‘Evolve or die’: Wisconsin’s labor shortage could last years. Here’s how employers, workers can succeed

By Natalie Brophy

Appleton Post-Crescent

Jeff Bollier

Green Bay Press-Gazette


In person and virtual events for this year’s Bald Eagle Watching Days

It’s your choice—at the 35th annual Bald Eagle Watching Days at Sauk Prairie on Jan. 15-16.

At this year’s eagle fest, your choices to view eagles in the wild and up close will include:

• Watching the presentations online, through the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council (FBEC) website, or

The Top Stories of 2021: a year of referenda, grants, and projects

Now, from the Star News, a summary of the stop news stories of 2021.


Wisconsin River Trail Bridge inches closer to reality


Public Health extends mask order into February for Dane County

Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Face Covering Emergency Order #6, effective at 12:01am on January 3, 2022, immediately after the current order expires. The Dane County Order requires face coverings among people ages two and older when in most enclosed spaces open to the public where other people are present.

Dane County Supervisors organize meeting to voice opposition to mask mandate

A packed and predominantly unmasked crown in the Berry Town Hall.

George Culver library honoring Emily Judd, welcoming new director

There will be an open house at the George Culver Community Library on December 8 from 2-4 p.m. to honor outgoing director Emily Judd and introduce new director Lisa Renier Thomas.

Post chose to leave her post after six years of service. She is leaving to focus more on her family.

Groundswell Conservancy purchases land to create park in Black Earth

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Groundswell Conservancy has applied for a 50% matching grant from the Urban Green Space subprogram of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of 1.27 acres of land in the Village of Black Earth in Dane County.

Jackson the dog returned after theft

A doggy tale had a happy ending last week in Mazomanie as Jackson, a resident’s dog, was returned after being stolen on November 11 sometime during the day.

Jackson, 13 years old and a 70 pound German Shorthair Mix, was taken from his owner’s home. 

Jury rejects child abuse charge triggered by former University of Wisconsin doctor

By Dee J. Hall

Wisconsin Watch


Black Earth Historical Society undertaking study on land use in Vermont

The Black Earth Historical Society is pleased to announce the start of a project on October 22, 2021 titled “Community Land Administration in Vermont Township.”  The project is funded in part by a grant for $9,985 from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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