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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:46

Preserving memories on the homefront

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — Bill Sigmund’s model airplanes are replicas of the real thing — many of them the aircraft flown by pilots in World War II.

Now the Elkhorn man’s model planes will be displayed among the real artifacts of area residents, who like him, have served in the U.S. military.

Friday, 16 June 2017 09:04

Young racer learning fast

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ava Hanssen already has made winning circles around the Midwest her second home. And she doesn’t turn 7 until July 15.

The Elkhorn youngster began racing snowmobiles and go-karts at age 4.

ELKHORN -- A coalition of business and government groups is hosting a forum on the long-delayed completion of the U.S. Highway 12 freeway expansion between Elkhorn and Whitewater.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The stub end of a section of U.S. Highway 12 freeway just north of Elkhorn dies abruptly in gravel, the remnant of a construction project that would have extended U.S. 12 to a point about one-half mile east of County Highway O near Whitewater.

The plan officially was mapped by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation back in 1967.

But it remained in the planning stages for decades, and now that empty section of freeway, barricaded from traffic, is a road going nowhere.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dan Dailey, whose first job out of college was as a certified personal trainer, has a background in education and sports science, so he knows the value of regular exercise. Now working in the electronic monitoring department at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Dailey, 43, finds he’s become a little more attuned to other healthy habits since joining Walworth County’s Wellness Council a little over a year ago.

“A portion of my job involves working at a desk, and rather than staying rooted in a chair all that time, I make a point of getting up and moving around a bit,” he said. “The program has made me more well-rounded. I probably pay more attention to nutrition and food labels, whether or not I’m getting enough sleep at night, just becoming overall more health conscious.”

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:31

When school’s out, shop teacher forges on

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The garage at Pat Biggin’s Elkhorn home holds one of his passions -- a gas-powered forge. Biggin, a metal shop teacher at Big Foot High School who single-handedly can wield a 10-pound hammer, crafts custom-made forged knives for hunters, brush-clearing farmers, historical knife enthusiasts and others as a side business.

"There are still companies like Randall Made Knives out in Florida that do forged blades and they’re done by people, but it’s a big company. You can only go so far with customizing an order," he said. "Whereas with me you can say, ‘I want this type of handle and that type of liner and this type of sheath.’ I can do what you want. "

Tear into this Slice of Life with Biggin:

It's been 25 years since author Linda Godfrey -- then a reporter with The Week newspaper in Walworth County -- first wrote about the Beast of Bray Road. Linda’s interest in the beast, a large, hairy creature of an indeterminate origin, was sparked by a number of sightings and reports from locals. The beast was so popular it was the subject of at least one low-budget movie and popped up on a number of TV shows dealing with the paranormal and weird.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 13:20

Business profile: Kwik Key automotive locksmith

Business name: Kwik Key

Owner: Brandon Newhouse

Address: N6645 Juniper Road, Elkhorn

Hours: Open 24/7

Phone: 262-842-KEYS (5397)


Type of business: Automotive locksmith

When did the business open? September

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:18

Lakeland Players presenting 'Broadway Santa'

ELKHORN -- Don't miss Lakeland Players' up-coming production of the children's holiday musical, "Broadway Santa."

Join this hilarious holiday excursion as Santa and Mrs. Clause and the rest of the North Pole gang make Broadway history performing  Santa's  stage play.

With show tunes and punch lines to spare, this production is sure to be a hit.

Thirty-three talented young actors will perform this delightful musical, singing and dancing their hearts out.  

Amberleigh Aller of Lake Geneva, is directing as well as choreographing and overseeing the musical direction of this fun filled show.  

Jessica Shaffer of Elkhorn will be assisting her. Linda  Kouzes of Delavan is the producer.


What: "Broadway Santa"

When: 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and Nov. 27; 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4

Where: Walworth County Performing Arts Center (The old Sprague Theater), downtown Elkhorn

Tickets: $10 and can be purchased at The Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 262-812-3866 to  reserve at the door, or order on line at

Friday, 28 October 2016 09:21

Local teens star in high school productions

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The plays taking center stage on Walworth County high schools next month showcase some wonderful theater, with several presenting familiar stories given a new twist.

Big Foot High School

Audience members will see a familiar fairy tale turned on its head with “The Cinderella Complex” at the newly remodeled auditorium at Big Foot High School, said director Rachel Wenndt.  

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