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Former joint PD officers sworn into village force

Nine officers from the joint police department were sworn into the new force Monday night at the village board meeting.

The Herald-Independent reported that the joint police department between the village of Cottage Grove and the town of Cottage Grove officially dissolves Dec. 31... Read More

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City asks for help naming new radio station

City asks for help naming new radio station

The city of Monona will launch its own radio station in the spring, according to a news release. 

The city said Monday that after nearly a decade of trying to obtain a Federal Communications Commission license for a station, the FCC granted the request for a low-power station that will be on 98.7 FM. The new radio station will be housed inside the City Hall entrance. 

The new station doesn't have call letters yet. The city is asking the community's help in naming the station with a contest. 

Residents are invited to send suggestions to the city''s Media Coordinator Will Nimmow at wnimmow@ci.monona.wi.us. The first of four call letters must start with "W." The city asked that the abbreviation represent something that describes Monona or the area that the station will cover. For example, WISC, the News 3 and Channel3000.com Madison station's call letters can be short for Wisconsin. 

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school sports this winter sports season.

The games will air live on Channel3000.com.

Here's the schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- Madison Memorial at Madison West - boys hockey - 8 p.m., Madison Ice Arena

Tues., Jan. 6 ? DeForest at Mt. Horeb boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 8 ? Reedsburg at DeForest girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 ? Poynette at Lodi boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29 ? Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 30 ? Janesville Parker at Verona girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6 ? Sun Prairie at Middleton boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10 ? Middleton at Madison West boys hockey ? 8 p.m. (Madison Ice Arena)

Tues., Feb. 17 ? Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

County to contribute $600K to cleaning up waterways

More than $600,000 in county funds will help pay for water pollution-reduction projects across local communities in Dane County, according to a release.

County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday that Dane County and Middleton, Monona and DeForest will work together on projects that will stop tens of thousands of pounds of sediment from getting into local waterways.

The three projects will cost over $1 million and will construct systems to capture runoff that gets into lakes Mendota and Monona, the Yahara River and the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, according to the release. The communities participating in the projects will cover the remaining costs of the projects.

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Investigators: Clear evidence of arson in Cottage Grove fire

The Dane County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, are seeking tips on a house fire in the town of Cottage Grove.

On Monday night, crews were called to the scene at 4721 Gaston Circle. The single-family home sustained approximately $90,000 in damage.

Investigators found clear evidence that the fire was started intentionally, including forced entry into the home.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity near the home between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. on Monday are asked to call the state's Arson hotline.

Officials investigate cat bite incident in Cottage Grove

The Department of Public Health is looking for information regarding a cat that bit a man in Cottage Grove Tuesday, according to a release.

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of Ruffian Circle when the man was reaching toward the cat, officials said.

The cat is described as very large with short dark gray fur with some stripes, according to release.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Former pro golfer, cancer survivor undergoes prostate cancer surgery

A former pro golfer who's survived skin cancer underwent surgery Monday to treat prostate cancer, a UW Health official said Tuesday.

UW Health spokeswoman Susan Lampert Smith said Andy North, 64, was released from the hospital Tuesday.

North's wife, Sue, said on Twitter Wednesday morning that Andy is "doing great at home now."

North is a Monona Grove High School alumnus who went into professional golf in 1972, earning a PGA tour victory in '77, and winning the U.S. Open Championship in '78 and '85, according to his website.

North and his wife live in Madison.

North has organized a cancer research fundraiser and at the sixth Annual Andy North and Friends event in June, the group raised $920,000 for the Carbone Cancer center.