Man accused of pepper spraying deputy arrested
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a man accused of using pepper spray on a Columbia County deputy has been arrested.
Sheriff Roger Brandner says Deputy Michael Rosecky momentarily...
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Up to foot of snow predicted in latest storm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Schools closed early as a major winter storm approached Wisconsin with projections of up to a foot of snow in some areas followed by a plunge into single-digit high temperatures.
While some districts sent students home for the afternoon, others canceled classes altogether Tuesday, including Platteville, Portage, Baraboo, Prairie du Chien and Wisconsin Dells.
Video, anti-Semitic flyers target Baraboo ahead of meetings
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine who posted anti-Semitic flyers ahead of planned meetings next week over a photograph of Wisconsin high school boys appearing to give a Nazi salute.
The flyers were posted Monday on the exterior of Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo. They contained warnings about Dec. 18, an apparent reference to a day of high school assemblies featuring speakers calling for tolerance.
Wisconsin man’s metal sculptures featured in television show
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Erik Figi left his hometown of Baraboo to pursue his dream of screen writing in the cutthroat world of Hollywood.
Wisconsin district unveils plan after Nazi salute photo
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin school district officials have unveiled a plan that they hope will instill more empathy and understanding in students after a photo recently surfaced showing several dozen high schoolers giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
Wisconsin school responds to Nazi salute photo with peace
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group at a Milwaukee high school recently took a photo to spread peace in response a photo that surfaced showing high school boys in Baraboo giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
School district: Free-speech protects those in viral photo
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Officials with a Wisconsin school district say free-speech rights would make it difficult to discipline students who appeared in a photograph that showed several high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
Wisconsin governor: Students giving Nazi salute are ‘idiots’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says high school students who appear to be giving a Nazi salute in a photo are "a bunch of idiots."
Walker was asked Thursday about the photo of Baraboo high school students that circulated earlier this week. The photo of about 60 boys was taken outside the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo last spring. About two-thirds of the boys have their right arms raised in what appears to be a Nazi salute.
Wisconsin school district plans program on Nazi salute image
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district plans to host a community program after a photograph surfaced of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said in a letter to parents Wednesday that the district is in the planning stages with civic, community and faith leaders to host the program. Mueller says details will be "shared as soon as possible."
Photographer: Nazi salute image not meant to be offensive
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The parent who took a photo of Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute on the steps of a local courthouse said Tuesday he was simply asking the teens to wave goodbye to their parents before they headed to prom and never anticipated the image would draw widespread condemnation.
The Latest: Photographer: Controversial photo ill-timed shot
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the photo of Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute (all times local):
A parent who took a photo that shows about 60 Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute says he simply asked the youths to wave goodbye to their parents and that he takes the blame for the timing of the shot.
Wisconsin district investigates boys’ apparent Nazi salute
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute, drawing a strong rebuke on social media.
Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said she became aware of the photo Monday after it was posted on social media. The photo of more than 60 male students dressed in suits shows many with their right arm extended upward while posed on the steps of the Sauk County Courthouse.
The Latest: Wisconsinites rally for love after Nazi photo
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a photo of Wisconsin high school students giving what appears to be a Nazi salute (all times local):
Some members of a Wisconsin community are rallying to give a message of love in response to a photo that appears to show several high school students flashing a Nazi salute.
Flood warning continues for Madison
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Showers and thunderstorms continue to increase already swollen rivers and make travel around flooded areas difficult in southern Wisconsin.
Madison is bracing for flash flooding as Lake Monona reached a record level of 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) above the 100-year flood elevation.
More rain causes rivers to rise, extends flood warning
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say there's no relief in sight for waterlogged southern Wisconsin residents.
The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for Madison until Thursday afternoon after the area received more than an inch and a half of rain Saturday night through Sunday evening. The weather service says another 2 inches of rain could fall through Wednesday.
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Water-weary Wisconsin braces for weekend thunderstorms
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Water-logged southern Wisconsin braced Friday for yet another bout of severe weather over the Labor Day weekend, the latest in a seemingly endless stream of punishing storms and floods.
The National Weather Service predicted that the Madison area would get up to 2 inches from Friday night through Sunday. The area southwest of the city is expected to get up to 3 inches, and some places could get more.
UW System regents change two-year school names
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System regents have changed the name of another 10 two-year schools as the campuses merge with nearby four-year institutions.
The regents on Friday approved renaming UW-Marathon County as UW-Stevens Point at Wausau; UW-Marshfield/Wood County as UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield; and UW-Rock County as UW-Whitewater at Rock County.
PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — An employee at a Portage prison is one of five people accused in a plan to deliver marijuana inside the facility.
A memorial to Baraboo-born survivors of a World War I battle is headed to Lower Ochsner Park.
Baraboo High School history teacher Steve Argo and the Baraboo 21 Club have worked for three years to create a memorial to the locals who survived the sinking of the SS Tuscania in 1918. On Tuesday, the Baraboo Common Council voted unanimously to allow the memorial to be placed at Lower Ochsner Park.
Lillian “Lil” Adams, 88, of Baraboo, slipped away while loved ones dozed nearby on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center.
Friends like everything about Judy Ellington except her lutefisk and lefse.
Speakers celebrated the devoted volunteer’s work on behalf of several Baraboo causes as Ellington received a community service award Tuesday from the Kiwanis Club. They also provided insight into her less public activities, including her habit of making Norwegian delicacies and insisting that guests try them.
Amy Lynn Cone, 59, of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 22, 2018, at home.
Amy was born in Baraboo on March 6, 1959, the daughter of John Norton and Barbara Jean (Ameigh) Cone. She graduated from Baraboo High School in 1977 and then worked at Seneca Foods Corporation for 35 years. She recently enjoyed working weekends at Fawn Creek Winery in Wisconsin Dells.
Baraboo nonprofit seeks to add transitional housing for employment program
Leaders of a Baraboo program that helps former convicts and other underserved members of society re-enter the workforce hope to use recent recognition to help expand their efforts by offering participants transitional housing.
Joanne L. Krause, 80, of Janesville, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville.
She was born in Vernon County on Aug. 2, 1937, the daughter of the late Lewis and Florence (Clark) Morris. Joanne married Algene A. Krause on July 6, 1968, at Peace Lutheran Church in Janesville, where she is still a member.
Speaker delivers painful, personal address on transgender challenges
Joanne Lee is coming to Baraboo to fulfill a promise to her son. As he lay peacefully in a casket, after committing suicide at age 16, Lee made a vow.
“You take a rest. Mom is going to fight for you and for others,” she said that day in September 2015. “That’s the promise I made to him.”
Lee will speak Monday at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo Sauk County. Her appearance was organized by the campus P.R.I.D.E. Club, First United Methodist Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ.
St. Clare Hospital adopts Baraboo’s Steinhorst Park, works to improve environmental friendliness
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital is taking steps to promote sustainability both inside and outside its Baraboo healthcare center.
The institution will adopt Steinhorst Park and host cleanup days to ensure the area is free of litter and other debris for visitors. St. Clare Hospital leaders met Monday with Baraboo Parks Director Mike Hardy to kick off the new partnership and plant two trees, which the healthcare center will adopt and maintain.
Federal housing data is showing a drop in homelessness in Wisconsin, but area shelters still face more demand than they can handle.
“We’ve been full. It’s sad,” said Cindy LeGrand, executive director of River Haven Homeless Shelter. “Right now we have a housing shortage here and we have been reaching out to other areas such as Baraboo and I have been told they have housing shortages there, too.”
A Sauk County official says a Baraboo man accidentally overdosed on prescription medication while carrying for his elderly mother in January, resulting in both of their deaths.
“He died first,” Coroner Greg Hahn said. “Then, the mother just more or less didn’t know what to do.”
SSM Health to close Baraboo addiction Treatment and Recovery Center in June
The Baraboo SSM Health Treatment and Recovery Center will close its doors June 15, further limiting what many health officials view as a shortage of assistance programs for drug addiction across the state.
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Spokesperson Melanie Platt-Gibson said changing regulations at the state and federal level, coupled with qualified staff shortages and lack of reimbursement funding have put the rehab center for alcoholism and other drug addictions on an unsustainable path.
Highway 33 traffic between Baraboo and Reedsburg to get additional law enforcement attention starting tonight
The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department will devote extra attention to traffic on a stretch of highway between Reedsburg and Baraboo in the coming days.
In a news release Thursday, Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said the agency has responded to a disproportionate number of fatal and serious injury crashes along State Highway 33 as compared to other highways in the county.
Postage collectors from all over the state will gather in Reedsburg for its annual exhibition May 5-6.
When the Baraboo Area Stamp Club was chosen to host the exhibition, member Ken Grant said the club decided to bring the 87th Annual Convention and Exhibition for the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs to the local area. Grant said there are 28 stamp clubs in the state and usually the annual exhibitions are held in bigger cities, like Milwaukee or Madison.
Marcella "Tootie" Ender, 85, of Baraboo, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Tootie was born April 18, 1933, in Baraboo, the daughter of Edward and Evelyn Dummer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth "Jack;" and her son, Dennis.
The weather pendulum is swinging from storms to sunshine.
After Wednesday’s snowstorm dropped 7.2 inches on the Baraboo area, the National Weather Service predicts a slow warming trend over the next several days.
Temperatures reached the mid-40s Thursday, and may climb to 60 degrees by Sunday, said Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sullivan.
Continuing a partnership dating back to when the Ringlings launched their circus in Baraboo, a local bank will serve as the lead sponsor of this summer’s Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration.
Ho-Chunk contribution to Great Sauk State Trail efforts is second largest
Ho-Chunk Nation contributed $100,000 to the Great Sauk State Trail effort.
A regional trade group has recognized what Baraboo customers have known for years: Wild Apples Floral is a treasure.
The Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florist Association named Wild Apples owner Missi Blum its Retailer of the Year this month during a convention at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
“I was just honored,” Blum said. “I let out a ‘Get out of here.’”
Sauk County Board selects new leader, signaling shift in balance of power
A newly-elected Sauk County Board chose fresh leadership Tuesday night, signaling a possible shift in the longstanding balance of power.
By a 14-13 vote, with four supervisors not in attendance, the board elected Supervisor Peter Vedro of Baraboo as its chairman, ending Supervisor Marty Krueger’s 12-year run in that position. Krueger, of Reedsburg, was the runner up.
Deer at the Ochsner Park Zoo are about to get a new home they’ll share with new friends.
The Baraboo zoo’s deer will move from their current home to a new pen near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Park Street. A $40,000 gift from the Sauey Family Foundation is funding new fences and a large elevated deck overlooking the entire exhibit. The Matilda Lavik Sauey Deer Exhibit will be dedicated in August.
Baraboo residents don’t have to travel south to experience the thrill and extravagant garb of the Kentucky Derby.
The SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary will host its first-ever Derby Party on April 30 at the Baraboo Arts Center featuring gourmet food, raffles and a Kentucky Derby race game.