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Beltline Lane Closures Set For Sept. 20

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that a single lane closure on the eastbound Beltline from US Highway 51 to Agricultural Drive will occur Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. due to pavement repairs.

A single lane closure on the westbound Beltline from John Nolen Drive to Rimrock Road will occur Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. due to pavement repairs.

The DOT said that motorists should be vigilant for crews working in the area.

 

'Fighting Bob' Attendees Say Fight Goes On

The first Fighting Bob Fest since Republican Gov. Scott Walker won the governor's office gave thousands reason to voice their opinions Saturday.

Attendees at the 10th annual festival, which honors the spirit of Wisconsin progressive Bob La Follette, said their fight for the middle class continues, despite controversy this week when a Capitol protestor admitted to dousing a Republican assemblyman with beer.

"Many of the people who were out in the streets in February and March are here at the Alliant Center," Capital Times columnist John Nichols said. "They're trying to send a signal to Gov. Walker and others that they're not tired. They're not going away."

The event included speakers, such as U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, who rallied the crowd around a common message: Defeating elected officials who progressives say aren't listening to their constituents.

Birthday Party Held For Madison Library Branch

Madison's south side was in a joyful mood Saturday afternoon as the Madison Public Library Foundation threw a birthday bash for one of its newest branches.

It was one year ago that the Goodman South Madison Library opened its doors.

Families from the community enjoyed music, free food and kids' activities.

The Madison Public Library Foundation said the library was a community effort, and the birthday party was a way to thank those who helped build the branch.

"This is our opportunity at the library foundation to thank all of those who helped build this branch and that includes many of the neighborhood associations. They have been fantastic as volunteers, fundraisers to help make the branch possible," said Jenny Collins, Madison Public Library Foundation's executive director.

Collins said the library has brought many good programs to the Madison south community and has been busy since it opened.

DCHS Children’s Wildlife Education Program Receives $10,000 Grant

DCHS Children’s Wildlife Education Program Receives $10,000 Grant

Dane County Humane Society has received a $10,000 grant from the John A. Johnson Fund, a component fund of Madison Community Foundation, to help with the first phase of the shelter's goal to create a wildlife education program for children.

The children's wildlife education program will teach kids the value of Wisconsin wildlife, promote humane interaction with animals and show kids how they can help preserve the environment so local wildlife can thrive.

The program will be an extension of the Four Lakes Wildlife Center, a volunteer-based program of DCHS that rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back into the wild.  

DCHS said they plan to build an addition on the existing rehabilitation facility to house the program. It will include an interactive children's museum filled with exhibits, games, educational handouts and a live webcam so kids can see wildlife rehabilitation in action are all part of the long-term project. 

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

An online auction is being held later this month in which all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local.

The mission of Dane Buy Local is to support local businesses within the community while raising awareness of the importance of buying locally.

DANE Exclusive Deals will use Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, Sept. 24-30.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on more than 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses. Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phone. This can be done from any mobile phone with premium text message capabilities. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

For more information about the Bid-A-Thon, people can also visit http://www.facebook.com/DaneExclusiveDeals.

Greenway Plaza Businesses Damaged By Fire

Greenway Plaza Businesses Damaged By Fire

The Madison Fire Department was called to an early-morning fire at the Greenway Plaza on the city's south side.

Fire officials said they were called to 1325 Greenway Cross after a passerby saw flames and smoke showing.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from the exterior of the building. Crews entered through a front entrance that leads to a common hallway. They said they found smoke, flames and smoldering embers on the floor.

Crews knocked the fire out at about 6:45 a.m. They stayed at the scene to watch for any remaining hotspots.

Damages are still being calculated but are expected to exceed $500,000, officials said.

 Businesses at Greenway Plaza include Greenway Crossing Montessori, Panaderia & Taqueria Marimar, El Palacio, a clothing store, and Madineh Academy of Madison.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

UWPD Arrests Sexual Assault Suspect

A sexual assault investigation is under way, according to the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Officers and detectives said the sexual assault occurred in the UW-Madison Arboretum at about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Neither the victim nor the suspect are affiliated with the university, police said.

UWPD detectives said they have a suspect in custody. They said the investigation is ongoing.