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Officials ID Stoughton woman killed in crash on Beltline ramp to interstate

A 30-year-old Stoughton woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash on a ramp from the eastbound Beltline to the interstate.

The crash happened around 5:20 p.m. on the ramp from the eastbound Beltline to southbound Interstate 39/90, officials said.

Amanda (Amy) J. Hanneman, 30, was driving east on the Beltline ramp when her 2008 Mazda 5 left the roadway to the east and hit a tree, according to a release. Hanneman was not wearing a seat belt, and died at the scene.

The ramp was closed just under two hours, officials said.

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Footgolf returns to local course for season

Footgolf returns to local course for season

This spring you may find a different kind of "golfer" on the green. This golfer doesn't have golf balls or even clubs.

Footgolf is a hybrid of soccer and golf, and has been growing in popularity as footgolf courses continue to pop up across the country.

Door Creek Golf Course in Cottage Grove owner Phil Frederickson said they installed a footgolf course on their nine-hole executive course last year.

Since then, Frederickson said they've seen business go up 15 to 20 percent.

The game is played with the same rules as golf, but without clubs or golf balls.

Instead, players kick a soccer ball into 21-inch holes.

It also moves quicker. A nine-hole game of traditional golf can take two hours, while footgolf can be done in half the time.

However, the frustration is still there if players don't quite make it.

There can be a balancing act between the two sports since the game is played on the same course as traditional golfers,.

Fire near Blackhawk Airfield causes $250K in damage to business

Crews from six different fire departments helped put out a fire that caused $250,000 in damage to a Cottage Grove business, according to a release.

Dispatch got a call around 6:15 p.m. for reports of a structure fire at 4669 Kennedy Road.

The 40 x 60 feet metal pole shed was used as a woodworking business, and is considered a total loss, officials said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials said the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Dispatch said there is some concern that the smoke might affect the runway if anyone needs to land.

There were no injuries reported at the scene.

Chiropractor to host Walk It competition, fundraiser

Heartland Family Chiropractic will host its third Walk It event this spring. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit a Cottage Grove boy with a rare cancer. 

Walk It is a four-week competition, which will begin April 27 and end May 24, according to the Herald-Independent... Read More

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Applications accepted for city home loan program

Residents in Monona considering making substantial improvements to their homes are encouraged to consider applying for funds through the Renew Monona Loan Program, the Herald-Independent reported. 

Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 1. Information is available at Monona City Hall and at mymonona.com... Read More

DOT: Work on Stoughton Road bridge to close lanes, exits

Work on the southbound Stoughton Road bridge over Cottage Grove Road has started, and ramp closures are expected to start Monday, according to a release.

The project will replace the existing southbound bridge, the southbound exit ramp to Cottage Grove Road and the entrance ramp to southbound Highway 51 from Cottage Grove Road, according to the release. The pavement and signals on Cottage Grove Road will also be replaced between the ramps.

The southbound Highway 51 exit ramp to Cottage Grove Road will be closed starting Monday, officials said. The posted detour route uses the Milwaukee Street exit, the Stoughton Road service road on the east side of the highway and Atlas Avenue.

The entrance ramp to southbound Highway 51 from Cottage Grove Road will also be closed starting Monday, according to the release. The detour uses Cottage Grove Road, Monona Drive and Buckeye Road.

Winnequah PTO announces recycling and fundraising event

With Earth Day approaching, the Winnequah Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) announced a combined e-Waste and Clothing Drive April 25, according to a release.

Organizers hope to raise funds for the Monona school, along with awareness about recycling. Volunteers will collect itmes from 9 a.m. to noon at the Monona Copps grocery store lot.