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Madison's mayor urges residents to vote

Madison's mayor urged all residents to get out and vote on Tuesday.

"This is a very different election and all these polls, which are based on projections of likely voters, may well be wrong, because it looks like the likely voter pool has changed," said Paul Soglin.

Lines were long at the city clerk's office on Friday, where the city issued nearly 17,000 absentee ballots.

More than 9,000 voted absentee at the clerk's office.

"A lot of the voters that are registering, we're finding they haven't voted since the year 2000. And we don't ask them, 'why are you choosing to register now?' We're just happy to get people registered and facilitate the right to vote," said Maribeth Witzel-Behl.

Witzel-Behl is still waiting for nearly 2,300 absentee ballots to be mailed in.

The clerk's office must receive them by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 8, to be counted in this election.

Holmen upsets LaFollette 2-1 in WIAA girls' softball

Madison LaFollette High School girls' softball team almost made history on Thursday.

Instead, the team will be watching the rest of the tournament from the sidelines after losing to Holmen.

LaFollette pitcher Nicole Newman came within one strike of throwing a no-hitter Thursday, but gave up two late runs to lose to Holmen 2-1 in extra innings.

Newman struck out 19 Holmen batters before giving up a hit to Briana Homberg in the top of the seventh. Homberg drove in the tying run to lock the game up at 1.

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In the top of the ninth, Jordan Messling hit a basehit down the line to give Holmen a 2-1 lead and the victory.

Holmen will play La Crosse Central in the WIAA sectionals.

Lengthy billboard battle comes to an end

A legal battle over billboards in the Dane County area has come to an end.

In 2010, the Beltline lit up when Adams Outdoor Advertising put up a new high-tech, digital billboard instead of the traditional billboards that were there the year before.

Dane County officials got involved, arguing the billboard was in a violation of the county's zoning ordinance. But Adams Outdoor disagreed, saying the billboard fell within Town of Madison ordinances.

"Our ordinance has specific height requirements and size requirements and only allows electronic billboards under certain circumstances," Dane County Corporation Counsel attorney Carlos Pabellon said. "And in this case, neither of those two applied."

After years of litigation, the county won in the Court of Appeals. The case nearly went to the state Supreme Court.

"We never heard a response from the Supreme Court because we ended up engaging in settlement discussions," Pabellon said.

Breast cancer survivor offers encouragement to others

The South Central Wisconsin Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is set for Saturday in Madison, and ahead of the event, a breast cancer survivor said she is proof that a diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence.

At least once a month, career coach Bridget McCurtis is at the Dane County Regional Airport boarding a plane.

"I live a very vibrant happy life. I travel quite a bit I have a good life," McCurtis said.

She said slowing down isn't an option for her, not even for breast cancer.

"I had seven weeks of radiation treatment. Then I had a lumpectomy, in March of 2008. I was only 34 years old," McCurtis said.

With no family history of the disease, McCurtis said she credits her self exams and early detection with saving her life.

Man uses lawn sign to ?Recall Lawn Signs?

A Madison man who said he is fatigued with recall politics is taking a creative approach to discourage people from expressing politics on their front lawns.

Scott Scharf put a yard sign on his lawn to ?Recall Yard Signs.?

He said he?s seen too many people get into fist fights over Gov. Scott Walker and Tom Barrett. They?re only focused on party lines, Scharf said, not the issues at hand.

"It's the opinions,? Scharf said. ?Everyone's got an opinion about something and they put up a generic (yard) sign instead of putting up a sign that really says something."

The Recall Yard Signs sign has been up for three months and Scharf said it?s been getting great feedback. People have even been stopping their cars to take pictures next to it.

Scharf said he?s not sure when he?ll take the sign down.�

Inland Companies kicks off new affiliation with Colliers International

Inland Companies kicks off new affiliation with Colliers International

Inland Companies is excited to announce that effective May 2012, its brokerage and property management teams are affiliating with Colliers International.

While its brokerage and property management teams remain locally owned and operated by Inland Companies, these divisions will now be doing business as Colliers International Wisconsin.

Over the course of the next 6 to 12 months the company's signage (both leasing and management) and property marketing materials will be switched.

Additionally, emails will change to reflect Colliers’ national standard, however,  inlandcompanies.com emails will remain active so as not to disrupt any immediate communications.

Joining the Colliers family wasn’t a decision that was made lightly, but officials said they felt it was one that would accelerate our ability to serve its clients in a variety of ways.

Nerad interviewing for superintendent job in suburban Detroit

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad is a finalist for a job in suburban Detroit, and school board members said they're preparing to replace him quickly, if needed.

Nerad is one of five people interviewing for the superintendent position later this week in affluent Birmingham, Mich., according to a spokeswoman for the Birmingham School District. The new hire would start work on July 1.

Madison board members said Nerad surprised them two months ago, when he made a failed bid for the top job in Omaha, Neb., and the decision forced them to begin preparing to make an immediate hire.

"That one (the Omaha application) was a little bit of a surprise, and I think that has colored our approach here," school board president James Howard said. "We don't want to get caught without our ducks in a row, so to speak."