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Sparta Man Sentenced for Failing to Update Registration as Sex Offender

A Sparta man was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and five years of extended supervision for failing to register as a sex offender. 30-year-old Bradley J. Bakken was sentenced for failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Bakken pleaded guilty to this charge on October 22, 2015. More >

Competency Evaluation Ordered for Rural Camp Douglas Teen Charged with Bomb Scare

A rural Camp Douglas teen facing felony charges for a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation. Online court records show the evaluation was ordered at 17-year-old Clint Terrell’s initial court appearance last week. The teen is charged with causing a bomb scare and impersonating an officer More >

Citizens with 65+ years can now get non-expiring IDs

Wisconsin now allows its residents who are U.S. citizens age 65 and over to obtain an ID card which never needs to be renewed. The new non-expiring ID card carries the same appearance and security features as traditional eight-year cards, with the words “Non-expiring” appearing in place of the typical expiration date. “This new feature More >

Winter Storm to Impact Travel Across Most of Wisconsin on Tuesday

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) would like to remind motorists to be cautious if traveling in what could be hazardous conditions. Dangerous wind chills and white-out conditions in open areas are expected to make driving very difficult on Tuesday. The National Weather Service is reporting a strong winter storm will enter southwest Wisconsin early More >

Two Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

On January 29 at approximately 8:45 pm City of Mauston Police Officers were dispatched to a City of Mauston residence for a verbal disturbance. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the residents. The two occupants stated they had been arguing off and on for the past two weeks. That evening they were arguing and one More >

Two Cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; One Asks for Marijuana Back

On January 31 at approximately 3:30 pm a City of Mauston Police Officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling faster than the posted speed limit. As a result a traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the driver, 20 year-old David Stout of Reedsburg. In speaking with the driver, the More >

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears Reports

SHERIFF JOHN SPEARS REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR AND NARRATIVE EXCERPTS FROM THE WEEK ENDING February 1, 2016. 1/27             Todd Stenslien of Chaseburg was traveling northbound on Unseth Road in the Town of Christiana.  Stenslien hit a snow drift, lost control, crossed the centerline, went down an embankment, and overturned.  Stenslien’s vehicle More >

Mauston High School Principal Meets with Acting U.S. Secretary of Education

Principal Jim Dillin of Mauston High School in Mauston, Wisconsin was invited to meet with Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and senior U.S. Department of Education officials, for a day of learning and advising, as part of the Principals at ED effort on Wednesday, January 13 in Washington, D.C. The goal is More >

WisDOT announces 2015 Excellence in Construction Awards

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced Excellence in Construction Awards for 2015 and one of those awards went to a project in Sauk County.  The Excellence in Asphalt Paving Award went to D.L. Gasser Construction of Baraboo for work on a 12 mile section of County H between Reedsburg and Wisconsin Dells in Sauk More >

Snow Warnings Posted For Most Of Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It may not measure up to the ‘groundhog blizzard’ of 2011, but a strong winter storm moving into Wisconsin is expected to pack a punch. Forecasters say a large swath of the Badger State, from the southwest to the northeast, will see 8 to 12 inches of snow. The National Weather Service issued a More >