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11
Jun
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Mustard Results in–Wholegrain Dijon Grand Champion

MIDDLETON–Bornier Wholegrain Dijon Mustard has won the Grand Champion award at the 2021 World-Wide Mustard Competition. This is the third Grand Champion award for Bornier. It also captured top honors for its classic smooth Dijon in 2014 and in 2020. Bornier is produced by Européenne de Condiments in Couchey, France.

Nearly 300 mustards from around the world entered this year’s competition, held under the direction of Barry Levenson, curator and founder of the National Mustard Museum in Middleton. Judges tasted mustards from as far away as India, Japan, and Sweden.

Fri
11
Jun
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VFW to Withdraw from GNF

MIDDLETON–After decades running a beer tent at the Good Neighbor Festival (GNF), the Middleton “Sonny” Simon VFW Post 8216 announced it would withdraw from the festival last week.

Citing concerns over safety and inclement weather, the VFW, who is a founding member of GNF in 1964 sent an email to the Times-Tribune outlining why they wanted to back out.

The organization is worried that the “open campus,” which would allowing alcohol on the entire grounds of the festival, will lend itself to underage drinking.

In an email signed “VFW Post 8216” the group said this idea has come up in previous years but stalled out, “The idea of allowing beer consumption across the Fest grounds (open campus) has come up in years past, prior to the current GNF Executive Committee (GNF) being seated. It was never implemented because of clearly identified increased risks and liabilities and the inability to adequately address those risks and liabilities.”

Fri
11
Jun
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Commission Stalls on Longer Runway

MIDDLETON–Lengthening the main runway at the Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field garnered only a tie vote at last week’s Airport Commission meeting.

Mayor Gurdip Brar, an ex officio member of the commission, along with Alders Robert Burck and Luke Fuszard voted for the “no-build” option while chair John Hallick, 

David Lorman and Kevin Munson voted for a 440-foot extension to the 4,000-foot runway. Michelle Bond, a citizen member, abstained.

Before passing their recommendations on to the Common Council, the Commission considered the final chapter (Design Alternatives) of the draft Airport Master Plan, a two-year-long process that has brought the airport’s problems and potential to the forefront of public debate.

Making a rare appearance at the commission, Brar said the airport was safely operating now and 93 percent of users polled were satisfied with the current runway length.

Fri
04
Jun
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Take in Nature and History at Dane County Parks

DANE COUNTY–Whether you are interested in the geological wonders of this area of Wisconsin or are just looking to spend time out in nature, county and state parks, as well as the Ice Age Trail, provide well-preserved places to enjoy the natural beauty of the region on foot.

Wisconsin has a diverse selection of terrains due to glaciers advancing into many, but not all, parts of the state. Dane County and the surrounding areas are especially varied, straddling the line of the Laurentide Ice Sheet’s furthest advance into this area before its retreat 18,000 years ago. 

That means the parks in this area offer something for everyone, from strenuous hikes to gentle walks. Here are a few nearby places to hike in the warmer months ahead:

County Parks

Fri
04
Jun
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Library Board Proposes Closing Friends Bookstore

MIDDLETON–Friends of the Middleton Public Library treasurer Dan Olson and board member Tim Graham said they were surprised at a proposal by the Middleton Public Library Board to close the bookstore run by the Friends and housed inside the library building.

The men said they knew space constraints were a problem for the library, and when the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement was discussed at the library board’s May meeting, they expected space might be reduced, but were surprised that the board wants to close the store altogether.

We understand this is their decision,” said Olson, “we’re disappointed, but it is their decision.”

“I wish there had been more upfront communication,” added Graham.

Thu
03
Jun
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City to Open Cooling Centers

MIDDLETON–The weather forecast from June 4-8 predicts temperatures hovering around the 90º range. Per the City of Middleton’s Emergency Plan the city will establish Cooling Centers when the following conditions are met:

• Projected prolonged heat or heat index equivalent at or above 90º; and/or

• State or Federal emergency advisories concerning heat or heat index; and/or

• Local, State or Federal emergencies that displace citizens from their residences 

in Middleton during high heat or heat index times; and/or

• Power outages of longer than 12 hours during times of high heat or heat index 

experience.

• Other times at the discretion of the City’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

The following Cooling Centers will be open in the City of Middleton during this period of excessive heat.

Middleton Police Department located at 7341 Donna Dr. (24 hours daily)

Wed
02
Jun
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Bear Takes a Dip in Lake Mendota, Roams Middleton

MIDDLETON–On June 2 at approximately 6:06 a.m., residents of Middleton reported seeing a black bear swimming in Lake Mendota and on land near the 2300 block of Middleton Beach Road. It eventually went into a wooded area and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff arrived to assist. They determined that the bear should be left alone and that it would likely leave the area by this evening.

Since the report on Tuesday was announced, a resident contacted the Police Department and advised that she saw the bear at approximately 5 a.m. on the morning of June 1. At that time the bear was seen in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy north of Century Avenue in the area behind Highland Way.

Short video clips can be found on the Middleton Police Department social media sites.

According to the DNR, bears are normally shy around humans and avoid them as much as possible. It is important to reinforce this fear by scaring bears away so that conflicts are reduced.

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May
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Police Seek Help Finding Dog

MIDDLETON–Middleton police are searching for a dog and its walker after it allegedly bit a bicyclist on Wednesday.

At about 1 p.m. on May 26, the bicyclist reported being bitten by a dog on Branch Street near Sauk Trail Elementary School. The dog was described as a tan and white, collie-type dog being walked by a teenage female.

Officers are looking to identify the female and/or the owner of the dog so it can be determined if the dog has current vaccinations. If you have any information about this incident, please call or text us at 608-824-7300 and mention incident number 21-6950

Fri
28
May
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Cross Plains Man Charged in Decades Old Child Sexual Assault Case

BARABOO–A Cross Plains man recently has been charged with three counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in a case that was reopened 27 years after the alleged offenses have been said to have occurred.

According to published accounts:

Michael J. Hill, 63, was a science teacher at River Valley High School and had adopted a girl from Columbia. The girl told Spring Green police in 1995 that Hill had allegedly made sexual contact with her. Hill reportedly told an investigator that he had sexual contact with the girl on one occasion. At the time, the investigation didn’t result in any prosecution against Hill.

The alleged assaults would have occurred in 1992 when the girl was 11 and Hill was 34, according to the Sauk County Department of Human Services records.

Fri
28
May
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Runway Lengthening Gains Support

MIDDLETON–Lengthening the main runway received increased support last week at the final Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee meeting.

Prior polls showed scant interest in increasing the current 4,000-foot east-west runway, and on Thursday, a no-build option was still preferred by six members. However, five members, including all the representatives of the business community, preferred lengthening the runway by 200 or 400 feet.

Airport Manager and Morey Airplane Co. President Richard Morey initially saw no real benefit in lengthening the runway to the west but on Thursday said that it could be done “for very little additional money.”

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