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Hello Hillsboro: The Evans family legend continues
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Our sincere congratulations to Greg Evans, who has purchased Monroe County Publishers, a Sparta printing business that also publishes the Sparta Herald weekly newspaper.

Greg originally got his hands inky right here in Hillsboro when his parents, Al and Eileen Evans, published the Sentry-Enterprise and also operated a highly successful printing business.

The many, many members of the Evans family all worked for the business and became virtual publishing legends, eventually owning papers in both Wisconsin and Illinois, and later in Minnesota.

Al passed away a while ago, and I’m proud to say I’m still using essential tactics learned from him.

Jane and I purchased the Sentry Enterprise, along with the printing business, more than 25 years ago. The best part of that transaction was the community journalism tutoring of Al and Eileen, along with the printing tips provided by Greg, who was then working for the company he has just obtained.

I would wish Greg good luck in his new endeavor, but I have known that family long enough to be aware that “luck” never enters into their continual successes.


There are not many things that you can celebrate being 150 years old, but Valley is one of them!

The picturesque little town is celebrating its sesquicentennial this Saturday, July 25, at its Community Center that once housed a school filled with thousands of memories.

Those who spent an important time of their lives in the warm and inviting little village will have a tough time holding back some tears while visiting the historical photo exhibits, along with sharing precious memories with friends and neighbors.

There is truly something for everyone, whether you once lived in Valley or spent time there as a visitor many years ago.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. with a silent auction that runs until 4 p.m.

At 10:30 a.m.,  an opening ceremony will pay tribute to Valley elders.

You won’t even consider saving your appetite from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. while enjoying the Rockton Bar’s “Almost World Famous” chicken barbecue.

If you like music, don’t miss the Warner Creek Bluegrass Extravaganza from 1-8 p.m. Unless, of course, you want to sneak away long enough to enjoy a softball game at 4 p.m. or an Ice Cream Social from 3-5 p.m.

In addition, fun and entertainment will be featured in Valley all day, including a tractor show, Laurie’s Food Box, horseshoe tournament, dunk tank, Patsy Alderson country art, Ridge Valley Cruisers car show, Nordic Creamery ice cream and cheese curds, chicken bingo, hot dogs and brats, popcorn and cotton candy, kids’ games, horse drawn wagon rides, bouncy house, and even an historic cemetery walk.

Whatever you do, don’t miss it. You’ll have to wait 150 years for the next one!