New high volume Covid testing center opened

Public Health Madison & Dane County is supporting DHS-contracted private testing provider, Accelerated Labs, to open an additional mass testing clinic in Dane County to help meet the demand for testing with a sustainable solution amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Senator Erpenbach decides not to run for re-election after 23 years in office

A few months ago, Wisconsin Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) began to question whether he should run for office in 2022. He said that made him think it was time to give up the District 27 seat after 23 years holding the office.

“It’s time for something different, time for something new,” he said.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare delivers 402 babies in 2021

Pictured, Sauk Prairie Healthcare Birth Center team members celebrated the milestone 400th birth at the hospital on December 31. Two more babies arrived before the new year. Pictured are (back) Paige Ederer, Dr. Kristine Bathke, Bridget Dollar, Lisa Pickarts, Dr. Todd Schad and Sue Shafranski; (front) Samantha Carpenter and Becky Wipperfurth.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare delivered 402 babies in 2021 — the highest number of births in the hospital’s 65-year history. The large number of deliveries is a significant increase over 2020 when 350 babies were delivered, and an exciting outcome given the declining number of births in the extended area over the last five years.

‘Evolve or die’: Wisconsin’s labor shortage could last years. Here’s how employers, workers can succeed

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Appleton Post-Crescent

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Green Bay Press-Gazette


In person and virtual events for this year’s Bald Eagle Watching Days

It’s your choice—at the 35th annual Bald Eagle Watching Days at Sauk Prairie on Jan. 15-16.

At this year’s eagle fest, your choices to view eagles in the wild and up close will include:

• Watching the presentations online, through the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council (FBEC) website, or

The Top Stories of 2021: a year of referenda, grants, and projects

Now, from the Star News, a summary of the stop news stories of 2021.


Wisconsin River Trail Bridge inches closer to reality


Public Health extends mask order into February for Dane County

Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Face Covering Emergency Order #6, effective at 12:01am on January 3, 2022, immediately after the current order expires. The Dane County Order requires face coverings among people ages two and older when in most enclosed spaces open to the public where other people are present.

Dane County Supervisors organize meeting to voice opposition to mask mandate

A packed and predominantly unmasked crown in the Berry Town Hall.

George Culver library honoring Emily Judd, welcoming new director

There will be an open house at the George Culver Community Library on December 8 from 2-4 p.m. to honor outgoing director Emily Judd and introduce new director Lisa Renier Thomas.

Post chose to leave her post after six years of service. She is leaving to focus more on her family.

Groundswell Conservancy purchases land to create park in Black Earth

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the Groundswell Conservancy has applied for a 50% matching grant from the Urban Green Space subprogram of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of 1.27 acres of land in the Village of Black Earth in Dane County.


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