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New traffic safety grant will fund increased police presence on Monona roadways

Monona police will double down on speeding enforcement this month with a $5,000 grant to fund overtime wages for traffic officers. Officers will patrol between Monona Drive, Broadway, Highway 51, and Highway 12 on June 20, 22, and 24. Read more


Monona Grove School District faces projected $1 million budget deficit

Monona Grove School District is looking at a potential seven figure hole in its 2021-22 budget, Business Services Director Jerrud Rossing reported June 9. Read more


Historic Monona landmark receives upgrades

The historic Nathaniel and Harriet Dean House, on Monona Drive, received a $100,000 facelift this year, after extensive fundraising efforts… Read more

Monona will celebrate Juneteenth this week

The city of Monona will celebrate Juneteenth on Friday, June 18, with a community peace walk and ceremony. Read more


Chaney Austin talks challenges, triumphs of being Monona's first Black, openly gay police chief

Brian Chaney Austin, Monona's first Black, openly gay police chief, was sworn into office on the first day of Pride month this year. Although he grew up with a complicated view on policing, he says he's ready to change hearts and minds. Read more



Monona Grove softball has season end after loss to Madison Memorial

Monona Grove’s softball season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Madison Memorial in the first round of the WIAA softball playoffs on Monday, June 14. Read more


Miracle Field officially opens in Bakken Park

Thanks to a newly-constructed accessible baseball field in Cottage Grove's Bakken Park, more kids can now participate in America’s pastime. Read more

Monona Home Talent picks up win against Portage

The Monona Braves picked up a 7-3 victory over the Portage Skeeters on Sunday, June 13. Monona’s record sits at 3-0 on the season. Read more

Cottage Grove Fireman get win against Poynette

The Cottage Grove Fireman defeated the Poynette Indians 11-4 on Sunday, June 13. Read more


Lindwall, Nelson and Walsh qualify for state, Monona Grove boys tennis seventh at sectionals

Although the Monona Grove boys tennis team fell short of qualifying for state as a team, the Silver Eagles will send three competitors to the tournament. Read more


June 17 Worship Calendar

A directory of local places of worship, including contact information, addresses and service details.  Read more


Herald-Independent and Thistle seeks veterans to share their stories

Staff members at the Herald-Independent and McFarland Thistle continue to seek veterans to share their stories with us, especially those from McFarland. Read more

Valuing local news on the doorstep and in search results

Bipartisan cooperation is, as we’ve often noted, in short supply in Washington, D.C. But we’re seeing an example of it with the Journalism … Read more

Guest Column: Pandemic Response Offers Real Means to Confront Climate Change

Parisi: The pandemic presented us with a once in a generation opportunity to make a real difference at the race against climate change. Read more

A closer look at English learners in Wisconsin

After four straight years of growth, the enrollment of students labeled as English Learners (ELs) in Wisconsin public schools has fallen fo… Read more

Letter to the Editor: Pride flag stolen

Pride month Read more


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