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Is MGE Energy Inc. prepared for the future? That’s the question on the minds of many shareholders as the MGE Energy annual shareholder meeting is held virtually, for the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The (Janesville) Gazette, effective June 1, will end print publication of its Saturday and Sunday editions but will continue to deliver news and advertising seven days a week through its website GazetteXtra.com and email newsletters, Mary Jo Villa, regional president and publisher with Adams…

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McFarland resident Jason Charboneau opened the doors to 608 Threads, a screen print and embroidery business on Voges Road in the spring of 2016. Since then, the number of clients has continually been on the rise, as word has started to spread about his work and the creations produced in his …

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Working through the grief of a deceased loved one is never easy. That’s even more disheartening now, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the safer-at-home order that prohibits gatherings of fewer than 10 in a confined space.

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The coronavirus has forced restaurants to suspend sit-down service and resort to takeout orders to stay in business. But, Sunday’s nice sunny weather couldn’t break the spirit of Cody Lundquist, his wife, Lesley, and their son, Soren, as they enjoyed a Mexican food lunch at McDaniel Park in …

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Andrew Peart, an American Family Insurance agency owner in McFarland, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program.

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After years of waiting, Wisconsin legislation now allows municipalities to ensure massage therapy and bodywork therapy are practiced by a licensed professional, a measure aimed at keeping customers and employees safe.

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At Spartan Nutrition, candy bars, brownies, cookies and fried ice cream are the gateway to great health.

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As the decade comes to a close and McFarland looks forward to 2020, it’s time to reflect on the changes the village saw this past year. New programs were implemented, ordinances were redefined and villagers saw ideas become a reality. Each month saw changes, resulting in the top 12 headlines…

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Customers who pulled into the parking lot of McFarland Liquor, 4716 Farwell St., to pick up a new bottle of bourbon may have been surprised to see house wrap covering the front of the building.

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The McFarland Cost Cutters salon, 4830 Larson Beach Road, was one of three among 30 Cost Cutters Salons in southcentral Wisconsin to receive an award for highest customer retention at the annual companywide recognition event in Madison. The McFarland salon also received an award for top colo…

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McFarland Historical Society President Dale Marsden, left, accepts a check from Free Sales for Families founder and director Ellie Kyser, center, and volunteer Tamara Kennan during the McFarland Chamber of Commerce December Member Spotlight breakfast at the Larson House. The nonprofit matche…

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With flavors like spicy peanut butter, Mexican hot chocolate, sweet corn and Kringle cream, the next flavor coming from the mind of kitchen rule-breaker and Calliope Ice Cream owner Staci Fritz is always a not-too-sweet surprise.

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Terry Phillips, of McFarland, left, accepts a $50 gift card to Maple Tree Supper Club from Kevin Passon, managing editor of The Herald-Independent and McFarland Thistle. Phillips’ name was drawn from those who voted in the 2019 Best of McFarland voting.

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Cottage Grove Police Chief Police Chief Dan Layber goes through a preliminary checklist with Nancy Huggins at the TRIAD car winterization event Saturday, Oct. 19, at Meineke Car Care Center in Cottage Grove. Free winter automobile inspections for area residents 55 and older were offered.

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On Halloween night, one playschool transforms its garage into a maze of horror.

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As the McFarland Chamber of Commerce transitions with new leadership, business owners agree the chamber provides opportunities to get to know other area businesses.

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The McFarland Ice Arena is celebrating its 25-year anniversary with a new rink manager, programs and maintenance.

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McFarland trustees will hold an open hearing regarding potential changes to the village’s outdoor alcohol consumption ordinance. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, during the village board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the McFarland Municipal Center.

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Conrad Elvehjem Primary School (CEPS) was evacuated at 9:18 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, due to a gas leak at a home across the street from the school. The McFarland Police Department and Fire and EMS Department responded to the call.

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After its former location in Middleton was flooded in August last year, Automation Arts moved to a new location at 5404 Voges Road just outside McFarland on July 1.

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Hoyos Consulting placed in Inc. magazine’s 2019 list of the 5,000 fastest growing privately owned companies nationwide. The McFarland company ranked No. 3,538 after seeing 99 percent growth with $2.5 million in revenue.

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Despite some opposition from neighbors, the McFarland Village Board on Monday approved the condominium plat and declaration from Bizy-Lou LLC to change the Park Woods Condominiums at 4719 Siggelkow Road from rentals to condos.

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A staircase painted by the children at Spartan Day Camp leads to a mezzanine that overlooks 110 children sitting alert for the daily morning meeting. After the meeting, some children will be chartered to summer school and swim lessons while others will stay behind to play gaga ball in the br…

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For the past few months, Ana Cordova has been leading the McFarland Chamber of Commerce as its new executive director. After being without an executive director since November 2017 upon the resignation of Donna Manring, the civic organization has been helmed by Cordova since March.

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A pair of businesses are looking to move to the village. The McFarland Plan Commisison granted a conditional use permit (CUP) to one of the entities during the June 17 meeting and asked the other to return with more information before the commissioners would make a CUP decision.

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Tiffany Brunhoefer has always been a baker and a cook, dating back to when she was growing up in the South. After baking cookies for family and friends for six months, she decided to sell her decorated baked goods to others and started Sugar Mama Cookie Co. from her McFarland home in February.

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Adams Publishing Group LLC (APG) announced Tuesday that it intends to acquire Bliss Communications, including two daily newspapers – The Gazette in Janesville and The Eagle Herald in Marinette – and its weekly community newspapers – The Janesville Messenger, The Wisconsin/Illinois Stateline …

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An increased demand for specialty products and expanding inventory has prompted McFarland Liquors to request a 1,200-square-foot addition to its existing building. The plan commission approved the request 5-1 with Commissioner Jeff Sorenson voting no.