The race for Wisconsin’s Senate seat: the candidates

The US Senate primary race on Aug. 9 has nine contenders, seven of them Democrats, hoping to win nominations for the general election in November.

Public Health can issue orders after State Supreme Court decision

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Becker v. Dane County on July 8, a case which bought into question Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s (PHMDC) ability to issue a public heath order for the safety of the public. 

Renewed interest in Miranda Rights after Supreme Court ruling

“You have the right to remain silent” has been a cornerstone of the Miranda Warning in the US since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ernesto Miranda in the 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona. The court then ruled that suspects should be informed of their rights when accused of committing a crime.

Sauk County Fair about to kick off

Pictured, Sauk Prairie’s Austin Rider at last year’ fair.

It’s already time for Fair season.

Sauk County’s will be held July 11-17 at the Fairgrounds in Baraboo. As always, entry will be free for those who walk through the gate. Otherwise, parking is $5 per day or $20 for the season.

Another victory for power line proponents

Cue the Never Ending Story theme song. The saga of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek power transmission line has yet another chapter in it. 

“we are ok”

A local Sauk Prairie resident’s relative—her niece—attended the Highland Park, IL 4th of July Parade last week with her family and survived unharmed. This is a personal account she wrote to her family. She has been kind enough to share it with the Star News.

WisDOT now provides access to more than 400 traffic cameras

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today unveiled a new feature for Wisconsin’s 511 travel information system. Accessible online at or via the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app, motorists can now view live video feeds of travel conditions via traffic cameras throughout Wisconsin.

Black Earth’s Benish running for Assembly against Considine

Shellie Benish

Shellie Benish, Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Black Earth, and Wisconsin Certified Municipal Clerk, announced her candidacy to represent the 81st Assembly District last week. Benish will face fellow Republican Bob Wood in the August 9th primary.

New Heights dubs Mazomanie Elementary “The Grove”

Faith Fehlen from New Heights Church visited the Mazomanie village board on June 14th and updated them about the future of “The Grove,” as the facility located in the former Mazomanie elementary School Building will be called.

Remains of missing boater finally found in Wisconsin River

The search for Parker Kruse that began last July 3 when he drowned in the Wisconsin River ended on Saturday. Parker was found near the Port Andrew boat landing on Steamboat Island by canoers from Illinois. The canoers heard about Parker’s loss when on vacation last summer.


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