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Empty cradles, broken hearts

Empty cradles, broken hearts

By Maureen Vander Sanden Elkhorn Independent Editor       When she was pregnant with her third child just one year ago, Krystal Kaye of Rochester, said everything was perfect.       Stella Grace would be what she and husband Matt were calling the final addition to their family, joining 12-year-old Briana and […]


Traffic deaths for September were the lowest since World War II

With a total of 46 traffic fatalities, last month was the safest September in terms of deaths on Wisconsin roads since World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The previous safest September occurred in 2008 with 50 traffic deaths. The deadliest September was in […]


Demons moved by the (school) spirit

Demons moved by the (school) spirit

Members of the Burlington High School senior class mug for the camera during the school’s homecoming pep assembly last week. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)


King (and Queen) of the Hilltoppers

King (and Queen) of the Hilltoppers

King Scott Vrzan and Queen Bekah Shellberg bask in the spotlight after their crowning during Catholic Central High School’s pep rally Friday. (Submitted photo)


Local teachers don’t have to pay for health insurance

District was able to save more than $800,000 by switching providers By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer When the Burlington Area School District balanced its budget for the 2011-12 school year, it nearly had its plans upended by residents complaining about the 3.69 percent tax levy increase. Now, some people are […]


Falling for apples

Falling for apples

It’s the right time of year for that sweet-tart Wisconsin treat By Karen M. Bullock Correspondent                   An apple a day isn’t far away for area residents.                   With more than a dozen apple orchards in the area there are plenty award-winning varieties apples to go around.                   One such […]


Serving those who have served for us

U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Johnson poses with Rain (left) and Cash (right) – two service dogs. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Locals push to provide service dogs for vets By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Sgt. Robert Johnson knew he was bound for military service before he even finished high school. “I just felt it was something I should do,” said Johnson, now 24 and a veteran with tours in Iraq and […]


New Haylofters show mines love, laughter

Julie Patten and Tom Deischel play two middle-aged daters fantasizing about what they could be like if they were brave on a date in the Haylofters’ production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The production opens Oct. 6. For showtimes, visit (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart).

The humors and sorrows – not to mention the complications – of love, relationships and marriage are tackled with biting (and hilarious) accuracy in Joe DiPietro’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – the fall production by The Haylofters of Burlington. The show will run Oct. 6-8, Oct. 14-16 […]



Philip “Bee” Isferding, 77, of Burlington, died Oct. 3, 2011, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, following a four-year battle with lung cancer. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Racine County, to the late Edward R. and Dorothy M. (Carpenter) Isferding. Bee spent his early life and received […]



Laura A. Bronenkant (nee Kuehn), 88, a longtime resident of Tichigan Lake, died in Williamsburg, Va., on Oct. 3, 2011, after a brief illness. She was born on Nov. 27, 1923, in Milwaukee. She came from a large German family, on her father’s side, that settled in Door County in […]


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