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Arena board fills vacant seat, police use drone for rescue, seize drugs

The Arena Village Board accepted the Arena Fire and EMS’s request to purchase a used truck, to cost up to $250,000, at their monthly board meeting last Tuesday. The purchase is expected to be completed by 2023.

Sauk County completes year two of groundwater study

Groundwater is the principal water supply for Sauk County municipalities, industries, and rural residents. While municipal water supplies are regularly monitored and required to meet drinking water standards, private well owners must make decisions regarding when and what to test for and what to do if there is a problem.

Wisconsin River search continues for man who drowned near Spring Green

The search for Parker Kruse, who drowned in the Wisconsin River on July 3 after going to the aid of a boater in trouble, continues. The accident happened near the Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green, where rescue then search efforts initially focused.

Field Days return to Black Earth

The Village of Black Earth will be celebrating Community Park Field Days on Saturday, Aug 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., in Community Park. The events include:

7:30 a.m.: Fun run/walk registration

8-10 a.m.: Fun run/walk

8-10 a.m.:  Breakfast

9-10 a.m.:  Free throw contest

10 a.m.: Kids water fights

Man who sexually assaulted women at Maplewood gets six years in prison

A former resident of Maplewood Nursing Home Sauk Prairie received six years in prison after pleading guilty to 3rd degree sexual assault. Galen Malisch, 63, formerly of Sauk City, said when questioned by police, that he did “touch” the resident.

Delta variant spreading in Wisconsin, infection rates increasing

COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, is still spreading in communities across Wisconsin, warned Department of Health Services (DHS) Julie Willems Van Dijk at a joint press conference with Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases July 9.

Remains of man from missing couple found, search continues


Krista Halderson

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office continues to search rural Dane County and ask for tips regarding Krista Halderson, 53, who was reported missing on July 7 along with her husband, Bart, 50.

Recovery efforts continue for man who drowned on Wisconsin River


A vigil for Parker Kruse was held last Wednesday night at Wisconsin Riverside Resort as the search continues. Kruse lost his life on the Wisconsin River over the 4th of July weekend while helping in a rescue of another boater. Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered on the banks of the river to remember and commemorate Kruse even as efforts to recover him continued. Donations to the family and organizations that have helped in the search can be made at Heck’s Market on Highway 14, Arena, by leaving an envelope with Parker Kruse’s name on. In Spring Green, envelopes can be left at the Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce office drop box, 208 N. Winsted Street.

A vigil for Parker Kruse was held last Wednesday night at Wisconsin Riverside Resort as the search continues. Kruse lost his life on the Wisconsin River over the 4th of July weekend while helping in a rescue of another boater.

Sauk Prairie Chamber rolls out new tagline, app: “Where adventure comes naturally” is the new slogan


The Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new tagline for the area. It’s now “Where adventure comes naturally.” A test group went through several options, including: Anything But Mainstream; Keeping with the Current; Take the Scenic Route; Find Your Balance. Where adventure comes naturally won out. The chamber will begin the transition by changing letterheads, website, and all community ads. New park signage is being installed to carry the same branding, as well as signage on the Great Sauk State Trail.

The Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new tagline for the area. It’s now “Where adventure comes naturally.”

A test group went through several options, including:

Anything But Mainstream; Keeping with the Current; Take the Scenic Route; Find Your Balance.

Where adventure comes naturally won out.

Sauk Prairie Chamber rolls out new tagline, app: “StriveOn” will bring information into a single place


The Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new tagline for the area. It’s now “Where adventure comes naturally.” A test group went through several options, including: Anything But Mainstream; Keeping with the Current; Take the Scenic Route; Find Your Balance. Where adventure comes naturally won out. The chamber will begin the transition by changing letterheads, website, and all community ads. New park signage is being installed to carry the same branding, as well as signage on the Great Sauk State Trail.

The Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) has been working on creating community information on the StriveOn app, a location-based mobile app that allows users to learn more about nearby businesses, trails, dining, parks, museums, organizations, and interactive trails.

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