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Sheriff: Head-On Crash Kills 2 Drivers In Western Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A head-on crash early Monday morning left two drivers dead in western Wisconsin. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 5:30 a.m. as rain fell on U.S. Highway 8, just east of 15th Street in Beaver Township.


Weakened Levee On Wisconsin River Causes Evacuation

Flood Warnings, Watches In Effect Along Waterways Across Wisconsin. Around 30 homes near Portage have been evacuated because of a weakened levee on the Wisconsin river. Ed Culhane, public information officer from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said DNR officials began monitoring the


New hotel set to open in Mauston

Mauston is set to have a new hotel in July. The Lodge, on Gateway Avenue, first broke ground June 9, 2018. The 61-room hotel will include a swimming pool, steakhouse, 500 person occupancy event center and a fitness center.


Wisconsin River floodwater begins to recede as residents survey damage in Columbia, Sauk counties

Chelsea Lambert walked through ankle-high water in front of her West Conant Street driveway Monday morning in Portage, taking stock of the weekend's flooding. The water still was too high for her boyfriend to drive his car through the closed road to get to work.


Reporter joins Juneau County Star-Times

California native Christopher Jardine joined the Juneau County Star Times as the reporter April 15. Jardine previously held the reporter position for the Wisconsin Dells Events, and has written articles for the Juneau County Star-Times, Reedsburg Times-Press, Wisconsin Dells Events, and Sauk Prairie


Wisconsin DMV recommends getting REAL ID soon before federal enforcement starts

Federal officials are finally putting the REAL ID standard into use for airline travel, so now’s the time to get your license upgraded. The change will come in October of 2020. Wisconsin DMV deputy administrator Patrick Fernan says the state has been issuing the upgraded licenses since 2013.


Pilot loses control of plane, crashes nose down at Reedsburg Airport, police say

REEDSBURG, Wis. - No one was injured when a plane lost control after landing at the Reedsburg Municipal Airport Saturday afternoon, officials said. The Reedsburg Police Department said in a news release Monday that the pilot of a Cessna 180 aircraft lost control after landing at 2:52 p.m. Reedsburg


Hillsboro man charged with child sexual assault

A Hillsboro man faces criminal charges after police say he repeatedly coerced an underage girl into sex. Steven Blaha, 25, is charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. He faces up to 40 years imprisonment for the charge.


Five jailed after pair of Baraboo drug raids

Authorities arrested five people last week after the Sauk County Drug Task Force executed search warrants on two Baraboo residences. The Baraboo Police Department said in a press release Monday that members of the Sauk County Drug Task Force searched two residences Thursday on Second Avenue.


Mauston Fire Department UTV damaged on call

The Mauston Fire Department’s Utility Transport Vehicle was damaged, likely beyond repair, on a recent call assisting law enforcement. Mauston Fire Chief Kim Hale said the UTV “dropped through the ice, working on call with the Sheriff’s (Department).”


Wisconsin woman pleads guilty to terrorism charges

MILWAUKEE – A Wisconsin mother of seven has agreed to plead guilty to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State by distributing information on making explosives and biological weapons.


Wisconsin Republicans trump Gov. Tony Evers’ charging station plan

MADISON, Wis. — Assembly Republicans worked Monday to trump Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to spend $10 million on electric vehicle charging stations in the state budget, announcing their own bill to set up the stations.


Severe Threat Continues Across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

ROCKFORD, ILL - There were a few severe thunderstorm warnings south and west of Rockford Monday afternoon and evening, but there are currently no active warnings - as of 6:50pm - for the Stateline.


Wisconsin K-9 officer helps seize more than $15,000 in drug bust

DARLINGTON (WKOW) — Darlington police K-9 “Kilo” poses with his recent bust in a Facebook photo shared by the Darlington Police Department Sunday. According to the post, Kilo is pictured with items seized during a recent traffic stop, including over $15,000 in drug money, a handgun, and drugs.


Wisconsin cracks down on illegal card skimmers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (FOX 11) -- Wisconsin is cracking down on people trying to get their hands on your credit card information. State audits are helping catch illegal card skimmers at gas pumps and ATMs. Thieves can quickly get in and out of machines with easily accessible keys, making skimmers virtuall


Rain moving into southern Wisconsin

Showers and storms will move through from west to east this evening before tapering to just a few showers overnight. In terms of total rainfall, it’ll be a case of the ‘haves and have nots’ – it just depends on where the heaviest showers and t-storms set up.


Tomah Memorial Hospital welcomes twins

It has not happened in nearly two years, so it was an extra special day when twins were born at Tomah Memorial Hospital April 16. “Our staff was really excited to have this opportunity to be able to participate in such a unique birth,” Tomah Memorial Hospital New Beginnings Birth Center director Car


MPD: Pursuit ends with crash near 12th and Wisconsin Ave.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police confirm a pursuit ended in a crash near 12th and Wisconsin early Monday, April 12. Officials say the pursuit was initiated by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) near Martin Luther King Dr. and Locust. Officials say deputies terminated the pursuit — and Milwauke


Baraboo play offers peek behind scenes

You don’t need a pass to get backstage access to the Baraboo Theatre Guild’s latest dinner theater comedy. In “Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van,” the audience gets a look behind the scenes at a small playhouse, as the action takes place offstage. Because the fictional Neighborhood Actors Summerfun R


Officials ID man killed in fall at Madison construction site

MADISON, Wis. - Officials have identified the man who died after falling at a Madison construction site last week. The Dane County Medical Examiner said 24-year-old Alexander J. Kanouse, of Columbus, died shortly after arriving at the hospital Wednesday morning.