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4 arrested in home burglary investigation

Four people arrested as part of a home burglary investigation might be connected to a rash of home burglaries in rural Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Detectives said Drew J. Keenan, 21, and Mackenzie D. Frydenlund, 20, both of Sauk City, were responsible for a Thursday burglary in the town of Dane. Ashley N Moen, 24, and Jordan D. Seiler, 25, both of Portage, were responsible for a Jan. 13 burglary in the town of Dane, according to the release.

All four were arrested on suspicion of burglary and additional charges are pending.

Deputies said the four forced entry into locked homes and stole valuables, including jewelry, precious coins, electronics, cash and firearms.

Earlier this month the Sheriff?s Office started an investigation into several burglaries to rural homes.

Deputies responded to three burglaries the night of Jan. 14 and one the night of Jan. 13.

School board considers options for possible $500K

Superintendent Don Johnson gave a brief update on facility options at both middle schools due to additional contingency funds being available at the Board of Education's regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 12.

He said as much as $500,000 might be available although Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Tom Wohlleber noted because they are referendum funds they must be used at Glacier Creek or Kromrey.

Johnson said administration is recommending that $30,000 be used to sod rather than seed the field at Kromrey. It is also recommending that $73,000 be used to grade the field and expand the retaining wall and fencing should the Board decide in the future to install turf.

Should the Board decide to install turf at Kromrey now, the cost would be up to $600,000. He noted turf might allow a field to be used from March through November depending on the snow level. He also is worried that with limited field space at Kromrey a grass field could be problematic.

City considers plans to reconstruct portion of Parmenter Street

City considers plans to reconstruct portion of Parmenter Street

Plans to resurface Parmenter Street north of University Avenue are being reviewed by city staff, according to a release.

The plans submitted by Mead and Hunt are to resurface Parmenter Street between University Avenue and the roundabout, officials said. The design includes a bike lane and driving lane in each direction, burying all overhead utilities along Parmenter Street and installing boarding pads at Metro Transit stops.

The west side of the road will tentatively not have on-street parking, but will get a 5-foot wide sidewalk and wider grass terrace with trees, according to the release. The east side of the road will still have on-street parking and portions of the existing 4-foot wide sidewalk will be repaired.

Middleton Public Library to hold listening sessions for future of library

The Middleton Public Library will be holding two public listening sessions to discuss the future construction for the library.

Share your stories and ideas and meet the architects from Dimension IV, the firm conducting Middleton Public Library's feasibility study.

The listening sessions will be held on Jan. 19 from 4-6 p.m. and Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m., both at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave.

They will discuss plans to possibly expand the library, remodel it or construct a new building.

Refreshments will be provided by the Hubbard Street Diner.

Elm Lawn Elementary class wins national writing contest

 Elm Lawn Elementary class wins national writing contest

Karen Close's fourth-grade class at Elm Lawn Elementary has been named the winner of the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer Contest.

Students found out they had won on Thursday morning. Superintendent Don Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services George Mavroulis and Elm Lawn principal Robert Schell were also in the classroom when the announcement was made.

The winning story, "The Magic Baseball Poster," was written by Daniel Kim with help from Owen Sheehan. The story was picked over four other finalists for the national award.

"I was shocked. I didn't think our story would stand up. It's a great honor,'' Kim said on Thursday.

"It's crazy to think so many stories were submitted throughout the entire United States and that we won,'' Sheehan said.

Kim said he decided on the topic after reading a book about Jackie Robinson. Sheehan said he is a big baseball fan so he was thrilled to help out.

Burglars targeting homes in rural Dane County

Burglars targeting homes in rural Dane County

Burglars are targeting homes in rural areas of western Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Three burglaries were reported Wednesday night and one on Tuesday night. The burglars forced their way into homes and took jewelry, precious coins, electronics, cash and firearms, authorities said.

Witnesses told deputies that the burglars might be knocking on doors of homes first to see if anyone is there. If someone answers the door, they ask for directions to a nearby town and then leave.

The burglaries occurred in the towns of Dane, Middleton, Cross Plains and Oregon.

Deputies are asking residents to immediately report anything suspicious by calling 911. They're hoping to get a vehicle description or license plate information. Businesses are asked to watch for and question customers who consistently sell large amounts of coins or jewelry.

US 14 reopened west of Middleton after traffic crash

A crash Thursday night west of Middleton closed U.S. Highway 14 until Friday morning.

U.S. 14 was closed in both directions between 11 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m Friday after a truck crashed into an electrical pole.

Workers from MG & E and Alliant Energy worked through the night to try and fix the pole.

The State Patrol opened a detour route during the closure.