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Public input sought for city’s Comprehensive Plan

The Monona Plan Commission is updating the Monona 2004 Comprehensive Plan, and a public survey has been created to gather input that will help shape the future of Monona and help communicate residents’ visions for the future... Read More

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Festival will celebrate the sweet start of spring with maple syrup

Festival will celebrate the sweet start of spring with maple syrup

According to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC), the Maple Syrup Fest will offer a family-style festival at the center Sunday.

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., attendees can learn about the history and science of maple syruping and related activities by visiting stations at their own pace.

Visitors can see demonstrations of various methods historical groups and people today tap trees for maple syrup and sugar.

Polish food, crafts features of group's spring festival

A Polish group in Monona will celebrate spring this weekend with its annual food and craft fair. The Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin-Madison and are participating in the annual PHC Spring Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 4913 Schofield St. in Monona. 

According to the Herald-Independent, the festival attendees can buy Polish baked goods, amber jewelry, imported crafts and pottery, books and toys. There will also be displays of Polish history and genealogy, a children’s activity table and live music... Read More

Driver admits to texting before head-on crash, deputies say

Driver admits to texting before head-on crash, deputies say

A Fort Atkinson woman admitted to texting just before a head-on crash on Highway 12, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said that just before 4 p.m. Thursday they were called to U.S. Highway 12 just west of Nora Road in the town of Cottage Grove for a report of a head-on crash.

Investigators said Amanda A. Pausa, 23, of Fort Atkinson, was traveling east on Highway 12 when she crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle. Just before the crash, another driver had reported Pausa’s vehicle for erratic driving.

Pausa sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the westbound vehicle, Scott B. Brown, 55, suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

Pausa admitted to texting while driving and she will be issued several citations, according to the release.

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Deputy injured by man suspected of tossing gun from car

Deputy injured by man suspected of tossing gun from car

A Dane County sheriff’s deputy was treated at UW Hospital for a hand injury after a man suspected of being a felon in possession of a firearm struggled with deputies while he was being booked into jail, authorities said.

Christopher P. Brugger, 26, of Madison, was a passenger in a car that had been stopped for speeding on the Beltline near the West Broadway exit in Monona at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies said that before the car came to a stop, Brugger threw a loaded .22-caliber handgun out the passenger side window.

During booking, Brugger struggled with deputies, one of whom suffered a hand injury, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. An additional charge of resisting causing injury will be sent to the district attorney.

The deputy was treated and released.

The driver of the car, Jazzman Brown, 24, of Madison, was arrested on a warrant from Sauk Prairie Police for operating after suspension.

Council discusses parks plan at meeting

The director of the Monona Parks and Recreation Department Jake Anderson presented at the March 2 city council meeting the 2014-18 Parks and Open Space Plan for approval from the council, according to a Herald-Independent report. ... Read More

Milton police chief accepts CG chief position

Milton police chief accepts CG chief position

Daniel Layber told the Herald-Independent he accepted the offer to become the new police chief of the village of Cottage Grove. The police commission chose the Milton police chief on March 7.

Layber joined the Milton Police Department in 2011 as the chief of police and will transition to Cottage Grove once he passes background checks, according to the Herald-Independent. ... Read More