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14
Jun
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Women Celebrate Kick-Off of Suffrage Centennial at Capitol

MADISON–With great joy and possibly even greater creativity, hundreds of white-clad women and girls, many wearing period clothing, hats, and sashes of the early 20th century, descended upon the state capitol on June 10. It was the Women’s Suffrage Centennial kick-off, celebrating Wisconsin as the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, ultimately granting women the right to vote.   

Alternating between festive and somber, the capitol atmosphere felt electrified. Rebecca Alwin, 71, one of a group of women known as a “gaggle of grannies” with the “Raging Grannies,” singers for social justice and peace, had dressed in grandmotherly attire and serenaded a group of female legislators posing for photos.

“With the least provocation we do break into song,” Alwin, a Middleton native confessed. Serendipitously running into the legislators prompted a rousing chorus from The Vote Song: “If you can’t be bothered voting, think again!”

Wed
03
Apr
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Fuszard Upsets Teal, Incumbents Dominate Election

DANE COUNTY–City of Middleton voters in Common Council District 5 overwhelmingly turned out for Luke Fuszard. Fuszard beat incumbent Howard Teal, who held the seat for more than 20 years, 74.6 percent to 24.6 percent.

In an email to the Times-TribuneFuszard said, "First, I want to express my gratitude to Howard Teal for his years of service to Middleton. He is a good man with a good heart who cares deeply about this community. And thank you to all those who share in the vision of a city of Good Neighbors, Good Schools, and Good Government. Now the real work begins, and I look forward to collaborating with Mayor Brar, the rest of the Common Council, city staff, and most especially the residents of District Five to make this vision a reality."

The other contested race for Middleton Alder was in District 3 where Katy Nelson and Sarah Cords faced off. Nelson easily won the spot with 57.9 percent of the vote to Cords’ 41.4 percent.

Sun
27
Jan
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Dane County Public Health Offers Steps To Stay Safe During Cold Snap

MADISON–Dangerously low temperatures are forecasted for much of the state, and Public Health Madison & Dane County wants to remind residents to take steps to be safe and stay warm.
Wed
04
Apr
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Voting equipment malfunctions in the Village of Cross Plains

The results in the Cross Plains Village Board race on Tuesday night were delayed due to a technical problem.

Village administrator/clerk Caitlin Stene said the “M-Stick” onto which election results are loaded after the polls close failed, and the village had to obtain a new voting machine, and a new “M-Stick” from the county, before the local election results could be tallied and sent to the county clerk.

“In the process of closing the polls we experienced an error message, so we called the county,” Stene explained. “The way the process works, the results are loaded onto M-Sticks and somehow in the process of closing the polls that stick failed. The county came with new sticks and a new machine, and our election workers re-ran every ballot through the machine, then uploaded the results.”

Wed
21
Jun
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Should City Revisit Marijuana Fines?

Residents and members of a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) appeared before city council to ask that the city once again revisit an ordinance relating to fines for cannabis possession. In an effort initiated by county executive Joe Parisi in 2015 to get municipalities to align with the county’s reduced fines for cannabis possession the city reduced its fines last year, however, the speakers say that the city is still out of alignment with the county and other municipalities such as Monona, Fitchburg and Madison.  

Shelley Kennedy is on the board of directors of Madison NORML says she’s working with the Middleton resident who brought this forward the last time, Casey Grady. She says when Grady pushed for change the city took the reins and did not make the change they hoped for.  

Wed
05
Apr
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Write-in Candidates Topple Roehl and Kolar in the Town of Middleton

Two Town of Middleton write-in candidates Tuesday rode a wave of voter indignation over proposed zoning changes on their way to a pair of upset victories.

Cynthia Richson, a town plan commission member, defeated incumbent Town Chair Bill Kolar 707 to 651.

Richard Oberle defeated incumbent Tim Roehl by the sizeable margin of 761 to 585 for Seat No. 1 on the town board.

Richson called her win a win for the people.

“The people have finally been heard, respected and listened to...This is very exciting for the town,” she said moments after getting the voting results.

Kolar declined to comment Tuesday night on the election’s outcome.

As a lobbyist for the Dane County Towns Association, Roehl helped pass legislation last year that required an affirmative vote by town residents in order to opt out of county zoning.

Wed
05
Apr
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Brar Wins Mayoral Race

One candidate promised a “new vision.” The other pledged to continue the course charted by outgoing mayor Kurt Sonnentag and the majority of the current city council.

The voters have spoken, and the new vision has won.

District 2 alderman Gurdip Brar defeated District 7 alderman Hans Hilbert 51.8% to 48.1% on Tuesday in a tightly contested race to become the City of Middleton’s next mayor. Brar, a longtime critic of excessive spending, of what critics see as rubber stamping of staff initiatives, and of the status quo in general, said in a recent mayoral debate that the community was ready for a change.

Speaking from his home just moments after learning of his victory, Brar said he was “really pleased people put their faith in” him.

“I’m pleased,” he said. “The people of Middleton have spoken, and I’m going to do exactly what I said I would do during my campaign.”

Wed
01
Mar
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Unwrapping Putin's Enigma

How did a Leningrad street kid become one of the most powerful men on earth? Just what does he plan to do with that power?

Well, the answer – just like the kid and the hulking country he now rules - is complicated.

It does not help that the country in question is, to quote Winston Churchill, “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” But an upcoming lecture in Middleton will offer ample clarity and insight to help Americans understand the country that created Vladimir Putin, and the country Vladimir Putin is currently working to create.

Fri
20
Jan
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Mayoral Debate is March 15

The Middleton Times-Tribune, in conjunction with students and educators in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, will host a mayoral forum at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St., on Wednesday, March 15 starting at 2:15 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public, and will be covered extensively in our print edition and on middletontimes.com. Our editorial staff is excited about giving the candidates an opportunity to explain their policy positions. We are equally excited about the important role that young citizens will play in organizing the event. Check back soon for more details.
Fri
20
Jan
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Meet the District 7 City Council Candidates

One thing is certain: The City of Middleton’s seventh aldermanic district will have a new representative on the common council in 2017.

Whether it is John Orlikowski or Dan Ramsey II, both of whom are running for the seat being vacated by mayoral candidate and current District 7 alderman Hans Hilbert, will be up to voters when they head to the polls on April 4.

After their candidacies became official, both Orlikowski and Ramsey II recently took some time to tell the Times-Tribune who they are and why they are running for a seat on the council. While plenty more information about them – and about the contested mayoral race between Hilbert and current District 2 alderman Gurdip Brar – will ensue in the coming months, this provides an early opportunity to get to know the council candidates before they, or their supporters, knock on your door to ask for your vote.

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