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COVID-19 cases slightly rise

COVID-19 cases marginally increased over the past week in the area, even as Wisconsin sees its highest daily infections ever.

Harrop steps down as Peoples Community Bank CEO, will remain Chairman of the Board

The Peoples Community Bank recently announced the hiring of Kevin Ravenscroft as president and chief executive officer of the bank.  Ravenscroft replaces Gary Harrop who will continue with the bank as chairman of the board of directors. Harrop is also the village president of Mazomanie.

Election 2020: the American Solidarity party

Wisconsin voters will be able to choose from more than Democrats and Republicans in this year’s U.S. Presidential Election.

It has been confirmed that Brian Carroll will be on the ballot as a candidate for the American Solidarity Party. His running mate, or the VP candidate, is Amar Patel of Illinois.

Sauk County changes COVID-19 data reporting, no new cases in Mazo and Black Earth

With Sauk County’s decision to source it’s COVID-19 data from the state instead of calculating it on its own, the Star News’ COVID-19 numbers will “reset” this week. Sauk County COVID-19 data was calculated by zip code; the state uses census tracts instead.

Sauk Prairie Eagle closes shop, Star News going strong


Sauk Prairie Eagle closes shop, Star News going strong

The Sauk Prairie Eagle announced this week’s issue will be its last, 24 years after its started. The Star News will now be the only newspaper serving Sauk Prairie. 

Supreme Court clears way for in-person classes, Heights not making changes

The Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked a local health order issued by Public Health of Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) on Sept. 10, which forbids in-person instruction in county schools until specific benchmarks are met in combatting COVID-19. 

Sauk Prairie COVID-19 infection rate appears to have peaked

The Sauk Prairie area seems to be on the tail end of the delayed COVID-19 peak predicted for rural America. Sauk Prairie had one new case, coming after a last week’s two case increase, and two cases in the week prior to that. Since early August there have been 14 new cases.

“Low-level residual contamination” in soil not considered a problem at Badger fire


Orange smoke for the Aug. 26 fire at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

A few more answers have come to light from the DNR after an out-of-control burn ignited an “unknown substance” at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant on August 26. There was a volunteer evacuation order for residents on Keller Road. Photos emerged of thick orange smoke and there were reports of loud bangs.

Wisconsin’s rural students face a digital divide as some return to screens instead of school

The 40-acre farmette where the Hellenbrand family lives in south-central Wisconsin is an eclectic mix of people and animals.

Amy Jo Hellenbrand and her husband raise corn, soybeans, wheat, heifers, chickens, goats and bunnies on their land just outside the village of Dane, about 20 miles north of Madison.

Election 2020: Kanye West misses the Wisconsin ballot

Rapper, record producer and fashion designer Kanye West was denied a place on the November ballot in Wisconsin on Thursday of last week, throwing a wrench into his bid to unseat his friend and current President Donald Trump.

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