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BBB hosts Shred Fest Saturday

The Better Business Bureau will be holding a Shred Fest Saturday morning.

The event will be at the Summit Credit Union at 2424 Rimrock Road from 8:30-11 a.m., organizers said.

Shred Fest gives residents an easy way to get personal items shredded for free to help protect against identity theft, according to the release.

There is a limit of three boxes per car, organizers said.

The Madison Shred Fest is being held simultaneously with two other Wisconsin cities, West Allis and Appleton.

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Blooming Grove considers closing fire department

Town of Blooming Grove officials are exploring the option of getting rid of its fire department and contracting service calls out to Madison.

Town Administrator Mike Wolf said the town's 1,800 residents will be getting something in the mail in the next couple of days inviting them to an Oct. 14 Town Board meeting about the issue. At that meeting, residents will hear a presentation and will be allowed to ask questions and comment on the idea.

Blooming Grove is already set to become part of the city of Madison on Nov. 1, 2027. The town decided in 2005 to officially merge all of its services with its larger neighbor.

"Our goal is for residents interested in this issue to come to that Oct. 14 meeting where we can disseminate the information efficiently and effectively," Wolf said in an email.

Man arrested after car fire, crash on Beltline

Two men were captured and one arrested after fleeing a stolen car that caught on fire on the Beltline, according to police. A four-car crash behind the car fire caused massive delays Sunday night.

Monona police were called to the eastbound Beltline at 6:12 p.m. near Monona Drive for a report of a car fire. Police said the car had been stolen in Madison and two men fled from the scene of the fire.

A citizen followed the men, who were later found by police. Gregg A. James, 18, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle without the owner?s consent.

A separate crash behind the car fire resulted in the closing of a lane in an area that already had another lane closed for construction. The second lane was closed until about 7:50 p.m.

Event will feature chili cook-off, family-friendly activities

A family-friendly fundraiser event at Winnequah Park will feature a chili cook-off and activities, according to a release.

The Monona Grove Business men?s Association will be hosting the chili cook-off for the 32nd year, organizers said. The event has moved to a new location to accommodate larger crowds.

?I can?t think of a better way to usher in fall than to enjoy a weekend sampling over 20 chili options, cold beer and live music,? chili cook-off event organizer Jim Lampe said in the release. ?This is a major fundraiser for us and keeping the fundraising dollars local is an added benefit.?

On Oct. 4, chefs will start cooking at 7 a.m., judging will start at 11:30 a.m. and the public can start sampling at noon, according to the release. For $5, attendees can buy a wristband for unlimited chili samples. Beer will also be available to buy.

The band Chameleon will perform on the WPS Community Bank Stage until 5 p.m.

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Employee injured in grain elevator explosion, officials say

Dane County dispatch said one person was transported with injuries after an explosion in a grain elevator near Cottage Grove Wednesday.

Crews were dispatched to 3278 Highway N in Cottage Grove around 2:25 p.m. for reports of an explosion at Landmark Services Cooperative, officials said.

Authorities said one person was transported with what appeared to be burn injuries.

Landmark Services Cooperative COO Michael Elder said they are working to determine what caused the explosion that injured one employee.

Elder said parts of the grain elevator are damaged and will need to be replaced. The area affected by the explosion will be shut down for a period of time.

Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative business that provides agronomy, energy, animal nutrition, grain and transportation products and services to its more than 15,000 members in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, according to the company?s website.