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 By Joe Block    News    March 14, 2019 

Mazomanie experiencing downtown flooding

Mazomanie is currently experiencing downtown flooding and road closures. Please monitor the What's Happening Mazomanie Facebook page and the Star...

 By Joe Block    News    March 14, 2019 

Prairie du Sac accepts grant for downtown riverfront project

At its meeting February 26, the Prairie du Sac board voted to accept a $200,000 grant to be used for the downtown riverfront project. The project...

 By Joe Block    News    March 14, 2019 

Heights to offer middle school/high school equestrian club

The Wisconsin Heights School District will be offering an equestrian club in the fall for the 6-12th grades. Jeff and Anita Fanscali will be...

 By Joe Block    News    March 7, 2019

Hambrecht retires after 50 years with SP area emergency services

The members of the Prairie du Sac Fire Department have announced that Fire Chief Jim Hambrecht has...

 By Joe Block    News    March 7, 2019

Head on crash on 14 flips car

On Wednesday, February 27, at 11:05 a.m., a vehicle crossed the centerline in front of Wisconsin Heights High school and struck an oncoming vehicle....

 By Joe Block    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Around the Block

About two weeks ago we were preparing for a wet weekend. Over an inch of rain was forecast, there wa...

 By Joe Block    Community    March 7, 2019

Learn about Cuca Records at Tripp Museum

The Tripp Museum in Prairie du Sac will be hosting a Q and A about Cuca Records with founder Jim Kirchstein, Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. He tells...

 By Joe Block    News    February 28, 2019

Wisconsin Heights to go forward with $500,000 remodel

The Wisconsin Heights school board approved a $493,000 renovation to the tech ed area of the middle...

 By Joe Block    News    February 28, 2019

Village of Prairie du Sac sells $1 million in bonds to fund construction

The Village of Prairie du Sac sold $1.205 million in general obligation bonds for upcoming public works projects at their meeting two weeks ago. The...

 By Joe Block    News    February 28, 2019


The Village of Mazomanie’s final motion at their meeting two weeks ago, concerning the buyout, was the following: “Motion by Ray Schlamp, second...

 By Joe Block    News    February 28, 2019

Village of Mazomanie public comments policy in line with other boards

At the last Village of Mazomanie board meeting, Village president enforced the existing public comment policy. He noted that the public was allowed...

 By Joe Block    News    February 21, 2019

Prairie du Sac man dies in car fire in Merrimac

A 50-year-old Prairie du Sac man died in a car fire Friday in Merrimac. Ricky Guillen attempted to back his car off his lawn, and it got stuck in the...

 By Joe Block    News    February 14, 2019

Black Earth man kidnapped at gunpoint and beaten

On November 11, Cameron Krause, 18, of Mazomanie, and Brody Randall, 17, of Spring Green, allegedly kidnapped a man in Black Earth and forced him to...

 By Joe Block    Schools    February 14, 2019

Wisconsin Heights students show improvement in ACT Aspire test scores

6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Wisconsin Heights took the ACT Aspire test in the fall and winter and their results were presented by high school...

 By Joe Block    Opinion    February 14, 2019

Around the Block

One of my favorite songs is “Coffee and Cigarettes” by Jimmy Eat World. It’s a song about distant memories, a certain particular experience,...

 By Joe Block    Opinion    February 7, 2019

Around the Block

Being the editor of a small weekly newspaper can be a lonely job. There is a full-time staff of...

 By Joe Block    News    January 31, 2019

No conflict of interest for Village President Harrop

With the village of Mazomanie purchasing damaged houses, and Peoples Community Bank employing many through the village, the question of whether there...

 By Joe Block    News    January 31, 2019

Mazo meetings on YouTube

Village of Mazomanie Board meetings are now on YouTube, thanks to village trustee Natalie Beil. The board meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month...


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