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Task force plans to make downtown Columbus more attractive

There is no doubt Columbus’ downtown needs a spark of rejuvenation, and the city is making small gains to spruce it up. Matt Schreiber, the city’s director of planning and development, provided an update on Columbus’ Downtown Beautification Task Force at the Feb. 19 Committee of the Whole meeting at


Beaver Dam bomb maker’s co-workers suspicious before explosion, but didn’t call police

(WISN) — Co-workers of Ben Morrow, the Beaver Dam man who blew up his apartment last March, were suspicious but never called police, newly released police reports say. After the explosion Beaver Dam police quickly discovered Morrow, a 28-year-old chemist, made triacetone triperoxide or “Mother of Sa


Deerfield man arrested on suspicion of 4th OWI

MADISON, Wis. - A Deerfield man was arrested by a Dane County deputy on suspicion of a fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated charge early Saturday morning.


NOTICE: Blizzard Warning posted for part of west central Wisconsin; heavy snow Saturday night, strong winds Sunday

1 to 2 inches of snow fell on west central Wisconsin late Friday night through early Saturday morning. A second, much larger round of snow is expected Saturday evening through a large part of Sunday. In addition to several inches of snow, travel conditions will be dangerous in a large part of the ar


MEMORY LANE: Columbus men dress in drag to celebrate Mardi Gras in 1969

Broker Harry Sarbacher, representing Empire Realty, announced that 39 lots where for sale in Elba Heights, off Highway 151 east on Lange Road. Lot prices range from $1,500 to $2,500.


WIAA girls basketball: McKenna Warnock's big second half leads MG past Portage

When Monona Grove senior McKenna Warnock ran into minor first-half foul trouble Friday night, it created an opening for the Portage girls basketball team. But Warnock slammed that door shut in the second half, scoring 27 points in a 40-point outing that turned a three-point halftime deficit into an


Massive storm system delivering powerful blow to much of country. See what Wisconsin will experience this weekend

A massive storm system is delivering a powerful blow to much of the country this weekend, with south-central Wisconsin seeing freezing rain, rain, sleet, snow and high winds, while some areas to the north and west will see heavy snow and blizzard conditions, according to forecasters.


Columbus council approves crosswalk safety measure

Columbus continues to look at ways to increase safety at downtown crosswalks. The City Council discussed lengthening time for pedestrians to cross the busy “four corners” intersection at James and Ludington streets at the Feb. 19 meeting at city hall. Council members approved installing a lead pedes


Special Olympics of Wisconsin has Columbus students plunging for a purpose

After breaking a record last year, students at Columbus High School weren’t satisfied. Last February, CHS students, led by members of Project Unify, raised more than $17,000 for Special Olympics of Wisconsin. Students celebrated with a Friday pep rally before jumping into an ice-cold Madison lake th


Grants help Columbia County Sheriff combat drug trafficking

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office plans to use money from two grants for 2019 totaling $47,266 to combat drug trafficking and overdose deaths. Sheriff Roger Brandner said expensive tools such as field test kits and fume hoods are needed and would have been purchased anyway, but the grants will he


Wisconsin woman accused of attacking husband with SUV

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. (AP) — An Oconto Falls woman is accused of running down her husband with a sport utility vehicle on Christmas Eve. Authorities allege 36-year-old Sarah Colson and her husband argued while driving home from a family gathering and he got out of the vehicle to walk home. She allegedl

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Sheriff's office seeking answers in fatal accident

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department's Major Accident Investigation Team was busy Thursday looking into the cause of a multivehicle crash on state Highway 26 just south of Watertown that killed a 19-year-old Johnson Creek woman.


Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is siding with groups seeking repeal of laws weakening his powers that were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature during a December lame-duck session. Evers notified a Dane County judge Friday that he would not defend the laws and instead woul


Columbia County Courthouse remodel spotlighted at conference

Columbia County’s experience with renovating a 20th-century courthouse to address 21st-century safety concerns will be shared next month at a conference on court security. Judge W. Andrew Voigt is scheduled to appear as one of three panelists for a presentation titled “From Plan to Punch List: Effec


Winter weather advisory for all of SE Wisconsin from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of southeast Wisconsin from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limi


BOYS HOOPS: Columbus was cold beyond arc, loses 68-61 to Marshall

COLUMBUS — The difference in Thursday night's non-conference prep boys basketball game between Columbus and Marshall was plainly evident on the stat sheet. Columbus shot just 2-of-18 from 3-point range, while Marshall canned 11 from beyond the arc, giving the visiting Cardinals the cushion they'd ne


Traffic alert: All lanes of NB I-94 shut down from Hwy G to Ryan Rd. due to emergency road repairs

RACINE COUNTY — All northbound lanes of northbound I-94 are shut down from Highway G to Ryan Rd. because of emergency road repairs. Alternate Route: Exit at Highway G to West Frontage Rd to 27th St. north to Ryan Rd. Ryan Rd east to I-41/94 NB on-ramp.


Dodge County homicide suspect sentenced in separate Sauk County cases

A man charged with first-degree homicide in the fatal shooting of a Beaver Dam man was sentenced to prison Friday in two separate Sauk County cases. During a hearing in Baraboo, Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Klicko revoked the probation of Nigel R. Schultz, 20, of Milwaukee, who was convicte


Police reveal more details of Beaver Dam bombmaker

BEAVER DAM, Wis. - New details about a Beaver Dam apartment explosion are emerging. Nearly a year after the event, the Beaver Dam Police Department has released documents, which give more insight into the man behind the explosion.


Michigan or Wisconsin: Which is the TRUE “Mitten” State?

What's all this stuff about Wisconsin calling itself the "Real" Mitten State? This has been going on for quite a number of years. In 2011, the Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism used an image of (what looks like) a mangled mitten to resemble their state. Well, I hate to burst any Wisconsin cheese bubbles, b