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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

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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.�

Final brush collections start this week

Final fall brush collection in Monona districts starts Monday, according to a community alert.

To ensure collection, residents should have brush at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week collection is scheduled in their district, officials said. But brush should not be placed at the curb more than one week before the scheduled collection week.

Crews will not return to streets once they have collected, according to the alert.

Brush collection schedule:

  • District 1 -- Oct. 20
  • District 2 -- Oct. 27
  • District 3 -- Nov. 3
  • District 4 -- Nov. 10

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

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Celebrate fall with trips to apple orchards, pumpkin patches

Shorter daylight hours and crisp, cool air remind us that fall is here, not just on the calendar but literally in the air... Read More

Board OKs $3M sale of public notes to finance new building

Cottage Grove Village Board members approved the sale of $3.285 million in general obligation notes to finance the purchase of the building for the police department, public works, and parks and recreation building, as well as equipping the police department portion of the building... Read More

Firefighters host open house Sunday

The Monona Fire Department will host an open house Sunday afternoon.

The city of Monona said firefighters will have fire trucks on display and demonstrate firefighting equipment at the station from noon to 3 p.m.

Organizers said there would be balloons and refreshments at the open house.

The Monona Fire Department is at 5211 Schluter Road.