•  Bell Ringers Needed for Salvation Army Red Kettles ... (Friday, December 5)

Portage Area Retail Stores

Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to ring bells for collection kettles at Portage area retail stores during the holiday season.  To offer help, contact Jane at 608-408-8050.

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•  Portage Area Chamber of Commerce ... (Friday, November 28  8:10 AM - 8:25 AM)

Brad Conrad and Marianne Hanson

•  Dan Kremer - Portage Parks and Recreation Manager ... (Monday, December 1  9:10 AM - 9:30 AM)

•  Columbia County Humane Society - Jen Schkirkie ... (Monday, December 1  10:25 AM - 10:40 AM)

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Vehicle Crash in Pardeeville

 Two people were killed yesterday when their car hit a pick-up truck head-on near Pardeeville. The crash occurred just before 3 o’clock on Highway 22 at Columbia County Trunk Double – “E”. Sheriff’s deputies said that a northbound car veered out of control into the opposite lane and hit a truck that was pulling a trailer. Both people in the car died at the scene. Their names have not yet been released. The pick-up driver escaped injury.


Good Year for Christmas Tree Growers

 Christmas Tree growers in Sauk County are reporting that 2014 has been a good year as fewer trees were lost this year due to dry soils. According to area farmers only a few hundred trees were lost this year due to the weather, compared to about 10 thousand that were lost last year.


Funding For Reedsburg Airport

 Governor Scott Walker has announced over $820,000 in funding to continue an airport terminal building project at the Reedsburg Municipal Airport. The project will complete space planning of the congest terminal area complex as well as the design, construction and inspection of a new terminal building. The airport is one of 98 facilities included in the State Airport System Plan, which makes it eligible for state and federal funding.

Scam In Adams County

The Adams County Sheriff’s office is warning people in the area of a scam that has been reported in the area. A caller pretends to represent the IRS and demands money or may say that the person answering has a refund due and tries to trick them into sharing private information. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and are unsure if its legitimacy - visit irs.gov and type scam into the search box.


Man Dies In Crash

A 34 year old man is dead today after a single vehicle crash on Saturday morning in Sauk County. The incident occurred on County Road G at McCarville Road in the town of Bear Creak. 34 year old Boris Rubio died after his vehicle left the roadway and rolled over several times. Icy roads and dense fog are believed to be factors in the incident. Rubio was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.


New Building at Circus World

Another part of circus history is being readied for visitors at Circus World of Baraboo. Contractors have finished the renovation of a 105 year old, 600 foot long building that storied rail cars before the Ringling Brothers Circus traveled across the country. It took nine year to plan and carry out the one point two million dollar renovation. Museum officials say they plan to add displays to show how the building helped the circus achieve its national success.


Semi Fire in Mauston

A semi fire closed one lane of interstate 90 westbound near Mauston for more than 9 hours on Saturday morning and early afternoon. There’s no word yet on if anyone was injured in the fire.

Lodi Man Sentenced

A Lodi man was ordered to serve time in jail after his third drunken driving offense caused a fiery crash earlier this year. 35 year old Beau J. Bongard was sentenced last week to serve 75 days in jail and pay a fine of over $2,000.


Adams-Friendship Receives New Computers

The Adams-Friendship Area School District will receive five computers as part of the U.S. Senate’s “Computers For School” program. With the program; the computers were once used by the United States Senate, but are no longer needed.  The Adams-Friendship School district is one of only 5 in the state to receive the donations.

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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