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City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Madison teacher receives national educator award

A Madison elementary school teacher was announced as the state's recipient of the 2014 Milken Educator Award Wednesday.

Josie Guiney Igielski, a fourth-grade teacher and motivating force behind Lincoln Elementary School's outdoor learning space, was recognized at a school assembly, according to a release. The award includes $25,000 cash and is one of up to 40 that will be given by the Milken Family Foundation nationwide.

"Josie's passion for getting it right for her students and incorporating hands-on and outdoor learning into the school day are such valuable assets to students and the community," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. "She exemplifies what it means to go beyond the expected. Josie is among the top education leaders in our state and nation and a deserving recipient of the Milken Educator Award."

Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Police look for discarded drugs, weapons

Madison police are looking for drugs, weapons and other evidence that might have been left behind by suspected drug dealers while fleeing police.

Officers said they were looking to apprehend Quentin D. Spears, 26, of Madison, on suspicion of several count of heroin delivery. As part of that investigation, an SUV he was traveling in was spotted on Fish Hatchery Road near Ann Street Tuesday afternoon. Police said the SUV would not pull over and police cut off their pursuit out of concern for citizen safety.

The SUV was spotted found empty in the 600 block of Pine Street. Police said Spears, Von A. Hamilton, 24, and Nicholas M. Moore, 23, both of Madison, were found and arrested a short time later.

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Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.

MPD investigates shots fired outside party

No one was injured in a shooting outside a party just off Verona Road just after midnight Sunday, Madison police said.

Madison police were dispatched to a residence in the 4700 block of Crescent Road around 12:30 a.m. for reports of shots fired, according to a release.

A large number of people were attending a party at 4706 Crescent Road when unknown persons began exchanging gunfire outside the home, police said.

Officers found a number of empty casings, but did not find anyone injured, according to the release.

While assisting with the call, Fitchburg police stopped a vehicle nearby that had bullet holes in it, officials said. When police attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

An investigation is ongoing.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

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