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Chapel invites couples to renew vows at ‘End of Days’ event Friday

Chapel invites couples to renew vows at ‘End of Days’ event Friday

Proceeds from romance renewers to go to charity

A Wisconsin Dells wedding chapel is using the end-of-days hubbub to do some good for charity.

Though co-owner of Dells Bells Tara Joles said she knows Friday isn’t doomsday -- as has been a topic of popular discussion from TV programs on channels like History and National Geographic -- she said the business will use the opportunity to help curb other unfortunate worldly happenings.

“We know it's not the end of days, but we'd like it to be the end of childhood hunger,” Joles said.

The chapel's vow-renewal event, calling it "If It Was the Last Day on Earth, I'd Marry You Again," will recommit couples to one another from noon until 7 p.m.

Joles said the $21 cost per pair will be donated to the FITS Program to end childhood hunger.

Dells Bells is taking reservations at 608-393-4228, Joles said.

Manufacturers struggle to find skilled workers

The skills gap is causing a conundrum for manufacturers in the area.

Gov. Scott Walker has made addressing that issue a priority in the next budget by putting his focus on tech schools, saying they need to turn out more graduates in needed areas to get more funding.

Some manufacturers said the problem goes deeper and the solution is not found in tech schools alone.

At Flambeau in Baraboo, the precision of slicing steel into service is what drew Jamie Hahn into tool and die making.

"When this block came in it was a square block, so that's raw material and it turns into something that is useful and used for years," Hahn said.

But even after 15 years of work making molds for plastic products, he has the least seniority among his peers.

"I think it's more people aren't interested in doing something mechanical," Hahn said.

Man killed in Adams Co. crash

A 27-year-old Wisconsin Dells man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office said it received a report of a crash at about 12:44 a.m. on County Highway Z south of Fern Avenue in the Town of Springville.

Sheriff's officials said Jeffrey Hatcher was driving northbound when his vehicle entered the ditch, struck and tree and overturned.

Hatcher was fatally injured in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office said speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

Lake Delton business to close

About 44 employees at a business in Lake Delton will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced Monday that Preferred Distributors, Sparta plans to close the facility at 101 Miller Drive in Lake Delton and sell the business by Dec. 31.

The DWD and its regional partner, the South Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, will coordinate services to assist the laid off workers.

Film festival winner to screen 'Little Red' in Baraboo

An independent film debuted earlier this year will hold a public screening Saturday at the Al Ringling Theatre.

Wisconsin filmmaker Tate Bunker’s award-winning picture “Little Red” will start at 7:30 p.m.

The film is billed as a contemporary telling of the Grimm fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood.” The story centers on Red, who tricks her Midwestern family so she can set out on her own to contend with the wolves of the world. She meets Kayla, an older, worldlier companion, who helps steer her away from danger. Together, they battle the elements as they venture to see the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Happily ever after does not come easily, or without a price, when Red encounters a Big Bad Wolf who doesn’t want her to travel alone.

Red is also played by a Wisconsin native, Hannah Obst.

Tickets are available at the door for $6.

The 83-minute drama is not rated.

Police: 2 residents run a 'drug house' in Baraboo

The Sauk County Drug Task Force arrested three people Wednesday after an investigation and search of a home found heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Two Baraboo residents and a Portage man were arrested on suspicion of multiple felony drug charges, according to the task force?s report. Police said Bobby Kalista, 31, of Baraboo and Dustin Kotula, 28, also of Baraboo, were charged with manufacturing and delivering heroin and maintaining a drug house. The three were arrested after the task force searched the residence at 215 Seventh Ave. in Baraboo.

According to the report, Michael Hein, 22, of Portage was arrested for possessing heroin, also a felony.

The task force?s investigation is ongoing, the group stated.

Historic hospital commemorates opening

The Sauk County Historical Society and St. Clare Hospital will celebrate a  Baraboo hospital Friday.

The St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital opened 90 years ago when two sisters converted a the Ringling mansion, said the Sauk County Historical Society.  The hospital opened on Nov. 2, 1922.

The event will include social time, photo sharing, artifacts and stories, said the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce.  Tours of the Ringling mansion, now the Elk’s Club, will also take place.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.  Admission costs $19 and is open to the public.

For more information, visit the Sauk County Historical Society website here.