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Mauston Common Council Approves Police Department Purchase Request

The Mauston Common Council approved a police department purchase request at its meeting on Tuesday night. Mauston Police Chief Michael Zilisch said the department hasn’t had a lieutenant since he was hired to the chief’s position in February, giving the department salary/benefit savings in its operational budget. Zilisch said this was an opportunity to catch More >

Seat Belt Use in Wisconsin is Now the Highest in State History

Seat belt use in Wisconsin has reached an all-time high of more than 88 percent, according to a recently completed observational survey conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The 2016 survey found that 88.4 percent of passenger vehicle occupants (drivers and right front seat passengers) buckled up compared with 85.8 percent in a More >

Minor Injuries in School Bus Accident in Monroe County

A two vehicle accident involving a school bus resulted in multiple injuries early Wednesday morning in Monroe County. Sheriff Scott Perkins said in a release the crash happened on Highway 21 near County Highway M in the Township of Greenfield. The school bus was stopped in the eastbound lane with its red lights on and More >

Mauston Lioness Club Gives $2,000 to the City of Mauston for Playground Equipment

The Mauston Lioness Club gave a generous donation to the City of Mauston. During the Mauston Common Council meeting on Tuesday night, the group presented a check for $2,000 towards reinstalling new playground equipment at Jones Park. Jones Park is located on the corner of Prairie Street and Bluff Street off of East State Street. More >

Racine Man Charged with Possession of THC and Drug Paraphernalia

A Racine man has been charged with possession of THC and drug paraphernalia. According to the criminal complaint, on September 7th, a state trooper initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver and her passenger, 49-year-old Leroy Price. Price opened the glove compartment and the trooper saw a bag with green leafy substance, More >

Heavy Rain and Floods Increase the Risks of Mosquitoes and the Illnesses They Transmit

MADISON – Recent heavy rain and floods in parts of Wisconsin have made conditions right for increasing the already abundant mosquito population in the state, and that in turn increases the risk for mosquito transmitted illnesses. “No matter how much rain has fallen in your area, removing standing water from things like gutters and downspouts, More >

Hillsboro School District Approves Pay Rate Increases

The Hillsboro School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday night. Superintendent Curt Bisarek said the board approved an increase in pay rates for substitute teachers and support staff substitutes. The rates for substitute teachers increased $10 from $90 to $100 a day and for support staff substitutes the increase was to $11/hour. The board More >

State Warns Of Credit Card Data Theft At Gas Pumps

MADISON – It only takes seconds for a criminal to install a credit/debit card skimming device on a fuel dispenser, giving them instant access to future customers’ financial information. Inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Weights and Measures Bureau have recently become aware of skimmers in gas dispensers at stations More >

Adams-Friendship School Board Approves Short Term Borrow Resolution

The Adams-Friendship School Board approved short-term borrowing for the 2016-2017 school year. District Administrator Rick Waski said this is something the board does every September for cash flow purposes.   “Sometimes we need to do some cash flow borrowing because as many people are aware, property tax revenues start coming in January and later and More >

Senator Marklein Receives Wisconsin Counties Association’s “Outstanding Legislator Award”

  State Senator Howard Marklein (R- Spring Green) was honored recently by the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) with a “WCA Outstanding Legislator Award” for his work on behalf of county government during the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. “Senator Marklein has been an incredible supporter of counties whether it is his work on sales tax exemption, fraud funding, staffing grants More >