Dane County Has Been and Will Continue to Be a Leader In Our Efforts to Clean Up Our Lakes

The challenges our lakes face today accumulated over decades and there is no cheap, simple, short term fix. Like all of the important work we do, sustained partnerships and a shared will to implement effective solutions will incrementally bring improvement and progress. That progress is worth noting. Over the past five years, Dane County led […]

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Solicitor ALEC

Somehow, despite cutting public schools and the UW system, borrowing to fund transportation, and decimating the Department of Natural Resources, the GOP found a way to fund a new and largely unaccountable Solicitor General with several new deputies, charged with using taxpayer money to fight ideological battles in court. Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin’s position […]

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Saving the Downtown Post Office

As part of the upcoming renovation of the Madison Municipal Building, the United States Post Office that has been located in the building for several decades will need to be relocated, at least temporarily. The initial proposal by the United States Postal Service was to permanently relocate the downtown post office to the current location […]

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Now & Then: Bracketology for Buildings

Each spring brings a lot of talk about brackets for fans of the NCAA basketball championships. Being more of building guy than a sports guy, I think about brackets on buildings. An architectural bracket projects from a wall in order to support something else like a beam or cornice. Brackets had their heyday in the […]

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Mansion Hill Historic District Street Signs

By Fred Mohs Thanks to the leadership of Alder, Ledell Zellers, all of the street signs in the Mansion Hill Historic District have been changed to ones that announce the Historic District along with a picture of 28 East Gilman. After consulting with many neighbors, we decided that Gene Devitt’s house, 28 East Gilman, was […]

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Madison Is Rich In Public Art

By Craig Deller, Fellow-American Institute for Conservation, for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Public art punctuates our surroundings. It reminds us of important moments in history, and it honors the fallen. It makes us smile in parks and squares and captures our attention in underpasses and stations. Unlike its privileged cousins housed in the […]

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Blair Street Gardens Starts Its 31st Season

By Ellen Henningsen, President, Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. Wilson Green, a restful garden of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals and edibles, graces the western edge of Capitol Neighborhoods. On E. Wilson Street next to the Crowley Station, it is one of three gardens maintained by Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. (BSG). In addition to […]

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Ask Me About Photo ID

The New Voter ID law is changing our election experience. In the February election, even with a relatively low voter turnout, City of Madison Clerk Maribeth Witzel Behl, 98 eligible voters were unable to cast a regular ballot. With the Presidential primary in April and of course the general election in November, we need to […]

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Appreciating Dane County Employees

At the start of every Dane County Board meeting, a Supervisor provides an inspirational message or prayer before we together say the Pledge of Allegiance. At our February 18th meeting, Supervisor Robin Schmidt delivered her inspirational message by which she recognized the many Dane County employees and the service they provide to us all. I’m […]

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