News – December 17, 2022

(Rio) A Rio sausage Shop has issued a voluntary recall. Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe is recalling packaged pork products sold wholesale, at retail, and at farmers markets. All packages are vacuum-sealed and carry a mark of inspection with establishment number 293. The products were sold by Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe, Two Creek Farms in Union Grove, Vindicator Brand in Loganville, and Wisconsin Meadows in Viroqua. This is a Class I recall, initiated based on evidence collected during a routine state inspection. No illnesses have been reported as a result of consuming these products.

(Randolph) A Randolph man was sentenced yesterday (Friday) to three-and-a-half years in prison for possessing illicit content of children. Thomas Bryant plead guilty to three felony counts of Child Pornography in September. A CyberTip report was made in January by the social media platform Kik that a user had uploaded several explicit videos of minors. The account was traced back to Bryant. The 36-year-old was also convicted on two felony counts of Child Pornography in Dane County. Bryant was placed on extended supervision for five years.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobilers to stay safe while on the trails this season. In the early months of 2022, there were 14 fatal snowmobile crashes with 10 involving alcohol. DNR officials say alcohol affects your risk perception and reaction time. They add that if you choose to consume some type of alcoholic beverage, wait until after you have safely returned home and that this decision could save your life. Other safety tips include remembering that ice is never completely safe under any conditions. Wear proper clothing and equipment, including a life jacket or float coat should you fall through the ice. Do no travel in unfamiliar areas and slow down at night.

(Randolph) A local church is offering a free meal on Christmas. The Randolph First Reformed Church is hosting its 15th Annual Free Christmas Dinner from 11:30am to 1:30pm on Christmas Day. The meal includes ham, turkey, rolls, vegetables, potatoes, dessert and milk. Those unable to attend in person can make arrangements to have a meal delivered. Communities on the delivery route include Beaver Dam, Randolph, Cambria, Friesland, Fox Lake, Columbus, Rio, Fall River and Pardeeville. The deadline to request a home delivered meal is Friday, December 23.

(Oakfield) Moraine Park Technical College nursing students recently partnered with Oakfield Elementary School to teach K-5 students the importance of hand hygiene and germ control. The MPTC students each presented individually to two classrooms. They were given three weeks to prepare their presentations and cater their approach to their assigned grade levels ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. The presentations went over how to properly wash your hands and what can happen if you let germs linger. Some of the presentations included books and songs about handwashing and experiments using glitter, pepper, and more.

(Columbia County) The Merrimac ferry will be closing for the season Monday at 7 am. It has been in operation since 1848 and was taken over by Sauk and Columbia counties in 1924. The state’s Department of Transportation took charge in 1933. The ferry’s 2022 season began March 31. To date this year, the ferry has carried 164,894 vehicles, 860 bicycles, 650 pedestrians, 32 buses, and 4466 motorcycles. The ferry made 55,758 crossings in that same period.