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Reedsburg Honors Vets With New Memorial

The community of Reedsburg honored area veterans with a new war memorial, which was dedicated July Fourth.

The project took three years and $250,000 to come to fruition, but it’s worth it for those involved.

“It means everything to me. It’s my country, it's my freedom, it gives me my family,” said Darcy Swiscz, whose husband, John, served in the military. “He used to have a yellow helmet sitting on his desk where he worked, like a hard hat. And that was his motto: Life’s tough, wear a helmet.”

John’s name joins hundreds honored along the Reedsburg Area Veteran’s Memorial, including old friends of World War II veteran Roger Zimmerman, many who aren’t around to see it.

“All the older fellers hollering to get it done before we passed away,” Zimmerman said. “I got (age) 86 coming up pretty soon. I won’t get to see many more of them.”

Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells School Districts Expected To Sees Drop In State Aid

Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells School Districts Expected To Sees Drop In State Aid

General aid estimates provided on Friday show that 410 of the state's 424 public school districts will receive less school aid for the 2011-12 school year than they did in the previous year.

The recently enacted state budget set general aid at $4.262 billion for the 2011-12 school year, an 8.4 percent decrease from the previous year.

The Department of Public Instruction has estimated the amount of school aid each district will receive during the coming school year. School personnel use the aid estimates to prepare final budgets.

The Baraboo School District is estimated to receive $14,722,261 which is down more than $1.6 million from the previous year.

The Wisconsin Dells School District is estimated to receive $585,549 which is down nearly $66,000 from previous year.

Authorities Identify Devil's Lake Drowning Victim

Authorities have identified the Baraboo teenager who drowned this weekend at Devil's Lake State Park.

Jaymison Zimmerman, 15, drowned on Saturday afternoon while swimming with friends near the Tumble Rocks Trail on the west side of the park. Zimmerman's body was found in about 25 feet of water, authorities said.

Officials said a friend tried to help Zimmerman when he started having trouble swimming.

"He swam out in the lake a ways and then basically had trouble getting back to shoreline," said Devil's Lake State Park superintendent Steve Schmelzer of the incident. "And then went under the water and had been underwater for approximately 20 minutes and then drowned here at the park."

Schmelzer said this is the park's first drowning in the last eight to 10 years.

Park officials said the investigation is ongoing.

The Tumble Rocks trail is a trail that runs near the lake and isn't a main beach area, WISC-TV reported.

Police: Another Heroin User Passes Out While Driving In Madison

For the second time in a week, a driver under the influence of heroin passed out behind the wheel, Madison police said.

Police said a trip to Madison to buy and shoot heroin ended in a crash Wednesday evening on the city's far East Side.

Police said three people were in a car when the driver, Todd W. Anderson, 29, of Baraboo, went unconscious while traveling outbound on East Washington Avenue, heading for the interstate at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Maggie Busjahn, 23, of Baraboo, who was in the passenger seat, grabbed the steering wheel and directed the car toward Lien Road, police said.

Police said Busjahn could not slow the speed and they ended up hitting a pole at the entrance to a gas station.

Madison Fire Department paramedics revived the driver. He and his two female passengers were transported to a hospital.

Building a New Unit is a Smash Hit at St. Clare Hospital

Building a New Unit is a Smash Hit at St. Clare Hospital

It’s not every day you see St. Clare Hospital President Sandy Anderson with a sledgehammer in hand. Nor is it common to see her using that hammer to smash holes in the wall, but that’s exactly what she and more than 20 of her colleagues did last week to mark the start of an exciting new renovation for the ICU Medical Surgical Unit at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.

"Our current Medical/Surgical unit is about 50 years old," said President Sandy Anderson. "As part of this renovation we’ll be updating our unit and with that transforming the entire patient care experience. We’re so excited about what this will mean for our patients, picking up sledgehammers and helping tear down the wall just seemed like a fun way to kick it off!"

2 Juveniles No Longer Considered Runaways In Baraboo

2 Juveniles No Longer Considered Runaways In Baraboo

Two boys who were reported as leaving home on June 21 have been located, according to the Baraboo Police Department.

The boys came to speak with officers at the Baraboo Police Department around 1 p.m. on Thursday. Police said both boys are well and are no longer listed as runaways.

The investigation is still ongoing and nothing else is able to be released at this time, police said.

The department said it would like to thank the community for the tips received while trying to locate these two juveniles.

American Transmission Co. Announces More Open Houses For Transmission Line Project

American Transmission Co. Announces More Open Houses For Transmission Line Project

American Transmission Co. plans another round of open houses for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project at the end of the month.

The meetings will allow residents and stakeholders to review potential corridors for the proposed 150-mile, 345-kilovolt line from north of La Crosse to northern Dane County.

An ATC written statement states studies indicate that the approximately $425 million project would benefit the state and the Midwest region by improving electric system reliability, delivering economic benefits for Wisconsin utilities and electric consumers, and expanding infrastructure to use renewable energy.

The ATC is holding eight open houses in the study area.

The local meeting will be on Thursday, June 23 at the Wilderness Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells from 1 to 7 p.m.