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Habitat for Humanity Seeking Families for Homes to be built in Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Madison

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods over the next several years, according to a press release.   Habitat also recently purchased 24 lots in Fitchburg in the Renaissance in the Park neighborhood and three lots in Southwest Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County starting in 2015, informational meetings will be held:

Med Flight to fly over parade Monday

Med Flight to fly over parade Monday

New this year to Monona's annual Memorial Day Parade is a scheduled appearance by a medical helicopter.  

The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m., but parts of Monona Drive will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. and stay shut down until noon. The route starts near Monona Grove High School and will travel south on Monona Drive, turn right onto Owen Road and end at Village Lanes.

Organizers said more than 100 units will take part in the 1.5-mile procession including military color guards, clowns, marching bands, live animals, firetrucks, scouts, floats, antique cars, dance groups and more. 

New this year is that Med Flight is also expected to make a fly over at the start of the parade.

Police, citizens rescue 6 ducks from storm drain

Police, citizens rescue 6 ducks from storm drain

A local man and police were able to help several ducklings escape a storm drain and reunite with their mother Wednesday morning.

Monona police Lt. Frank Fenton said two officers were called to the Starbucks on Monona Drive for a report of baby ducks stuck in a sewer drain at about 7:30 a.m. The caller told police the ducks in the drain could be heard squawking from the street.

Fenton said a man named Fred, a citizen who happened to be in the area, climbed into the storm drain and handed six baby ducks one-by-one to Monona patrol officers Jeremy Winge and Vicki Peterson. Fenton said in this case it was the citizen who really saved the critters, since they called and it was Fred who went down into the drain. 

Fenton said three other ducklings in the storm drain were not pulled out because they swam further into the sewer and could not be reached.

The other six rescued ducks were returned to the mother duck, who was nearby at the waterline.

Town gets better picture of future police coverage

The Town of Cottage Grove is getting a good idea of what police coverage would look like if it was covered by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office... Read More

High school students to perform Mark Twain comedy

The Monona Grove Drama Club will present "Is He Dead?" a comedy, May 17-18 at the MG auditorium. 

The play will feature two shows: May 17 at 7 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are available at seatyourself.biz/mghs. For more information, contact Kelley at 316-1851... Read More

City considers dog park possibilities

City considers dog park possibilities

A Monona city department is asking for resident input on a possible dog park.

A survey from Monona Parks & Recreation asks 16 questions related to creating a new park for pets or allowing leashed dogs at an existing Monona park. 

To take the survey, visit http://mymonona.com/758/Dog-Park-Proposal and click "ONLINE SURVEY."

In the survey, participants are asked to rank possible locations for a dog park including the city's open space near Kohl’s on South Towne Drive, near the Public Works Facility, at Waterman Way Park, and the west side of the lagoon at Winnequah Park. 

Parks & Recreation Director Jake Anderson said everyone is invited to provide input, whether or not they own a dog, before May 9 when the online questionnaire closes. 

The parks department will hold a public hearing May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monona Library in the Forum Room to share survey results and discuss dogs at public parks. 

Dept. looks to raise funds for new K-9 vehicle

Dept. looks to raise funds for new K-9 vehicle

The police department has partnered with a local grocery business to help raise funds for a new squad for K-9 officer Larz over the next few weeks. 

Cottage Grove Police Officer Tony Koratko, Larz's handler, said beginning Friday and continuing through May 4, officers will occasionally be on site at the Piggly Wiggly, 421 W. Cottage Grove Road, to help customers bag and load groceries. The store will accept donations to go toward the cost of training and equipment for Larz. The goal over the more than two-week fundraiser is to collect $10,000.