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Middleton tennis wins sectional

Middleton tennis wins sectional

The Middleton girls tennis team qualified for the WIAA State Team Tennis Tournament Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, as the Cardinals edged Waunakee 50-42.

Kaisey Skibba won the number one singles crown, beating Onalaska's Shannyn Waltz in the final and Waunakee's Meg Mathison in the semifinal.

In number one doubles action, Middleton's Abbey Webber and Alison Ragsdale of Middleton beat Bobbi Stricker and Bailey Chornery of Waunakee in straight sets to advance to state.

Individual State Tennis is October 16-18. Team State is October 24-25. Both are held at Nielsen.

Volunteers visit schools during Fire Prevention Week

Volunteers from the Middleton Fire District will be visiting elementary schools in Middleton to discuss fire safety and prevention this week, according to a release.

The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to generate awareness of fire prevention and protection among young children, specifically grades K-3, officials said. The program features live skits, puppets and music for the children to take part in.

Evacuation plans, kitchen safety, electrical safety and smoke detector usage will be covered during the programs, according to the release.

Reinecke shoots 74 at Middleton sectional

WIAA girls golf sectionals were held Tuesday, with many local teams taking part of the Middleton sectional at Pleasant View. Verona won the event, tallying a team total of 320. Wildcats standout Jessica Reinecke was the medalist, shooting a 74.�

While Verona cruised to a state championship berth, three teams behind them needed extra holes to decide the second team to advance. Remarkably, Middleton, Madison Memorial, and Stoughton all tied at 334 after 18 holes. All 15 golfers then took part in a three-team playoff to determine who would advance to state.�

After one hole, Stoughton was eliminated when their five golfers tallied a 20 and Memorial and Middleton each totaled 19.�

On playoff hole number two, the Cardinals out shot the Spartans 22-24 to advance to state.�

Loren Skibba paced Middleton with a 77.�

Residents can request different sized recycling cart

With the recent change in weekly collection of recyclable materials, residents can request to change the size of their recycling cart, Middleton city officials said.

Residents who want Pellitteri crews to pick up their current cart and deliver a different size can call 608-257-4285.

There will be a $15 charge for the exchange delivery, but there is no charge if residents take carts to Pellitteri and do the exchange in person.

Pellitteri Waste Systems is located at 7035 Raywood Road in Madison.

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.