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City of Monona invites residents to join the National Bike Challenge

The city of Monona website is encouraging community members to join the National Bike Challenge that begins Friday.

According to the website, Mayor Bob Miller declared this year as Monona's "Year of the Bike." Residents can go to nationalbikechallenge.org and join the team "City of Monona Year of the Bike."

The Bike Challenge begins Friday, and all riders signed up by that time will have the opportunity to win one of five "Monona Year of the Bike" t-shirts, and all riders will be eligible for various prizes throughout the challenge.

Chiropractor to host Walk It competition, fundraiser

Heartland Family Chiropractic will host its third Walk It event this spring. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit a Cottage Grove boy with a rare cancer. 

Walk It is a four-week competition, which will begin April 27 and end May 24, according to the Herald-Independent... Read More

Cottage Grove resident recognized as national finalist for 2014 CAREGiver of the year

Cottage Grove resident recognized as national finalist for 2014 CAREGiver of the year

According to a release, Carol Thompson, of Cottage Grove, has been selected as the 2014 CAREGiver of the Year by the Home Instead Senior Care of Madison, for her commitment and service to Dane County seniors.

Thompson has also been named a national finalist for the award, an honor achieved by only eight CAREGivers out of 65,000 in the Home Instead network each year.

"We're so excited for Carol, as she's so deserving of this honor," said Home Instead Branch Manager Tim Francis. "I say that because knowing Carol is an extraordinary experience. Meeting her is as if you're meeting an old friend for the first time; she truly shines with understanding, compassion, warmth, and kindness."


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

Custom firetruck bed raffled for charity

Center for Families, a Madison-based nonprofit organization, is hosting a fundraising raffle.

The raffle will feature a custom-made, twin-size fire truck bed constructed by Cottage Grove artist Joe Doughty.

The $5 raffle tickets can be purchased before and during the NARI Remodeling Expo that will held Jan. 23 through Jan. 25, when the winner will be chosen at the Madison Marriott Convention Center.

Contact Julie Sheldon at Center for Families at 608-729-1142, email julies@centerforfamilies.org or visit www.centerforfamilies.org... Read More

Library hosts session on using eBook software

The Monona Public Library is hosting an instructional class Saturday on using tablets to check out library books. 

Attendees to the library's session on using Overdrive, program allows users to check-out eBooks on handheld devices for free, begins on 10 a.m. Attendees were asked not bring iPads or other e-readers to the class. The format will be a presentation of information, not one-on-one help with individual devices.

For more information or to register, visit www.mononalibrary.org or call 608-222-6127.

Deer-Grove EMS aims to increase visibility in communities

It wasn’t that long ago, but a lot has changed since 1978... Read More