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American Family Insurance having success being green

American Family Insurance started a simple recycling program at its national headquarters in 1989. In the 25 years since, the company has developed it into one of the most aggressive programs in the country in diverting waste from landfills.

?We just feel like it is about doing the right thing, and we pledge to protect the dreams of our customers. And we do that in part by being supportive of the communities in which they live and we feel this is one way in which we can do that,? said Maggie Becker, facilities program analyst for American Family Insurance.

With nearly 3,000 employees working at ther national headquarters, a significant amount of waste is generated. Currently, American Family Insurance is able to divert 78 percent of that waste from landfills. It has an expansive recycling program but also collects organic items, which are then sent to a composting facility in Oshkosh. Their goal is to reach a 90 percent rate of waste diverted from landfills.

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Beltline lane closures scheduled near west side, Middleton

Beltline lanes will be closed for construction near Middleton and Madison?s west side starting Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said.

Construction on the Beltline between Mineral Point Road and Terrace Avenue will start Wednesday, and the construction zone will be extended from Mineral Point Road to University Avenue on Thursday, according to a release.

The project includes pavement rehabilitation, working on auxiliary lanes and making ramp improvements at the Greenway Boulevard interchange, according to the release.

Lane closures are scheduled in the area from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, officials said.

The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2014.

04/26/2014 - Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening - Sherwin Williams

Join Sherwin Williams for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and their Grand Opening Celebration!    The ribbon will be cut at 7:30am followed by and open house. 
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Middleton Police Department notified about US HWY 12 construction

The Middleton Police Department has been notified that a construction project on US Hwy 12, known locally as the Beltline, will begin on Monday, April 21. Work on this project will be primarily between the Mineral Point Road interchange and Terrace Avenue.   Lane and shoulder closures may extend beyond those areas, according to the press release.   

Work on this project will primarily be completed using nighttime lane closures between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Sunday night through Thursday night.  Along with these nighttime lane closures, there will be periodic nighttime ramp closures impacting the interchanges at Mineral Point Road, Old Sauk Road, and Greenway Blvd.   During daytime hours, there will be off road construction as well using shoulder closure.

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Walker upset porn-viewing teacher keeping license; District releases statement

Gov. Scott Walker disagrees with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's decision not to revoke the license of a teacher who viewed pornographic emails at work.

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the governor believes DPI does have the legal authority to revoke his license and it should do that.

DPI announced Thursday it will not revoke the license of Andrew Harris, a Middleton teacher accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job.

Harris was a seventh-grade teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until he was terminated in 2010 after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job. Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris and he should be reinstated. He returned to the classroom in January.

Court papers: Sleepy driver veered off road multiple times before hitting, killing biker

The man charged with killing a bicyclist in the town of Westport 18 months ago told deputies he worked the night shift and fell asleep at the wheel often.

The criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Dane County said 23-year-old Timothy Grulke, of Waunakee, was regularly tired after working overnight at a casino, as he had the evening before 37-year-old Carrie Pete, of Madison, was killed while biking on Highway M on Oct. 9, 2012.

Grulke told a deputy at the scene that he "nodded off" four or five times prior to hitting Pete's bike at about 11:38 a.m., according to the complaint. Grulke had worked from 9:30 p.m.-6 a.m., then drove to the gym to workout, but left at about 11:15 a.m. because he became sleepy. He was on his way to get crickets for his lizard when the crash occurred.

A witness also told deputies he saw Grulke's Dodge pickup truck veer off the roadway four or five times before the crash with the bike.

City to flush water mains, hydrants

The City of Middleton said it plans to flush water mains and hydrants beginning April 27.

The flush is common practice for the department and is done twice a year, in the spring and the fall. The practice tests the system and ensures water quality.

In a public notice last Tuesday, the city's water utility said residents can expect to see a slight discoloration of water during the week as it clears out water mains.

The city said the flush does not affect the potability of water and it is safe to drink.

The flush ends May 9.