McFarland Police Chief Craig Sherven can recall when police cars were equipped with nothing more than a radio, radar and shotgun. Now, law enforcement vehicles are outfitted with computers, cameras and all types of other electronic equipment.
Borrowing $2.5 million to purchase land for an east side park remains in the 2019 McFarland village budget, but trustees indicated they wouldn’t authorize the borrowing if there is no specific land to buy.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts hope Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will re-energize Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources after years of cuts under Republican Scott Walker, counting on him to return the agency to a science-based footing and get tougher…
A group of students stand at old-fashioned microphones in the band room, rehearsing a scene from “Annie.” The cast has been practicing for several weeks, memorizing the lines, songs and dance numbers. But, they have yet to make it to the stage.
MADISON (AP) — Democrat Tony Evers ousted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the state's closest governor's race in more than half a century, denying the polarizing Republican and one-time presidential candidate a third term and succeeding where his party had failed in three previous attempts, i…
Every dollar donated to establish an endowment fund for the E.D. Locke Public Library will now be matched as the Friends of the Library decided to provide its own challenge grant. This grant has decreased the amount the library needs to raise by $30,000.
There are times when a highly visible police unit is necessary to control crowds, particularly in events like protests that could negatively affect people’s safety. Or even times where a large number of people gather, like parades or fundraising events. when having a few extra officers can b…
The Dane County Board's Health & Human Needs Committee has approved several amendments focusing on mental health crisis intervention, youth and immigration services to Executive Joe Parisi's proposed 2019 operating budget.
Seven weekly storytimes and a monthly STEAM Saturday, PJ storytime, child and tween book clubs, teen after-hours activity, teen advisory board meeting plus other non-regularly scheduled youth and family events and the summer reading program.
Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to eight reports of burglaries and thefts in the town of Dunn overnight. All of the incidents occurred within three neighborhoods between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.
The McFarland Village Board is in the process of looking at the 2019 budget and the single-largest capital projects expense is purchasing property for a future east side community park. The price tag attached to the budget item is $2.5 million.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s a startling statistic. As scientists look at ways to treat this type of cancer, many organizations raise funds to assist people to pay for screening and diagnostic procedures.
The McFarland Village Board approved submitting an application to obtain a Dane County PARC grant for the purpose of expanding the Lower Yahara River Trail through Orchard Hill Park. The property is located adjacent to Urso-Schuetz Park.
Dedicated grade-level wings, a new library, a dedicated STEAM space and vast library with plenty of natural light. These are just some of the improvements residents were able to explore during the Oct. 4 community open house and dedication ceremony at Conrad Elvehjem Primary School.
The McFarland Village Board approved changes to the charter ordinance related to when the village needs to host a binding referendum for public construction projects. The amended measure was passed at Monday’s meeting 5-2, with Trustees Carolyn Clow and Shaun O’Hearn voting no.
An afternoon at the McFarland Youth Center can include Indian Mound Middle School students working on art projects, making food in the kitchenette, playing games, getting tutored or spending time outside. The center’s popularity is evident by the increased number of daily visitors; a busy da…
A future concession stand at the new McFarland High School baseball facility at Highway MN and Holscher Road will be able to offer a larger pavilion and reduce the need for an extra on-site shed.
McFarland High School junior Freya Gilbertson was a bit skeptical when she received the email invitation sent by high school associate principal Anne Nichols to join a pair of authors for dinner.
With record high water levels on Lakes Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa from this summer’s rain, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has earmarked $18.2 million in his 2019 county budget to minimize and recover from future floods.
Members of the community will have the opportunity to check out Conrad Elevhjem Primary School and the renovations at Indian Mound Middle School first-hand when the McFarland School District hosts a Thursday, Oct. 4, open house and dedication ceremony at each school.
Before the McFarland High School football team returns to the field Friday evening seeking to continue its undefeated season, another group of Spartans will take to the turf.
Village residents will have the opportunity to voice their support or opposition Oct. 8 to a change to a local ordinance outlining when the village would need to receive permission from residents to move forward with a project.
Flood damage and cleanup in Dane County is estimated at $154 million and expected to rise as Dane County officials declared a state of emergency to apply for federal funds for recovery.
As the McFarland High School sports teams anticipate getting to play at renovated facilities during upcoming seasons, one group of athletes will continue to play on a much-needed updated space.
A comment from a Dane County supervisor who believed Cambridge wasn’t getting the best deal for its dollars in terms of senior services provided by McFarland resulted in Village Administrator Matt Schuenke and Senior Outreach Services director Lori Andersen looking at how much money is spent…
There may have been fewer than 300 responses to the McFarland parks and open spaces survey, but the trend shows people want the village to prioritize a pool or splash pad. The results of the month-long survey were shared at the Aug. 16 parks, recreation and natural resources committee meeting.
Recent studies have shown emergency responders, including nurses in trauma units, police officers, EMTS and firefighters, can be exposed to incidents causing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additional reports have shown the suicide rate for police officers is 50 percent higher than th…
Last school year, the staff and students at McFarland Primary School and Conrad Elvehjem Early Learning Center were in the midst of a construction zone. It meant regularly seeing and hearing equipment being used to create the corridor connecting the CEELC and new wing housing first and secon…
Ken Brost keeps waiting for the novelty to wear off, but each day people driving on Exchange Street can see the 71-year-old watching the construction of the McFarland High School athletic facilities.