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State Supreme Court Reinstates Drunk Driving Conviction For Baraboo Man

The Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated a drunk driving conviction Thursday, after an appeals court said the defendant’s blood was tested illegally. The justices ruled 5 to 2 against 41-year-old Patrick Kozel of Baraboo. He pleaded no contest to his second OWI arrest from August of 2013, but he later appealed, saying the blood draw that More >

Tomah Man Gets Probation for Drug Charges

A Tomah man has pleaded no contest to a charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place, party to a crime and possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics, also as party to a crime January 5. Court records show 44-year-old Robert Mason, formerly of Oakdale, had his sentenced withheld, but will serve seven months in jail More >

Necedah School Board Looks at Possible Referendum

The Necedah School Board will have another meeting this month to consider the possibility of an operational referendum. At its meeting on Monday night, a representative from Robert W. Baird & Company was in attendance to facilitate a discussion on the school’s finances. Superintendent Larry Gierach said this included past information since revenue limits and More >

Mauston Common Council Approves Policy Update and County Highway Aid Petition

The Mauston Common Council approved a personnel policy update at its meeting Tuesday evening. The policy had to do with the recovery of WRS employee contribution during short term disability. Before, the handbook was silent on this circumstance, and as the Personnel Committee reviewed senarios where it could come into play, they determined it was More >

Rollover Accident in Town of Fountain, Juneau County

Icy conditions were the cause of a rollover accident in the Town of Fountain in Juneau County. According to the accident report, on Tuesday, January 10, Sarah Schemlzle of Necedah was traveling west on County Highway A, when she lost control of her vehicle on the wet, ice covered road. The vehicle spun on the More >

Juneau County Fairest of the Fair Places in Top Five at Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fairs

Juneau County Fairest of the Fair placed in the top five during the 51st Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair competition this week. Charitee Seebecker was the third runner up at the event. She competed with 39 other women from around the state. The 2017 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair title went to Rebecca Starkenburg from the Lodi More >

New Lisbon School Board Hears Presentation on Hypnotism

The New Lisbon School Board received a presentation of how the power of the mind and hypnotism at its meeting on Monday night. In the Celebrate New Lisbon part of the meeting, New Lisbon History and Psychology Teacher Kristin Mathes told the board about how her Advance Psychology students had a special class with Dr. More >

JC-AIRS Board Accepts Commitment To Fund Construction of Pig and Sheep Pavilion

On Monday night, the JC?AIRS Board officially accepted the commitment from the Donald J Burnstad Family to fund the construction of the Pig and Sheep Pavilion, roughly a value of $150,000. JC-AIRS Secretary Nathan Thiel said this will be the third of five fair pavilions planned for construction in the redevelopment plan of Veterans Memorial More >

First 2017 Baby Born at Mile Bluff Medical Center

On Monday, January 9 at 11:25 pm, Mile Bluff Medical Center welcomed Clare Margaret to the world as the first baby born at the facility in 2017! Clare’s parents were pleasantly surprised by being awarded the coveted title, and were excited to meet their first child. Clare weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and More >

Minor Injuries in Rollover Crash in Vernon County

Two people received minor injuries in a one vehicle rollover crash in Vernon County Tuesday evening. Sheriff John B. Spears said 18-year-old Elizabeth Baker of Norwalk was traveling east on US Highway 14 in the Town of Viroqua when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the median, and overturned onto the vehicle’s More >