Wisconsin sharing Driver’s License info with other states

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the first DMV, nationwide, to update its data system to enable the electronic sharing of all driver records with other states. The innovative process, launched April 10, modernizes Wisconsin’s system from paper to all electronic.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare wins award for tissue donation; names two new members to board

Two new trustees were elected to serve on Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Board of Directors during the Hospital Association Annual Meeting held April 18, 2022.


Cardinal-Hickory price tag jumps by $50 million

It was revealed last Friday that the cost of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek 345-kilovolt transmission line has ballooned by millions of dollars thanks to inflation and costs associated with the ongoing battle over the project. The price tag is now expected to be at least $50 million more than the $492,216,000 originally projected. 

Mt. Horeb teenager dies in accidental shooting

A Mt. Horeb teenager died early Sunday morning last week in what Dane County sheriff Kalvin Barrett called a tragic accident involving a rifle.

Sauk County COVID-19 level moves up to ‘Medium’

As a result of increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Sauk County is now in the Medium COVID-19 Community Level.

Dane County works to keep farming first and foremost

One of the most popular bumper stickers in Dane County, which may or may not come standard on any new Prius or Subaru, states a simple slogan: “No Farms, No Food.” But with rapid development in recent years, local fields are being usurped by subdivisions and parking lots, and families who spent generations tilling the soil are saying goodbye to

Officer Josh Sherman is new Sauk Prairie Chief of Police

The Sauk Prairie Police Commission named Officer Josh Sherman the new Chief of Police at their meeting last week, ending their search to replace former Chief Jerry Strunz, who retired in December. Sherman is a twenty-three-year veteran of the force.

When contacted by the Star News, Sherman had this to say: 

Avian Flu found in Sauk County; 11th county total

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) identified cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in backyard flocks in Sauk county last week. Birds are being depopulated to prevent spread of the disease. 

No combined Mazomanie and Black Earth police department

The Village of Black Earth recently asked neighboring Mazomanie if they were interested in a joint police department. This information came out at the April 26 Mazomanie village board meeting.

Watch for stormy weather as Spring approaches

A clap of thunder or bolt lightening illuminating the night sky is not an uncommon sight in southern Wisconsin, and although severe weather systems can plague the region any time of year, spring is when we see severe weather activity ramping up. 


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