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JEFFERSON — Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on community health and well-being, the 2020 Jefferson County Fair has been cancelled.

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After two years of operation, Hubbleton Brewing Company has been given the green light to extend its conditional use permit (CUP) and expand its production capabilities. Owner Dan Schey came before the Portland Town Board at its May 26 meeting to renew the CUP and outline his future plans fo…

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With the March calendar still on the wall, just like that the school year is over. This year there will be no last day assemblies or photo ops. Students will close their laptops and Chromebooks and turn the page on the 2019-20 school year. For high school seniors the lack of pomp and circums…

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OCONOMOWOC — For at least one doctor on the front lines, it’s not the new coronavirus he’s worried about. It’s what happens when people are unnecessarily fearful of it.

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Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on community health and well-being, the 2020 Jefferson County Fair has been canceled. The safety of the Jefferson County Fair’s attendees, participants and community is the highest priority in producing the annual fair.

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Expanded curbside pick-up hours began June 1 at L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills. The new hours are weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays 12 p.m. -7 p.m. All curbside pickups are held at the library’s rear entry. Come to the window to the right of the library’s back door. Before visit…

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University of Wisconsin System graduates earn a median salary of nearly $50,000 annually just a year after securing their bachelor’s degrees, according to a first-of-its kind data analysis. After five years the median earnings of graduates surpass $66,000.

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Milford’s Crawfish Junction was open for the first time Saturday at Sandy Beach in their new food trailer Craw on Wheels. Owners Torey Smith and Corey McGrath are seen in front of the mobile restaurant at the beach.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend. Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived on June 6-7 to encourage Wisconsinites to take advantage of and enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors.

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater announced today that departments across both the Whitewater and Rock County campuses are planning for the return of students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester.

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A view of Rock Lake at Bartel’s Beach is seen at sunset Thursday, May 28.

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WEST ALLIS — With Wisconsin State Fair officials cancelling their entire 2020 event as of late morning Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials at the Jefferson and Dodge county fairs are planning on making formal announcements about their decades-long annual events in the coming days.

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From now until end of June, the turtles in our area will be on the move to find nesting spots. Please watch for them and if possible report your sightings on: www.wiatri.net/inventory/witurtles. There’s also a link on the Rock Lake Improvement Association website’s slider: www.rocklake.org. …

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided to allow local courts to resume in-person hearings and jury trials — if they can come up with plans to protect participants and observers from the coronavirus. Jefferson County is preparing.

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Graduation day is a huge milestone, but this year, many students around the country won’t experience it. Amid a COVID-19 outbreak, many schools are canceling their commencement ceremonies or going virtual. And other school districts are holding them later in the summer.

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JEFFERSON — Ranger Power LLC, a utility-scale solar development company, is partnering with Alliant Energy to develop a 75-megawatt solar project in Jefferson County.

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Due to COVID-19 the Lake Mills Police Department did not attend the American Legion banquet scheduled in March. On May 21 Officer Jessica Johnson was finally able to receive her Officer of the Year plaque at the Lake Mills City Hall. A small delegate of Legionaries in masks filed in through …

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You may have seen the sings around town, but do you know why they are selling them? As a way to connect with the community and start conversations about agriculture the Lake Mills FFA Alumni has started a “Support Local Farmers” sign campaign. The group has been selling the signs locally wit…

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WHITEWATER — Free drive-through COVID-19 testing for residents of Jefferson and Walworth counties is being offered this week in Whitewater.

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In accordance with public health guidelines and safety recommendations, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is modifying current operations to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff.

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Lakeside Lutheran High School announces 35 students in the class of 2020 report over $684,076 in scholarship money for the 2020-21 school year from individuals, foundations, organizations and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 92 graduates, 84 have indicated plans to continue their e…

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Jefferson County has been awarded $13,782 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program and $23,977 to Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Six sites. Five phases. Four years. About $10 million-$15 million. That’s what makes up the Dane County sediment removal project in the Yahara Chain of Lakes aimed at mitigating the risk of flooding.

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Gov. Tony Evers on May 20 announced the launch of a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Lake Mills City Council approved an agreement with Crawfish Junction to provide a food truck at Sandy Beach this summer in a 3 to 0 vote with two council members absent.

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The bridge on County Road Q over Interstate 94 was removed May 20 overnight, near Lake Mills. The removal shut down the interstate overnight. The bridge area is seen before and after removal last week. County Road Q will be closed to through traffic through September while crews replace the bridge.

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Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday he is seeking applications for appointment as Jefferson County District Attorney. The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of District Attorney Susan Happ. The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that en…

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Pump prices continue to increase across the country with nearly every state’s average pushing more expensive on the week, on average by four cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87. Wisconsin's average on Monday was $1.76. On Monday in Lake …

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All lanes of I-94 near Lake Mills will be closed and detoured from 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 20. Crews will remove the County Q bridge over the Interstate, east of the State Road 89 interchange (Exit 259). The signed detour route will follow State Highway 26 in Johnson …

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Gov. Tony Evers on May 18 announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s "We’re All In." The initiative aims to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep busi…

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The staff of the Lake Mills Leader was awarded by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, according to results released May 15 in the 2019 Better Newspaper Contest.

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The Tavern League of and its 5,000 members, is proud to recognize May as National Tavern Mont. The designation has been an annual tradition since 1953. Although Wisconsin taverns and licensed establishments are being decimated by closures due to the COVID-19 virus, there is still some reason…

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Memorial Day hasn’t been canceled by coronavirus, but services have been. The Lake Mills American Legion Post 67 will hold a short private Memorial Day ceremony on May 25 at at Rock Lake Cemetery.

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Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) announced Monday it has taken the appropriate steps to safely resume some elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously rescheduled out of an abundance of caution amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision to …

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Businesses in the Lake Mills area are operating with caution even after Wisconsin’s ‘Safer at Home’ order was overturned late on Wednesday, May 13 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.