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Elroy man charged with delivering cocaine
An Elroy man faces drug charges after police say he sold illegal substances to a confidential informant.Nicholas Rentz, 32, is charged with manufacture-deliver cocaine and imitation of controlled substance. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the first charge and up to three years and six month
New Fennimore grocery store to open in November
FENNIMORE, Wis. — Workers broke ground this week on the future home of a significantly expanded Fennimore grocery store.The new Bender’s Foods store at 325 Lincoln Ave. likely will open Nov. 1. At 22,000 square feet, it will be nearly three times the size of the current shop, and will create 40 to 5
Fitchburg man pleads guilty to hit and run death in Westport
A Fitchburg man pleaded guilty Thursday to three felonies, two related to the hit and run death of a man last year who was struck along Highway 113 in the town of Westport.Francisco Martinez, 27, pleaded guilty to hit and run resulting in death, driving while revoked causing death and a third-offens
Woman gets probation in Baraboo 'Chamber Bucks' case
A former Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer who stole thousands of dollars in certificates from the organization apologized in court Friday.“I’m very sorry,” Debbie D. Zirzow, 41, of Baraboo, said during a hearing in Sauk County Circuit Court. “And I regret everything I did.”As part of an ag
Residents near Badger Army Ammunition Plant want more done as Baldwin pushes Army on cleanup
Baldwin, a Democrat who is running for re-election, directed the Army in a bipartisan Senate bill this month to reconsider a plan to build a municipal water system for residents living near the Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo.
2018 Vernon County Fair Premium Books are now available
Vernon County Fair entries are due Wednesday, Aug. 1,by 4:30 p.m. at the extension office. No late entries will be accepted; all letters must be post marked Aug. 1.Go to the Vernon County Fair website at to register online or get the premium book by department, rules, regulations and open class ent
DOT plans fix of Highway 78 between Merrimac, Prairie du Sac
A preliminary analysis of Highway 78 by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates the road’s heaving asphalt is likely due to a failure of its base.During a meeting of the town of Merrimac June 6, Steve Flottmeyer, planning chief for the southwest region of the Wisconsin Department of Tra
Organic Valley’s business built with staying power in mind - Drug Store News
Organic Valley is not your typical corporation. In fact, the people at the La Farge, Wis.-based company view themselves as an “un-corporation.” While other competitors focus on profits and finding more ways to cut costs, Organic Valley is a cooperative of more than 2,000 small family farms scattered
Unique & Wonderful: Communities celebrate the Fourth of July in their own way
Fourth of July is the time of year when communities in Vernon County and elsewhere come together to celebrate the nation’s independence with the sparkle of fireworks, the beat of drums in parades and the melodic sounds of live music.ViroquaFourth of July festivities in Viroqua begin Sunday, July 1,
Baraboo needs circus to draw tourists
In response to the June 19 letter saying the circus is outdated and should be retired. Your town thrives on the circus. People come from all over to come to Baraboo, and the thing that draws them is Circus World. The person complained about tax dollars supporting it, but I'd be curious to know what
La Crosse County Board to decide legal marijuana advisory referendum by end of July
"It's really just starting that conversation," said Tara Johnson, La Crosse County Board chair.
Tomah VA issues missing veteran alert
“Unfortunately, Mr. Bates circumvented the protections that were in place for his safety," said Victoria Brahm, Tomah VA Medical Center director. "His safe return is our top priority, and we’re working with local, state and federal authorities to make that happen,”
Getaway driver who helped escaped inmates faces charge, sheriff says
MAZOMANIE, Wis. - An Oshkosh woman is facing a charge for acting as the getaway driver fortwo inmates who escaped from a prison near Portage earlier this week, officials said.
Tree falls on camper in tent at Governor Dodge State Park, sheriff says
DODGEVILLE, Wis. - A camper was taken to the hospital Tuesday after a tree fell and landed on the camper's tent, according to a news release from the Iowa County Sheriff's Office.
WB lane of Highway 12 closed near Baraboo due to pavement buckling
BARABOO, Wis. - One lane of westbound Highway 12 is closed near Baraboo due to pavement buckling, officials said.
Tomah Police Searching for Missing Veteran and More (6-21-18)
Michael "Mike" Bates, who is 70 years old, was last seen Tuesday at the Tomah VA campus, where he lives. Officers said he left on foot and may be trying to reach a cemetery near Cashton. He also has property in Cataract, WI, which is located near Little Falls in Monroe County. Police believe he may
Body of 13-year-old boy in Portage found
PORTAGE, Wis. (WMTV)--Search crews have located the body of the 13-year-old boy who went missing in Portage on Sunday, according to the Portage Police Department.
Citizens disgruntled about Humane Society
The growing community of disgruntled citizens have grave concerns about the policies, procedures, transparency, and oversight of the Sauk County Humane Society, and are requesting changes be made. The latest article made it seem like the problem is recent, but it has been growing since 2011, not lon
Search goes into 4th day for missing teen in Silver Lake
PORTAGE, Wis. (WMTV) –The search for a missing 13-year-old boy at Silver Lake will resume on Wednesday, June 20th.
Reedsburg Future Farmers compete in Madison
Pictured, from back left, are Kendra McCann, Levi Kindschi, Matthew Ryherd, Ashlynne Haugh, and from front left, Samantha Even, April Molitor, Sophia Larson, and Kaylee Engel, at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison.NICK CASEY/Contributed