The Village of Plain

       The Village of Plain is nestled quietly in the valleys and bluffs of beautiful Sauk County. Plain is just a short drive to Madison, Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Sauk-Prairie and Spring Green, which lies on the banks of the Wisconsin River and features The American Players Theater, specialty shops and is just miles north of The House on the Rock. Plain was founded as the Town of Cramer’s Corners and later became the Village of Plain in 1912. Since then, Plain has been known for its small, hometown atmosphere. Nestled among the acres of majestic trees and nature kissed valleys, Plain has many things to offer.
    Towering over the Village, on the crest of a hill, is St. Luke’s Catholic Church. St. Luke’s was built of Lannon stone in Romanesque style of Architecture in 1939. The church features beautiful Italian marble and is surrounded with cathedral stained-glass windows. St. Luke’s seats 850 people and offers an area for luncheons, they are well known for having exceptional Fish Fries serving upwards of 1,200 people each Friday during the late fall/winter months. St. Luke’s also provides private schooling for children from daycare to 8th grade.
    Just west of St. Luke’s church, is St. Anne’s Shrine and Grotto. On a remote spot, atop a steep hill, is built a shrine in honor of St. Anne. The Stations of the Cross lead you from the church grounds, through the cemetery, then along a winding path to the steep incline, which ends at the shrine. Entering the stone and mud chapel, your eyes alight on the colorful stone altar on which a statute of St. Anne is enthroned. A definite ‘must see’ for visitors and residence alike.
    Plain, and the surrounding area, is no stranger to Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc., now known as Kraemer North America, established in 1911, Kraemer North America is a general contractor with specific expertise in the construction of concrete structures including bridges, dams, heavy civil structures and specialized construction. Due to their broad experience, however complex or basic, Kraemer North America can help design, as well as build, any project. Kraemer North America stands ready to build your project.
    Plain is also known for being the home of Kraemer Brothers General Contractor. Since 1948, the Kraemer Brothers Company has worked tirelessly to perfect the three most crucial aspects of modern commercial building projects: Controlled scheduling, Technical expertise and Effective cost management. Over the years, Kraemer Brothers have built more than just buildings. They’ve built a solid reputation that has become their personal, family and company legacy.
    The Kraemer Company is an aggregate producer and specializes in road construction. All roads lead to The Kraemer Company.
    Nachreiner Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can take care of all your needs in Wisconsin’s changing seasons.  Likewise, Nate Frank Heating and Cooling stands ready to assist.
    The Sam’s Place, I-Diehl Tap and Ring’s Bar also offer a nice menu with various cold drink options.
    Just around the corner you will find Straka Meats. Straka’s provides custom butchering and carries a variety of fresh and frozen meats as well as frozen seafood options. They are also recognized for exceeding customer’s deer processing expectations.
    On the east end of Plain, you will find Ederer’s Do-It-Best, Dairy Supply and grocery store. Ederer’s facility can fulfill the needs of our dairy community as well as provide services to the local community. Ederer’s offers a large assortment of items from your standard hardware needs to paint and cleaning supplies. They offer products from pet and dairy supplies to flowers in their greenhouse to a broad range of grocery items.
    The River Valley Veterinary Clinic offers animal preventive medicine, surgery, nutrition, dentistry, diagnostics and behavioral counseling. They also offer dairy herd management, swine production medicine, companion animal services, embryo transfer and nutritional services. Their mission is to educate and assist in providing a long, happy, healthy life for all your pets. As well as a full staff, River Valley Veterinary Clinic also has a veterinarian on call at all times.
    In the heart of Plain lies the Plain Medical Clinic, a branch of the Sauk Prairie Healthcare. A beautifully constructed building offering you a full staff of knowledgeable doctors and caring professionals.
    Your dental needs can also be met. Advanced Family Dental provides a variety of services to give you the smile you desire.
    Feeling a little blue? Visit Changez; a full-service styling salon. Spoil yourself with a manicure and pedicure. Treat yourself to the warmth of a tanning bed. Changez offers massage therapy, the application of nails, waxing’s and ear piercing. And of course, Changez tends to the hair needs of men, women and children. They offer hair care products and cosmetics.
    Your banking needs are also covered. The Peoples Community Bank is a full-service financial institution able to provide you with all your banking needs.
     Just across the street you will find the US Post Office.
     Approximately 1-mile northeast of Plain you will find Cedar Grove Cheese/factory tours and sales. Founded in 1900, Cedar Grove is a family owned factory, practicing and teaching the art of cheese making. Cedar Grove boasts the making of the best traditional and specialty cheeses you’ve ever tasted, prepared without artificial growth hormones or animal enzymes. Cedar Grove ships around the globe and they package for fund-raisers. The party trays are an art in itself. Tours of the factory are a must and you cannot leave without sampling the many varieties of fresh curds.
    The Cheese Maker, is located in the heart of Plain along State Highway 23, many also stop to take a picture beside the 14-foot mouse standing prominently nearby. With over 75 varieties of cheeses to choose from, a variety of fine wines and liquor and sausage choices there is no need to worry about your next soirée. Cheese trays and cheese box gifts are also available.
    While at the Cheese Maker, step next door into Country Crossroads Floral. Country Crossroads is a wide-ranging floral shop, including wire service; AFS and Teleflora. Country Crossroads features unique gifts, balloons, picture frames, greeting cards, and is open 6 days a week. Their friendly knowledgeable staff caters to bridal parties, weddings, funerals and special occasions as well as a number of beautiful arrangements for the ‘last minute’ shopper.
    Need gasoline? No need to travel far. Plain offers 2 service stations for your convenience. Both the Plain One Stop (Mobil) and Plain Kwik Stop (Shell) have convenient stores that offer gasoline, snacks and some of the grocery essentials you may need on short notice.
    The Kraemer Library & Community Center includes many books and magazines. They have artwork, videos and music to lend, and have computers for public use; with Internet access. Kraemer Library & Community Center is part of the Wisconsin South Central Library system and can get what you are looking for, should they not have it. The library offers a story hour for children, and often brings in educators/entertainers from outside the area. Everything you would expect from a ‘big city’ library, but much more friendly.
    Plain has 2 schools. The Plain Early Learning Public School and St. Luke’s Catholic School, both located within a block of each other. The students are taught by local friendly, knowledgeable staff. Both schools are in the River Valley School District, and bussing is available for the students.
    Westbrook Hills Golf Course is a beautiful 9-hole golf course with very attractively priced green fees. Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise while golfing at the foot of beautiful homes that sit on the bluff lining the course.
    Plain is quite proud of their Municipal Park and Swimming Pool. The park features a covered pavilion. The public restrooms are clean and have running water. The park also features a very nice playground modernized with new equipment in 2020 for the children, tennis courts for the more active person, a basketball court and a baseball diamond for all ages. Just footsteps away, you will find the Municipal Swimming Pool with extremely low-cost usage fees. The pool facility includes a ‘baby pool’ for the more reserved swimmer.
   The Plain Police Department contracts with the Spring Green Police Department. The police department is located in the Plain Municipal Office Building at 510 Main Street.
   Plain also has a very caring EMS staff and the Plain Volunteer Fire Department who are quick to respond to any health or property safety needs.
    Fun for the whole family!!!  Enjoy the annual Parish picnic, 3-Day Celebration, Street and Christmas Festivals held just a few weeks apart from each other as well as many ball tournaments are just a few activities Plain has to offer. In the winter, Plain has many snowmobile trails to take you exploring into beautiful Sauk County. Autumn and Spring in Sauk County is beyond imagination. A rainbow of vibrant colors peppers the area with newness and life.