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Menominee Tribe approves new rules to regulate rafting industry

A Middleton family's tragedy sparks first-of-its-kind rules to regulate Wisconsin's rafting industry.

In 2013 News 3 discovered rafting is not regulated by the state. Wisconsin's boating laws also don't make rafters wear helmets or life jackets.

Lina Vergara had a jacket on when she was rafting the Wolf River in 2012, but it popped off when she fell in the water, and the 20-year-old drowned. Her family has spoken openly about their fight for safety upgrades.

The new regulations aren't statewide. Rather, they apply to people who rent equipment from outfitters along the Wolf River that flows through the Menominee Indian Tribe Reservation, which governs itself.

Tribal police officers and wardens will enforce the new rules, which are some of the first in recent memory.

Where to eat outside this summer

By Corinne Burgermeister

Just as Madison has a restaurant to meet nearly every foodie's needs, there's a patio to suit your every whim and fancy all summer long. After this year's never-ending winter, who isn't ready to spend as much time as possible outdoors? Besides, meals somehow taste better when eaten under the sun. Here are 28 patios, porches, decks and outdoor dining spots?and why you ought to enjoy them this summer. Like you needed any convincing.


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BOM Best of Madison 2014 winner

Theater group's production of 'Rent' opens Friday

A community theater group will present the first production of its summer season Friday with the musical "Rent."

The Middleton Players Theatre's production kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the first of six performances of the popular rock musical at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Bristol Street.

The Saturday 7:30 p.m. show will offer an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired.

According to MPT, "Rent," set in the East Village of New York City, is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. The play has won a Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The final performance is scheduled just before midnight on Independence Day.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

After its run of "Rent" wraps, MPT will put on "A Chorus Line" in the second week of August.


22-year-old charged with homicide in crash that killed Middleton man

A Dane County man was charged Monday with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in an alleged drunk driving crash.

Kurt Laufenberg, 22, is accused of killing his 22-year-old passenger, Dylan Lindeman, of Middleton, when his vehicle went off the road and hit a tree several weeks ago in the town of Berry.

Laufenberg posted bail, but must check in with the bail monitoring program, and is ordered to stay home at night.

He?s due back in court next month.

Meet a baby calf from Sassy Cow Creamery

Head over to the Middleton Public Library to meet a cow from the Sassy Cow Creamery on Monday June 23, and learn all about the life of a dairy farmer. Event goers will get to sample ice cream and milk and can meet a baby calf.

The event is open to all ages and runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Middleton High School announces new principal

Steve Plank was named Middleton High School's new principal Thursday, according to a release.

Plank has been the principal at Lakes Community High School in Antioch, Illinois, since 2010, officials said. He will be replacing Denise Hermann, who resigned in May to accept a similar position in California.

?Dr. Plank is an exceptional leader who will continue the tradition of academic excellence at Middleton High School," Superintendent Don Johnson said in the release. ?He also brings an amazing track record of building strong relationships with students, parents and faculty. He will be an incredible addition to an already strong administrative team.?

Plank went through two rounds of interviews and met with approximately 80 staff members, parents and students during two open forums on Tuesday, according to the release. There were 27 candidates who applied for the position.

West moves on in soccer sectionals

Sarah Mondschein scored a goal in the second half to give Madison West a 1-0 win over Middleton in a WIAA girls soccer sectional semifinal at Mansfield Stadium Thursday night.

West will play Kettle Moraine in the sectional final Saturday evening at 6:30 in Kettle Moraine for a berth at the WIAA State Girls Soccer tournament in Milwaukee next week.

Other WIAA soccer scores:

Division 2 :

Waunakee 6, Fort Atkinson 0

Oregon 2, DeForest 0

Division 3:

Mount Horeb 3, McFarland 0

Monroe 2, Delavan-Darien 0

Division 4:

Wisconsin Heights 3, Columbus 1

Lake Country Lutheran 5, Ozaukee 1