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Lichens can be pale green, gray, black, yellow, or even bright orange. They can look like a leaf, a crust, or even tufts of hair.

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Gov. Tony Evers is reminding Wisconsinites to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), urging the public to stay home as much as they are able.

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COVID-19 news is ever changing. As new cases are announced and daily life is impacted, stay up-to-date online at www.hngnews.com or www.cdc.gov. or other local public health officials outlets.

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Ninety-five percent or about 143 million households in the country will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes between March 12 and 20. The U.S. Census Bureau released informational copies today of the invitations, the enclosed materials, and the subse…

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(From left) Director of Dane County Emergency Management Charles Tubbs, County Executive Joe Parisi, Westport Administrator Tom Wilson and Town Finance Manager Bob Anderson take part in a Feb. 27 check presentation.  During the event, county reps presented the town with a check for $25,321. …

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UW Health has updated the public on its preparedness plan for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Dr. Nasia Safdar, Medical Director for Infection Control and Prevention at UW Health and Dr. Jeffrey Pothof, Chief Quality Officer at UW Health, discussed the status of COVID-19 and efforts to deal with pot…

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Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney has announced the release of the organization’s new smartphone application. This app will serve as a new way for the sheriff’s office to connect with Dane County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphon…

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County Executive Joe Parisi has announced that two significant land conservation projects are moving forward. The first project includes a conservation and trail easement of approximately 152 acres in the Town of Cross Plains for the Ice Age Complex in Cross Plains.

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Dane County and Westport officials have announced an expansion to the North Mendota Trail, which will span from Governor Nelson State Park to Woodland Drive.

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After poor weather conditions put a damper on a reorganization meeting scheduled in January, the South Central Wisconsin chapter of the National Korean War Veteran’s Association has scheduled another meeting time.

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After poor weather conditions put a damper on a reorganization meeting scheduled in January, the South Central Wisconsin chapter of the National Korean War Veteran’s Association has scheduled another meeting time.

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Advocates for North Mendota Parkway (A4NMP) has issued a response to the county’s proposed speed-limit changes on County Hwy. M, where a major highway project is planned for 2023.

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The Dane County Sheriff's Office is alerting citizens of a scam call after receiving several reports from people indicating they had received a call from a person claiming to be Lt. Karls from the sheriff's office.

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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday that Dane County will purchase approximately 74 acres of property surrounding Halfway Prairie School County Park in the Town of Mazomanie. This park is home to the Halfway Prairie School, the oldest existing rural elementary schoolhouse in Da…

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Dane County has agreed to acquire property in the City of Fitchburg that, once remodeled, will become home to the County’s Emergency Operations Center and Offices of Emergency Management, County Executive Joe Parisi announced Thursday.

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Detectives with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office are seeking help from public as they continue to follow up on any tips related to the homicide of Nicholas Day. Investigators are reaching out to the public and asking to speak with anyone traveling in and around the area of CTH JG, Bergum Roa…

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County Executive Joe Parisi announced Thursday that Dane County will purchase approximately 79 acres of property in the Town of Middleton to expand the Black Earth Creek Natural Resource Area. The parcel is located next to Hwy. 14, and lies in the headwaters of Black Earth Creek—nationally k…

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The Dane County Sheriff's Office has reported a fatal accident that occurred during the afternoon of Jan. 15.

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Before the Sunday sermon recently at Crossroads United Methodist, Pastor Scott Walters discussed with the congregation a proposal to allow the United Methodist Church’s congregations to split, and how the process could unfold.

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While some in Dane County are concerned that meetings of county board chairs prior to the general Dane County Board meeting could violate Wisconsin’s open meetings law, the informal get-togethers seem to have raised no flags for Waunakee area supervisors.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that the state has seen 459 hospitalizations for influenza this season, more than three times as many than at this time last year.

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On Monday, County Executive Joe Parisi announced that Dredgit Corporation will be awarded the contract to begin the first phase of Dane County’s Yahara Chain of Lakes Sediment Removal Project. This first phase will take place between Lakes Monona and Waubesa. The contract totals about $3.25 …

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Not many elected officials have the good fortune to represent an exceptional place like Dane County,but after serving 10 years on the Dane County Board – including six years as Board Chair – it’s time for someone else to take over the leadership position.

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In November, Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation announced grants of $201,400 to 18 nonprofit organizations, in addition to the annual sponsorship of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, partnership with Dane County Arts, and annual scholarships at Waunakee High School and Madison College. Endres …

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A total of 66,000 workers were hired directly by farms in the Lake Region (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) during the reference week of July 7-13, 2019, according to the latest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor Report.

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Madison Police received report of a car robbery in the 1700 block of Manley Street Nov. 21. According to a release from the police department, the owner of the vehicle was from Waunakee.

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Some 714 people have lost their lives in Dane County by suicide or drug overdose since 2016, according to new figures from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Dane County and its engineering consultant held a third public-involvement meeting last week to present the status of the Hwy. M improvement design. More than 150 people attended.

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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi was joined by representatives of area health care providers, the head of NAMI-Dane County, State Representative Shelia Stubbs, and other mental health advocates Monday in announcing the county’s creation of a new one-stop resource center to help improve acces…

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Bitter winds swirled icy crystals around my numb feet. At regular intervals, I spoke into the hand-held recorder about the behavior of a wolf pack milling around an elk carcass on a distant, snow-covered hill. A faint buzz grew louder as the research plane soared over the vast landscape coll…

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Shannon Reed at Edward Jones receives one of the plants distributed to businesses that have been trained to be dementia friendly.

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The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved the 2020 county budget at their meeting Monday night, Nov. 11. With an operating budget of $593.7 million, and a capital budget at $69.6 million, the county’s total budget for 2020 is $663 million. The local economy is strong and the tax rate has…

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As Americans reflect on the service of military men and women this Veterans Day, some may not realize that they are fellow residents with those who serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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Dane County announced plans to purchase 82 acres of land in Vienna this week. If approved, the purchase would ensure that the land is preserved and protected from future development.