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26
Apr
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Leckrone Named 2019 Good Neighbor Festival Parade Marshal

MIDDLETON–The Good Neighbor Festival Board of Trustees is honored to announce that Michael Leckrone, retiring director of the Marching Band and Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin and a long-time Middleton resident, has accepted the role of Parade Marshal for the 2019 Good Neighbor Festival. Leckrone will lead over 100 entries during the August 25 parade through the streets of downtown Middleton.

He retires this year after 50 years as Director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He has had a remarkable career, and has served as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert and marching bands throughout the United States and Canada. His experience also includes considerable professional work as an arranger, composer and performer.

Fri
26
Apr
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Board Gets Boundary Committee Update

MIDDLETON–The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board reviewed the progress of the Internal Attendance Boundary Committee which held its first meeting March 6. More than 35 residents applied to serve on the committee and 25 were selected.

The committee is tasked with reviewing the attendance area with a focus on the district’s strategy map, a determined criterium, historical and future enrollment trends, and building capacity. The committee is also charged with making up to recommendations to the board regarding elementary and middle-school boundaries and communicate those to the broader community. 

The meetings are being facilitated by Drew Howick, who has also worked with DeForest, Sun Prairie and Verona school districts on committees looking at internal boundaries. Howick presented an update to the board April 22.

Fri
26
Apr
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Middleton Library Remodel Planned

 

 MIDDLETON–The Middleton Public Library will undergo some changes in 2019 in an effort to more efficiently use existing space, with a remodel, named Next Chapter. A 2015 study of the building estimated that the library would need to triple its current square footage to accommodate the volume and needs of consumers. 

“This project is making the most of what we have while we have it,” said Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library Director.

Sat
20
Apr
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Marbra Sentenced in String of Area Bank Robberies

MADISON–A 19-year-old Madison man who robbed two Middleton banks at gunpoint during and nine bank robbery spree last year, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 11 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $49,582.

Kiefah A. Marbra pled guilty earlier this year in connection with the Feb. 19, 2018 robbery of Associated Bank on Allen Blvd. and the Feb. 22, 2018 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on University Ave.

Marbra was indicted last May with his uncle, Jonathan Thompson, 30, of Madison, and Robert Minette, 31, of Shakopee, MN. 

Thompson was considered the leader of the robbery spree. He selected the banks, sent either Marbra or Minette in to hold them up and drove the getaway car back to his apartment where the proceeds were divided up.

Minette held up only the first two banks, located on Madison’s east side. He pleaded guilty to robbery charges and was sentenced last month to nine years in prison.

Sat
20
Apr
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Historic Club Tavern Owner ‘Moose’ Passing the Torch

MIDDLETON–James ‘Moose’ Werner who’s owned the Club Tavern at 1915 Branch St. for 39 years officially sold the business Monday. The Club Tavern is known for live music, Cajun food, volleyball and supporting local charities.

The bar was purchased by Dale Beck, who owns the restaurant and bar North of the Bayou, on Madison's East Side, and two other bars. Moose plans to continue catering at Club Tavern and Beck’s other bars.

He said Beck will be doing some remodeling and repairs, but the staff and operations will stay the same. Long standing employee Mike Hart will take over for Moose.

“He’s been my righthand man forever and he’s the one that is going to be taking over the operation,” Moose said. “It’s going to become Mikey’s place and that man is going to make them forget about Moose in a heartbeat.”

Moose said he is confident any change will be for the better.

Thu
11
Apr
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LIFE Foundation Promotes Health for All Ages

CROSS PLAINS–Citizens of Cross Plains saw a need for leadership to promote exercise and healthy living in the village, and in response, the LIFE (Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment) Foundation was founded. The LIFE Foundation is a community-based non-profit organization with a mission to improve health by decreasing obesity via improving nutrition and increasing physical activity within a local safe environment to ultimately lower obesity-related disease risk. Jane Busch, Briana Swanson, Dr. Dan Jarzemsky and others founded the LIFE Foundation initiative in 2013 to respond to a perceived deficit of health promotion and wellness in the community.

Thu
11
Apr
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University Ave. Street Improvements Begin April 22

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton and Dane County are working collaboratively on a planned reconstruction of University Avenue from just west of Park Street to Cayuga Boulevard. Weather permitting, we anticipate a full closure of east- and westbound traffic on this stretch from Monday, April 22, until Thursday, July 4. More details will be forthcoming soon, but we wish to get public notice out now to inform the general public. Access for residents will be made and cross access at Bristol and Parmenter Streets will be accommodated throughout most of the project. However, delays are likely, and we ask for your patience. A detour will be posted.

Mon
08
Apr
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Sanders to Hold Madison Rally

MADISON–Democratic, presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders, will hold a rally in Madison this week.

Sanders will be at James Madison Park at 5 p.m. on April 12. Tickets are not needed for the event, and it is free and open to the public on a first come first served basis.

Sanders was narrowly beat in the primaries by Hillary Clinton, who became the party nominee in 2016. He is the current frontrunner in the 2020 field for the Democratic nomination. 

Thu
04
Apr
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Century Ave. to be Closed Saturday

MIDDLETON–On April 6, Century Ave. will be closed to through traffic between Old Creek Rd. and Branch St. Local access to driveways will be maintained. The closure is planned from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and is required for both worker and public safety during excavation to install a deep sanitary sewer lateral to the new Stagecoach Trail Apartments at 6620 Century Ave.

KMS Excavating will be performing the work. In consultation with Dane County Highways and the City of Middleton and considering also the needs of weekday Madison Metro routes on Century Ave., the city decided a Saturday would be the best option for this road closure.

Wed
03
Apr
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Attempted ATM Theft in Westport Unsuccessful, Sheriff Asks for Tips

WESTPORT–At 4 a.m. on April 3, Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Kwik Trip at 5420 Willow Rd. in the Town of Westport.  

Two individuals broke out a window of the business and attempted to remove the ATM but were unsuccessful. They fled in a vehicle before law enforcement arrived.  Evidence was collected at the scene by the Dane County Crime Scene Unit. Sheriff’s Office detectives are working with the countywide Burglary Crime Unit, as it is believed this crime is connected to other similar incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

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