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Brunch, farmer's market offer local eats

Connect with local farmers and stock up the winter pantry with help from the Winter Market & Meals for Hope, planned from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event takes place at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road, Monona, according to The Herald-Independent. ... Read More

Business owner, BBB warn of Yellow Pages scam

Business owner, BBB warn of Yellow Pages scam

As a small business owner, April Carlisle watches every penny that comes into her Monona Farmers Insurance agency and every penny that goes out.

So, when she received a "Collection Warning" for $496.05 from the Yellow Pages, she was skeptical. Her parent company gives her access to Yellow Book online, but she has never signed a contract to be in the actual Yellow Book itself. The Bulgaria return address in the fine print was the final tip that the invoice wasn't real.

"If nobody was paying attention to this, it just ended up on someone's desk to make the bills, they (could) pay out a pretty big chunk," she said. "I knew almost immediately something was fishy here. You want to make sure you know what's going in and out of your own company."

Power tool manufacturer to bring distribution center to CG

An outdoor power equipment manufacturer plans to relocate two of its distributions centers into one facility in Cottage Grove.

STIHL Inc. said in a news release Monday that it will be closing the Mississippi Valley STIHL of Peoria, Illinois, and Midwest STIHL Inc., of Hayward, Wisconsin, and establishing a new single distribution site in the village of Cottage Grove.

STIHL chose Cottage Grove because it's close to the Interstate 90 and 94 corridors, which are main routes for deliveries to STIHL dealers, according to the news release.

The new operation, known as Midwest STIHL, will serve customers throughout the mid-northern region of the U.S. The company didn't offer a date when the Cottage Grove facility would begin operations but said the consolidation would take place this year. STIHL employees from both locations will be offered employment at the Cottage Grove center. It wasn't immediately clear where the new location within Cottage Grove will be located.

Meat processor gives back to community

In today’s economy of instant gratification and mass production of almost everything, it’s a welcome treat to find a business that offers that unique blend of family, good food and community service... Read More

Official Packers Bars offer game day fervor and fun

If you are not at the game, the next best place to be for a Packers game day event is at a local official Packers Bar. There you will find plenty of TVs to view the game, as well as enthusiastic fans... Read More

Free document shredding offered to protect against ID theft

A consumer protection group is offering a free document shredding event Saturday to help residents protect themselves against identity theft.

The Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin, Summit Credit Union and Pellitteri have teamed for Shredfest, a document shredding event from 8:30-11 a.m. at the south Madison Summit, 2424 Rimrock Road.

Anyone is invited to bring up to three boxes of personal documents to be shredded.

The BBB suggested people shred documents they don't need, such as canceled checks, ATM, credit card receipts, bank statements, paycheck stubs, or any paperwork including a Social Security number, birth date, PIN or passwords.

Visit bbb.org for more information.

Minimal investment can often help residents, businesses prevent burglaries

Bernie Lange understands one cost of doing business today is investing in anti-crime equipment and technology.

That investment helped him and the Monona Police Department catch a burglar earlier this year... Read More