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McDonald?s robbed at gunpoint, police say

A man robbed a McDonald?s in Monona at gunpoint Wednesday night, Monona police said.

Monona police responded to the McDonald?s at 2051 W. Broadway around 8:45 p.m. for reports of an armed robbery, according to a release.

Police said the robber displayed a firearm, and fled east on Broadway in a red-colored, four-door sedan.

The robber is described as a black man, approximately 30 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build, and he weighed approximately 170 pounds. He was wearing a black, hooded jacket with a zipper front, blue jeans and red-and-black-colored shoes.

Monona police ask anyone with information on the robbery to contact the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463.

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Elementary school locked down; Police find 9-year-old with wood gun

Madison police were on scene of a school lockdown on the east side Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Frank Allis Elementary School on Buckeye Road was put on lockdown around 3 p.m., Madison police officials said.

Police responded to a report of a weapon around 3 p.m. Two students were concerned about a boy with a toy gun, and alerted school officials about 30 minutes before school let out, officials said.

Responding officers found a 9-year-old boy with a wood gun, police said.

Madison Police Department officials said when school officials approached the boy with the toy gun they patted him down, felt what they thought could be a weapon, and the boy ran and hid.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Rachel Strauch-Nelson said students were kept in classrooms as a safety precaution, but they were released around 4 p.m.

MGHS students to ‘trick-or-can’ for hunger

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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.