Sauk Prairie Healthcare named “Guardian of Excellence” award winner

Sauk Prairie Healthcare announced last week that it has been named a 2022 Human Experience (HX) Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey, the global leader in healthcare experience solutions and services.

What should I do about PFAS in my water?

By Bennet Goldstein

Wisconsin Watch


Despite being uncompetitive, race for state Senate district draws near record amount of campaign funds



The race for the 27th State Senate District, which includes the Star News coverage area, saw more than $217,000 in campaign funds raised, the second-highest total in history.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare named High Performing Hospital for maternity care

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named Sauk Prairie Healthcare as a 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy). This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. 

The year in review: top stories of 2022

With just a few days before the New Year, the Star News revisiting the top stories of the last year. Here they are:


Heights single campus ushers in changes


Major winter storm headed our way

A major winter storm has been predicted and is expected to slow travel ahead of the Christmas holiday.

“Our winter storm criteria is typically six-inches of snow falling in a 12 hour period,” explained Tim Halbach, National Weather Service Milwaukee Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

Troy Township hit and run going to jury trial

Nearly a year after allegedly killing a bicyclist with his work van, Patrick Nachreiner, 61, of Plain, will face a jury. Nachreiner’s trial is scheduled for July 10 through the 14th. Nachreiner is charged with “Hit and Run, resulting in death” and faces fines of up to $100,000 and up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted.

Ferry Bluff closed early this year to protect roosting eagles

Please note that the closure dates for Ferry Bluff State Natural Area have changed for the upcoming 2022/2023 winter season. The entire northern unit, consisting of Ferry Bluff and Cactus Bluff, will be closed beginning December 1st, 2022 until March 31st, 2023 to protect Bald Eagles that communally roost (i.e.

Sauk County vaccine clinics to close

As the year draws to a close, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services- in partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI)- has made the difficult decision to end operations of all local mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics effective December 14, 2022. 

Vandalism, theft, in Black Earth and Mazo

Some vandalism and thefts have occurred in the Black Earth and Mazomanie areas recently.


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