Elkhorn parks programs in limbo after Council eliminates director from city payroll

“It’s the anger of the state. Everybody in the state is so angry and that translates down to school boards, cities, villages and towns.”  – Mayor Howie Reynolds   By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN staff “I don’t know what to say. There’s no plan, there’s no nothing.” Those were the […]


One-room schoolhouse gets restored relics

Another recent improvement to the classroom is the restoration and repair of the antique Seth Thomas clock that hangs on the back wall. Students who visit the school will now hear the classic tic-tock of the clock. (photo by Maureen Vander Sanden)

By Gwen Tveter Contributor The 1889 Blooming Prairie School, under the auspices of the Walworth County Historical Society, located on the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., in Elkhorn was moved to its present location in 1959 from its original location at the intersection of old 89 and Highway […]


County sees drop in debt, administrator touts no more borrowing

      “The borrowing ends. We’re done, at least into the future.” – David Bretl, Walworth County Administrator By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN staff Despite the ongoing impact of a sluggish economy, Walworth County Administrator David Bretl proudly reported Sept. 6, when he unveiled his proposed 2013 budget, that years of […]


Lucy takes the lead

Linda Kouzes, director of the Lakeland Players up-coming production of “Annie” shows off the first character cast in the show, Lucy the golden-doodle, who is surrounded by her owners, Emmett (from left) Anna and Maggie Clair of Williams Bay. Lucy will play the part of Annie’s companion Sandy and is the only star to be cast prior to auditions for the Lakeland Players production of “Annie.” (photo by Vickie Graham)

Auditions for the upcoming Lakeland Players presentation of “Annie” will be held at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center (old Sprague Theater) at 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. for girls 7-14 years of age, and on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. for […]


Fair sees dip in attendance

Thousands flocked to the 163rd Walworth County Fair from Aug. 29 to Labor Day. Despite a number of new attractions and activities, the fair saw a dip in attendance this year. Officials speculate that hot and humid weather, combined with fairgoers’ strapped for cash due to the economy, was reason for a smaller turnout.

Officials say weather, economy are factors By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN Staff The Walworth County Fair came to an end Monday, marking the area’s final summer hoorah, and for the fifth consecutive year, attendance was down. During the six-day event, 134,408 fairgoers passed through the gates, a decrease of about […]


A new place to grow

Worshippers raise their hands in praise and thanksgiving during the grand opening service at Living Waters Assembly of God church. (Photo by John Koski)

Property swap benefits two diverse congregations John Koski Correspondent They each had something the other party was interested in. For the Jehovah’s Witnesses it was piece of property on which to build a new Kingdom Hall. For Living Waters Assembly of God it was a church home of their own. […]


Elkhorn’s newest eatery offers ‘wholesome’ experience

Elkhorn’s newest eatery offers ‘wholesome’ experience

By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN staff Stepping into Elkhorn’s latest downtown eatery, customers are instantly greeted with soothing aromas of lavender and citrus countered by the robust smell of freshly ground coffee beans. The inviting scents coming from inside The Essential Café & Bistro are quickly matched with warm greetings […]


163rd Walworth County Fair blasts off Aug. 29

163rd Walworth County Fair blasts off Aug. 29

By Maureen Vander Sanden SLN Staff Crews at the Walworth County Fair have been busy making final preparations for the area’s quintessential end-of-summer event, which attracts upward of 140,000 people to Elkhorn. Kicking off Wednesday, Aug. 29, organizers are promising this year’s six-day, extraterrestrial event will be a “Blast.” This […]


State legion commander to attend Labor Day troop rally

The 394th weekly Walworth County Support Our Troops Rally will be held at 11 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 at the Park Stage on the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Every Monday morning since Nov. 29, 2004, a rally has been held at the Government […]


One-room schoolteacher’s lesson plan was lifelong

One-room schoolteacher’s lesson plan was lifelong

By Chelsey Hinsenkamp SLN Staff Most educators teach because they believe in it. But there are those rare few who believe so strongly in enriching others, that they dedicate their entire lives to education. The community recently said goodbye to longtime educator Marilyn Coogan, 77, who taught locally for more […]


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