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Emu farm to close shop
Joylene Reavis scratches the underside of emu Phils beak during a short tour of Sugar Maple Emu Farm, south of Brodhead, on Wednesday. Reavis is giving her final tours through Monday, before the last of her 12 emus are sent to new homes. (Janesville Gazette photo)
BRODHEAD - It all started with Fred and Wilma, Betty and Barney. The 3-month-old emus in 1995 arrived on the farm tucked among the rolling hills south of Brodhead. Joylene Reavis and her late husband, Michael, grew their hobby into Sugar Maple Emu Farm, at one time caring for more than 200 of the flightless birds.