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Since July’s annual meeting, when voters approved the tax levy for the 2019-20 school year, some changes have occurred. It’s good news for local taxpayers.

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Crowds gathered for an open house Saturday at Morrisonville Elementary School in Morrisonville. The school district decided to close the school following last spring’s referendum. The open house gave past students, locals and families a chance to wander through its halls one more time and sa…

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Madison Country Day School has named Dr. Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise as its next Head of School beginning July 2020. Dr. Pernambuco-Wise is currently Head of School at Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay, California, where she has served the past seven years.

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Windsor Elementary School held its sixth annual WE Run on Friday, Sept. 27. With the inclement weather, the kids ran around in the school’s gymnasium. Along with promoting good health and nutrition, the event is the only fundraiser for the school. Last year, the event raised a little over $4…

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The DeForest Area School District is bidding a fond farewell to Morrisonsville Elementary School with an open house Saturday, Oct. 12.

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The 2019 DeForest Area High School Homecoming court posed for photos at the Homecoming Dance on the night of Saturday, Sept. 28. Addy Conaway was chosen as Homecoming Queen, while Alonzo Blevins was picked as Homecoming King. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Mini King Hoyt Murphy; Pro…

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DeForest Area High School student Brennan O’Brion has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will be presented by the DAHS principal, Machell Schwarz, to the senior.

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Students and staff took part in Friday’s Yahara Elementary School Fun Run, cheering each other on, playing with bubbles and running around a track. The Yahara Elementary Parent Teacher Organization sponsors the fundraiser. They are accepting donation. The money raised will go toward new play…

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Above: Seniors get fired up at Monday’s Community Pep Rally at DeForest Area High School, as the school district kicked off Homecoming Week. The Norskies host Mount Horeb Friday in the Homecoming football game. Below: Norski cheerleaders perform a routine.

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The 2019-20 DeForest Area School District Homecoming Court has been announced. Pictured here: Back row: (Left to rigth) Trevor Konopake, football; Eliot Pickhardt, soccer; Nathan Neeley, cross country; Kennedy Wallace, soccer; Conian Gotzion, soccer; Evan Ridd, soccer; Marcus Schnell, German…

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Adam Horton, Eliot Pickhardt, Taryn Shucha, and Noah Kohler are DeForest Area High School seniors who have been named as semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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The DeForest Area School Board approved its 2019-20 collective bargaining agreement with the DeForest Education Association (DAEA) on Monday, Sept. 9.

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Yahara Elementary School held its first all-school assembly of the school year Friday, with principal Roz Craney explaining rules and expectations for students.

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The entire student population of Morrisonville Elementary School from 1923 is pictured here.

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A photo of the original brick Morrisonville Elementary School building, constructed in 1918. The school recently turned 100 years old.

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Kids arrive at Windsor Elementary School Tuesday morning, as they get ready for the first day of school for the DeForest Area School District.

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On Sept. 1, the Wisconsin State Patrol officially marked its 80-year anniversary as a statewide law enforcement agency. Established in 1939, the State Patrol began with 46 inspectors with duties to “enforce the state motor vehicle code and regulate motor carriers.”

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Three delegates represented DeForest High School at Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State earlier this summer. They were sponsored by the DeForest American Legion/Auxiliary. Evan White and Adam Armstrong attended Badger Boys State June 8–15 at Ripon College, while Madelynn Ebel attended B…

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The DeForest prep football team kicked off its 2019 season last Friday. The Norskies scored a convincing 47-0 non-conference victory over visiting Madison Edgewood. It was DeForest’s first season-opening win since 2015. Game story and more photos on B1. Above: Senior defensive end Cole Yocum…

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On Wednesday, Aug. 21, there was an orientation for new staff in the DeForest Area School District. In all, the district has 43 new staff members for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured here are: Front Row: Left to Right: Lindsay Fecht, Amy Lor, Lynn Sisco, Shannon Fischer, Dannelle Martineau,…

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Students and parents had a chance to meet new Windsor Elementary School Principal Valerie Crowl on Monday. Jamie Anderson and his children Piper, age 8, and Kash, age 5, chatted with Crowl and Windsor Associate Principal Bill Huebsch at the meet-and-greet event.

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If you know someone who has been bullied or you’re curious about how to identity this abusive behavior, including cyber bullying, and what types of strategies may help, join the conversation at the DeForest Public Library, August 20, 6.p.m. for a special presentation.

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Since 1986, Windsor United Church of Christ in Windsor, has awarded scholarships to church members who are graduating from high school in the current year. The scholarships are funded as a memorial to three church families and are known as the Kinsey, Fix, Bass Scholarships. To qualify, stud…

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It’s back to school time again. School buses will be making their rounds and kids will be walking on the roads.

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Beverly Davis was always the quiet type. She never spoke up in class and “tried to fade into the woodwork,” she said.

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The DeForest Area High School Alumni Association is celebrating its 120th Anniversary. The DAHS Alumni Association was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest high school alumni associations in Wisconsin. To commemorate and honor all DAHS Alumni, a tribute bench was donated to the DMB Stadi…

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This year’s STEAM camp was held from July 8-12 at the DeForest Area High School. During the first four days, students participated in team-building sessions in the morning and then spent 3.5 hours in one of their four choice sessions. Each day, students had a different session and probably l…

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The fourth annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp took place recently at DeForest Area High School. Although it started as a way to get more girls involved in STEAM classes and professions, it has continued to evolve. After the first year, it was opened it up to …

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This month the DeForest Area Middle School will be holding three different Summer Band Camps: Sixth Grade Beginning Band Camp; seventh/eighth (7/8) grade Summer Band; and seventh/eighth grade (7/8) Jazz Band. While the original registration date was Monday, July 29, students may still sign u…

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In addition to the gathering at the DeForest Alumni Association Banquet, the class also gathered at Rude’s Lanes in DeForest for an informal gathering on June 15, 2019. Those attending were: Sitting: Pat Henschel Pulokas; Row 1: Joe Towne, Carol Anderson Byrd, Sonja Fremo Heiser, Sue Norsman…

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The 55th class reunion for the members of the DeForest High School Class of 1964 was held at Rex’s Innkeeper in Waunakee in conjunction with the annual DeForest High School Alumni Banquet on June 14, 2009. Those attending from the Class of 64 were: Row 1: Dean Strander, Pat Steimke Rowe, Lar…

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Ziegler Ag Equipment has announced that a Columbia County student has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the 2018–19 FFA scholarship year. As an approved national FFA scholarship sponsor and in cooperation with AGCO, Ziegler Ag Equipment recently presented the scholarship to Taylor Baerwo…

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During the week of June 16-21, DeForest’s Madelyn Ebel participated in the 76th annual American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The leadership conference participants learn about the structure of city, state and national government. And member…