•  American Red Cross Blood Drive Portage ... (Thursday, September 25)

United Methodist Church, Hwy 51 North, Portage

Phone 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) to schedule an appointment...Donors must be at least 110 pounds...I.D. required at check in...Walk-ins are always welcome...Entire process takes about an hour...Give the gift of life!


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Community Conversations
•  Alice In Dairyland ... (Thursday, September 18  11:06 AM - 11:30 AM)

Zoey Brooks

•  Portage Area Chamber of Commerce ... (Friday, September 19  8:10 AM - 8:25 AM)

Brad Conrad and Marianne Hanson

•  Dan Kremer - Portage Parks and Recreation Manager ... (Monday, September 22  9:10 AM - 9:30 AM)

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School Bus Accident in Montello


Several school kids were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a bus accident in the Marquette County town of Montello. According to Police Chief Rick Olson the incident occurred between a school bus and car near the corner of Doudy & Park Street in the town around 7:30 this morning. Assisting the Montello Police were the Fire Department, Marquette County Ambulance and the County Sheriff’s Department. The crash remains under investigation by the Montello Police Department.


Wisconsin Dells Referendum Defeated


More voters took to the polls yesterday than in the first Wisconsin Dells High School Referendum vote in April, however the results remained the same as the vote was against a $30 million referendum to ease overcrowding in the schools. According to District Administrator Terry Slack the vote was 58 percent or 2,017 votes against and 42 percent or 1,474 votes for the referendum. The project would have received $16 million dollars from the City of Wisconsin Dells and Village of Lake Delton.

The same proposal for the new school was defeated by just eight votes earlier this year. 

Phase II of South Boulevard Project


Motorists in Baraboo will need to drive with caution this week as the South Boulevard Reconstruction project has moved into its second phase. The north lane between Industrial Court and Lynn Avenue has been closed and traffic changed over to the South Lane. More information on the South Boulevard Reconstruction project is available on on their facebook page.


Man Sentenced to 13 Years Behind Bars


52 year old Douglas Fisher of Necedah was sentenced to 13 years in prison on September 15th after being found guilty of first degree sexual assault and incest of his pre-teen stepchild.


CWD Surveillance in Adams & Juneau Counties


The DNR is enlisting the help of archery deer hunters in Adams & Juneau counties to assist in CWD surveillance in the deer herd this fall. Hunters can assist by having any adult deer in focus areas within the counties tested for the disease. The specific areas are listed on the DNR website and by entering cwd sampling in the keyword search. For more information visit: DNR.WI.GOV


Copper Theft In Marquette County


The Marquette County Sheriff’s office is requesting assistance from the public with any information in identifying the parties responsible for several copper thefts in the central and southern parts of the county. The thefts are occurring from unoccupied property and residences. If you have information on the crime call 1-800-297-TIPS. You could be eligble for a cash reward. 

Montello Man Sentenced

A 35 year old Montello man will spend the next 25 years in prison after a hearing last Thursday. Kevin D. Ebert was charged in 2013 for having intercourse with a girl while she was ages 7 to 12. According to a criminal complaint the incidents happened between 20 to 30 times in several locations throughout Columbia County. Ebert will have 10 years of community supervision by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections after his prison term.

 Man Charged With Homicide

Homicide detectives have charged a Columbia County man in the death of his girlfriend. 46 year old Patrick Kraemer was arrested late last week after authorities say a story about his girlfriends believed suicide started to fall apart. Kraemer is charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of Traci Rataczak in April of 2013. He is expected to appear in court for a bond hearing later this week.

 Sauk County Man Becomes Pittsburgh Police Chief

 A Sauk County man will be moving to Pennsylvania to become the new Police Chief in Pittsburgh. Former Madison Police Captain Cam McLay of Merrimac spent 29 years with the Madison Police Department.

 Mauston Man Causes Accident

 A 34 year old Mauston man running from law enforcement after stealing a vehicle caused a five vehicle accident in the city of Adams late last week. James Baumgartner was arrested and transported to Adams County Jail and faces tentative charges of OWI 6th offense, hit and run, causing injury, second degree reckless endangerment, fleeing law enforcement, and operating a vehicle without consent of owner.  






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