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Portage woman dies after head-on crash with dump truck in Sauk County, authorities say

A head-on collision Friday between a dump truck and a 2003 Chevrolet Impala resulted in the death of a Portage woman, according to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. The crash was reported around 1:30 p.m. along Highway 136 west of the intersection of Excelsior Drive in the town of Excelsior. Callers reported the 1999 Freightliner truck was on its side, blocking both lanes of traffic roughly half a mile from Rock Springs. The car was severely damaged sitting in the westbound ditch.
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Fitchburg man facing three felony charges after threatening officers

A Fitchburg man is three felony charges in Columbia County after an altercation with Wisconsin Dells Police following an incident at a Dells bowling alley. Shaun W. Smith, 39, Fitchburg, has been charged with two counts of battery or threat to judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer and one count of attempt battery or threat to judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer, all three are class H felonies.
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Doctors, parents ask for Mauston schools mask mandate

A group of Mauston parents and doctors have asked the Mauston School Board to reinstate masking for students and staff in school. “I know masking is not popular or comfortable, it’s hot,” said Bridget Christensen, a parent in the district and Library Director of Hatch Public Library during a meeting of the Mauston School Board Sept. 20. “But the data is clear that masking is a piece of a larger mitigation strategy.”
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Portage woman killed in Sauk Co. car vs. dump truck crash

EXCELSIOR, Wis. — Authorities have identified the woman killed in a fatal car vs. dump truck crash on a Sauk County highway last week. According to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday on State Highway 136 west of the intersection with Excelsior Drive. When...

Combined 301 acres of land to be added to Devil’s Lake State Park

BARABOO, Wis. (WFRV) – One of Wisconsin’s state parks will be expanding by 301 acres. According to officials, both the Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources closed on a combined 301 acres of land that will join Devil’s Lake State Park. The land is in the Baraboo Hills.

Baraboo PD show teens what social media ‘trend’ could cost them

BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV) - Baraboo Police Department is urging parents to talk to their children against participating in a viral social media challenge, which in doing so could lead to criminal charges. The “devious licks” challenge on TikTok encourages students to vandalize property, specifically on school grounds. Baraboo PD is...

Mauston schools construction on schedule and on budget

Construction on the Mauston School District referendum project is underway, on budget and on track for opening at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Tom Zahalka, Project Manager at Miron Construction, gave an update on construction to the Mauston School Board at a meeting Sept. 20. “Everything is going...
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Harvesting hope: A farmer’s story of resilience

SAUK CITY, Wis. — It’s by no means a stretch to say farmers are essential workers; everyone needs to eat. For Nathan Brickl, a farmer in the Sauk City area, his work is far from a chore — farming is fun. It’s his life. When life threw him a curveball, he proved to everyone he’s not done playing yet.

Baraboo, Fort Atkinson playing for Badger Small Conference lead

Baraboo is taking a perfect record into the second half of the season. The Thunderbirds will look to keep it going Friday against another winning team, as Baraboo (5-0, 3-0 Badger Small) is set to go on the road to play Fort Atkinson (4-1, 3-0) with the Badger Small Conference lead on the line.
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Lodi Police: 11-year-old hit by car after running into street

LODI, Wis. — An 11-year-old was taken by ambulance to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a car versus pedestrian crash in Lodi. According to an incident report, the boy was running on the sidewalk approaching the intersection of Lodi and Water streets as a car was turning. Police said the...

Baraboo Riverfest aims to celebrate 20 years after removal of dams

Twenty years ago, every dam was removed from the Baraboo River, which drew protests from naysayers convinced the waterway would be ruined. “There were a lot of concerns about what the river might become,” said Joe Van Berkel, a board member of the nonprofit group Friends of the Baraboo River. “Talk about losing all the ducks in the river, fish washing downstream, the river was going to dry up... Well, 20 years later we’ve removed the dams and we saw what happened. The river is in better shape than ever.”

PREP roundup: Necedah wins big against Brookwood

Landon Murphy threw for 157 yards and a pair of scores as he led the Necedah prep football team to a commanding 20-16 Scenic Bluffs Conference victory over Brookwood last Friday. The win puts the Cardinals at 4-1 overall and a three-way tie for second place with Cashton and Luther...

DAVIS COLUMN: Deer tag changes transformed terminology

A Northern Wisconsin man came across a 1917 State of Wisconsin resident deer tag, No. 27921, which was issued to a hunter in Douglas County. “As soon as the deer is killed the owner must attach the tag to the carcass”, instructions printed on the back of the tag state. That was the requirement for nearly a century.
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Reedsburg mobile home fire kills pet cat, displaces resident

REEDSBURG, Wis. — A fire at a Reedsburg mobile home killed a pet cat and displaced the resident Monday morning. Firefighters responded to 325 South Grove St. shortly after 5 a.m. When crews arrived, they found the front bedroom heavily consumed by flames. Crews knocked down the fire quickly, but the home is considered a total loss.