The Home News serves Spring Green, Arena, Lone Rock, Plain and the surrounding area.

Editor and Staff

Editor, Linda Schwanke

Sports, Gwen Schwanke

Editorial deadlines, including Letters to the Editor and other submitted materials such as obituaries and community calendar items, are typically Monday at 12:00 noon. There is no charge for letters, calendar items or other news. There is a charge for obituaries, anniversaries and other celebrations. Contact the editor for prices.


Legal Notices


Deadline Fridays 10 am week prior to printing.*

If you have items for the editor- news items/press releases, announcements, community page submissions, letters to the editor, photos to submit, etc., please do so via e-mail if at all possible. This ensures that your information is correct and complete.

Advertising Sales
Dave Pronold

Display advertising deadline is typically Wednesdays at 1 pm week prior.*

Classified Sales, Subscriptions

Classified Deadline Thursday noon week prior to printing.*

Finger Publishing  Central Office
1126 Mills St.
PO Box 286
Black Earth, WI 53515

Office Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am-noon
Afternoon hours vary
Phone: 608-767-3655
Fax: 608-767-2222

*These deadlines are occasionally changed by holidays, such as Labor Day, and other factors. Check with the office staff if you have any concerns 608-767-3655.

The Home News is one of the oldest continually operating newspapers in Wisconsin. The Times was the first paper published in Spring Green. It started October 14, 1881. By the fourth issue, the name was changed to Spring Green News, and later to The Weekly Home News. There had been two previous papers. The first was The Dollars Times, published for Baraboo and Spring Green. It started in 1877. The Inter-County Times, published for Spring Green and Lone Rock, started in 1878. The Weekly Home News was run by the Purdy family for 65 years. Vernon E. Hill operated the Home News from January of 1945 to 1980, when James Olson purchased it. In 1983, Bill and Dolores Griffith bought the Home News and ran it, with their daughter Linda, until 1996 when Linda, with her husband Jim Schwanke, took over operations following Dolores’ death. In 2012 Linda and Jim sold the Home News to News Publishing Co., a company that Bill and Dolores started in 1967, then sold to the Witte family of Mount Horeb in 1978.