Evers names Kalvin D. Barrett as Dane County Sheriff

Kalvin D. Barrett

Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Kalvin D. Barrett as Dane County Sheriff. The appointment fills a vacancy created by Sheriff David J. Mahoney’s resignation, effective May 8, 2021. Barrett will complete the remainder of the term which ends January 2, 2023., said the governor.

Sauk County opens up more roads to ATV/UTV vehicles

ATV and UTV riders now have greater access to Sauk County roads.

In March, the Sauk County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to open up more highways and crossings. The measure passed with one abstention from Supervisor Shane Gibson of Baraboo and one no vote from Supervisor Michelle Bushweiler of North Freedom.

COVID-19 cases starting to rise in Sauk Prairie, remain stable in Mazo and Black Earth

While Dane County as a whole is seeing an increase is COVID-19 cases--1,400 in the past two weeks, compared to 650 in the two weeks prior--the Mazomanie and Black Earth area isn’t seeing evidence of an increase in cases. The Village of Mazomanie added one case in the past two weeks, and Black Earth two.

Major road construction coming Mazomanie’s Highway 14 corridor on Monday

Construction is expected to begin Monday, April 19 on US 14/Commercial Street, between Walter Road and County KP, in Mazomanie.

R & J’s and Rookies broken into

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to two commercial burglaries during the early morning hours of Monday, April 12, 2021.  Someone forced entry into both Rookies Food & Spirits, located on Highway 14 in the Town of Mazomanie and R & J Tavern on American Legion Street in the Village of Mazomanie.   

Elections yield upsets, new faces, and a “no” on Heights referendum

The spring election ushered in new faces, from both competing candidates and those unopposed.

The highest profile race ended with Mitch Hodson besting Mary Scott for Black Earth President by a wide margin of 64 to 35 percent. The remaining trustees of Tyler Munson, Jared Brammerson, and Scott Patchin ran unopposed.

Putting the flood in the past

Residents gather on State Street looking south at the flooded Black Earth Creek bridge. Mitchell Travis/

Nearly three years after a devastating flood that inundated the village and damaged houses, a flood where residents waded through waist-high floodwaters in the early morning light, a flood that tested the community, Mazomanie will see relief in the form of a $1.1 million grant to repair the damage to the flood-prone Black Earth Creek corridor ca

Sauk County encouraging homeowners to go with solar

The sun is shining for homeowners and business owners throughout Sauk County, as the Grow Solar Sauk County ( program commences this April.

Bids to alter Wisconsin elections fall mostly along partisan lines

By Anya van Wagtendonk

For Wisconsin Watch


Experts offer advice on how to make voting easier in Wisconsin

By Anya van Wagtendonk

For Wisconsin Watch

There are many ways to measure a successful election, said Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at UW-Madison.


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