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DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

Snow-covered ground helps biologists to tally in chronic wasting disease zones    

Helicopter teams will conduct aerial deer counts throughout Dane and Iowa counties and near Baraboo from Wednesday through mid-February, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

DNR biologists are conducting aerial deer counts in portions of the chronic wasting disease management zone.

Regional spokesman Bob Manwell in Fitchburg said in a news release Wednesday that completion of the deer count operation is dependent on the presence of several inches of snow, which helps deer stand out on the landscape from the air.

Areas in western Dane and eastern Iowa counties and in the Baraboo area by Devil’s Lake State Park are scheduled for survey flights, officials said.

The DNR said about 260 square mile sections will be surveyed.

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage


Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

After Oakhill guard kills himself, investigation of workplace leads to terminations

4 guards fired, 1 returned to a lower position

Six Oakhill Correctional Institution employees’ jobs were affected this fall after an investigation concluded that those affected had bullied co-workers for months, according to a Wisconsin State Journal newspaper article.

The report said Sgts. Justyn Witscheber and Matthew Seiler and officer Rachel Koester were fired for verbal harassment in October, as was their shift supervisor Capt. Michael Buettner for failing to report the behavior. Sgt. Sherri Mudd retired early. Another employee, Ryan Blount, was demoted.

An investigation into the behavior of other employees at the institution was initiated after former Oakhill guard Phil Otto took his own life in March. Otto had worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years and had recently been transferred to work a position at Oakhill.

In the story, the employees identified in the investigation denied wrongdoing.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.

Middleton coffee break offers caffeine, networking, prizes


Middleton residents needing some caffeine can take part in the ninth annual Largest Coffee Break Friday.

The Sept. 14 event takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Greenway Station.

Live music by Ken Wheaton and Steve Peterson, complimentary Starbucks coffee, bakery treats and raffles will be available at the Largest Coffee Break, said a press release.  Prizes include a $100 Ashley Furniture gift card, free hotel night stay, other store gift cards and merchandise. Attendees can also network with local professionals and residents.

Local talent will attend the event, including Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag and the Executive Director of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce, Van Nutt. Local media personalities will also attend the event.

Council seeks community budget feedback

The City of Middleton seeks community feedback as it begins the budget process Wednesday.

On Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, a public input session will take place.  The session is hosted by the finance committee and most of the common council will attend.

Concerning the 2013 budget, the session provides a chance for community feedback and guidance in "what promises to be a very tough budget process," said a Middleton official.

For access to the city's full budget document, visit http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us/ and click on the link for the budget.

Good neighbors recognized in Middleton festival

Middleton residents will soon be recognized for their good deeds at the 48th annual Middleton Good Neighbor Festival.

The festival, from August 24 to 26, features free music, food, games and prizes. A 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 25 winds through Middleton as hundreds or walkers and runners raise money for the town.  A parade on Sunday, August 26 at noon will feature floats, bands, fire engines, and more.

But the Good Neighbor Festival also features just that – good neighbors.  Four residents are honored this year for their commitment to service and for their volunteer efforts in the Middleton community.

Mike Hinz, President of the Middleton Baseball & Softball Commission (MBSC), is recognized for his positive impact on Middleton youth.  His leadership with MBSC has led to a first-class baseball/softball facility at Fire Fighters Memorial Park, the festival organizers said.