Bretl: It was a laborious weekend

By Dave Bretl Walworth County Administrator      Of all of the holidays, Labor Day has become my least favorite. It is the weekend before I present the annual budget to the County Board and, as a result, usually involves a weekend of labor as I place the finishing touches […]


Walker’s picks recast labor board

By Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism    Most people in Wisconsin don’t know the Labor and Industry Review Commission even exists — unless or until it makes decisions affecting their lives. LIRC, an independent administrative agency, hears appeals of state rulings regarding unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and equal rights — decisions […]


Bretl column

Pondering the evolution of office technology By David Bretl  Walworth County Board of Supervisors        The typewriter repairman always gets nervous when he stops by my office. The occasion of his annual visit is to perform preventive maintenance on the single electric typewriter that serves our seven-person office […]


‘Gipper’ speech kicks off 2014 budget process

      I was relieved to hear at least a few people snickering when I said that I was about to give this year’s “Gipper” speech. “Gipper,” to readers that weren’t alive during either the Knute Rockne or Ronald Reagan eras, refers to George Gipp, a star of the […]


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 […]


Family struggles after mom is injured in a car crash

Time is Now to Help founder Sal Dimiceli

Dear W.C.,       I was in a serious car accident several months ago. I had multiple broken bones and a severe concussion. I was in the hospital for several weeks. I was on strict doctor ordered bed rest when I got home for three weeks. My husband missed so much […]