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Fire damages Maple Tree Supper Club in McFarland

MCFARLAND, Wis. — Firefighters from numerous Dane County agencies responded to a fire at a restaurant in McFarland Wednesday evening. The fire at the Maple Tree Supper Club at the corner of U.S. Highway 51 and Burma Road broke out around 5:20 p.m., a Dane County dispatcher said. The dispatcher had no reports of injuries from the fire.
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Program teaches Green Co. students about dangers of intoxicated, distracted driving

MONROE, Wis. — SSM Health and Green County officials held an event Wednesday to warn teenagers about the consequences of drug use, underage drinking and distracted driving. The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth Program, held Wednesday morning at Monroe High School, featured multiple reenactments ranging from the scene of a car crash to an emergency room and a...

33-year-old driver dead after two-vehicle crash in Dane Co.

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A 33-year-old woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Dane County, authorities say. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office stated that officials responded around 4:45 p.m. to US Highway 12 at State Highway 188 in the Town of Roxbury for the crash. Investigators determined...

Name released of motorcycle rider who died in Beltline crash

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Dane Co. Medical Examiner released the name of the Brooklyn man who died after his motorcycle crashed while exiting off the Beltline late Sunday night. The medical examiner’s preliminary report identified him as Jason Lewis and confirmed the 45-year-old died from injuries sustained in the...

Young dairy farmer hopeful about industry’s future

MADISON, Wis. — Alaina Dinderman said she’s proud of what’s she’s accomplished so far in the dairy industry. The 15-year-old Orangeville, Ill., girl showed her Guernsey cow, America, at the World Dairy Expo in Madison this year. “I showed my first calf in pee-wee showmanship when...

With stagnant state funding, Wisconsin school districts feel the pinch

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining school funding in Wisconsin. When the Sun Prairie Area School District joins seven other districts in Dane County—and even more districts statewide—in asking voters to exceed the revenue cap for operating expenses, it won’t be alone. Even with approval of its referenda, districts like Sun Prairie will still be educating students in a state spending $754 below the...

Westbound Beltline back open at Todd Drive after three-vehicle crash

MADISON, Wis. — The left lane of the westbound Beltline is back open at Todd Drive Wednesday after a crash. The incident was reported at around 9:20 a.m. and caused backups to Fish Hatchery Road. Dane County dispatchers said that three vehicles were involved in the crash. Madison Fire...

Semi Catches On Fire in Iowa County, No Injuries Reported

Officials in Iowa County received a report of a vehicle on fire on Pecatonica Road in Hollandale Monday around 8:15am . A caller reported that a semi was on fire in a field. Hollandale Fire, Hollandale First Response and Blanchardville EMS responded to the scene. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.

Boys soccer: No. 2 Oregon clips No. 10 Eau Claire Memorial, ties No. 8 Hudson

With just one more Badger West game remaining before locking up a berth in the league championship game, the Oregon boys soccer team continued its quest to repeat as conference champions. Oregon (13-2-2, 6-0 Badger West), ranked No. 2 in the Division 2 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll, faced...

Plans underway for new Dane County election center

MADISON, Wis. — There are still a few weeks until the November election, but local clerks are already preparing for the next round of midterms. An executive budget proposal from the Dane County Clerk’s Office lays out plans for a new election center. The project is still in the early planning stages, but officials are already anticipating the site’s added...

State Bank of Cross Plains announces merger

S.B.C.P. Bancorp, Inc. (“SBCP”), the parent bank holding company for State Bank of Cross Plains, and Monona Bankshares, Inc. (“Monona”), the parent bank holding company for Monona Bank, jointly announced today the successful completion of the all-stock merger of equals transaction between SBCP and Monona. The merged bank holding company has been renamed Lake Ridge Bancorp, Inc. (“Lake Ridge”). Monona Bank and State Bank of Cross Plains will continue to operate as separate banks until the core processing systems are converted in February 2023. After...

Letter: Election letters to the editor deadline is Oct. 21

The deadline for election-related letters to the editor to the Oregon Observer is noon on Friday, Oct. 21 for publication online and in the Thursday, Oct. 27 print edition of the newspaper. This is to provide the newspaper an opportunity to print a correction, clarification or rebuttal in the Nov. 3 newspaper, if needed, before the Nov. 8 election.

Dementia stabilization unit opens in Monroe

MADISON, Wis. — A new facility in Monroe aims to provide a safety net for people with dementia and their caregivers. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for the O’Rourke Dementia Stabilization Unit. The facility provides medical and psychiatric stabilization for dementia patients with a detailed assessment for those struggling in their homes. It will serve people from Grant, Green, Lafayette and Iowa counties.

Maple Tree Supper Club fire

Fifteen fire hydrants in Monona are getting a new look. The Madison Public Art Project recently commissioned the Vibrant Hydrant project. Featured artists redesigned local fire hydrants to include colorful designs and spark inspiration for people who live in the area. Madison Attempted Robbery Suspect. Updated: Aug. 30, 2022 at...

Orfordville daycare celebrates new ownership

A ribbon cutting ceremony two years in the making celebrates a day care in Orfordville’s new look and owner. Bright Start Day Care Center Owner and Director Connie Markee says they’ve been in business for 18 years, but she became the sole owner just before the pandemic started and they had to bump back the ceremony.

Village tax levy could increase by 10%

The Oregon Village Board discussed the potential approval of a 2023 budget that proposes a 10.09% increase in its property tax levy at their Monday, Oct 3 meeting. Village Administrator Martin Shanks expressed concerns about the possibility of the Village falling into an overall deficit if no significant action is taken.

Oregon Chamber hosts 2022 Fall Business Expo

The Oregon Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 2022 Fall Business Expo from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. The event features local businesses and a showcase of their products. Aside from that, however, it’s also designed to be a family-friendly night with other activities, including food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden and more.

Madison non-profit gearing up for bicycle donation drive Oct. 8

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -Pumping the brakes—words that are not in Free Bikes 4 Kids Madison’s vocabulary. The Madison-based non-profit collects “gently used” bikes from the community, refurbishes them and gives them to kids and adults facing financial challenges. On Saturday, Oct. 8, they are gearing up...