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32 to lose jobs at BMO Harris customer call center

About 32 employees will lose their jobs when the BMO Harris Bank Customer Contact Center in Monona will close in October, according to a release.

The permanent layoffs will be from the location at 508 River Place, officials said.

Affected employees are being offered severance pay, professional outplacement services and other benefits to help them find new employment, according to the release. Employees are also being offered the opportunity to apply for any open positions within the organization.

Renewed contract to help retain WPS workers

WPS received an important contract renewal from the federal government to continue administering military health insurance benefits. 

The six-year deal will mean the company can retain employees who work with the military health insurance benefits, according to a Herald-Independent report. ... Read More

Studio offers yoga with a twist

A Cottage Grove yoga studio offers an aerial twist on the mat-based exercise program. 

Kula Yoga and Wellness, 445 W. Cottage Grove Road, teaches yoga classes using a silk cloth as a prop that helps students achieve poses that are difficult in other forms of yoga practice. 

Owner Becky Petersen said a variety of poses can help with spinal decompression and open the chest and hip flexors, for example. 

"It just supports your body in a way that you just can't do in a floor class," Petersen said. 

Watch Petersen and aerial yoga practitioners demonstrate several poses at the studio Wednesday morning in the above video. 

Kula plans to open another studio in Madison on Monroe Street this fall.

Kula Yoga and Wellness offers several fitness classes including aerial, chair and yoga fusion sessions. Visit flywithkula.com for more information.

Bakery on Monona Dr. offers pastries, donuts, coffee bar

Rosie’s Coffee Bar and Bakery at 4604 Monona Drive opened in February offering a full coffee bar and goodies baked from scratch like fresh donuts, cupcakes, and pastries, as well as artisan lunch items like roast beef with caramelized onions, mushrooms and provolone cheese or a pear and brie grilled cheese sandwich. 

Owner Cosmas "Coz" Skaife named her new establishment after her mother, Rosie, according to a Herald-Independent report. ... Read More

Monona not affiliated with water line insurance sales pitch

The city of Monona clarified Friday that companies offering water lateral insurance are not affiliated with the city or utility.

In a notice Friday, the city said following the cold winter, which caused lateral lines for some water customers to freeze, private insurance companies have sent letters to some residents soliciting water lateral insurance.

The city explained that a water lateral brings water from the main water line in the street to the home.

"The homeowner is responsible for any repairs to the water lateral between their home and the water main," the city said in the notice. "However, the city of Monona is not affiliated with any insurance companies and has not requested that any companies offer water lateral insurance to our customers."

The city said residents should first contact their homeowner's insurance carrier before considering or purchasing water lateral insurance.

Chef opens Joe's Kitchen on Monona Drive

Chef Kwok Hung Chan, also known as Joe Chan, opened Joe’s Kitchen in late April. The restaurant is located on Monona Drive in the back of Viet Hoa Market.

Chan formerly worked at Viet Bistro, which closed in April after he'd moved his family from out of state to work there. ... Read More

Monona man runs 500 days straight

Monona resident Rod McLean, 73, achieved a personal goal he set in 2012 to run 500 days in a row. On May 15, he logged 2,000 miles of outdoor running... Read More