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Standardized testing shows pandemic effect in Baraboo, Portage, Dells, Mauston

Standardized testing results released Wednesday showed the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on student learning and participation last year in… Read more

Beaver Dam area news


Downtown Beaver Dam Fall Fest expands activities

After canceling in 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions, the annual Downtown Beaver Dam Fall Fest is back with an expanded list of activities S… Read more


Watch now: Community returns to shuttered rural school in Iowa County

Arena Elementary closed in 2018 but has been revived with apartments, a food pantry, space for the Arena Historical Society and a gymnastics clubs.  Read more


No findings of fraud, but Wisconsin election audit questions some of the guidance clerks relied on in 2020

"Despite concerns with statewide elections procedures, this audit showed us that the election was largely safe and secure," Sen. Rob Cowles said Friday. Read more


DHS expands COVID-19 booster recommendations to include Moderna and Johnson & Johnson

The new guidance does not recommend that individuals seek out a booster dose from a different company than the one that provided their initial vaccine, but does allow for the "mixing and matching" of booster doses. Read more


Dane County deputy fires gun after being stabbed by ‘suspicious person’ who then flees, authorities say

A Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired her gun Thursday night after being stabbed by a “suspicious person” she was checking on at a Cross Plains park, and that man then fled, authorities reported. Read more

Portage area latest news


Waunakee man arrested for 5th OWI

A motorist took a wide turn and drove into the shoulder leading to a traffic stop and an arrest for fifth offense of driving while intoxica… Read more


Man arrested for identity theft in Portage

A man has been arrested and charged with attempting to a stolen credit card in Portage after allegedly breaking into a truck in Wisconsin D… Read more


Columbia County Board gives itself raises

Columbia County Board members voted to give themselves at the Wednesday night council meeting. Read more

Baraboo area latest news


Commissioner issues arrest warrant for Dells man facing drug charges

Sauk County Judicial Court Commissioner issued an arrest warrant for a Wisconsin Dells man Wednesday after he failed to show up for his ini… Read more


Share of Sauk County grads enrolling at UW-Baraboo shrinking

A shrinking percentage of Sauk County’s high school seniors have chosen to enroll in the area’s only University of Wisconsin campus in rece… Read more


Iowa man charged with child enticement after Plain arrest

An Iowa man was released on a $2,000 signature bond Wednesday after being charged with child enticement in Sauk County Circuit Court. Read more

The latest sports news from Central Wisconsin


Watch now: Jim Polzin introduced as new Lee Sports Wisconsin columnist

The Wisconsin native has been covering sports in the state for over two decades and spent the past 10 seasons on the UW men's basketball beat. Read more


Photos: DeForest sweeps Waunakee in doubleheader

DeForest sweeps Waunakee in a doubleheader at Waunakee High School in Waunakee, Wis., Saturday, May 22, 2021. DeForest won game one 3-0, an… Read more


Photos: Runners compete at WIAA alternate fall state boys and girls cross country

Teams compete in the WIAA alternate fall state cross county championships at Blackhawk Golf Course in Janesville, Wis., Saturday, May 8, 20… Read more


YEAR IN REVIEW: Part one of the top Portage-area sports stories from 2020

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic put a massive damper on the world of sports throughout 2020. Read more


Fave 5: Brock Fritz shares his most memorable stories of 2020

We are sharing Capital Newspapers staffers' top stories from 2020. From regional sports reporter Brock Fritz: Read more