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Audit calls for tax increase in Dells

The city of Wisconsin Dells received an “unmodified” — highest rating possible — on its 2013 annual audit, and the auditors recommended the city raise taxes and reduce or eliminate city services... Read More

Dells says no to rec center plans

The Wisconsin Dells Council and finance committee tabled a proposal to use Milwaukee School of Engineering students to draw up plans for a recreation center... Read More

DNR to scale back gypsy moth aerial spray program

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to dramatically scale back its gypsy moth aerial spray program.

Communities and individuals have been able to ask the DNR to spray moth-infested areas for 14 years. But the agency now wants to limit spraying to only state lands. DNR officials say private aerial spraying has become more available and the gypsy moth threat has decreased. They also say federal cost sharing has shrunk as low as 17 percent of the total expense and they expect it will continue to dwindle.

DNR officials plan to ask the agency's board at a meeting next month in Hayward for permission to start drafting rules to implement the scale-back and hold public hearings on the idea in December.

Car crashes into trees; 1 killed

One person was killed when his car ran off a road and crashed into several trees early Thursday morning, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to County Road V in the town of LaValle at 1:14 a.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash.

Investigators said the car was traveling west on County Road V at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck several trees. The driver, Jason D. Larrabee, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. Larrabee was not wearing his seat belt and speed was a factor in the crash, according to the Sauk County Sheriff's release.

The Reedsburg Fire Department and EMS, LaValle Fire Department and Sauk County Coroner?s Office assisted at the scene.

Big Top Parade to stroll through downtown Baraboo Sat.

The Big Top Parade will stroll though the downtown Baraboo square Saturday afternoon. 

Downtown Baraboo Inc., Circus World and the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Downtown Baraboo Circus Celebration that began Thursday and will continue through Sunday afternoon. 

The Big Top Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Birch Street heading east, turning right at Ash Street, right on Third Street heading west and ending at Birch. 

Nanci Caflisch, co-chair of the parade, said this is the second year the city will celebrate its circus heritage with a parade and the first year for what it's calling the Circus Celebration, four days of events to include circus-themed performances, historic circus wagons, kids activities, music, displays, walking tours, foods and more. 

See Caflisch and the parade's Grand Marshal Tom Wopat talk about what to expect on Saturday in the video above. 

Body of man who jumped from bridge in Wisconsin Dells found

The body of a man who reportedly jumped from the Kilbourn bridge in Wisconsin Dells has been found, according to a release.

Wisconsin Dells Police Department officials said an Alliant Energy employee working on the Kilbourn Dam around 9:55 a.m. called to report a body in the Wisconsin River.

Department of Natural Resources personnel recovered the body, officials said. The Columbia County Medical Examiner?s office identified the body as Alexander McNair, 23, who reportedly jumped from the Kilbourn bridge into the Wisconsin River June 28.

A release from Wisconsin Dells police states that at the same time they were called for a report of a man jumping off the Kilbourn Bridge in June, they were called to an area under the railroad tracks at Highway 13, 50 feet east of the bridge, for a report of a female with a broken arm.

Vehicular homicide convict remains free

A 28-year-old Wisconsin Dells man convicted of vehicular homicide has been spared jail time.

The Baraboo News Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1pczUWT ) a judge ruled Casey Wright guilty but not mentally responsible for the death of Lisa Mikec. He will remain free, but must receive treatment for mental illness.

In a sentencing hearing Tuesday, the judge ordered Wright will continue to live with his mother and submit to random drug testing, psychotherapy and medication.

The judge said action will be taken if Wright doesn't comply with the terms of his treatment plan.

Wright had marijuana in his system and told police he thought demons were chasing him when he was arrested.