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Matthew G. Schuenke, village administrator for McFarland, recently received the credentialed manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Schuenke is one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the IC…

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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi joined community partners to announce the first climate action plan, which sets goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 50 percent countywide by 2030 and puts the county on a path to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

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Eleven new supervisors were sworn into office in April as members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors. Another 26 were sworn in after being re-elected in the April 7 election.

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McFarland, Monona and Cottage Grove, as well as the school districts, will welcome new faces when they have organizational meetings later this spring, now that all votes for the Tuesday, April 7, spring election have been tallied.

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Even with the push to get residents to vote early and by absentee ballot, polls will be open Tuesday, April 7, for the spring election and presidential preference primary.

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Beginning Oct. 1, the Department of Homeland Security will require proper identification that is REAL ID compliant prior to entering federal buildings or flying domestically.

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Candidates for the April 7 election have responded to questions from the League of Women Voters. Their unedited responses and information about the statewide referendum are available online at Vote411.org and lwvdanecounty.org.

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McFarland Communications and Technology will present a candidate forum featuring the residents running for the McFarland Village Board in the April 7 election.

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After years of waiting, Wisconsin legislation now allows municipalities to ensure massage therapy and bodywork therapy are practiced by a licensed professional, a measure aimed at keeping customers and employees safe.

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Each year, Dane County government recognizes employees who have served the county for 25 years. To honor this year’s group of recipients, County Executive Joe Parisi, left, held a reception on Thursday, Feb. 6. Each individual received a plaque to recognize their commitment and service to Da…

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McFarland trustees enacted a new ordinance Monday, Jan. 27, that would require a $150 fee for a permit to construct a deck, porch or balcony onto an existing building.

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Requests for proposals (RFP) will be issued for park master planning services at William McFarland Park and a future community park, as well as developing a park for people with special needs.

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The final strategic planning workshop for McFarland will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the McFarland Municipal Center. All residents are invited to attend the meeting, which includes a presentation of the plan and time for public comment.

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If approved by the village board, Highway MN from Holscher Road to Highway AB will be redesigned from a rural cross-section to a full urban cross-section with curb and gutter. The project will be completed by the village of McFarland engineer, Town & Country Engineering.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.

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Due to weather conditions anticipated to impact the area, the village of McFarland has issued an order prohibiting parking on all village streets and roadways, taking effect at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and ending at noon Sunday, Jan. 12.

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As the decade comes to a close and McFarland looks forward to 2020, it’s time to reflect on the changes the village saw this past year. New programs were implemented, ordinances were redefined and villagers saw ideas become a reality. Each month saw changes, resulting in the top 12 headlines…

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McFarland trustees approved the 2020 budget and established the 2020 tax levy for the village at the Monday, Nov. 25, village board meeting.

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With 2,400 animals taken to the Dane County Humane Society last year, county officials hope a licensing fee increase will provide care for these animals, most of which are dogs and cats.

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As McFarland trustees finalized the annual budget Monday, Nov. 25, the village is expected to see upcoming improvements to parks and park facilities.

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On Nov. 21 at 1:09 a.m., McFarland officers stopped a vehicle in the area of Siggelkow Road and Valley Drive for an equipment violation. Shortly after McFarland officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, the driver fled the traffic stop on foot.

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With the types of calls firefighters and EMTs respond to, the word “fun” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind. McFarland Fire and Rescue’s newest fire captain hopes to add enjoyment wherever possible.

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Village trustees are in the process of reviewing the 2020 budget in a series of five budget reviews from Oct. 10 to Nov. 11. A public hearing and final action will be taken to adopt the 2020 budget at the Monday, Nov. 25, village board meeting.