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 By Joe Block    News    July 18, 2019 

Black Earth complies with law, publishes minutes

The village of Black Earth is now in compliance with state law after delivering previously unpublished board meeting minutes to the Star News on...

 By Joe Block    News    July 18, 2019 

Man drowns at Prairie du Sac Dam after rescuing children

A man drowned after rescuing his children below the Prairie du Sac damn Saturday, July 13. The man was Kou Her, age 53, of Madison. His body was...

 By Joe Block    News    July 18, 2019 

Lake Marion regulations remain the same, no swimming, boating allowed

The Mazomanie village board clarified issues concerning Lake Marion usage at their meeting July 9....

 By Joe Block    News    July 18, 2019 

Prairie du Sac changes fence ordinance

The village of Prairie du Sac approved changes to an ordinance which will make things easier for the organizers of the annual Cow Chip Festival. The...

 By Joe Block    Opinion    July 11, 2019

Around the Block

While having a conversation with a friend last week about what I felt to be a somewhat normal, but also deeply weird, high school and college...

 By Joe Block    Community    July 11, 2019

Invasive Red Swamp Crayfish dumped near river

A citizen tip to the DNR led to the installation of silt fence at the Sauk Prairie canoe landing on...

 By Joe Block    News    July 11, 2019

Crocker St. railroad crossing to undergo improvements

The railroad crossing on Crocker St. in Mazomanie will be improved over the next two weeks. According to Mark Geisler, director of public works, the...

 By Joe Block    News    July 4, 2019

Black Earth fails to publish board meeting minutes in newspaper

The village of Black Earth has failed to publish meeting minutes for every board meeting of the past 18 months in the newspaper. According to...

 By Joe Block    News    July 4, 2019

Former Mazo resident arrested at Kwik Trip

A Reedsburg man has been arrested after passing out in the Kwik Trip in Sauk City. On June 15 around 7 p.m., officers located Travis Stoltz, 35, in...

 By Joe Block    News    July 4, 2019

What's in a name? Locally christened August Derleth Bridge loses a sign

A mystery concerning the disappearance of one of the "August Derleth bridge" signs was resolved with...

 By Joe Block    News    July 4, 2019

Heights high school students attend forum on social justice

A group of students from the district participated in the 2019 youth social justice forum in late April. Held in Sun Prairie, the forum included...

 By Joe Block    News    July 4, 2019

Mazo man arrested for meth posession

A Mazomanie man was arrested in Mauston on May 18 after a deputy found him slumped over the wheel of his car in a Kwik Trip parking lot. Raymond...

 By Joe Block    News    July 4, 2019

Black Earth woman flees Huber assignment

A Black Earth woman failed to return to the Sauk County Huber Center on June 26. Jasmine-Rose Rebecca Decorah is serving a one-year work release...

 By Joe Block    News    June 27, 2019

Badger cleanup starting over

The effort by the Army to clean up pollutants affecting residential wells around the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant has gone back to the drawing...

 By Joe Block    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Around the Block

The role of journalists With the rise of cable news, much of journalism turned towards soundbites and infotainment. The Internet accelerated this tren...

 By Joe Block    News    June 20, 2019

Wepking denies pulling taser's trigger, "did not know what he was thinking"

A Rock County Sherriff’s Department investigation into former Sauk Prairie police officer Jamie Wepking’s alleged firing of a taser at a fellow...

 By Joe Block    Community    June 20, 2019

6th grade teacher Traci Schutt wins Crystal Apple Award

Sauk Prairie School District 6th grade teacher Traci Schutt was awarded a Crystal Apple Award by...

 By Joe Block    News    June 20, 2019

Prairie du Sac to modify ordinance allowing one fence for Cow Chip

Changes will be coming to the fencing at this summer’s Cow Chip Festival. At the request of the Cow Chip committee, the Prairie du Sac board will be...

 By Joe Block    News    June 13, 2019

Wepking hired by Baraboo Police

Former Sauk Prairie police officer Jamie Wepking, who resigned in November after allegedly removing a fellow officer’s taser and discharging it at...

 By Joe Block    News    June 13, 2019

Sauk City residents died of natural causes

A mother and son found deceased in their Sauk City home on Sunday, June 2, died of natural causes. 88 year old Margaret Fass and her 63 year old son...

 By Joe Block    Community    June 13, 2019

Black Earth and Mazomanie police departments ready for summer fun

The Dane County Sheriff's Office, Black Earth, and Mazomanie Police Departments, the Dane County...


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