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23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

$ <$10
$$ $10?$15
$$$ $15?$25
$$$$ $25+
(price indicates cost of a dinner entr�e)

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More than 80 percent of voters turn out in Monona

In Monona, 3,668 residents voted for Mary Burke, 1,076 for Walker, 31 for Robert Burke and 8 for Dennis Fehr, according to a Herald-Independent report.

Village of Cottage Grove voters cast 1,786 ballots for Mary Burke, 1,199 for Walker, 11 for Robert Burke and 2 for Fehr.

In the Town of Cottage Grove, it was 1,189 for Mary Burke, 862 for Walker, 22 for Robert Burke and 4 for Fehr... Read More

Local author publishes thriller

Local author Kris Thompson's dark, violent suspense thriller "Black Rose" was published Nov. 13. 

Thompson started writing the book in 2010 after she got out of the U.S. Navy, the Herald-Independent reported. ... Read More

Contracts discussed for redevelopment area design firm

Monona City Council members are expected to vote Monday on whether to approve a pair of contracts with Vandewalle & Associates that would see the firm continue to partner with the city for the next year on various parts of the Waterfront Redevelopment Project... Read More

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Dane County to expand snow-plowing operations

As the population in Dane County continues to grow, the amount of roads that will receive 24-hour plowing attention this winter grows with it.

County officials said they will be adding 46 miles of county roads to the 24-hour routes. Those roads include large and heavily traveled stretches of county roads M, Q and PD.

?What we find is as the community grows, county roads which used to be more rural end up being either right in urban areas or linking various urban areas,? Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.

The added 46 miles of road to be plowed 24 hours a day during snowy conditions impacts the county budget, but also increases public safety.

?The very fundamental job of government is public safety and it doesn?t get much more basic than plowing the roads,? Parisi said.

The added hours of plowing county roads also reflects the changing traffic patterns the county is seeing.

Police hope public can ID serial robbery suspect

Several law enforcement agencies in the Madison area are asking for the public?s help in identifying a serial armed robbery suspect, according to a release.

The Madison and Monona police departments and the Dane County Sheriff?s Office sent out a joint news release that said the man may be responsible for at least eight armed robberies over the last few months.

The man usually wears nylon stockings over his face, according to the release.

Robberies officials believe suspect may be connected to:

Study shows northern route would not help Beltline

A Department of Transportation study about the future of the Beltline shows a north route through the Waunakee area wouldn't help traffic congestion on the busy highway.

The Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of public involvement meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study working on safety and mobility issues along the Beltline.

A copy of the study [PDF] shows a southern alternative route might help ease congestion on the Beltline, but it would come at great cost and impact.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is also looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options and additional Beltline buses. The presentation released Monday states that transit improvements are not expected to do much to ease Beltline congestion.