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Take a walk through Woodland Park in Monona, and you'll see hundreds of shooting star plants in full bloom. The front of the park faces Monona Drive. The flowers are pollinated by bees, which grab hold of the petals, and gather pollen by vibrating the flowers by buzzing their wings. The vibr…

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The Cottage Grove Lions club held their annual tree planting in the village in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, a larger pine tree – the “Communitree” – was planted between Piggly Wiggly and the Bank of Sun Prairie to be used in the annual Christmas in the Grove celebration. Fr…

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The Rev. Chad Droessler, pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Monona, and the Sisters of Mary Morning Star led a Eucharistic and Marian procession through the church’s neighborhood Wednesday, May 13, the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. May 13 is the anniversary of the appar…

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Eagle Scout Zach Banta created and installed two Little Free Libraries in the Town of Cottage Grove. One is in the Sr. Airman Dan Johnson Memorial Park on American Way, and another is in the American Heritage Park on Conestoga Trail. Little Free Libraries can also be found in the Meadow Grov…

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The current safer-at-home order is effective through Tuesday, May 26, to prevent spikes in COVID-19 cases that could further strain the state’s health care system and risk more lives. As a result, the Monona Senior Center will continue to be available by phone to answer questions, address co…

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Cottage Grove’s Chantel Goetz-Soumis believes patients living with cancer are even more susceptible to illness, making it more important than ever to support research efforts and families affected by cancer.

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NewBridge is coordinating free meals for anyone 60 or older. To get a meal, call NewBridge at 608-512-0000.

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A crossover ceremony called the Blue and Gold Banquet was held a few weeks ago when local Cub Scouts who earned the Arrow of Light Award at the Webelos level cross over a bridge symbolizing the leaving of Cub Scouts and joining Boy Scouts.

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Spring is almost here and one of the largest and most important fundraisers of the year for the McFarland Lions Club is now in progress – their annual rose and floral bouquet sale.

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The Cottage Grove Lions Club honored Dr. Kami Hansen with the Citizenship Award for 2020, presented by President Troy Allen, on March 4. Hansen is the owner and chiropractor at Heartland Family Chiropractic. Her clinic was voted the Best Chiropractor six times in the Herald-Independent’s Bes…

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The Lil’ Badger spring children’s consignment sale, sponsored by the Monona Parks and Recreation Department, will be held April 2-4 at the Monona Community Center, 1011 Nichols Road, Monona.

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Madison Monona Lioness Club presented a $2,500 check to RISE from the club’s Feb. 8 raffle held at Tully’s II in Monona. From left, are Lioness Judy Kihslinger, RISE’s Maggie Waid, Lioness Sandy Zweifel, RISE’s Scott Strong and Lioness Tammy Hermanson. RISE emerged in April 2017 from a merge…

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s fourth annual corned beef and cabbage lunch Saturday, March 14.

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The Cottage Grove Optimist Club presented the Miracle League of Dane County with a $500 donation toward the construction of a Miracle League baseball field at Bakken Park. On Feb. 26, founder Bill Schultz spoke to the Optimist Club about his inspiration and journey to securing the land for t…

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Girls across Badgerland Council are participating in the Girl Scout Cookie sale, which teaches girls about entrepreneurship and essential skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills.

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The Cottage Grove Lions Club and American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Flynn Hall, 116 W. Reynolds St.

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The Knights of Columbus Council 7775 will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 434 N. Main St., Cottage Grove.

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St. James Catholic Church at Good Shepherd Parish, 1128 St. James Court, Madison, will host a pork hock and kraut dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

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The Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation Department will host a Bakers Battle fundraiser to benefit the Cottage Grove Optimist Club Snack Pack Program.

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Author Jeaunetta Westenberg will share her story on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 29, at a ministry conference at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 229 N. Main St., Cottage Grove.

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The Monona Public Library is hosting a photography exhibit, “Under the Surface – A Photographic Journey of Hope and Healing,” through March 10.

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Working together at the Wisconsin Lions Curling Bonspiel on Jan. 10-12 in Portage are Cottage Grove Lions Club members Bob “Pooch” Blakely, left, and Carmine Greco sweeping the rock.

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Town of Cottage Grove resident Gloria Welniak accepts the Catholic Charities Beacon volunteer achievement award from Jackson Fonder, president of Catholic Charities. Welniak hs volunteered at The Beacon, the Dane County homeless day resource center, 615 E. Washington Ave., Madison, since it …

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Claudia Lewis, an environmental educator with Aldo Leopold Nature Center, shared information about the many programs and events offered at the nature center during the Winter Now, Summer Later outdoor activities expo Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Monona Public Library. Several local businesses, e…