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 By Joe Block    News    January 17, 2019 

Candidates set for spring election

The Spring Election will take place Tuesday, April 2. Nonpartisan state offices elected in 2019 are Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge,...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 17, 2019 

Eagles take flight

Prairie du Sac saw four eagle releases last Saturday at VFW park. The day was overcast and windy,...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    January 17, 2019 

Around the Block

Portillo's will be coming to Madison this spring, and Giordano's will soon bring Chicago-style...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 17, 2019 

Car crashes into apartment, Sauk Prairie police busy

Sauk Prairie police officers were busy last week, with several incidents occurring. On January 11...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 17, 2019 

Prairie du Sac approves bond sale

The Village of Prairie du Sac approved the sale of $1.22 million in general obligation bonds for...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 17, 2019 

Project Recovery to help those affected by floods

Jane Gaffney and Kim Mindham, from Project Recovery, spoke at Coffee With a Cop Thursday morning. Project Recovery is a program to help those...

 
 By Joe Block    Schools    January 10, 2019

Wisconsin Heights hopes to beat student illnesses

Wisconsin Heights is featuring a new program, called Kinsa-FLUency, that will help keep students healthier. According to nurse Katy Howe: “The...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Around the Block

Each day, you see the sun rise in the east and set in the west. A middle-aged person witnesses this close to 15,000 times. Have you ever wondered,...

 

6:8 has successful year

6:8 capped off a successful year in 2018. On July 8 (6/8), the organization celebrated its 8th birthday, as well as the grand opening of its new...

 

Coffee With A Cop to feature flood resources

Thursday’s Coffee With A Cop will feature Jane Gaffney, a team leader for Couleecap’s Project Recovery. Couleecap is a non-profit serving the...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 3, 2019

A good year for festivals Part 1

2018 was a great year for area festivals, from Cow Chip to Field Days, the Witwen July 4th parade...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 3, 2019

Missing boy returned to grandparents in Merrimac; mother took him to Virginia

A Merrimac boy is on his way home from Virigina after his birth mother failed to drop him off after a scheduled visit and took him. On December 23,...

 
 By Joe Block    News    January 3, 2019

Coffee With A Cop to feature information about flood recovery assistance

Thursday’s Coffee With A Cop will feature Jane Gaffney, a team leader for Couleecap’s Project Recovery. Couleecap is a non-profit serving the...

 
 By Joe Block    News    December 27, 2018

The top stories of 2018

The Star News is doing a roundup of the stories covered this year. They range from new businesses,...

 
 By Joe Block    News    December 27, 2018

Two more dog carcasses turn up in Mazomanie

Two more dead dogs were found on DNR land off Amenda Road on December 18 in Mazomanie. An an adult brown and white medium mixed breed, sex unknown,...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    December 27, 2018

Around the Block

I’ve always had a good family. My mother’s side was a grand Italian family, and I had 5 great aunts and uncles who lived within a few houses of...

 
 By Joe Block    News    December 20, 2018

Wisconsin Heights School District proposes 5-year referendum

At their meeting Monday, December 10, the Wisconsin Heights school board reviewed information for the upcoming 5-year operational referendum. The...

 
 By Joe Block    News    December 20, 2018

Prairie du Sac presented with Sauk County housing study data

Ed White from Sauk County Development Corporation provided a presentation to the Prairie du Sac Village Board at their meeting last Tuesday on the...

 
 By Joe Block    News    December 20, 2018

Dead puppy dumped on public land

Residents of Mazomanie township who use the public DNR land around them were treated to the unfortunate sight of a dead puppy around December 8. The...

 
 By Joe Block    Opinion    December 13, 2018

Around the Block

You may or may not remember the 43rd issue of the Star News, dated October 26, 2017. I had been a reporter for the newspaper for about 7 months at...

 

Tower Rock Elementary taps into social emotional learning

It was a strange sight in the 4th grade room at Tower Rock Elementary. The students, normally vivaci...

 

Ruth Community Library Director Lauren White eager to get to work

New Ruth Community Library Director Lauren White has come away with a good impression of the area...

 

Sauk Prairie named Carrier Town USA

Sauk Prairie has won the competition and is Aircraft Carrier Town for 2018. Competing in an online...

 
 By Joe Block    News    December 6, 2018

Concessions trailer stolen from Wisconsin Heights High School

On Friday, November 23, a Pepsi Co. concessions truck/trailer was stolen from the Wisconsin Heights...

 

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