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Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Lucas Gustafson blows up a balloon during the Cops on the Rooftop event at Dunkin' Friday morning Aug. 16. The event raised funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

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Waunakee Police and Dane County Sheriff's Deputies were at Dunkin' in Friday morning, Aug. 16, to support Special Olympics Wisconsin. Here, Waunakee Police Officer Glen Jacob and Sgt. Roger Bartels have their picture taken with Heath Thompson.

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Several dogs have been spotted inside of businesses in Waunakee this week. They have attracted the attention of area residents, their children and many who work for the municipality.

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With the school year beginning in just a couple weeks, Waunakee families visited Waunakee schools for registration and picture day. Here, they are shown at Heritage Elementary School on Aug. 14 waiting to have pictures taken.

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The Waunakee-Westport Lions Club has announced the winners in the 2019 WaunaFest Raffle. The list of winners, prizes and sponsors is as follows:

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If a new development plan comes to fruition, Waunakee could see an additional 684 homes – both multi- and single-family – on the east side of the community.

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Six-year-old Olivia Erickson sprays one of the hoses used by the Waunakee Fire Department, with a little assistance from firefighter Justin Matney.  

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A 22-year-old DeForest man was sentencing to six years in prison for the fatal beating of a 24-year-old Dane man last October—holding down the man so he couldn’t defend himself and then leaving him to die.

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Nick Koberle, Kari Koberle and the young Emmet Fischer learn about the Waunakee Village Center at this year’s National Night Out.

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A dancer from Waunakee will perform in the Central Ballet Academy production of “Pineapple Poll,” a comic ballet danced to music from the Gilbert and Sullivan canon.

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Caden Hauf, 10, with Waunakee Police Officer Duane Brehmer, shows off the prize he won at Waunakee’s National Night Out. Waunakee Police hosted the event Wednesday, Aug. 7.

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Jax Roeker, 3, gets some help from a service member after scaling the climbing wall at this year’s National Night Out in Village Park. Waunakee Police hosted the event on Aug. 7.

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Three men, two from Madison and one with an unknown address, are facing multiple charges of theft, along with nonpayment for gasoline in Waunakee.

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Local governments seem to be cooperating more on common goals.  At least, that’s been Forbes McIntosh’s impression as the contract lobbyist with the Dane County Cities and Villages Association.

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Registration and picture day for grades Kindergarten-6 will be held in August. Parents are asked to please stop by to register your child(ren). The school district asks everyone to have a picture taken even if you do not wish to purchase a picture packet or memory book. Parents are encourage…

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Ruby Blake Murphy and friends take their daily fish catch for granted. Lake Mendota was just full of fish in the 1940s. Ruby is posing at the Waunakee Club Cottage on Borchers Beach.

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The Waunakee Whirlwinds 4-H club has selected Alyssa Beery as a recipient of the participation award. She will receive $145 for her five years of membership in 4-H. In 4-H, Alyssa served as club president, vice president, secretary, and historian. She was very active in photography, videogra…

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The Waunakee Village Board will have a new village trustee to replace Susan Springman, who resigned early this summer.

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The four generations of Barmans include (standing, from left) Tim Barman, the father holding baby Anders, Ron, the grandfather, and Alfred Barman, seated, the great-grandfather.

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After an Aug. 5 public hearing on regulating short-term rentals or Airbnb’s, the Waunakee Village Board directed staff to bring back the most stringent standards possible.

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At the Wisconsin American Legion and Auxiliary State Convention held in July at the Marriott West, Middleton, members of Waunakee’s American Legion Post #360 Auxiliary received three notable awards.

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The Village of Waunakee’s revaluation of residential and commercial properties has been completed, and in some cases is raising alarm as the increase in property assessments has risen by an average of 22.8 percent, according to village staff.

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As the 2020 election nears, Wisconsinites can expect to be bombarded with plenty of political ads. It is, in one Republican campaign manager’s words, “a tipping point state.”

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After many requests to assist the family of the boy who died in a tragic farm accident on July 26, a GoFundMe account was established to help with funeral expenses and to return his body to his home in Nicaragua, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The account can be found at: htt…

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Shari Lau reads a Curious George book to Noah Lau, 3 1/2, at the new Waunakee Public Library. Others kids were already using the computers in the children section.

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Hundreds showed up for the ribbon cutting of the new Waunakee Public Library including Maynard, who came from the Duck Pond.

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Nearly 1,400 people visited the Waunakee Public Library as it opened Aug. 1, according to the Library Board. Above: Todd Schmidt gives kids a hi-five as they enter the new building at 201 N. Madison St. The new building has plenty of spaces for children to read and study, and a soon will hav…

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Flanked by Waunakee Library Board members and staff, Waunakee Village President Chris Zellner cut the ribbon on the new Waunakee Public Library on Aug. 1 as Library Director Erick Plumb held the microphone. Hundreds showed up for the ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility. Several spea…

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Registration and picture day for grades Kindergarten-6 will be held in August. Parents are asked to please stop by to register your child(ren). The school district asks everyone to have a picture taken even if you do not wish to purchase a picture packet or memory book. Parents are encourage…

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Schumacher Farm volunteers shocking oat bundles include Janette Hermanson, Jim Elvekrog, Randy Miles, Tom Acker, Jim Becker, Herb Damsteegt, Tim McConley, Dale Mayer and Jim Ableidinger. At Schumacher Farm’s Heritage Fest on Sunday Sept. 8, these oat bundles will threshed in a thresh machine…

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Lamers Bus Lines has been looking for school-bus drivers in Waunakee for the past few months. However, the company has had difficulty getting people into the driver seat.

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Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Patrick O’Connor, 61, Waunakee, Wisconsin, was sentenced on July 30 by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 84 months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering. O’Connor, a real estate …

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The rides were a big attraction among young people during WaunaFest Saturday.

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In what will be “The Event of a Century”, the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion will acknowledge serving veterans, their families and their communities for 100 years. The American Legion was established by veterans of World War I in 1919.

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Sally Rech, of Sensory and Sunshine, holds some of her water balls outside her stand in the craft fair at Waunafest.

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Toukao Thao draws caricatures of two attendees at the Waunafest craft fair July 27.  

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Debbie Wichman, owner of Pallet Therapy, shows off her handcrafted signs at the Waunafest craft fair.  

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Lots of kids enjoyed the giant slide at the WaunaFest carnival grounds on Saturday, July 27. See more Waunafest pictures on page A10.

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Jan Kelvin keeps her pups warm with her handmade doggie jackets, which she showed during this year’s Arts and Craft Fair at WaunaFest. The Waunakee Lioness Club sponsors the event each year.