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Investigators consider connection between abductions, sexual assaults in two counties

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A teenager was able to evade an abduction attempt in West Baraboo, and deputies are checking to see if the case has connections to other cases, according to the Sauk County Sheriff?s Department.

Deputies were called to the Haskin Park area in West Baraboo at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an abduction attempt.

The 18-year-old victim told deputies a man asked him for directions to Walmart. As the victim was giving directions he pointed in the direction of Walmart and the man grabbed his arm and attempted to force him into his midsize silver SUV.

The teenager was able to break away from the man and run home.

The man is described as white, about 6 feet tall, stocky with short hair and a deep voice.

Tracking tech helps find missing man

Tracking tech helps find missing man

A man who wandered away from home was found safe thanks to technology provided by a nonprofit program, authorities said.

On Wednesday at about 2:12 p.m., the Sauk County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing mentally challenged man who was last seen in the West Baraboo area. 

The missing man is part of a Sauk County program called Project Lifesaver, which outfits people with disorders -- such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism and Down syndrome -- with a bracelet or anklet that can help find them, should they wander from home.

The Project Lifesaver team responded Wednesday with equipment to assist in locating the man. The Sauk County Sheriff's Office said the man was found unharmed a short time later in West Baraboo.

Most individuals who wander are found within a few miles from home and the average recovery time is 30 minutes, which is 95 percent less time than using standard search measures, according to the sheriff's office.

Family foundation gives large donation to support theater

The Al. Ringling Theatre Friends announced the theater received a large donation pledge from a local family foundation to support the theater's capital campaign.

According to a relase from A.R.T Friends, the W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation made a three-year pledge of $100,000 to help move the theatre closer to its goal of $1,026,333

Recently the the Jeffris Family Foundation  promised to award the A.R.T Friends $513,333 if the group can raise $1,026,333. According to  the release, the Sauey Family Foundation pledge has put the A.R.T Friends over half way to that goal.

The A.R.T Friends plan to use the money to restore as much of the theatre as possible before its centennial season in November of 2015.  

Fire dept. to dedicate new building

Fire dept. to dedicate new building

Lake Delton will dedicate its new firehouse next week.

The fire and EMS station will have a grand opening ceremony Tuesday at 11 a.m. The public is invited to observe the official opening and a dedication of the recently expanded Delton Firefighter Memorial, officials said. Station tours will also be given between noon and 6 p.m.

The first catfish fry at the new location is scheduled later that week. On Friday, the community is invited to come between 4 and 8:30 p.m. for a dinner of fried catfish, potatoes, beans and coleslaw. Tickets are available at the door $10 for adults, $7 for kids. Take-out dinners are also available, organizers said.

The new station is at 45 Miller Drive.

Baraboo teacher to represent state at national program

Baraboo teacher to represent state at national program

A Baraboo teacher will represent Wisconsin in the National Teacher of the Year program, according to a release.

Jane McMahon, an English-language arts teacher at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo, was also named Wisconsin’s Middle School Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at her school in September. As part of that honor, McMahon will represent Wisconsin in the national program and receive $6,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

"Jane exemplifies excellence in training," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. "She steps up for her kids, for her school and for the community in ways that make a true difference."

One of McMahon’s recent successes was creating an elective course called Young Adult Literature that allowed her to combine her love of technology and literature, according to the release. Students study various genres of literature and use technology to showcase their learning.

Devil's Lake risks funding to stay open during shutdown

Devil's Lake risks funding to stay open during shutdown


As the federal government shutdown neared the end of its first week, the House approved a measure to give back pay to all furloughed workers once the shutdown is over.

The Senate and President Obama are expected to approve that bill.

Despite the rare show of unity, there isn't any deal in sight to end the shutdown stalemate.

And now those politics in Washington are hitting home in Wisconsin.

Seven state parks, including Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, receive money from the federal government.

But leaders with the Wisconsin DNR have refused the federal government's requests to shut the park down.

That's a development that pleased Boy Scout Troop 47 from Sun Prairie, who, despite the weekend rain, made their annual trip to Devil's Lake State Park on Saturday.

Troop 47 is one of about 1,500 Boy and Girl Scout Troops from across the state that come to Baraboo for the annual Scout's Jamboree.

Divers search Baraboo River for missing man

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Divers from the Sauk County Sheriff's Department plan to search the Baraboo River for a missing man.

Frank O. Shimnoik, 57, of Rock Springs was reported missing Sunday by his nephew who told deputies his uncle left a wedding reception Saturday night and didn't make it home.

Shimnoik said he would walk home from the reception at the Rock Springs Community Center. His nephew said there's no sign Shimnoik made it home.

His family told deputies he has walked home in the past and always walks along County Road DD to get home. The family found his hat and glasses along County Road DD on opposite sides of the highway.

A search was conducted between Rock Springs and Shimnoik's home on Sunday, according to deputies.

Shimnoik's brother, John Shimnoik, told News 3 Frank is a quiet guy and carefree.