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Area Schools and School Districts Receive Report Cards From the State’s DPI

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement for the 2013-2014 school year. Overall, 88.3 percent of 2,100 public schools and 98.1 percent of the state’s 424 districts with accountability scores had ratings of meets expectations or better. This includes local schools such More >

Fischer Sentenced in Child Sexual Assault Case

A Necedah man was sentenced Monday morning, a year after a jury found him guilty of sexual misconduct with a child. 52-year-old Douglas Fischer was found guilty of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, incest, and exposing himself to a child to a 12 member jury in August of More >

Sauk County TRIAD Announces the 14th Annual “Vehicle Safety Check”

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister, in conjunction with Sauk County Police Chiefs and the county’s TRIAD program, has announced the 14th Annual “Vehicle Safety Check”. This safety check will be occurring throughout the county on various dates, with the first one being on September 26 at the Sauk County Enforcement Center in Baraboo. TRIAD is More >

Hospice Touch Schedules Grief Series in Tomah, Adams

Residents in Monroe and Adams counties have an opportunity to learn how to deal with grief through an educational series being offered by Hospice Touch of Tomah Memorial Hospital. The 8-week series titled “A Journey Through Grief” will be held each Monday beginning October 6 from 3:30 to 5 p-m at the Hospice Palliative Care 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 September 15, 2014. 9/12  Dennis McNeal, Decorah, was attempting to turn left from State Highway 35 to Zitzner Road, Town of Wheatland, while Roland Brandau, Tomah was attempting to pass him.  No injuries were reported in the More >

Tomah VA to Hold Release and Healing Ceremony for Suicide Prevention Month

In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, the Tomah VA invites Veterans and the community to a release and healing service for those who has been affected by suicide. The service will be held in the Tomah VA Chapel on Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. The service will be followed by the opportunity to gain further More >

Johnson Receives Lifetime Service Award from the Community Bankers of Wisconsin

JoAnn Johnson, chief financial, cashier and operations officer, Bank of Mauston, received a Lifetime Service Award from the Community Bankers of Wisconsin at the trade association’s annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Sept. 8, 2014. This year’s awards honored a total of 25 individuals who have dedicated over 30, 40 or even 50 years to More >

Tomah Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 27

The Tomah Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the community another chance to get rid expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, September 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, people can bring their medications for disposal to the Tomah Police Department. The service is free More >

Mauston Man Causes Five Vehicle Accident After Fleeing Police in Adams

A Mauston man fleeing law enforcement after stealing a vehicle caused a five vehicle accident in the City of Adams last Friday. 34-year-old James Baumgartner was attempting to pass a northbound vehicle on Main Street on the right when he struck it on the rear right side. The vehicle Baumgartner was driving careened off and More >

Archers can assist with CWD surveillance

WAUSAU – The state Department of Natural Resources is again enlisting the help of deer hunters in Adams, Juneau, Portage and Marathon counties to assist in chronic wasting disease surveillance in the deer herd this fall. “In the fall of 2012 CWD was discovered for the first time in three wild white-tailed deer in Adams, Juneau More >