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Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

The city of Madison will begin the season's leaf collection pickup next week.

The Streets Division crew will start collecting leaves Monday and will continue as long as the weather permits through late November or early December.

There is no leaf collection schedule, according to the city news release. The crew begins in the Monday refuse collection area and continues through each district in order of the day of the week. However the collection may be on a different day than the regular refuse schedule depending on the workload.

"We always start leaf collection the first Monday in October because many residents want to get started cleaning out their gardens," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.  "We will operate with fewer crews until the volume of material picks up," which is expected to be mid-to-late October.

Man tries to get 9-year-old into truck, police say

A 9-year-old girl said a stranger tried to get her into his truck as she walked home from school Monday afternoon, according to a release.

The girl goes to Leopold Elementary School, and is not exactly sure where she was on Post Road when the truck pulled up near her around 1:45 p.m., Madison police said.

The truck is described as a two-door, tan with some rust, according to the release. The driver is described as a white man in his 30s with slicked back blond hair. He was wearing a green T-shirt.

The girl told police she ran to an area where there were trusted adults, and they called police.

BBB hosts Shred Fest Saturday

The Better Business Bureau will be holding a Shred Fest Saturday morning.

The event will be at the Summit Credit Union at 2424 Rimrock Road from 8:30-11 a.m., organizers said.

Shred Fest gives residents an easy way to get personal items shredded for free to help protect against identity theft, according to the release.

There is a limit of three boxes per car, organizers said.

The Madison Shred Fest is being held simultaneously with two other Wisconsin cities, West Allis and Appleton.

Construction work will close near west intersection

The intersection of Haywood Drive and High Street will be closed starting Wednesday, according to a release.

S & L Underground and Trucking will be closing the intersection to complete concrete work, officials said.

The closure is expected to last until Monday afternoon.

Blooming Grove considers closing fire department

Town of Blooming Grove officials are exploring the option of getting rid of its fire department and contracting service calls out to Madison.

Town Administrator Mike Wolf said the town's 1,800 residents will be getting something in the mail in the next couple of days inviting them to an Oct. 14 Town Board meeting about the issue. At that meeting, residents will hear a presentation and will be allowed to ask questions and comment on the idea.

Blooming Grove is already set to become part of the city of Madison on Nov. 1, 2027. The town decided in 2005 to officially merge all of its services with its larger neighbor.

"Our goal is for residents interested in this issue to come to that Oct. 14 meeting where we can disseminate the information efficiently and effectively," Wolf said in an email.

Dairy expo expected to bring 300K visitors to area

One of Madison?s largest events will open its doors Tuesday.

The World Dairy Expo is celebrating 48 years at the Alliant Energy Center, and exhibitors put the finishing touches together Monday.

Event organizers are anticipating over 300,000 visitors throughout the week. The expo runs Tuesday through Saturday.

Around 90 different countries will be represented, and each will display their dairy expertise to cattle farmers and other dairy companies attending.

The show grows each year creating a need for new additions.

?We do have a sell-out show. We?ve had a waiting list now for a number of years, and that?s very exciting to see this event prosper and grown,? said Janet Keller, the expo?s public relations and communications manager. ?The addition of the New Holland pavilions here at the Alliant Energy Center is part of that growing story.?

The expo is open to the public. Admission to the grounds is $10 per day and $30 for a five-day pass.

Car windows shot out by gunfire

Three windows were shot out of a car parked in an apartment building parking lot Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Witnesses told police they saw two men get out of a black car and run between some apartment buildings near the intersection of Ashford Lane and McDivitt Road just before they heard gunfire.

The men got back into their car and fled.

The 30-year-old owner of the damaged car told police he?s not aware of anyone who might be out to get him or send him a message.