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McFarland’s entire municipal operations, including emergency services, were unable to be reached by phone for 43.75 hours last week. Calls could not be made or received, and voicemail was not accessible.

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Candidates for the April 2, 2019, local elections can begin to circulate their nomination papers Saturday.

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Prior to the invention of television people would rely on the radio to be entertained. They could follow along with the adventures of the Green Hornet, little orphan Annie, “Bonanza” and multiple other characters as the stories came alive through actors and practical sound effects.

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The McFarland School Board is considering how it can help the McFarland Youth Center plug the $7,000 funding gap it is facing in 2019. The board discussed the possible ways it can help prevent the center from altering its services due to decreased funding at the Nov. 19 meeting.

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Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a Saturday night picnic in the park with Santa Claus as part of the annual Christmas in the Village, sponsored by the McFarland Chamber of Commerce.

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The village of McFarland could be facing a lawsuit if the Madison City Council decides to move forward with legal action surrounding the Town of Blooming Grove parcels annexed into McFarland earlier this month.

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For the second consecutive year, McFarland residents will see a decrease in the municipal tax rate.

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After the presents have been opened and the new year has been rung in, people who have live Christmas trees haul them to the dump or put them out for curbside pickup. The trees have outgrown their usefulness in most homes. But, for one McFarland man, the fir trees still have plenty to give back.

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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.

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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.

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You are never too old to make a difference in a person’s life, and the AARP has an award specifically to recognize the work of people older than 50.

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One person described what she smelled Nov. 1 as “like death, and rotten trash – it is very pungent to the point you can’t be outside or have your windows open.”

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Some people may see the parcel at 4814 Freedom Ring Road as an empty lot; but for Megan Bisbee and Shelly Seay, it’s the future home of Spartan Day Camp.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Conrad Elvehjem Primary School was put on lockdown for approximately 20 minutes the morning of Oct. 9 as a precautionary measure.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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The Dane County Sheriff’s Department is attempting to identify an individual seen on security camera footage from two homes on Waucheeta Trail in the town of Dunn.

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Expect to find more space to enjoy burgers and frozen custard as the McFarland Culver’s is increasing its square footage.

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One hundred twenty-nine days, 85 statutes, 64 artists and one iconic symbol of UW-Madison.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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The McFarland Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Committee has some ideas on how to shape Orchard Hill Park, located adjacent to the John Urso Dog Park – namely, creating a spoke to the Lower Yahara River Trail and adding a nine-hole disc golf course.

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The village’s next communication and technology director will be a full-time staff member following revisions approved Aug. 13 at the McFarland Village Board meeting.

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A 61-year-old McFarland man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, announced, Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.