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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.


PREP COMPETITION CHEER: Portage squad gearing up for big finish

Portage’s boys and girls basketball teams aren’t the only squads at the high school that hitting the home stretch of their winter seasons. The school's competition cheer team has just two competitions remaining on its schedule, and when the season wraps up on March 2 with the state finals in La Cros


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


PREP WRESTLING: Lodi's Moll falls in Div. 2 semifinals; Poynette's Stewart guaranteed medal in Div. 3

MADISON — For the fourth consecutive year, a state title eluded the grasp of Garrett Moll. In his first-ever state semifinal appearance, the Lodi senior failed to dig out of an early hole en route to an 13-0 loss to Two Rivers’ Matty Bianchi in a Division 2 132-pound semifinal match at the WIAA stat


Portage unveils new info in Silver Lake study

The city of Portage has a rare opportunity to shape the quality of a lake whose entire watershed lies within the city limits, a water resource specialist said Tuesday. Chris Arnold, who works for the Columbia County Land and Water Conservation Department, said it’s highly unusual for a city governme


Officials ID semi passenger killed after truck plunged over Mirror Lake bridge

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The woman who was one of two people killed after a semi plunged off a bridge into a Sauk County lake has been identified. The Wisconsin State Patrol said the body of 24-year-old Devenna Patterson, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was pulled from Mirror Lake in Wisconsin Dells near


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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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


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


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


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


Cold case detectives charge Florida man with murder in wife’s 1979 disappearance in Wisconsin

A mother of two who disappeared 40 years ago was murdered by her husband, Wisconsin cold case detectives said this week. Muskego Police charged John Bayerl, 78, of Fort Meyers, Fla., with first-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Dona Mae Bayerl on May 6, 1979. Her body has not been found. Bay


Northeast Wisconsin natives up for Oscars this Sunday

(WBAY) - Northeast Wisconsin natives are up for the most prestigious award in entertainment--the Oscar. Appleton native Willem Dafoe is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Vincent van Gogh in "At Eternity's Gate."


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


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


2019 Wisconsin State Hunting Expo

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) - This weekend is the 2019 Wisconsin State Hunting Expo at Shopko Hall in Green Bay. Outfitters from Canada, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas and New Mexico will be showing off their gear and if you're looking to book a trip, international outfitters f


Three people charged with robbing various Dane County businesses

MADISON (WKOW) — Three people are being charged with different robberies throughout Dane County between December 2018 and January 2019. A federal grand jury indicted Marjory Dingwall, 39 of Madison with robbing the Stop N’ Go gas station on Monona Drive, the Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street and


IN DEPTH: Communities foster dementia friendliness

It was a gloomy winter Thursday morning, but the aroma of chocolate and spices brightened up the memory cafe’s atmosphere. All of the people who filed in to the Sauk Prairie Community Center carried a cup of some kind — not only for the hot chocolate that would be served later, but mainly for a sort


Wisconsin farmer creates ‘Moo Muffs’ — fashion and function for calves 🐮

LONE ROCK, Wis. — A cold-weather product created in Wisconsin is getting national attention. Holly Poad and her aunt are the creators of “Moo Muffs.” They came up with the idea for them after losing their barn in a fire. They include water-repellent material and fully adjustable straps.