely high patient volumes,” according to a press release from the health group. “While our staff has […]


Fire & Ice returns Dec. 3 It’s not too late to join the festivities

	Spectators line the streets in downtown Brodhead to see the signature creations on display at the annual Fire & Ice Festival.

By Independent-Register staff Brodhead’s signature two-day holiday event returns Friday, Dec. 3 with a lineup of cozy, cold-weather events. Hundreds gather annually in downtown Brodhead to enjoy carriage rides through the streets, with wintry scenes of fires roasting, lights glistening, and ice being transformed into impressive sculptures. Organizers with the […]


Proposed policing cut, increased EMS costs dominate budget talk. 2022 budget moves to Council for adoption Nov. 29

By Maureen Vander Sanden, Editorial Coordinator Dozens filled Brodhead Council Chambers last week to speak during the public hearing on the proposed 2022 budget about the most contentious issue – the proposal to save $83,000 by cutting a vacant, full-time patrol officer position. During the lengthy hearing Nov. 15, citizens […]


A somber salute Teacher turns Capitol into classroom on annual trip

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Soldier: A soldier presents the Brodhead wreath be-fore it is laid by students at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Independent-Register staff This Veterans Day will be a bit more meaningful to dozens of Brodhead Middle School students who recently visited Washington D.C., paying homage to those who served and learning about the country’s history and government through visits to monuments and museums. Led by social studies teacher Dan Rueckert, […]


District seeks public input on future referendum. Superintendent says limited revenue is not enough for schools like Brodhead’s ‘to survive’

Maureen Vander Sanden, Editorial Coordinator The Brodhead School Board is seeking public feedback on how best to approach taxpayers with a referendum this spring that would allow the district to exceed state-imposed revenue limits to meet budget shortfalls. The proposed referendum would be the district’s fourth consecutive referendum brought to […]


Public input vital part of library’s planning process

BECKY MALKOW The Independent-Register
	A five-year strategic plan for Brodhead Memorial Public Library, 1207 25th St., is currently in the works. Organizers are seeking as much public input as pos-sible throughout the planning process.

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT As the Brodhead Memorial Public Library determines its strategic plan for the next five years, input from the public is the most vital part of the process, according to planners. Last month the library board met with Victoria Solomon of the Green County UW Extension office […]


Brodhead man charged with firing gun while drunk

A Brodhead man was arrested for allegedly being armed while intoxicated and recklessly endangering safety after police responded to a neighborhood for reports of shots being fired Oct. 19. Brodhead Dispatch received several 911 calls at 4:46 p.m. about shots being fired in the 1400 block of W. 4th Avenue. […]