McFarlane Manufacturing acquires new precision planting equipment company

McFarlane Mfg. Co., Inc. expands its precision technology offering by acquiring CMT AG LLC, a precision equipment dealer serving southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

Local races for April’s election to feature challengers, new faces

April’s non-partisan local races are shaping up to be at least a little interesting in the Star News coverage area, with competitive races and a few new village presidents stepping into office.

Arena Cheese takes Best of Class

Arena Cheese took Best of Class in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest for their original recipe Colby Jack cheese. They also took third place in the class of marbled curd cheeses. “I am proud of all the team members of Arena Cheese. It takes everyone’s participation to produce award winning cheese and we do it every day,” Bill Hanson of Arena Cheese said. Cedar Grove Cheese of Plain took third place in the hard sheep’s milk cheese class for their Donatello cheese. Arena Cheese took second place in flavored cheese curds class for their garlic cheese curds. The contest was held recently in Green Bay.

Arena Cheese took Best of Class in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest for their original recipe Colby Jack cheese. They also took third place in the class of marbled curd cheeses.

Wisconsin River Recreation Bridge takes a big step forward

Sauk County Supervisor Marty Krueger had one question about the proposed bridge connecting the Great Sauk State Trail and the Walking Iron/Wolf Run Trail in Mazomanie:

“How do we get this done?”

River Arts makes final donation for Leola Hall Construction

Pictured, from the Monday, February 27th Sauk Prairie School Board Meeting. Left to right: Jeff Wright, Tyler Erickson, Lindsey Giese, Joel Ludowitz, John Hutchins, Mary Ann Marx, James Isaacson, Richard Talmage, Richard Judge, Nick Dingman, Nickie Fisher.

By Lindsey Giese


Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin awards grants last year to Sauk Prairie organizations

Multiple agencies in Dane and Sauk Counties qualified for Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin grants for their efforts last year.

Wisconsin DNR says its time to prune trees to avoid oak wilt

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds everyone that now is the time to prune oak trees as there’s high risk of harmful pests spreading tree diseases such as oak wilt come April. Oak wilt is Wisconsin’s most destructive oak disease, killing thousands of healthy trees annually.

Fire in Township of Troy put out by Sauk City Fire with assistance

At 2:44 p.m. on February 14, 2023, Sauk City Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched along with Prairie du Sac Fire, Merrimac Fire and Sauk Prairie Ambulance as auto aid to a residence on Schauer Road in the Township of Troy for a reported structure fire.

Abandoned but not forgotten: Dogs of Chernobyl thrive in new environment

The paint on their nose is a temporary hair dye used this last time to indicate that they were recently spayed and neutered. Instead of putting ear tags in their ear. The hair dye washes off after four weeks. The tags were becoming problematic in some dogs and we ended up removing a lot of them. So I used the hair dye this past campaign. They also have a ear tattoo, a belly tattoo and a microchip.

“Everyone up and left, but they left their dogs and cats. The first few days I went around pouring milk for all the cats, and I’d give the dogs a piece of bread. They were standing in their yards waiting for their masters. They waited a long time.” 


Resolution calling for more testing at Badger gains support

A resolution by the Badger Restoration Advisory Board members calling on the DNR to do more testing at the site of the former Army Ammunition Plant has gained momentum recently, with both the Village of Prairie du Sac and State Representative Dave Considine signing on. 

The signatories say the following:


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