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Studio's goal to make yoga accessible to all

As the yoga instructor and owner of JOY in YOGA, a yoga studio located on 5113 Monona Drive, Laura Godfrey told the Herald-Independent her top priority is to make yoga accessible to everyone.

"I really wanted to create a place where you didn’t have to wear yoga pants, you could just be in the pants that were comfortable for you. I wanted to create a space where I banished stereotypes and crushed myths about yoga and offer space for people to come as they are and find their way in a yoga practice," Godfrey said. 

The studio has been open for a year. ... Read More

Chamber director resigns after 22 years service

Long-time Monona Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Groves resigned last week after 22 years service, according to the Herald-Independent. 

The Monona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors said as it searches for the next director, chamber secretary Kelly Slack will assist with some of Groves' duties. ... Read More

Area ambulance services squabble over billing

Two area ambulance services are in a dispute over two EMS calls from earlier this year. 

The Herald-Independent reported that during the Village of Cottage Grove board meeting in early March, the Deer-Grove EMS service brought up its billing quarrel with Ryan Brothers EMS.

DGEMS said it is owed money from Ryan Brothers ambulance service for providing aid on recent calls. Ryan Brothers owners said part of the issue is a call complicated due to Medicare billing rules. ... Read More

Mining documentary to be shown in Middleton

A documentary covering the frac sand mining from the viewpoint of anti-mining activists and the sand mining companies will be shown at the Willy West Co-Op Thursday.

According to a release, the hour-long documentary explores the issues surrounding frac sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The film will start at 7 p.m. in the community room, according to the release. Free refreshment will be provided.

The showing is sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and the Natural Step Monona, with support from Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas and Electric and Richard and Judy Fritz.

Clerk calls police in front of robber who flees empty-handed

Clerk calls police in front of robber who flees empty-handed

Police said a robber fled a Monona electronics store empty-handed after the clerk called police in front of him. 

The Monona Police Department said a man entered the Radio Shack on West Broadway at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday and demanded money. 

The clerk refused to hand over cash, according to the report. The clerk picked up the phone to call the police department and the robber fled.

The man was described as black, in his late 20s and 6 feet 3 inches tall, police said. He was wearing black and white tennis shoes, black jeans, a black winter coat and a black stocking cap with a wavy pattern. 

Police also shared two images from the store's surveillance camera showing the man entering the store and a side profile inside the store. 

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to call the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463; Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014; or text a tip to "MONONA" and TIP411. 


Police ready for annual kids' Christmas shopping event

Police ready for annual kids' Christmas shopping event

They protect and serve, and this time of year, Dane County law enforcement officers give back. To make sure that kids in the community have a happy holiday season, police from area agencies get together to help children shop for Christmas gifts for their families.

On Dec. 8, the 12th annual Shop with a Cop program will be take place at Target East in Madison. Police team up one-on-one with financially disadvantaged children from Dane County communities and

Monona Officer James Reiter has taking part in Shop with a Cop for nine years.

"It's really nice to be able to give something back to our community (and) show something positive as law enforcement officers," Reiter said. 

After the officers and kids buy the gifts at Target, they take them to the VFW where they eat pizza, wrap presents and visit with Santa and Bucky Badger.

Rossi's Pizza doubles as retro museum

Rossi's Pizza doubles as retro museum

Rossi's Pizza in Monona doubles as a retro museum with trinkets of tribute to his past and his Dad's good food.