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In late May, Wisconsin Watch sent a survey to all 72 county jails asking for information about their incarceration fees. Thirty-three county jails from across the state responded initially. By calling and emailing counties that did not respond to the survey, Wisconsin Watch got some fee info…

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Wisconsin finished 31st lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

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In 2011, Sean Pugh was arrested for allegedly violating terms of his release from prison. A year and a half into his roughly two-year stay in the Brown County Jail, he realized he owed the county around $17,000 — the result of a $20 daily “pay-to-stay” fee plus fees from previous jail stints.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday called on the Republican-controlled Legislature to take action on bills that would limit access to guns, which he said would make the state safer following a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead.

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During Wisconsin’s 2018 midterm election, which saw a record-breaking turnout, it was not the close gubernatorial race that motivated Milwaukee resident Marlon Rockett to cast an early ballot. It was the county’s non-binding referendum on whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized.

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It’s official, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism now has an Office of Outdoor Recreation. Funding for this new office was included in the state budget signed today by Gov. Tony Evers. The office will capitalize on the number one marketable driver for visits to the state, namely outdoor pur…

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In a tiny room inside a hair salon in Viroqua, Wisconsin, two women gaze over a glass case. They have driven 30-some miles down the Mississippi River from La Crosse just to check out Kickapoo Kind, a shop established last summer in the heart of the state’s politically liberal Driftless region.

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Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, following through with his promise to stop the measures from becoming law.

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Liquor store giant Total Wine & More got a total win in Wisconsin on Monday, with the signing of a bill that will allow some liquor stores to sell unlimited quantities of whiskey, gin, brandy and other distilled spirits during a single transaction.

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Following a Poynette Parks Commission recommendation, the Village Board voted in support of allowing dogs in Jamieson Park during its Monday meeting.

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The Village of Poynette approved its 2019 budget after a public hearing meeting Monday night. The budget amounts to $4.427 million, which includes village-operated utilities like water and sewer.

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Wisconsin’s 42nd Assembly District candidates Ann Groves Lloyd (D-Lodi) and Jon Plumer (R-Lodi) have committed to participate in a Lodi Optimist Club candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from noon until 1 p.m. at Lodi High School in the Large Group Instruction Room, 1100 Sauk St., Lodi. The…

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A Presentation, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House of the new Administration building, new Health and Human Services building, and newly remodeled Courthouse will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.

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The Lodi Fire and EMS Commissions met with the Lodi Council along with the town boards of West Point and the town of Lodi on July 25. During the joint meeting, members potentially set in motion a number of measures that will be addressed when the body meets again in September.

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The Columbia County Board heard a report from the ad hoc building committee at their July 18 meeting. The report detailed the $45-million-dollar project’s completion. The board heard a lengthy presentation from a member of the committee, who outlined the process which included 82 meetings he…

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Correction: The 1A story of the July 19 Poynette Press previously suggested the Poynette Police Department was moving to two full-time officers on duty at all times, with the full backing of the Poynette Village Board. That is incorrect on both counts — the department is planning on no such …

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A lengthy search for a new officer for the Poynette Police Department reached a successful conclusion with the hiring of Beaver Dam, Wis., native Scott Anderson on Tuesday morning. Anderson said he liked what he has seen of Poynette, and appreciates Poynette Police Chief Eric Fisher’s approa…

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Rep. Jon Plumer was sworn in to his position as the 42nd District Assembly seat after winning a special election on June 12. At the ceremony, Plumer restated his priorities for quality affordable healthcare, good public schools, and sustainable funding for roads, according to a release issue…

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The July Fourth holiday is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year and officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) are asking motorists to plan ahead, buckle up, be patient and alert. For the safety of motorists and workers, and to accommodate expected …

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The village of Poynette is in the black, with approximately $1.5 million dollars in its general fund balance, and $200,000 of that money currently allocated.

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A trustee spot on the Poynette Village Board was left vacant after elections in April when former trustee Dave Hutchinson did not seek reelection. At its May 14 meeting, the board appointed Chris Polzer out of four applicants who turned in letters of interest for the job.

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After the Feb.20 primary, the four candidates running for the Columbia County Circuit Court Branch 3 judicial seat narrowed down to two – Brenda Yaskal and Troy Cross. Judge Alan White vacated the Branch 3 seat when he retired in September 2017.