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 By Joe Block    News    September 19, 2019 

Community Park project halted by flood

Black Earth residents are concerned that the $749,000 Community Park project will not alleviate...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 19, 2019 

Village of Mazo asked to address stormwater flooding on Walter Road

Flooding of a different sort was a topic of conversation at the village of Mazomanie board meeting on Sept. 10. James LeVoy, owner of property...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 19, 2019 

Town of Mazo NWDSS contribution exceeds amount requested

Paulette Glunn, executive director of Northwest Dane Senior Services, incorrectly stated the contributions for the village and town of Mazomanie at...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 19, 2019 

Sauk Prairie police looking for suspect in robberies

The Sauk Prairie police department is investigating a string of robberies across the area. The...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 19, 2019 

Gateway to the Driftless asks Heights for $2500 donation

Chris Long, executive director of Gateway to the Driftless, gave the Wisconsin Heights school board an update on last year’s progress. He was...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 12, 2019

Black Earth approves $925,000 in borrowing for Community Park project

In a wide-ranging Sept. 7 meeting, the Black Earth village board heard updates on the Community Park project, approved the bond sale to fund it, and...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 5, 2019

Village board member denies ethics violation

Village of Black Earth trustee Josh Wahl, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the $750,000 Community Park project, is employed by one of the subcon...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 5, 2019

Heights approves transgender policy

The Wisconsin Heights school board unanimously approved an update to its transgender student policy at its meeting on Aug. 26. John Klett, from...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 5, 2019

Correction

The last name of Mazomanie village administrator Peter Huebner was spelled incorrectly in last week’s issue. The Star News regrets the...

 
 By Joe Block    News    September 5, 2019

Prairie du Sac looks at finances

The Prairie du Sac village board heard the results of its 2018 audit at its Aug. 27 meeting, as well as updates to its Capital Improvement Plan. The...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 29, 2019

Wisconsin River bridge in Sauk City going down to 2 lanes

A construction project with the potential to be a headache for local Sauk Prairie drivers will be...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 29, 2019

Village board member denies ethics violation

Village of Black Earth trustee Josh Wahl, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the $750,000 Community Park project, is employed by one of the subcon...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 22, 2019

Tragedy, recovery, hope

"These folks went to work their regular jobs, then came home and worked until eight or nine at night...

 
 By Joe Block    Community    August 22, 2019

Sauk City opens Riverfront Park splashpad to the delight of local children

Sauk City celebrated the opening of its riverfront park on Thursday, Aug, 15. The public opening...

 
 By Joe Block    Community    August 22, 2019

Wisconsin Heights introduces new transgender and gender role policy

The Wisconsin Heights School District introduced its revised transgender and nonconforming gender role stereotypes policy to the board at its Aug. 12...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 15, 2019

Black Earth approves Community Park project after village board debate

The Black Earth village board narrowly approved $743,000 in improvements to Community Park. The village will have to initially pay for the project...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 15, 2019

United Church of Christ steeple burns

The United Church of Christ in Mazomanie lost its steeple and bell tower to fire Sunday, Aug. 11. It was a suspected lightning strike. The Mazomanie...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 8, 2019

Wenzel pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography charges

William Wenzel, 72, of Prairie du Sac, has pled not guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography. He appeared in Sauk County court Aug....

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Around the Block

More people died last weekend in mass shootings. Since 1966, 1,196 people have been killed in 165 mass shootings. In the 50 years prior to 1966,...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 8, 2019

Cow Chip gets fencing change

At its July 23 meeting, the village of Prairie du Sac approved changes to an ordinance which will make things easier for the organizers of the annual...

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 8, 2019

Heights middle school/high school test scores look good

Wisconsin Heights middle school/high school principal Liz Dostal provided a breakdown of state assessments at the board meeting Monday, July 22....

 
 By Joe Block    News    August 1, 2019

Sauk Prairie National Night Out

Sauk Prairie’s National Night Out will be held Tuesday, August 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Marion Park. Local emergency services including fire and EMS,...

 
 By Joe Block    Community    August 1, 2019

Reflections on the life of Doris Litscher-Gasser

With the passing of Doris Litscher-Gasser recently, the Star News is reprinting an article published...

 
 By Joe Block    News    July 25, 2019

DA refuses to say why Wepking wasn't charged

The Columbia County District Attorney has declined to make public documents concerning the case against former Sauk Prairie police officer Jaime...

 
 By Joe Block    News    July 25, 2019

8 rescued from Wisconsin River after storm

A group of eight teenagers got more than they bargained for on the evening of July 16. Settling into camp on an island in the Wisconsin River about 5...

 

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