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Mon
07
Nov
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City Residents Will Vote On Climate Change Policy

The referendum questions will appear as follows:

1.) Do you agree that the City of Middleton, as a local sustainability leader, has a responsibility to mitigate the risks of global warming through its policy decisions and actions?

2.) Do you agree that the City of Middleton should endorse the national effort to implement a federal Carbon Fee and Dividend (CFAD) to slow the humanitarian crises and negative economic consequences caused by global warming? CFAD will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging conservation and make renewable energy more economically viable.

MIDDLETON-Middleton residents will have a chance to show their support for local sustainability practices and national climate change legislation on the November 8 ballot. They will be asked if they support the city taking steps to mitigate climate change and if they support federal carbon fee and dividend legislation. 

Tue
19
Apr
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Jesus Lunches: Debate about religious lunches errupts

How do you cook up the perfect bubbling stew of controversy in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District?

Just combine religion, public schools, a city park and the First Amendment. Then throw in a smattering of attorneys and social media hyperbole for good measure.

That’s what happened last week when everyone in the community seemed to be staking out a vehement position on “Jesus Lunches,” a series of events at which the mothers of local high school students have been talking about their Christian faith and handing out free food to a growing number of local teens. 

While the lunches have been occurring periodically for a couple years now, it was last week that the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District went public with the details of its ongoing concerns about the events.

Fri
05
Feb
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Police Force Strives to Become More Diverse

Racial disparities in police departments have been a hot topic ever since the events in Ferguson, MO in August 2014 which sprouted violence and friction between policemen and diverse communities.

The reality is that police stations around the country often do not reflect the makeup of the communities they serve, and Middleton, historically, has not been an exception. Even though many efforts has been taking place in Dane County, area police forces have typically lacked minority officers.

In the worst cases across the country, this issue causes rivalry and mistrust between police officers with residents, eroding the bridge of communication between community and authorities. Also, the misrepresentation of the community can lead to misunderstandings which make police work more tedious and complex, say officers.

Mon
25
Jan
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City expected to declare state of emergency after discovering damage to library roof

City officials have closed the Middleton Public Library for at least a week following the discovery of what city administrator Mike Davis called “substantial structural damage” to the trusses supporting the building’s roof.

In a message to city staff and elected officials, Davis said the problem was discovered on the south side of the building, where a visible gap had appeared in the roof.

“While structural engineer Mike Leiferman was visiting about the Library employee access project last Tuesday, January 19, he and [library director] Pamela Westby noticed a gap in the ceiling that had not existed previously,” Davis explained. “On Friday, Leiferman climbed into the area above the ceiling/below the roof to investigate and found substantial structural damage to the trusses. 

Leiferman advised Westby and building inspector Scott Ellarson to close the library to protect the public and library employees. Westby closed the building effective Saturday, Jan. 23.

Mon
03
Aug
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Feingold sets sights on old seat

A conversation with Russ  Feingold as he readies for a rematch with Republican Ron Johnson.

Middleton Times:  You’re considered a champion of Progressivism.  Some of Wisconsin’s more conservative voters have a negative impression of that word.  What would you like to say to those people?

Feingold:   I find that when I’m talking with people around the state, most of them understand the Wisconsin progressive tradition as a very positive one.  I think part of the problem is that the word progressive has a different connotation nationally than it does in Wisconsin. 

Here in Wisconsin, it’s always represented a sense of community, but also fiscal discipline. It includes honesty and anti-corruption.

I believe that those aspects of progressivism that are central to my view, are very appreciated by the voters in the state. 

Tue
24
Mar
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Yu and Smith face off in Area 4 school board race

There will be two contested Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board races on the April 7 ballot. In Area 4, which includes the towns of Middleton and Westport, newcomers Todd Smith and Linda Yu will square off. In Area 5, the school board’s central district, incumbent Anne Bauer will be challenged by Tia Eady. In Area 1, newcomer Kelly Kalscheur filed to run unopposed. In Area 2, which includes Cross Plains, newcomer Sean Hyland filed to run unopposed.

Area 4 candidate Linda Yu currently serves as the Chair for the Finance and Business Law Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has also worked at the State University of New York Institute of Technology. She earned an undergraduate degree in British Literature, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Ph.D in Finance. She holds chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation.

Tue
24
Mar
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Eady challenges Bauer in Area 5 school board race

There will be two contested Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board races on the April 7 ballot. In Area 4, which includes the towns of Middleton and Westport, newcomers Todd Smith and Linda Yu will square off. In Area 5, the school board’s central district, incumbent Anne Bauer will be challenged by Tia Eady. In Area 1, newcomer Kelly Kalscheur filed to run unopposed. In Area 2, which includes Cross Plains, newcomer Sean Hyland filed to run unopposed.

Tia Eady, the challenger in Area 5, is the mother of two school-aged children who attend MCPASD schools. She is also a longtime volunteer.  

Fri
16
Jan
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Middleton Becomes 'Dementia Friendly'

Mary Kay Baum is well educated, articulate and gregarious. But beneath the surface, she is struggling. The words she seeks are often elusive. Her train of thought wants to veer off course.

“It can get camouflaged by a good education or a large vocabulary – I often have to use a different word when I can’t find the one I want – but I’m working so much harder than most people do,” she explained. “If someone becomes impatient with me, it only makes it harder.”

Baum, 67, has mild cognitive problems that possibly stem from Alzheimer’s and vascular issues that run in her family.

She spent most of her life as a pillar of the community, serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, the Madison Metropolitan Board of Education, running for mayor in the City of Madison in 1987, and working as an ordained Lutheran pastor.

Wed
05
Nov
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Most citizens vote ‘yes’ on city storm water utility referendum

Shall the City of Middleton Storm Water Utility be permitted to charge customers of the Storm Water Utility an annual charge up to $15.00 per equivalent runoff unit for each property for maintenance of existing storm water management facilities without reducing the levy limit for the charges of the Storm Water Utility?  

YES: 65%
NO: 35%
Thu
16
Oct
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No photo ID this election? No problem

The back and forth political fight over voter ID took a surprising turn late last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the photo ID requirement will not be in effect for the November 4 General Election. 

The decision irked Republicans and caused Democrats to celebrate. Meanwhile, it caused municipal clerks across the state to change course after spending several weeks preparing for new photo ID requirements.

It came just hours after the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) sent out a press release announcing its “Bring It to the Ballot” multimedia campaign, which was designed to educate Wisconsin residents about the voter photo ID law.

Starting over the weekend, the GAB planned to spend more than $400,000 on the statewide paid advertising campaign that would run in the three weeks leading up to the election. The campaign was to include TV, radio, online and some billboard ads.

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