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4 administrators retiring from Portage school district
Portage Community School District will lose nearly a century of combined leadership experience this summer, including its high school principal, Robin Kvalo. Kvalo is among four school administrators retiring at the end of June. She’s worked in the school district for 25 years and is serving in her
Republican Wisconsin governor curbs incoming Democrat's power
(Reuters) - Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a package of legislation aimed at weakening the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor, dismissing critics who called the move a last-minute partisan power grab.
Video, anti-Semitic fliers target Wisconsin school ahead of meetings over Nazi salute
BARABOO, Wis. — Authorities are trying to determine who posted anti-Semitic fliers ahead of planned meetings next week over a photograph of Wisconsin high school boys appearing to give a Nazi salute.
New reports of anti-Semitic incidents in Baraboo after controversial photo
BARABOO, Wis. (FOX 9) - There are new reports of anti-Semitism in Baraboo, Wisconsin just weeks after a photo appeared online showing a group of students performing what appeared to be a Nazi salute. The photo made rounds across the country and world, even garnering a response from the Auschwitz Mem
Police officer stops car, but that's no candy cane hanging from her mirror
PORTAGE, Wis. - A Portage police officer conducted a traffic stop after noticing something hanging off the driver’s side car mirror. Officer Klaude Thompson saw the car leaving a gas station on Portage’s north side Monday and saw something wasn’t quite right, so he conducted a quick traffic stop.
Mazomanie man faces 40 years for reckless homicide in Portage drug overdose
A 37-year-old Mazomanie man is accused of first-degree reckless homicide after a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy discovered a dead man in a gas station parking lot in rural Portage.
Wisconsin strip club reaches $400k settlement with dancers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin strip club has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle dancers’ claims that they were paid essentially nothing for their performances. Teriana Jones, who worked as a stripper at Cruisin’ Chubbys Gentleman’s Club, filed a federal class action lawsuit in 2017 alleging club ma
Free advice for Tony Evers: How he could make Wisconsin state government work better
Congratulations, Tony Evers, for winning the Wisconsin governor’s race. You promised to “focus on solving problems” and to “invest in our schools, grow the economy and rebuild the middle class.”
Columbia County farmers say 2018 was 'harvest from hell'
COLUMBUS — Farmer Steve Wolfe called it “the harvest from hell,” and every head at the table nodded in agreement. Wolfe, who farms about 800 corn acres south of Columbus, told stories about his combine getting stuck in muddy fields during the sodden autumn -- fields that yielded about 200 bushels pe
Many attended Columbia County legislative event
Prevention and Response Columbia County and Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County would like to thank all who attended the State of Substance Use: Columbia County legislative breakfast on Dec. 7. Our coalitions were amazed at the representation of more than 40 community members, and the legislative repr
Columbia County offers buildings for sale
Columbia County has put two of its buildings on the real estate market, but no buyers have emerged. Monday’s lengthy agenda for the County Board’s Executive Committee included discussion of the sale of the former Health and Human Services building in Portage’s industrial park, and a recommendation t
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Lodi bears down late to top Baraboo, 54-44
LODI — While the Lodi prep boys basketball team has won three of its first five games, the Blue Devils had not strung together consecutive victories going into Thursday night's non-conference game vs. Baraboo.
Baraboo Police investigating new threats stemming from controversial photo
BARABOO, Wis. (WKOW) — Authorities are trying to determine who posted anti-Semitic flyers ahead of planned meetings next week over a photograph of Wisconsin high school boys appearing to give a Nazi salute.
Holiday Train entertains in new Portage venue
“Choo-choos?” The question, in a tiny voice, emanated from a toddler who could, if the grown-ups had let him, crawl under the barricades that Portage public works employees had put in place for Saturday’s arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train.
A defensive Scott Walker insists signing Wisconsin power grab wouldn't just be dirty partisanship
Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is laying the groundwork to sign the power grab bills denying his Democratic successor, Tony Evers, the same powers he has enjoyed so much. If he sounds a little defensive—as he should—that doesn’t mean that his argument doesn’t boil down to “I feel righteous abo
Video, anti-Semitic flyers target Baraboo ahead of meetings
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine who posted anti-Semitic flyers ahead of planned meetings next week over a photograph of Wisconsin high school boys appearing to give a Nazi salute.
Leaders forecast 2020 completion for second phase of Portage skate park
Portage Family Skate Park is aiming to complete its second phase just as skateboarding makes its debut in the 2020 Summer Olympics. PFSP President Kyle Little reported the group has raised approximately $100,000 in 2018 and is only $55,000 away from the amount needed for constructing a 3,500-square-
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Portage avoids repeat peformance, cruises to 49-33 win over Madison West
After suffering a second-half collapse in a loss to Waunakee on Saturday, the Portage girls basketball team was trying to avoid a similar performance in its return to the court against Madison West.
2 drunken drivers arrested during Sauk County traffic stops, sheriff says
MERRIMAC, Wis. - Two drunken drivers were arrested Monday during traffic stops in Sauk County, sheriff’s officials said. A Sauk County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop around 2:30 p.m. for a speeding violation on Bluff Road near Dan Mar Court in the Town of Merrimac, according to a release.
Baraboo woman charged with running drug house
A Baraboo woman is facing charges that she used her home to traffic drugs after authorities seized narcotics and paraphernalia in a November raid. One of the items authorities seized in the search of 23-year-old Cortney Lynn Clement’s Fifth Avenue home was a “drug ledger,” according to a criminal co