Waiting with eager anticipation

By Dave Bretl       I will try my best to temper my enthusiasm. The last time I wrote about the county’s Journal of Proceedings book I remarked that I looked forward to its annual release as if it were the latest Dan Brown thriller. A few weeks later, during a […]


Feingold cause plays big in state

By Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism In politics, as in comedy, timing is key, even if it’s accidental. The same week in February 2011 that Russ Feingold announced the formation of the advocacy group Progressives United to “stand up to the exploding corporate influence in our political system,” events in […]


Between the Lines of Age

Independent to launch ‘Connections’   By Tyler Lamb Editor In my humble opinion, communities such as Elkhorn need newspapers more than ever before. Newspapers create and encourage conversation, touch on issues that may otherwise go unshared, as well as serve their perspective communities. Part of serving the community also means […]


State’s work ethic is mired in manufacturing

By Mike Nichols Badger Diggings       We dislike slackers. It’s part of our history.       As far back as the Civil War, Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the south derided the lazy southern landowners and observed that the abhorrent use of slave labor had, as it was said, “perverted […]


County to host Farm Technology Days

County to host Farm Technology Days

  By David Bretl Walworth County Administrator I am adding a trip to Dallas to my vacation itinerary this summer. Fortunately, I won’t have to battle through the oppressive Texas heat because the Dallas I am planning to visit is actually located in Barron County.       As much as I […]


LETTER: East Troy’s facilities are ‘woefully inadequate’ for the arts

I write in support of the proposed referendum, which would support the construction of a new performing arts facility along with a substantial number of necessary additions and improvements to the facilities currently in use in the East Troy School District. As one of many examples of recent students who […]


LETTER: Considering ‘wants’ versus ‘needs’ for East Troy schools

Amen to Danielle Stemper’s Letter to the Editor in the March 15, 2013, issue of the East Troy Times. She’s right on target, in my opinion.       We as responsible adults should know the difference between “needs” and “wants.” Our kids need and deserve a “challenging educational environment with only […]


LETTER: Vote ‘Yes’ for education

Please vote “yes” on April 2 for the East Troy Community Schools Referendum. When we were house hunting as a young family in the late 1990’s, East Troy appeared to be a community that valued education, having recently voted to build Prairie View Elementary. My hope is that we can […]


LETTER: The East Troy Schools referendum numbers don’t lie

      A recent letter to the editor listed 301 uses for the auditorium proposed as part of the upcoming school referendum that will be on the ballot in April. It is my understanding that of the $19 million proposed, the portion for the auditorium is as follows: $9 million baseline […]


LETTER: East Troy School Board should focus on excellence in academics first

        As a current student at East Troy High School I, like many, are not opposed to a new auditorium the referendum on ballot will pay for. I also believe there are new things the East Troy community needs that take precedent over the auditorium. While our current auditorium […]