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Epic leader, American Girl creator donate to Burke

The founder and CEO of health care software giant Epic Systems and the creator of the American Girl doll company are among the donors to Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner and American Girl creator and philanthropist Pleasant Rowland each gave Burke's campaign $10,000. The donations were listed on Burke's latest campaign finance report filed late Monday that covers a roughly three-month period ending last week.

Both are longtime Democratic backers.

Burke is locked in a tight contest with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Among Walker's donations were $10,000 from former H.J. Heinz president and CEO William Johnson and $10,000 from Eric Hovde, a hedge fund manager and investor who ran for Senate as a Republican in 2012.

Elementary school bus goes into ditch on Highway M

A bus went into a ditch Monday afternoon after a child on the bus acted out and the bus driver attempted to pull over, officials said.

Dane County dispatch said a call came in at 3:05 p.m. for reports of a bus that went into a ditch at 4721 Highway M.

Middleton Cross Plains School District spokesperson Perry Hibner said the child was running around the bus, and the driver was worried that something might happen so he pulled over

The bus was probably going about 25 miles per hour, and when the driver tried pulling over the bus rolled into the ditch, Hibner said.

Officials said the bus went off the roadway, but did not hit anything and no one was injured. A second bus responded to the scene to continue transporting the students.

The bus was carrying Northside Elementary School students, and about half of the students had already been dropped off, Hibner said.


Officials ID Middleton man killed in crash Friday

On Friday afternoon, a 23-year-old Middleton man was killed in a car accident near the town of Springfield.

The accident occurred at the corner of Schneider and Capital View roads.

Michael C. Umhoefer was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Madison police, Umhoefer was traveling eastbound on Schneider Road while a semitrailer driver, John J. Beuthin, 61, from Mazomanie, was traveling westbound on Schneider Road.

As Beuthin tried to make a left turn onto Capital View Road, Umhoefer crashed into the semi.

Police say no one has been ticketed yet.

This crash remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff's office.

Businesses to hand out candy during Halloween event downtown

The Middleton Business Association will host its fifth Halloween trick-or-treating event Friday with businesses and restaurants handing out candy to kids dressed in their costumes, according to a release.

Downtown Middleton will be decorated with corn stocks and scarecrows near the participating businesses, organizers said. Businesses will have orange pumpkin faces on their front doors to indicate they will be participating in the Halloween event. If a business is listed, but there isn’t a pumpkin face, that means they ran out of goodies.

The trick-or-treating event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses:

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Road reopened after police incident in Middleton

Road reopened after police incident in Middleton

Police have reopened a road in Middleton after a response to suicidal person that ended peacefully.

Motorists were asked to avoid the 7100 block of Maywood Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Residents in the area were asked to stay inside and away from windows.

An all clear was given at about 3:50 p.m.

Middleton makes AP top 10 HS football poll

Middleton makes AP top 10 HS football poll

Middleton's football team has cracked the AP top 10 statewide football poll as they get ready to head into the WIAA playoffs this week.

The Cardinals were ranked at number 10 in the large division poll this week, after not being ranked at all last week.

Middleton plays Sun Prairie at Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton Friday night in the first round of the WIAA playoffs.

Monona Grove also receieved votes in the final AP poll in the large school division.

Mount Horeb-Barneveld came in at number 6 in the medium division poll. Lodi and Broadhead-Juda also received votes in the medium division.