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Steve Hannah was a reporter, columnist and Managing Editor at the Milwaukee Journal for 18 years. He wrote a syndicated column called “State of Mind” for 12 years after that and spent 11 years (2004-2016) as CEO of The Onion.

Steve Hannah was a reporter, columnist and Managing Editor at the Milwaukee Journal for 18 years. He wrote a syndicated column called “State of Mind” for 12 years after that. He also spent 11 years (2004-2016) as CEO of The Onion, Wisconsin’s single greatest contribution to the mental health of...
During his shifts waiting tables at Aztlan Mexican Restaurant in Mount Horeb, Carlos Martinez uses any spare moments he can find to work on an ambitious mural that pays homage to Aztec mythology. The dramatic images include warrior jaguars and eagles, as well as the plumed serpent, Quetzalcoatl. “I...
I was devoutly unenthusiastic when we arrived at the circus.  The diminutive red and white candy-striped tent stood there, underwhelming me in the forlorn Midwestern parking lot of an out-of-business Toys-R-Us store, with portable bathrooms resting atop weed-dotted and crumbling asphalt. This was...
BLUE MOUNDS - An ambitious plan to carve a 50-mile trail loop through the heart of the Driftless region’s woods, farms, bluffs, prairies and streams is gaining traction, according to supporters.  The idea is simple: to develop approximately 50 miles of foot-traffic-only trail that connects Governor...
It’s become fashionable these days to tell your daughter she can grow up to be president. That she can work on Wall Street, or run for senate. That she can be rich and powerful. Just as rich and powerful as the most miserable men. The only problem is that I love my daughter, and I wouldn’t wish any...
120 Years Ago- Nov. 23, 1899 A lady’s feather boa was found on one of our streets last Tuesday and brought to this office to be advertised. Dr. Evans is the proud possessor of an original photograph of Ole Bull, a present from his friend Alexander Bull. The doctor has had the picture enlarged and...
BLUE MOUNDS - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants the public to learn about and provide additional input on management alternatives being considered for the new Blue Mound State Park Master Plan.  The new plan could lead to key changes to recreation, natural resource and real...

Ann Bakken with her father, Roger. Photo by Matt Geiger.

Sometime in the stone age, people all around the world started doing something that would change civilization forever. All they needed was some springy wood (or bamboo) and a string made of animal gut. Those two things, combined with the endless inventive ingenuity of the human brain, meant...
Following two lengthy sessions of public input on the issue, the Mount Horeb Area School District Board of Education took no action Monday on a request to partner with the Driftless Area Community School to form a charter school within the Intermediate Center. School board president Diana Rothamer...

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