Wisconsin Dells, WI Government

Sauk County drafts redistricting maps under time constraints

With a deadline looming just hours away, Sauk County supervisors approved a tentative map outlining the new districts of the county based on population Thursday during a special meeting. Supervisors credited Joe Fleischmann, coordinator of the Geographic Information System mapping department, GIS Specialist Kelly Felton and their staff for creating...
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GALLERY: 'Tee Wakącąk: Spirit Lake' mural goes up at Baraboo middle school

The Little Eagle Arts Foundation created a mixed media mural featuring a thunderbird for the new entryway at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo, which was installed Sept. 17. Titled “Tee Wakącąk: Spirit Lake,” the art depicts the origin story of Spirit Lake, the Ho-Chunk name for what is known today as Devil’s Lake, as well as other elements of tribal lore and local wildlife.

Portage calendar: What's coming up

1. The Golf Course Equipment Online Only Auction; 2. Epic Nerf Wars; 3. Portage Farmers' Market; 4. St. Vincent de Paul Free Clinic; 5. 1830's Living History Day at Agency House;

Area author introduces newest book

The Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library and the Baraboo Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department will host Columbia County-based author Jeff Nania at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Baraboo Civic Center, 124 Second St., Room 12/14, Baraboo. Attendees are required to wear a mask over the mouth and nose. Nania...

Portage city council rejects public comment period

The Portage Common Council rejected adding a public comment period to its standing agenda last week after it was requested. “Public comments can be unruly at times,” Mayor Rick Dodd said. “I have no problem recognizing someone to discuss an agenda item. The issue is we have to enforce open meeting laws.”

Columbia County releases tentative new district map

Columbia County released the first redistricting map and sent it to municipalities across the county after the board of supervisors approved the map Wednesday night. At a public hearing Wednesday night Dean Kaderabeck, Land Information Director, gave a synopsis of putting the map together. The presentation listed several principles guiding the department in drawing new lines.

Mauston approves $76K contract adjustment for Maple Drive project

The Mauston Common Council approved a request for an additional $76,000 in a contract adjustment for a project on Maughs Creek and Maple Drive by MSA Professional Services, an increase of more than 85% of the original contract amount. Members of the council approved the request at a regular meeting...

Baraboo council to use grant funding for economic planning

Baraboo Common Council members on Tuesday approved hiring a company to create an economic development plan for the city. City Administrator Casey Bradley said the plan would focus on the South Boulevard corridor, which runs from the end of Broadway Street at the Baraboo river to the edge of the city near Walmart, and the western area of the city.

Wisconsin Dells School District preliminary data shows enrollment increase

A preliminary headcount shows student enrollment has grown Wisconsin Dells School District though the numbers could change later this week. The total amount of students at Wisconsin Dells School District increased by 172 from 1,706 last year to 1,878 Sept. 1. The amount will be adjusted when the district conducts the third Friday count Sept. 17. A study conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory presented at the board’s June meeting projected the school district’s enrollment would decrease over the next five to ten years.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb held

Operation Honor Bound, a new veterans organization based in Baraboo, held the 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Stair Climb event on Sept. 11 at the Baraboo High School football field. Members of the Baraboo Fire Department, the Baraboo Police Department and Baraboo EMS attended and climbed 15,840 stairs, the equivalent of eight World Trade Centers, in memorial to those who lost their lives 20 years ago in the attack on the World Trade Center.

Lodi Area Fire Department Site Selection Guidance and Information

The City of Lodi, the Town of Lodi, and the Town of West Point are considering the need and site locations for a new fire station. The City of Lodi also has an interest in constructing a combined public safety building to house the Fire, EMS, and police departments. A 2019 study was conducted to investigate the need. More recently, the City and Towns formed an ad hoc Site Selection Committee to find a new location for the fire station. Using the study completed in 2019 as guidance, the committee made recommendations to the municipalities for possible future sites. The 2019 study concluded that a new fire station is needed mainly due to the lack of sufficient space in the areas evaluated. Additionally, there are several maintenance issues with the current facility.

Five rounds of voting, coin toss wins Stevenson a spot on Portage School Board

The Portage School Board chose its new member Monday from a field of nine candidates after five rounds of voting and a coin toss. “I feel terrible that it had to come down to a coin flip and that,” said Portage District Administrator Josh Sween, “but honestly everybody who interviewed tonight would be a phenomenal addition to this board.”