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Lincoln Elementary School plans outdoor learning space

Lincoln Elementary School plans outdoor learning space

Burr Oaks Neighborhood Association unveiled plans for an outdoor learning space to neighborhood officials meeting last month. The outdoor learning space will be on a lot beside Lincoln Elementary, and is considered an ongoing sustainability project.

The outdoor learning space plan consists of an outdoor wellness path, a community garden, a community tool shed for children and an outdoor classroom structure. Along with the physical aspects of the project, those involved with it intend to incorporate a curriculum for students at Lincoln Elementary.

MMSD releases budget recommendations

MMSD releases budget recommendations

The Madison Metropolitan School District presented its preliminary budget recommendations on Friday for the Board of Education’s review.

"This preliminary budget recommendation makes strategic choices to fill our budget gap and lays a strong foundation for the important work ahead," Superintendent Dan Nerad said.

The budget recommendations fill the district’s budget gap, maintain current programs and include:

Update: Middleton man, Huber inmate declared AWOL Returns

Update: Middleton man, Huber inmate declared AWOL Returns

An inmate from the Dane County Jail that was declared AWOL on Tuesday morning returned to the facility at about 7 p.m. that night, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Ladale (Dale) Martin, 39, of Middleton, is serving a sentence on charges of not paying child support.

Martin was released from the Public Safety Building per his Huber privileges at about 8:45 a.m. to pick up a prescription medication, but he did not return, officials said.

Police: Fitchburg Man Admits He Took Oxycodone Before Driving

A 40-year-old Fitchburg man has been arrested on a charge of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, according to Madison police.

Madison police said they arrested Chad Catlin late Friday afternoon after he was swerving his pickup truck on South Park Street and collided with a car driven by a 50-year-old Monticello woman.

Catlin caused minor damage to one of the wheel wells on the woman's car, police said.

Officers said as they interviewed Catlin, they noticed his speech was slurred, but he did not smell of alcohol.

He admitted to taking Oxycodone before getting behind the wheel, police said.

Weather Conditions Increase Risk Of Wildfires

Dry weather conditions and heavy winds have the National Weather Service putting southern Wisconsin, including Dane County, on fire weather watch Monday.

The Madison Fire Department is warning that there is a high risk of brush fires starting due to the weather conditions. The Madison Fire Department is prohibiting the use of outdoor fires in the city "until weather conditions change."

"Right now, we're putting a stop to that because of the risk," said Bernadette Galvez of the Madison Fire Department, explaining why the city of Madison has banned outdoor burns, except for grilling, because of the increased risk.

At a statewide level, Bob Manwell from the Department of Natural Resources said just about everyone is at risk.

Rise In Burglaries On Madison's South Side

Madison police said they've seen a rise in burglaries on the city's south side recently -- up 50 percent from 2011.

The Vilas, Greenbush and Regent Street neighborhoods have been especially affected. Homes and vehicles on more than two dozen streets have been targeted, which police said may be attributed to the warm weather.

Some officers said neighbors make these burglaries very easy.

"We are extremely surprised by a number of incidents where windows and doors are not secure, and that allowed for entry by the suspect," said Madison Police Officer Howard Payne.

Police aren't getting too specific about the crimes. They said they may be close to a suspect.

They are asking residents to report any suspicious activities to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Incumbent Veldran Wins Dane County Board District 7 Race


In the Dane County Board District 7 race, incumbent Matt Veldran had 66 percent of the vote, defeating Jon Snowden in Tuesday's election.

Veldran had 1,894 votes to Snowden's 964 votes.