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Resident of prison-like home in Baraboo to move to another small town

A man who is being housed in a fortified facility in Baraboo will be moved 30 minutes northwest to another small town, officials said.

Jeremy Felix has pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation, and Baraboo police have reported he has sent at least 10 people to the hospital.

Last year he started living in that fortified Baraboo home with four workers guarding him around the clock, but officials with the Department of Health Services said that care meets state standards.

Now, Felix is apparently heading to the town of Winfield, which is home to about 800 people.

Ronald Churchill, the town chairman, said the community learned Felix was moving there sometime last week.

Felix will be living in a rural residence on County Road WD, but hasn?t moved yet.

There was a community meeting Tuesday night, and Churchill said a lot of people expressed concern about the facility.

Sauk Co. man battles colon cancer, raises awareness

At 31, Jim Gainey had a seemingly perfect life. He and his wife, Catherine had two boys, 3-year-old Shamus and 10-month-old Finnegan. On March 18, 2013, his life changed.

?I actually got the diagnosis March 18 that I had some form of cancer. I found out officially that I had stage four that Friday,? Gainey said.

The following days, weeks and months were focused on trying to give Jim a chance to live. He went through 27 rounds of chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.

?There are a lot of days when I look at it and go, 'What happened? This wasn?t supposed to happen,'? said Catherine Gainey, Jim?s wife. ?We?re in a situation where we didn?t expect to be. So we didn?t know what could happen next and unfortunately the statistics are very grim for Jim so we just want to pack as much in as we have.?

Now the family does not pass up opportunities to do things together or visit new places. They also cherish moments together and take nothing for granted.

State seeks to commit man as sexual predator

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has requested that a 63-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder and two sexual assault charges be committed for treatment.

The Baraboo News Republic reports that a petition filed Friday under the state's sexual predator law says Herbert Droste is a sexually violent person. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and sexual assault of 17-year-old Sandra Bressler in 1981. He was also sentenced to 15 years for first-degree sexual assault.

Droste served 16 years before he was released on parole in March 1997. His parole was revoked several months later.

Droste was scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday. He will be detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await a probable cause hearing scheduled at the end of August.

Area communities receive funding for after-school programs

Students in some south-central Wisconsin communities will get to participate in programming outside of the school day thanks to funding from a federal grant, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Fifty-five sites around Wisconsin received funding through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to improve math and reading skills, run academic enrichment programs, and develop students? athletic and social skills, officials said.

?Community Learning Centers have a proven track record of supporting students and families and boosting academic achievement,? State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. ?Funding is targeted to schools with higher socioeconomic needs to help us close achievement gaps so all students are on track to graduate college and career ready.?

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Pedestrian struck, flown to UW Hospital

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and flown to UW Hospital Wednesday afternoon, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said a 35-year-old man was walking east on the shoulder of eastbound State Highway 33 west of County Road V when he suddenly turned to cross the road. An eastbound vehicle driven by a 26-year-old woman didn?t have enough time to react to avoid hitting the man, according to the report. Deputies said the man didn't see the vehicle coming.

The man was flown to UW Hospital in Madison with serious injuries.

Deputies said alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.

The Sauk County Accident Reconstruction Team, LaValle Fire Department and EMS and Reedsburg EMS assisted at the scene.