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•  Steven Sobiek - Portage Business Development Dir. ... (Tuesday, July 28  10:10 AM - 10:30 AM)

•  Portage Center for the Arts ... (Thursday, July 30  8:10 AM - 8:20 AM)

Betty Kutzke

•  Portage Area Chamber of Commerce ... (Friday, July 31  8:10 AM - 8:25 AM)

Brad Conrad and Marianne Hanson

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Sexual Assault Case

A 31 year old man will be in court today for a felony charge of repeated sexual assault of same child. Adam T. Walsh is in Columbia County Circuit Court today for a status conference ahead of a jury trial that will begin next week. He has been charged with a felony of repeated sexual assault of same child and a charge of incest. He could face up to 60 years in prison for the sexual assault charge.


Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate for area counties in the month of June has been released. Juneau Counties unemployment rate went up to 5.2 percent from 5 percent the month before, Adams County increased to 7.2 percent up from 6.9 the month before. In Sauk County the rate remained the same at 4.2 percent. Columbia County was at 4.5 percent up from 4.4 in May.


PD Alcohol Enforcement Patrol

The Portage Police Department is holding a high visibility alcohol enforcement this weekend. The primary focus is to reduce alcohol impaired driving and other high risk behaviors that increase the risk of crashes. The enforcement will be centered around the Columbia County fair on Friday and Saturday. The Portage Police Department will be assisted by the Wisconsin Dells and Lodi Police Departments and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.


Pewitts Nest Problem

Parking problems at Pewitt’s Nest near Baraboo have been a major cause of concern. The natural attraction has a limited number of parking spots in the lot, which has led some people to park illegally in no-parking zones. Since the no-parking zones are near a 90 degree corner of Highway W it is a major safety hazard. More than 350 citations have been issued since Memorial Day Weekend. The forfeiture has been now doubled to $20 and illegal parkers vehicles will be towed. 


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