How does the ballot counting process work?

Wisconsin had 2,408 active polling places on November 3, following extended periods of both mail-in voting and in-person absentee voting at local municipal buildings.

Local COVID-19 infection rates exceed county, state numbers

Local COVID-19 infection rates are outpacing state and county rates, as revealed in Monday’s data from the Wisconsin Department of Health. New case rates locally range from 50 to 147 percent, over the past month.

Partisan gridlock at Wisconsin Elections Commission frustrates voters, local officials

As ballots began pouring in by mail after Wisconsin’s April 7 primary, local election officials became increasingly perplexed over which ones to count.

As State COVID-19 cases skyrocket, effects seen in local case counts

The state of Wisconsin’s increasing COVID-19 cases are starting to show themselves in local counts, as the area saw 50 new cases in the last week. Wisconsin’s total number of cases topped 200,000. According to the Department of Health, it took seven and a half months to reach 100,000 cases, and only 36 days to reach 200,000.

Black Earth Village President confirms Administrator did not lodge complaint against Library Director

In the wake of a special meeting concerning a complaint filed against Black Earth Library Director Carolyn Schaffer, the facts remain unclear, but one thing is known for certain: Black Earth Village Administrator Shellie Benish did not lodge the complaint. Black Earth Village President Troy Esser confirmed this with the Star News.

Sauk County hospitals nearing capacity due to COVID-19 patients

As COVID -19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to climb in Sauk County, local public health officials are warning that area hospitals are nearing capacity.

Election 2020: Local races

“I’ve knocked on thousands of doors,” said Chase Binnie, the Republican running for Wisconsin’s 80th District Assembly seat. 

Election 2020: Local races

Incumbent US Representative Mark Pocan (D) will face off with Dr. Peter Theron (R) for the Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District, a seat Pocan has held since 2013.

Election 2020: Local races

The Star News asked candidates vying for the 81st Assembly District of Wisconsin seat in the Tuesday, November 3, election the following questions. The responses of Republican David Dahlke and Democrat Dave Considine appear below. 




Sauk Prairie, with lowest COVID-19 case count in the county, still sees 35 to 55 percent surge in one month

The Sauk Prairie area has some of the lowest positive COVID-19 case totals in Sauk County. Even with the lowest case count in the County, local cases have still surged by at least 30 percent in the past month, an indication of just how the rest of county is doing.


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