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Middleton plant turns cow manure into electricity

A La Crosse-based health care network celebrated the completion of a $14 million project that uses cow manure to produce electricity in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo.

Gundersen Health System was set to unveil the plant at GL Dairy Biogas Farm on Monday morning. The company's joint power venture with Dane County kicked off near Middleton late last year, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

"The cow power project paves the way for home-grown renewable energy, cleaner lakes and keeping our dairy farm families milking cows for generations to come," said Dane County executive Joe Parisi. "Dane County is the 23rd-largest dairy-producing county in the nation, and we are turning all that milk into green energy to power our homes and businesses."

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Parisi: Digester a 'gamechanger' in keeping water clean

Dane County represents the completion of the third manure digester in the county and moves the effort to clean lakes and stream one step closer.�

The digester, which is just outside Middleton, will process approximately 100,000 gallons of manure a day with an initial goal of removing 60 percent of the phosphorus. When an upgrade is made to the plant later this year it is hoped 100 percent of the phosphorus will be removed.

"This is really game-changing in our efforts to clean our water. We?ll have manure coming in and at the end of the day, 100 percent of the phosphorus will be eliminated once the additional technology is put in place," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.

The removal of the phosphorus is critical to cleaning lakes and streams in the county. Phosphorus that runs off of fields fertilized with manure is blamed for the growth of algae in those waterways.

The Race for Big Eight football title clears up

Madison La Follette is no longer in first place in the Big Eight football standings after a big upset Thursday night in Verona.

Verona quarterback Noah Roberts threw two touchdowns to Jake Toman, and Carmeron Tindall had a 76-yard touchdown run, as Verona upset La Follette 24-19.

That left La Follette a game out of first place in the standings due to results at Mansfield Stadium and Janesville Thursday.

Middleton came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat Madison West 28-7 at Mansfield Stadium in Madison to stay on top of the Big Eight.

Cam Maly had three touchdowns for the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Janesville Craig stayed tied with Middleton following their 23-19 victory over Madison Memorial. Craig and Middleton are now 6-1 with two games to play. The two teams play each other on Oct. 17 at Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton.

Detectives: Arby's armed robber may be responsible for other robberies

Police are searching for a man who robbed the Arby's restaurant on Gammon Road in the town of Middleton Sept. 24.

The man entered the restaurant just after 8:30 p.m., demanded money from the cashier and indicated he had a weapon, according to a press release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office. There were four to five other people in the restaurant at the time.

The suspect fled on foot. A white Chevrolet pick-up truck with a tool box in the back could be associated with the robber.�

Detectives working on the case believe the same man may be responsible for a string of armed robberies in the city of Madison, including a McDonald's on Verona Road and two Klinke Cleaner locations.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the vehicle is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

Free presentation to focus on natural burial, green cemeteries

The community is invited to an event Thursday focusing on after-death environmentalism.

Coordinator of Natural Path Sanctuary Kevin Corrado will provide a free presentation on natural burials and green cemeteries at 7 p.m. at the Willy West Co-Op Community Room.

Organizers said attendees will learn about the roots of conventional burial practices in the United States, how they differ from customs around the world, and how the practices impact the environment.

Corrado will also provide resources to help inform consumers about funeral and burial services and discuss natural burial.

The Green Tuesdays & Thursdays programs are supported in part by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee, Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas & Electric, Dane County Environmental Council and Richard and Judy Fritz.  Free refreshments are provided.

Willy West Co-Op is at 6825 University Ave. in Middleton.

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

The Middleton Skateboard Park has been temporarily closed due to vandalism, according to a news alert.

Vandals covered the park in graffiti Aug. 3, but city crews cleaned it up. Vandals hit the park again on Thursday, but this time they also took a sewer grate, which is about a foot in diameter, officials said.

The graffiti has been cleaned up, but the sewer grate won’t be replaced until Monday at the earliest, which is why the park has been closed.

Officials said the graffiti was mostly profanity.

There are security cameras at the park, so authorities are trying to identify individuals involved.

No arrests were made in connection to the vandalism as of Friday afternoon.