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Man charged in connection with September business burglaries

According to a release from the Monona Police Department, a 47-year-old man was charged on Tuesday in connection to burglaries that happened in September.

Derrick L. Richards was charged with entry into/onto a building, construction site or room and criminal damage to property.

According to police, Richards was identified as the suspect for burglaries that took place at the 4900 block of Monona Drive on Sept. 4.

The Monona Police Department is still investigating several unsolved burglaries the same date, as well as others reported on Oct. 2 in the 100 block of River Place.

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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Nature center offers weather focus this weekend

Nature center offers weather focus this weekend

A special event at the nature center in Monona this month is focused on weather. 

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center will offer Wild About Weather Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 330 Femrite Drive.

Thoughout October, the ALNC ongoing programs, special guests, and activities centered on weather phenomena and climate in Wisconsin and around the globe. Meterology experts from the UW Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences are featured speakers. ALNC visitors can use tools to take their own weather measurements, learn the science behind the cycles, give an on-camera weather forecast, and immerse themselves in the Storms360 Theater. 

Find more information at aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org.

'Families on the Frontier' attendees to learn pioneer chores, songs

'Families on the Frontier' attendees to learn pioneer chores, songs

Ever wonder what it's like to live like a pioneer on the frontier? 

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona is hosting an event that explores the daily life of a pioneer on Nov. 22 from 1-3 p.m. 

At the "Families on the Frontier" event, attendees will play the old games, do pioneer chores like churn butter, sing songs, and learn how to live off the land in the true spirit of Aldo Leopold, organizers said.

ALNC said pre-registration for "Families on the Frontier" is recommended and walk-ins are accepted. Tickets are $8 or $29 for a family.

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Free performance to focus on banned books

A free performance at the library Thursday will feature monologues about banned books.

The Monona Public Library will host "Out of the Fire" The Banned Books Monologues" at 7 p.m., organizers said. Acrots from Forward Theatre will perform at the library. The performances are taken from the company's upcoming festival on banned books.

The library said there is no cost to attend the event.

Visit www.forwardtheater.com or www.mymonona.com/131/Library for more information.

New village water tower a landmark

The newly built and commissioned water tower is a natural landmark, from which one may survey the cityscape of Cottage Grove high atop the summit of Landmark Drive... Read More

2014 WIAA Football pairings

The WIAA has released it's 2014 playoff pairings. In division one, the Big 8 Conference has two level one match-ups as Madison La Follette hosts Verona and Middleton hosts Sun Prairie.

In division two, top seeded DeForest hosts Stoughton, while Waunakee received a two-seed.�

In division three, there are three local match-ups in level one. McFarland travels to top-seeded Mount Horeb/Barneveld, Jefferson hosts Big Foot, and Evansville/Albany visits two-seed Monona Grove.�

In division four, Lodi received a number-one seed. Third seeded Marshall also hosts River Valley.�

In division five, Lancaster and Cambridge both received two-seeds.�

In division six, Darlington got a top-seed. In the same region, Deerfield hosts Mineral Point, Iowa-Grant travels to Cuba City, and Pec-Argyle plays Lake Country Lutheran at Kettle Morraine.�