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Madison?s garbage pickup resumes Monday

A Streets Division official said the city will resume trash and recycling collection on Monday. Crews will be working in the Monday collection districts as well as picking up material that was not collected in the Thursday and Friday's districts due to the snowstorm.

Recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said Christmas Eve is normally a half day for collection crews, but workers will stay on to complete collection in the Thursday and Friday areas.

Residents in the Thursday and Friday areas are asked to dig their carts out if they are buried in snow. Residents are also reminded that bins need to be out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Large item collection remains suspended until further notice, Dreckmann said. Residents are asked to hold large items until collection resumes or bring them to the drop off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd or 4602 Sycamore Av. The sites are open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

County: Managing hazardous waste can result in a huge environmental impact

As the manager of Dane County’s Solid Waste Division, John Welch is an expert on garbage -- specifically, our garbage.

From watching the county’s Rodefeld Landfill grow day after day, he’s made steps in his own life to curb his waste by composting, recycling, and conserving his way to just half a bag of garbage per week. And now he is excited about a new initiative that will cut waste county-wide. 

At 11 a.m. on Dec. 14, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and solid waste staff cut the ribbon on a new $4 million recycling center next to the landfill that will help the county save tons of hazardous and construction waste from becoming dead weight in a landfill, hazardous to the environment.

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage


Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

Man dies after "freak accident"

A Sun Prairie man died after what Madison police describe as a freak accident in the parking lot of a Madison business Wednesday.

A witness told police the 58-year-old man was running alongside his van as it rolled into a parking lot at 5511 Odana Rd. before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The witness said as the man was trying to regain control of the van he became entangled between the van?s frame and the pavement. The van came to a stop on top of the man.

Police said they?re not sure how he got outside the vehicle.

The man was able to talk to first responders, but he stopped breathing shortly after rescue personnel were able to lift the van off him.

He was transported to a hospital where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Madison museum shares art with Dane County schools

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is sharing its work with local schools.

It's bringing art from its permanent collection to nine public elementary and middle schools in Dane County.

A different exhibition will travel from school to school and be displayed for one month through 2015.

The first one is called "What's Going on Here? Stories in Art" and it starts circulating in January. The art is from state, regionally and nationally known artists, including Tom Uttech, Red Grooms and John Buck.

More than 8,000 students participated in a similar program in 2004 and 2005, when the museum was closed for construction. The museum was able to relaunch the program because of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Man robbed in convenience store parking lot

Madison police said they detained three suspects after the robbery of a 19-year-old Baraboo man in a convenience store parking lot.

The victim told police he was robbed at the BP gas station at 699 S. Gammon Road at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday by a man who displayed a silver revolver and demanded cash. He said the robber fled in a vehicle with three others.

Police pulled over a suspect vehicle on West Badger Road and three suspects were detained. Officers said a fourth suspect fled the vehicle before it was pulled over.

Investigators said they believe the victim was targeted. No one has been charged.

Police investigate pellet gun incidents at Memorial High School

Madison police said they responded to two incidents involving Airsoft pellet guns at Memorial High School last Friday afternoon.

Police said a teacher saw a 15-year-old student tuck a weapon in the waistband of his pants around 1:05 p.m. in the school parking lot and then leave in a car.

The vehicle was located parked at Elver Park, and the pellet gun was in the car, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said they cited the student for being armed with a pellet gun under the age of 18.

Earlier in the day, it was discovered that another student had brought several Airsoft guns to school in a backpack, police said.

The Airsoft guns were not used to threaten or intimidate anyone, and it appears the student was taking them somewhere for recreational purposes after school, police said.

Police said the two cases are not connected.