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Early Voting Ends

Early voting hours in local municipal clerk’s offices end today at 5 p-m, or the close of business, whichever is later. The state Government Accountability Board says hours will vary, but you will not be able to cast a ballot any later than 7 p-m. 
If you're planning to vote today, instead of waiting for next Tuesday's election, the GAB recommends checking with your local clerk’s office before heading out. As of Wednesday, more than 205-thousand people had cast absentee ballots in-person or by mail. For those still planning to mail in a ballot, they must be postmarked by Election Day and received by clerks no later than the end of the day on Friday, November 7th.

Room Tax Increase In Lake Delton

 The village of Lake Delton approved a .5 percent increase in the room tax, an increase which was already approved by neighboring Wisconsin Dells. The decision was made at the village board meeting earlier this week. 90% of the room tax money will go towards the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau as they consider forming a development association. The association would choose areas to invest in to pay for tourism and tourism related area development.

 Paul Ryan In Sauk County

 House Republican Paul Ryan was in Sauk County yesterday to campaign for Scott Walker. While speaking in Prairie Du Sac he made the remark that Mary Burke’s campaign has been trying to get voters to hate Scott Walker and win the election quote “by default”. Burke’s campaign has denied the allegations. Scott Walker currently has a 7 percentage point lead over Burke according to the final Marquette Law School poll before the election.

New Boundaries for Bow & Arrow Deer Season

 With the bow-and-arrow deer season underway, the state D-N-R encourages hunters to learn and follow the new boundaries for deer management units. They follow county lines, instead of roads and waterways as in the past.  As a result, the numbers of units dropped this year from 134 to 72.  The D-N-R said the change would simplify the hunt.  The archery season began earlier this month.  The nine-day gun season begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Man Threatens To Blow Up Building In Reedsburg

A man in Reedsburg was arrested last night after he made threats to blow up a building downtown with a hand grenade. Officers in the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department were alerted shortly after 7 o’clock last night when an individual called them complaining about a disability issue and told them he was armed with a hand grenade. The man stated he was downtown and threatened to use the grenade near the BMO Harris Bank Building in Reedsburg. Officers located the man identified as 47 year old Keith E. Langford and took him into custody at the Sauk County Jail. Langford faces a charge of Threatening a Bomb Scare and Disorderly Conduct. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident. 

Marquette County Teens Killed

 Two Marquette County teens are dead today after an accident yesterday in the town of Buffalo. The boys were killed when their vehicle went off the road and struck a group of trees. Deputies were called to State Highway 22 north of 17th Road in the town of Buffalo just before 7 o’clock last night. 18 year old Tyler Sweeney and his brother 14 year old Gunner Sweeney were pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said speed was a factor in the crash.

 Men Charged With Burglary of Lake Delton Restaurant

 Three men have been charged with burglarizing a Chinese restaurant in Lake Delton. Prosecutors have charged 18 year old Cody L. Fry of Wisconsin Dells, 17 year old Jordon N. Woods of Baraboo, and 39 year old Toby L. Adams of Wisconsin Dells with felony burglary and three misdemeanors, including entry into a locked coin box, criminal damage and theft. According to a report the men broke into and stole money from the Dynasty Chinese Restaurant of Lake Delton in late August. All 3 individuals will be back in court in November.

 CP Holiday Train

 The Canadian Pacific railroad has announced the December schedule for its annual "Holiday Train" through Wisconsin.  The train is decorated with hundreds-of-thousands of lights as it makes numerous stops across the U-S and Canada.  It features holiday entertainment, while raising donations for local food banks.  This year's Holiday Train enters Wisconsin from the southeast.  And will be in the Portage, Wisconsin Dells, and Mauston areas on December eighth.  For more information, you can check out the Canadian Pacific's Web site at CPR-Dot-ca.

Car Crashes Into Bus in Lodi

Two students from the Lodi School district were taken to the Sauk Prairie Healthcare yesterday after a car rear ended a school bus that was taking children home. Shortly before 4, firefighters from the Lodi Area Fire Department were called to the scene on Highway 60, just east of Gluth road in the town of Lodi. The driver of the car was uninjured however their car was jammed under the bus. The two students suffered only minor injuries. A replacement bus took the rest of the school kids home. 

Crash on Highway 33 in Sauk County

 Two people were transported by med flight yesterday after a crash on Highway 33 in Sauk County. The incident occurred on County Road V in the town of LaValle. Investigators reported that a man from Reedsburg was driving east on Highway 33 when he crossed the center line and hit a westbound vehicle being driven by a 63 year old man from Fort Collins, Colorado. Both drivers were seriously injured. Names of the drivers have not yet been released.

11 Year Old Portage Boy Saved By Principal

An 11 year old boy is safe today after the quick actions of the principal at John Muir Elementary School. Trent Weier of Portage was choking on a mini-corn dog last week during school lunch when he stood up and gave the universal choking sign – placing his hands on his throat. That’s when principal Jason Meyer performed the Heimlich maneuver and helped Weier from choking. Principal Meyer says that Weier’s use of the emergency gesture is what really saved him.

 Poynette Man Charged With Sixth Drunken Driving Conviction

A Poynette man will spend a year in jail after his sixth drunken driving charge. 50 year old Robert E. Post of Poynette was ordered to serve a year in jail as part of four years of probation. He must also pay a fine of nearly $3,000.  





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