•  Portage Area Holiday Food Drive thru December 18 ... (Thursday, December 18)

US Bank, 2 Portage locations

Locations: 238 West Wisconsin Street and 2848 New Pinery Road, Portage. 

Items needed: Cereal, pasta, tuna, juice, peanut butter, hearty soups, hamburger/tuna helper, toiletries

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ALICE in Mauston

 School safety was a main topic at the Mauston School Board’s monthly meeting earlier this week.  The Board discussed implementing ALICE which is short for: Alert – Lockdown – Inform – Counter – Evacuation, a plan for removing students and staff from potentially harmful situations in the school. The board will gather more information about the safety plan before deciding to adopt it.


Women Will Serve Probation

 Two women involved in a robbery this spring were sentenced earlier this week. 22 year old Katelyn L. Kail of Montello and 18 year old Nina I. Downey of Portage were each ordered to serve time on probation for their involvement in an incident that occurred in March. Portage police said that the girls took drugs and a wallet from a man and then struck him with a baseball bat. 

Mauston Man Accused of Stealing Dog

 A Mauston man could be facing a charge of theft for allegedly stealing a blind man’s dog. According to a 48 year old Kendall man, 34 year old James R. Baumgartner Jr. stole his dog while he was working on his property earlier this year. The victim, who is blind claims that he allowed Baumgartner to take his vehicle, but heard his dog inside the vehicle before he left. The case has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office.

 Pardeeville Man Will Spend Time In Jail

 A man from Pardeeville will spend time in jail after investigators said he damaged the gates of a dam in the town of Buffalo and stole items from the dam’s control shed over the summer. 18 year old Patrick J. Lindemann pleaded “no contest” late last month in Marquette County Circuit Court to misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass to dwelling and criminal damage to property. Lindeman will serve 45 days in jail and pay over $4,000 in restitution.

 Highway 60 Bridge Complete

 Work on the Highway 60 bridge in Prairie Du Sac has been completed and was re-opened yesterday afternoon. The project which began in May replaced the bridge deck and approaches and repainted the girders. Safety improvement to Highway 188 were also included in the project. The total cost of the project was nearly 3.7 million.

 Merrimac Ferry Closed

 The Merrimac ferry is closed today due to ice on the Wisconsin River. According to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials expect the ferry to resume operations after a warming trend that is forecast within the next few days. Flashing lights in the area are activated in the area to notify travelers of the temporary closure.

 Marquette County Crimestoppers

 The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public with information on a Burglary that occurred last week in Montello. The crime occurred last Thursday on 11th Drive, south of Highway K when forced entry was used to enter a residence and an individual stole an undetermined amount of money and items. If you have information on the crime call 1-800-297-TIPS







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