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Baraboo fire officials respond to minor hazardous material incident, block road
Half-gallon of hydrochloric acid spilledBARABOO, Wis. - Sauk County officials are asking people to avoid the 1200 block of Sauk Avenue in Baraboo while they manage a minor hazardous material incident.The call reporting a spill of about a half-gallon of hydrochloric acid in a trailer was reported aro
Portage County voters to have their say on so-called dark store loophole
County officials say the laws allow big box stores to have their properties assessed for millions less than they should be, often by arguing that vacant stores should be valued the same as a functioning stores. This is known as the "dark store" theory, and opponents say it shifts more of the tax bur
Summer Lunch Program needs volunteers in Portage for final 2 weeks
From left, Glenda Day of Pardeeville and Tina Rice and Ilona Baradziej, both of Wisconsin Dells, serve summer lunches to children Thursday at Sanborn Park in Portage.
Semi snags, snaps, Portage utility poles
Power was knocked out Wednesday morning across the north side of Portage after a semi truck snagged a low-hanging wire on Silver Lake Drive.The truck was turning from Silver Lake Drive onto Airport Road, where wires were suspended above the intersection. The stress on the hooked wire snapped the two
Columbia County's primary turnout at 22%
At the Pacific Town Hall in Columbia County, poll volunteers Helen Lantz and Ed Zydowsky sign in a voter during a steady stream of midterm primary voters Tuesday morning. In the town of Pacific, 28 percent of eligible voters cast ballots — above the overall county turnout of 22 percent.
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Milwaukee man back in jail after skipping sentencing for gun, drug case
A Milwaukee man is back in custody in Columbia County after missing sentencing for a collection of drug and weapon charges from a 2016 arrest in Portage.Tyrus Love, 28, was ordered held on a $250 cash bond on top of a probation hold and another outstanding warrant, while appearing by video from Colu
'When She Had Wings' takes off Friday in Portage
Coltyn Giltner, left, 10-year-old Anna Thony and 13-year-old Olivia Petersen (sitting) rehearse Tuesday night for the Zona Gale Young People's Theatre production of "When She Had Wings." The play debuts Friday at Portage Center for the Arts.
Sun Prairie buildings destroyed by explosion will be gone by end of August, officials say
The slow recovery of Downtown Sun Prairie following the deadly explosion in July is gaining momentum.Buildings destroyed by a natural gas explosion will be removed by the end of August, officials said in an update on Wednesday, and the intersection where the heaviest damage took place should be rebu
Flash flood warning issued for Dane, Dodge, Jefferson counties
MADISON, Wis. - A flash flood warning has been issued Eastern Dane County, Southern Dodge County, and most of Jefferson County until 12:15 p.m.
BP robbery suspect enters 'no contest' plea
A 19-year-old suspect in the Oct. 23, 2017, robbery of the Cascade Mountain BP station pleaded no contest in Columbia County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning.Christopher Gladden, of Baraboo, was scheduled for trial Wednesday morning, charged with a single count of armed robbery as party to a crime
Baraboo man second to be convicted in Cascade Mountain BP armed robbery
A 19-year-old man has been found guilty of robbing the Cascade Mountain BP gas station last fall after he pleaded no contest to an armed robbery charge Wednesday morning.Christopher Gladden, of Baraboo, was scheduled for trial Wednesday morning in Columbia County Circuit Court, charged with a single
10 things new data shows about sex offenses in central Wisconsin
That's according torecently released datafrom the Wisconsin Department of Justice on criminal sex offenses, broken down by county. The figures provide a detailed look into the frequency and nature of these crimes in our communities, as reported by local law enforcement. It's important to remember, h
Big plans for Big Cat Rescue in Lake Delton
Relocating the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue and Educational Center to Lake Delton is what’s best for the cats, said Jeff Kozlowki, Big Cat Rescue owner.Kozlowski, founder of the Big Cat Rescue, along with his wife, Jenny, have operated the Rock Springs non-profit organization since 2005 and currently ha
Reedsburg man out on bail faces charges of bail jumping, possession of drugs
A Reedsburg man faces charges after police say he violated the terms of his bail and possessed drugs.David A Grau, 59, faces felony bail jumping, possession of THC and drug paraphernalia charges after police say they noticed signs he had been drinking and discovered paraphernalia in his apartment Ju
Pardeeville teen charged after chase, crash
A Pardeeville man is facing a felony charge of eluding an officer after a high-speed pursuit ended in a crash outside Wyocena early Saturday morning.Hunter Zimmerman, 19, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon, where he was ordered to be held on $250 cash bond, accused of lead
Portage police aid mother in baby's surprise arrival
Danielle Johnsen on Tuesday holds her hours-old son Tommy, who was born Monday evening. Johnsen, who was at home alone at the time, was helped by two Portage police officers.
Duchess Plaza scheduled for dethroning in the Dells
The Wisconsin Dells Business Improvement District Committee plans to dismantle Duchess Plaza in September and is searching for a new plaza location. Oak Street will eventually be reopened to traffic.The Trumble family lot, by Bowman Park, was mentioned as a possible new plaza location at the Aug. 8
Developer: Portage storefronts will be filled by end of next year
The owner of the former Kmart property in Portage says he’s confident empty storefronts on the lot, and a new building he plans, will be filled by the end of next year.Richard Lynn’s declaration came within an hour after the Portage Common Council’s Finance and Administration Committee on Monday app
Portage police lieutenant promoted to assistant chief
After nearly two decades with the Portage Police Department, Administrative Lt. Keith Klafke has been promoted to assistant chief.Klafke, 41, was presented with a new badge Monday in a swearing-in ceremony in the Portage Municipal Building council chambers.Before an audience of about 50 people, firs