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Studio's goal to make yoga accessible to all

As the yoga instructor and owner of JOY in YOGA, a yoga studio located on 5113 Monona Drive, Laura Godfrey told the Herald-Independent her top priority is to make yoga accessible to everyone.

"I really wanted to create a place where you didn’t have to wear yoga pants, you could just be in the pants that were comfortable for you. I wanted to create a space where I banished stereotypes and crushed myths about yoga and offer space for people to come as they are and find their way in a yoga practice," Godfrey said. 

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Golf courses offering savings through new pricing system

While the golf industry has seen rapid and dramatic changes in equipment technology, one thing has remained relatively unchanged for decades: how much golf courses charge for green fees.

While some courses offer a twilight rate, for the most part the green fee is what it is.
That has now changed.

Three courses, two in Janesville and one in Cottage Grove, have moved to a computer based green fee program that adjusts the rate to match the demand by golfers. The two courses in Janesville are Glen Erin and Prairie Woods Golf Courses and the course in Cottage Grove is The Oaks Golf Course.

"It is based on mathematical algorithms. It is no different than the airline industries, rental cars, hotels based on utilization, percentage of occupancy, things like that. It is really driven by the customer," said Rob Vega, general manager and managing partner of Glen Erin Golf Course in Janesville.

Historian exposes "Victorians Secrets" at Downton Abbey inspired tea

Monona Public Library invites you to an Afternoon Tea at Mononaton Library, Sunday, May 4 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This event befitting British gentry will be replete with high tea treats, live chamber music and an entertaining “Victorians’ Secrets” presentation by Leslie Bellais, Wisconsin State Historical Society curator. The fundraiser kicks off a series of celebrations marking the library’s 50 years of service to the community through its collections, collaborations and programs.

“We’re excited to be hosting this event,” said Erick Plumb, director of Monona Public Library.

“This will be a can’t miss afternoon! Get ready to enjoy fantastic food, Victorian gossip, trivia games, live music and a photo op with a 1916 Peerless automobile. Plus the event supports one of the best causes ever – a terrific public library. Even the BBC’s Grantham family would enjoy a special afternoon at Monona Library.”

Major waterfront redevelopment planned for Monona

Where an old restaurant tagged with graffiti now stands, the city of Monona hopes to build a multimillion dollar waterfront development. The city has completed acquisition of five properties bordered by Broadway Avenue, Bridge Road and the Yahara River.

?I hope every weekend in the summer there are activities and there is a vibrancy and life here that's unique here in Dane County,? Monona Mayor Bob Miller said.

The city completed negotiations with the five landowners for the purchase or option to purchase the parcels. The 7.4 acres of land cost the city approximately $2 million to acquire.

In addition to the 7.4 acres that will be redeveloped, the Bank of Monona and a yacht club will remain on the property increasing the size of the total project to 10 acres.

Girls soccer recognized for sportsmanship

For the third consecutive season, the Eagles were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for their sportsmanship, which is embodied by their captain, Monona Grove's Megan Blazer.

In her senior season, Blazer was nominated as the team’s captain after being named the defensive MVP in 2012. She led the Eagles in 2013 to another Team Ethics Award of Merit for sportsmanship. The award is given to a team that accumulates no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards in a season. 

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Police look for German shepherd that bit woman

Monona police are looking for a dog that bit a woman at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on March 30, according to a release.

The woman was visiting the nature center in the 300 block of Femrite Drive when she was bitten by a German shepherd, officials said. The German shepherd was also with a small white dog.

According to the release, the woman did not see an owner in the area.

Police said they have learned the woman may have to undergo rabies treatment if the dog is not located.

Officials ask anyone with information on the location of the dog or owner to contact the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463.

City advises motorists of expected delays at Monona Dr., Buckeye Road

City advises motorists of expected delays at Monona Dr., Buckeye Road

Police said traffic may be delayed at the intersection of Monona Drive and Buckeye Road as crews work on the traffic lights Friday morning.

The Madison Police Department said stop signs are temporarily up at the intersection. Work began at 8 a.m. friday, and the lights may be out of commission until 4 p.m.

Police said motorists should expect some additional congestion in the area while crews work.

Nearby Lake Edge Boulevard will be closed off during the process, according to the traffic alert.