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07
Nov
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Guts and glory on display at the White Collar Boxing Tournament

Just before the fights began on Saturday night, a grandmother who was about to see her granddaughter get rocked by several hard right hands was at the breaking point. “I’m so damned nervous!” she cried out amid the din of the Red Mouse sports bar in Cross Plains.

As it turned out, she had nothing to worry about. Because boxing is a sport in which even the losers emerge with their honor glinting beneath the bright lights. Her granddaughter lost the fight, but she gained the crowd’s respect when she refused to go down, and refused to quit, even after a flurry of punches turned her knees to Jell-O.

This was the second annual White Collar Boxing Tournament, a fundraiser for the esteemed Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation. Twenty people entered the ring. Half of them won. Half of them lost. All of them learned what they were made of. They went home proud of their trophies and their various hematomas.

Wed
01
Nov
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Hurricane devastation hits close to home for local church

To the membership of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Middleton, the devastation in Puerto Rico from hurricanes Irma and Maria wasn’t just television news. It’s a personal story about people who they know and have developed a relationship with through a sister-church partnership since 2013.

Well before the hurricanes, some of St. Luke’s members traveled to Divino Salvador, the island church with more than 240 members.  They’ve shared worship, broken bread, sung together and become friends with the pastor and congregants there.

Between hurricanes, Pastor Gabriel Nanco wrote to St. Luke’s to let them know how they were faring. 

 

“Dear family in Wisconsin,

 

I am sending you this message to let you know how we are doing during the imminent passing of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico.

Fri
06
Oct
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Endangered Missing Person

Bruce J. Besadny left his residence in Middleton in the early morning hours on 10/5/17.  He is driving a blue, 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Station wagon with Wisconsin license plate 784-VUW.  It is unknown where Mr. Besadny may be headed.   Mr. Besadny’s clothing is unknown but he is usually wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt.  Mr. Besadny is 6’01, 210lbs, with brown hair, a gray-trimmed beard and wears dark rimmed glasses.  Mr. Besadny suffers from chronic migraines, anxiety and depression.  Due to Mr. Besadny’s current health issues, we are concerned for his wellbeing.

Tue
06
Jun
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Violinist Paran Amirinazari on being inspired by selfless people, experiencing awe in music, and finding ‘enlightening moments’

The Middleton Community Orchestra will present its final concert of the current season on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St.

Violinist Paran Amirinazari will be the soloist in the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor.  Also on the program is Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. 

Sun
30
Apr
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Lodger Allegedly Killed 82-Year-Old Middleton Woman

On Wednesday of last week, 82-year-old Agnes Bram was at the Middleton Senior Center, playing euchre with her friends, as she often did. It was the last time she was seen alive.

Also at the senior center that day was a man named John “Jack” Hamann, who investigators believe later murdered Bram, from whom he was renting a room.

While police say the motive was unclear, news of the alleged homicide sent shockwaves through a community that is, both in terms of perception and crime statistics, usually remarkably safe.

While the story pieced together by authorities seemed ripped from the opening pages of Crime and Punishment, those who knew the victim were quick to share fond memories about the friendly woman known to her friends simply as “Aggie.”

The woman, whose body was discovered in her garage by a family member, was remembered for being active in the community, for enjoying and telling jokes, and for caring for others.

Sat
15
Apr
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Reward Offered For Help Finding Missing Middleton Man

A REWARD is now being offered by the family of MISSING ENDANGERED 74-year old Mark Hoover, who left his Middleton residence in the overnight hours of 04/07/17. He is described as 5'11" 180 pounds with gray hair & green eyes. He was driving a gray Dodge Durango with Wisconsin license plate 115SWZ. We do not know where Mr. Hoover may be headed, but he likes to frequent Starbucks coffee shops. If you find Mr. Hoover or have any information, please contact the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300.


Sun
19
Feb
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Middletonian Jason Compton, a producer and performer for Madison Shakespeare Company, talks about the very modern implications of ‘Richard II’

Middleton Times-Tribune: For starters, tell us about yourself:
 
Jason Compton: I’m a 13-year resident of Middleton, and a producer for Madison Shakespeare Company.
 
MTT: Can you tell us a bit about the founding of Madison Shakespeare Company? Has the experience matched expectations so far?
 
Compton: Madison Shakespeare Company was started in 2011 by John Varda, Warren Hansen, and Steve Cover to present affordable, high-quality theater classics in Dane County. MSC staged Julius Caesar in 2012 and Antony and Cleopatra in 2013, but then went dormant. Our initial performing space, Breese Stevens Field, was an interesting venue and a lot of fun to play, but very expensive. And not very intimate. During this time I appeared in supporting roles in both productions.
Sun
18
Dec
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Q and A with author (and Middleton Times-Tribune sports editor) Rob Reischel

Q: What made Wayne Larrivee a choice for one of your books? Why do you think he resonates with the Packers fan base?

 

A: Triumph Books, the publisher of the majority of my books, has a nationwide series going right now in which many national play-by-play men are telling their stories. Having Wayne give his thoughts from the booth after nearly 20 years of calling Packers games was a natural fit.

Wayne is the ultimate pros-pro. He does his homework. He’s thorough. He’s smooth. He misses next to nothing. I think Packers fans really appreciate how lucky they are to have him.

 

Q: What sort of access does Wayne have that others may not? Is he treated like a journalist around the team?

 

A: Wayne flies on the team plane and stays in the team hotel. He certainly sees and hears things most others don’t.

Fri
04
Nov
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Suspects Flee after Pursuit

November 4th, 2016 – At approximately 12:30 am, a Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted a traffic stop on a Ford Focus traveling 85mph in a 45 mph zone on County M near Signature Rd in City of Middleton.  When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped up and a pursuit ensued lasting approximately one minute.  The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle struck a stoplight at County Highway M at County Highway Q.  Three people fled the vehicle on foot; one passenger was taken into custody by a Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy.  The City of Middleton Police, a Town of Madison K9 Officer, and a Maple Bluff K9 Officer responded to establish a perimeter and search for the remaining two suspects, but no one else was located. 

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office investigation to identify the driver and remaining passenger is ongoing.

Sun
30
Oct
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A Quest For Justice

In late 2004, a shy young man involved in a vast marijuana ring vanished. He left behind a beloved dog, a heartbroken mother and countless questions about the bizarre circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Today, 12 years later, a group of journalists, filmmakers, friends and family are still doggedly pursuing answers in the mysterious case of Amos Mortier.

Their latest effort is “What Happened to Amos?” It is a hard-hitting foray into the life of Mortier, his puzzling disappearance, and the multiple investigations that followed. They believe they have solved the case, locking together clues the authorities in Fitchburg and Dane County chose to ignore. And now they want to be heard.

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