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Streets to be closed for triathlon

A number of roads will be closed in Sauk and Columbia counties due to the Revolution3 Triathlon taking place on Sunday Aug. 12, 2012.

Roads will be closed in Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo starting at 6:30 a.m. due to the race.

Residents who live in the area will have access to these roads but others must find alternate routes.

Nixon Road between East Hiawatha Drive and East Lake Avenue will be closed on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The westbound lane on East Hiawatha Road from East Lake Avenue to County Highway A will be closed from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Traffic must travel westbound, accessing at E. Lake Ave. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained. The northbound right lane of Highway 12 (Wisconsin Dells Parkway) from County Highway A to Highway 23 will be closed Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Dells family seeks help after fire destroys home

A family has nowhere to go after a fire destroyed the Wisconsin Dells house the pair had renovated into their dream home.

A fire tore apart the house Saturday, destroying everything inside.

Days later, Ron and Thea Ray are talking about the ordeal and asking for help from the community so they can rebuild.

Ron Ray has been commuting to Milwaukee for odd jobs, and he sold his prized guitars to make more money to start rebuilding. But he said it isn't enough given the level of destruction.

The house once full of new cabinets, carpet, furniture and fans has instead been reduced to rubble.

"That's where it (the fire) started, right here on this outlet," said Ray, pointing to an outlet in the master bedroom.

Fire officials confirmed the fire's cause was electrical.


In minutes, fire consumed the house Ray had turned into a home off Gale Drive, just off Highway 13 in Wisconsin Dells.

Summer Art Fair returns to Baraboo

Summer Art Fair returns to Baraboo

The annual Summer Art Classic will return to Baraboo on Saturday, August 11.

The fine arts fair hosts various artists selling fine glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, fiber art and more.

Children's art activities and various food vendors will be at fair on the Courthouse Lawn in Baraboo.  The fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Visit the event website for more information.

Stoughton cashing in on demolition grants

Federal grant money totaling $1 million is making its way to Wisconsin.

The cash will pay for blight demolitions across the state, including a pair of properties in Stoughton.

The city of Stoughton pulled together a redevelopment authority about five years ago. Since then, the group has been gathering grant money to tear down older buildings that are past their prime.

The group said the desired end result is for new housing or businesses to revive those areas.

However, with budgets still tight for municipalities, Stoughton's finance director Laurie Sullivan said the city needs the financial help.

"Without it, those properties would sit there for years and years," Sullivan said.

Stoughton Mayor Donna Olson added, "What's changed now is that there aren't as many of those grants available. It's harder and harder to do that."

Baraboo man dies after being pinned under tractor

A Baraboo man has died after being pinned underneath a tractor.

According to Sauk County Sheriff?s Department, Dean D. Steinhorst, age 82, was found by a family member after being pinned under a tractor for an unknown length of time.

A Sauk County deputy responded to the scene, as well as the North Freedom Fire Department and First Responders and Baraboo Ambulance.

Steinhorst was transported by MedFlight to UW Hospital in Madison, where he later died.

Firefighters battle blaze at Devil's Lake State Park

About 50 firefighters and multiple agencies had to deal with rough terrain as they battled a wildfire at Devil's Lake State Park on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m., significant smoke was seen from the West Bluff closest to the South Shore of Devil's Lake and a fire was discovered on the upper trail.

Baraboo Fire Department Chief Kevin Stieve said huge rocks and the rough terrain off the area made fighting the fire difficult.

Baraboo firefighters hiked down the Tumbled Rocks Trail and made their way up the rock talus field to where the fire was. Approximately 600 to 800 feet of hose was laid up the rocks as fire personnel progressed.

When firefighters arrived at the area of the fire they found stumps, pine needles and underbrush burning, and they started to extinguish the fire.

Baraboo School Board censures 'bully' member

The Baraboo School Board decided Monday to censure fellow board member Ed Mortimer, after a lengthy investigation determined he had committed a list of unwelcome acts.

The $15,000, five-month investigation, handled by Fennimore lawyer Eileen Brownlee, determined that Mortimer bullied district employees and spread false information to the public.

The board could have decided to request Mortimer be legally removed from the board, but stopped short of that outcome. The decision, which came after more than four hours in closed session, was issued without Mortimer's involvement.

Mortimer, along with attorney Jim Schernecker, left the closed meeting after board members didn't allow Schernecker to speak, the attorney said.