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Sauk County COVID-19 level moves up to ‘Medium’

As a result of increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Sauk County is now in the Medium COVID-19 Community Level.

Dane County works to keep farming first and foremost

One of the most popular bumper stickers in Dane County, which may or may not come standard on any new Prius or Subaru, states a simple slogan: “No Farms, No Food.” But with rapid development in recent years, local fields are being usurped by subdivisions and parking lots, and families who spent generations tilling the soil are saying goodbye to

Officer Josh Sherman is new Sauk Prairie Chief of Police

The Sauk Prairie Police Commission named Officer Josh Sherman the new Chief of Police at their meeting last week, ending their search to replace former Chief Jerry Strunz, who retired in December. Sherman is a twenty-three-year veteran of the force.

When contacted by the Star News, Sherman had this to say: 

Avian Flu found in Sauk County; 11th county total

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) identified cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in backyard flocks in Sauk county last week. Birds are being depopulated to prevent spread of the disease. 

No combined Mazomanie and Black Earth police department

The Village of Black Earth recently asked neighboring Mazomanie if they were interested in a joint police department. This information came out at the April 26 Mazomanie village board meeting.

Watch for stormy weather as Spring approaches

A clap of thunder or bolt lightening illuminating the night sky is not an uncommon sight in southern Wisconsin, and although severe weather systems can plague the region any time of year, spring is when we see severe weather activity ramping up. 

Army says “No” to Gruber’s Grove Bay cleanup

The dredging of polluted sediments in Gruber’s Grove Bay in Lake Wisconsin has gone back to the drawing board, much to the dismay of residents in the Merrimac area.

New Heights buys Mazo Elementary


The Congregation in front of the school.

When New Heights began this journey over 15 years ago, they never imagined they would be buying an elementary school.

Incumbents dominate in election, very few contested races

Incumbents ruled the roost in an otherwise quiet election across the area. In the few contested races there were, incumbents easily topped their challengers. One last-minute campaign happened in Sauk Prairie for the school board.Here are the results:

Mazomanie’s Library Director retiring after 20 years

After 20 years as Director of the Mazomanie Free Library, Audrey Johnson is retiring. In this period the job changed from simply checking out books to so much more. Under Johnson’s directorship Wi-Fi was introduced for library patrons, and workstations with computers were placed in the library for community use.

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