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There’s nothing sweeter than tasting the first berry of the year you’ve pulled right off the vine. The king berry as it’s known, it’s the biggest berry of the season.

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Restroom facilities have reopened at city parks after a vote from the Lake Mills City Council on Tuesday, June 2.

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Expanded curbside pick-up hours began June 1 at L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills. The new hours are weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays 12 p.m. -7 p.m. All curbside pickups are held at the library’s rear entry. Come to the window to the right of the library’s back door. Before visit…

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A view of Rock Lake at Bartel’s Beach is seen at sunset Thursday, May 28.

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From now until end of June, the turtles in our area will be on the move to find nesting spots. Please watch for them and if possible report your sightings on: www.wiatri.net/inventory/witurtles. There’s also a link on the Rock Lake Improvement Association website’s slider: www.rocklake.org. …

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JEFFERSON — Ranger Power LLC, a utility-scale solar development company, is partnering with Alliant Energy to develop a 75-megawatt solar project in Jefferson County.

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Due to COVID-19 the Lake Mills Police Department did not attend the American Legion banquet scheduled in March. On May 21 Officer Jessica Johnson was finally able to receive her Officer of the Year plaque at the Lake Mills City Hall. A small delegate of Legionaries in masks filed in through …

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You may have seen the sings around town, but do you know why they are selling them? As a way to connect with the community and start conversations about agriculture the Lake Mills FFA Alumni has started a “Support Local Farmers” sign campaign. The group has been selling the signs locally wit…

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Lakeside Lutheran High School announces 35 students in the class of 2020 report over $684,076 in scholarship money for the 2020-21 school year from individuals, foundations, organizations and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 92 graduates, 84 have indicated plans to continue their e…

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The Lake Mills City Council approved an agreement with Crawfish Junction to provide a food truck at Sandy Beach this summer in a 3 to 0 vote with two council members absent.

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The bridge on County Road Q over Interstate 94 was removed May 20 overnight, near Lake Mills. The removal shut down the interstate overnight. The bridge area is seen before and after removal last week. County Road Q will be closed to through traffic through September while crews replace the bridge.

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Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday he is seeking applications for appointment as Jefferson County District Attorney. The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of District Attorney Susan Happ. The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that en…

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Pump prices continue to increase across the country with nearly every state’s average pushing more expensive on the week, on average by four cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87. Wisconsin's average on Monday was $1.76. On Monday in Lake …

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All lanes of I-94 near Lake Mills will be closed and detoured from 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 20. Crews will remove the County Q bridge over the Interstate, east of the State Road 89 interchange (Exit 259). The signed detour route will follow State Highway 26 in Johnson …

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The staff of the Lake Mills Leader was awarded by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, according to results released May 15 in the 2019 Better Newspaper Contest.

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Construction on County Road Q bridge over Interstate 94 will begin Monday, May 18. The bridge will be closed during construction to replace the bridge.

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At Denny’s Hairstyling, 118 W. Lake St., in downtown Lake Mills they’ve used the shut down during the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to renovate and improve their 130-year-old building.

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One of the most popular summer destinations in Lake Mills was demolished this week, starting Monday. The demolition of the restaurant building at Sandy Beach, most recently known as the Sand Bar, started Monday. A crew from HM Brandt LLC., was on site bringing down the building.

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A man on parole for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle crashed his motorcycle on I-94 Sunday, near Lake Mills and now faces a new OWI charge, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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Lake Mills Light and Water employees restored power last week to on Shorewood Hills Road.

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The Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Association this week has elected, in unison with participating town chairpersons, to cancel the burn ban in Jefferson County, effective today, May 1.

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For the second year in a row Lake Mills High School has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools ranking.

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The Lake Mills Town Board met April 21 at the Town Hall, abiding by social distancing rules and voted to suspend all special event permits in the town due to the ‘Safer at Home’ order.

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The Lake Mills City Council approved the reconstruction of Mud Lake Road at a council meeting April 21, awarding the bid for $1,031,522.50 to Forest Landscaping and Construction of Lake Mills.

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You trust them when you’re sick and turn to them when you have questions about your health, they help you in times of need and they’ve been doing everything possible to innovate during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Just in time for Earth Day a crew from Srb’s Tree Service of Sun Prairie plants trees along South Main Street on Monday. Many large trees were cut down before the road construction on the street last year. The City of Lake Mills is planting smaller trees in the tree lawn to replace those los…

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Wisconsin had 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 12, 2020, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Natasha Socha created these hearts in her windows on Water Street for the Happy Hearts Facebook page. Socha says she’s had many people stop to view the display and take photos.

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The Lake Mills Area Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Recovery Fund to benefit organizations in the Lake Mills area who are in financial need as a result of the pandemic.

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The American Legion Post 67 has cancelled all events for this summer including the annual Town and Country Days festival and selling their legendary burgers this year.

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The ‘Safer at Home’ order will continue for another month, Governor Tony Evers announced last week and all K-12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year, including district buildings until June 30.

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All the appointments were booked at the Lake Mills Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 14. Above, Karen Goeschko donates with the help of Kim Balboa-Sullivan of the American Red Cross. Goeschko says she gives blood often and plans to as much as possible in the coming months due to the pa…

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Dr. Richard Mason presided over his last Lake Mills Area School District Board of Education meeting on Monday.

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Amy Litscher is the newest member of the Lake Mills Area School District Board of Education, after the results of the April 7 election were reported Monday night.

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The Lake Mills Area School District Board of Education met for its first virtual meeting Monday and authorized the administration to request the Department of Public Instruction waive the minimum number of instruction hours set in state statutes for this school year due to COVID-19 related s…

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They are working long hours, wearing masks, that sometimes don’t fit right, and suffering from bruises and blisters behind their ears. Medical professionals have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and a local company, inspired by a Canadian Boy Scout, is doing their part to hel…

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Teenage girls spent time social distancing atop their cars at Korth Park on April 7. Carol Iles, who snapped the photo, said the girls were laughing, chatting and staying connected while being apart. Send your photos to the Leader by emailing Sarah Weihert at leadereditor@hngnews.com.

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It was a bit of a clunky start with the Lake Mills City Council’s first virtual city council meeting on Tuesday, April 7, but slowly the council was able to work through its agenda items.

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The employees of the Lake Mills Market are on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, working hard to make sure the community has the food and supplies it needs.