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Sheriff: 29-year-old dead at scene of crash

A 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a wreck on Highway 151 in Dodge County early Saturday, officials said. The Dodge County Sheriff's Department said deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 151 south of North Salem Road in the town of Calamus at 4:04 a.m. A Lake Mills man had been driving a 2000 Volkswagen Passat south in the northbound lanes of Highway 151, according to a news release. The Passat collided with a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck headed north that was driven by a 26-year-old Beaver Dam woman. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital, the sheriff's department said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office. The sheriff's department said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The drivers names were withheld Saturday morning pending notification of family, according to the report. According to the state Department of Transportation, the a portion of the northbound lane of Highway 151 was closed for more than 4 hours Saturday morning due to the incident. The lane was reopened at about 8:30 a.m.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:41:10 GMT


Published: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:57 GMT

Police release 911 clip in Sun Prairie robbery

The Sun Prairie Police Department has released a sound clip from a 911 call police believe came from the man who robbed a Sun Prairie gas station earlier this month. Police are requesting that anyone with information on this individual's location come forward. LISTEN: SPD 911 CLIP The robbery happened on Nov. 10 at Kelley's Mobil Mart on Davidson Drive. Police said a man entered the gas station at 10:51 p.m. and gave a note to a worker asking for cash. The robber fled with $50 in cash and cigarettes. Police said investigators believe the man called 911 with a false report of a stabbing in a different area of the city before the robbery. The man was described as white, in his late 20s, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and with a slender build, according to the report. He was wearing a green Carhartt jacket with a hood, black pants, white athletic shoes with black accents on the side and a black face mask. Sun Prairie 911 audio

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:13:07 GMT

Share your deer hunt photos

Did you have a successful deer hunt? Check out our gallery and share a photo of your trophy deer for everyone else to see.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:13:36 GMT

Buffalo digs out of huge snowfall

Heavy snow plus rain could spell more trouble for Buffalo.

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:43:19 GMT

23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what’s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we’re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint cafés offer intrigue—maybe this is the place we’ve been waiting for. Whether it’s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to town. KEY $ <$10 $$ $10–$15 $$$ $15–$25 $$$$ $25+ (price indicates cost of a dinner entrée) Asian Sweet Bakery 1017 S. Park St., 665-3988 We got some sweet news this fall: Madison can now add Chinese bakery to its ever-growing list of culinary treasures. Asian Sweet Bakery, at the corner of South Park and Lakeside streets, serves such treats as coconut cream buns, cheese breads and the popular egg custard tart. But owner Ken Yan, who also owns Asian Midway Foods and Garden Asian Market and co-owns Imperial Garden, doesn’t stop at the sweet. Walk in during lunchtime and you’ll find savory items like meat-stuffed crepes, wonton noodle soup and fish with pickled mustard greens. $ Brews Brothers Pub 610 Junction Rd., Suite 107, 824-9600; 611 Hometown Circle, Suite 104, Verona, 845-2280 If you’re in the mood for a burger and beer, a visit to one of two (and counting) area Brews Brothers is a good bet. It’s pretty much all they do, and they do it well. Local beef from Knoche’s serves as a base for creative and indulgent toppings, like cream cheese and sautéed jalapeños on the Japaleño Popper burger, or avocado, red pepper mayo and pepper jack cheese on the California. Pair your burger with the house-made chips or fries that come with your choice of special seasoning, like Parmesan garlic or Cajun. Wash it all down with one of over forty craft beers on tap, many of which rotate as seasonal specials become available. $ Cento ?122 W. Mifflin St., 284-9378 This long-awaited Italian restaurant from chef Michael Pruett and Food Fight Restaurant Group has impressed discerning diners since opening this summer, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you want to do antipasti and drinks with friends, an intimate five-course dinner, weekend brunch or a scrumptious dessert after a show at Overture Center, Cento delivers. Chef Pruett skillfully combines traditional flavors from various regions of Italy with modern techniques using local, seasonal ingredients. The pizza, fired in a wood-burning oven, is some of the best in town, and the pasta dishes, from pappardelle with rabbit to black tagliatelle with lobster, prawn and mussels, are anything but ordinary. Even the space itself is elegant, with original 1920s wood floors, stained glass and exposed brick walls. Cento’s quickly becoming a Madison must-visit. $$$–$$$$ Double 10 3306 University Ave., 231-9988 While Madison does have a fair number of Chinese restaurants, finding a takeout spot that offers consistent quality can be tricky. Double 10, which opened on University Avenue opposite Whole Foods late last year, fills that void with its authentic northeastern Chinese cuisine. With both a traditional Chinese and American-Chinese menu, adventurous and cautious eaters alike can find something to love, though we recommend ordering off the former. Try the pork with dry bean curd or the moo shu pork—with a heaping portion of vibrant vegetables like carrot and mushroom mixed with egg and pork, Double 10’s version seems healthier than the more familiar version of the dish served with thin pancakes. Rather enjoy your meal there? The interior is simple but charming, with five tables for dine-in service. $ El Burrito Loco 745 N. High Point, 203-9670 If you’ve ever tried the Mexican fare from the food cart of the same name up by the Capitol, you know how much El Burrito Loco’s bursting-with-flavor tacos hit the spot. The flavors are bright, and the simple ingredients shine. Now you can get your fill at a charming brick-and-mortar outpost on High Point Road, in the same development as restaurants Oliva, Swagat and the recently relocated New Seoul. And aside from El Burrito Loco’s tacos (be sure to order the authentic Mexican variety, with onions, cilantro and your choice of meat), you can’t go wrong with the decadent chimichangas or the chicken verde enchiladas. There’s also a good selection of drinks, from Jarritos Mexican sodas to horchata. $ The Flying Hound Alehouse 6317 McKee Rd., Fitchburg, 310-4422 Flying Hound, run by the same folks who own the Free House Pub in Middleton, has won over many fans with its handmade pub food and great beer list since it opened in April. The gastropub serves such European-inspired dishes as fish and chips, Prince Edward Island mussels and a schnitzel platter, but also check out the killer grilled cheese with Muenster and cheddar, roasted garlic spread, arugula and tomato on sourdough (with an added crust of melted aged provolone on top, no less) or the namesake burger with Muenster, bacon, a soft egg, hot pepper mayo, arugula, tomato and red onion. The tap list includes thirty-two rotating beers—a mix of local brews and imports from Germany, Belgium and the U.K. $$ Haveli Indian Restaurant 5957 McKee Rd., Fitchburg, 274-3333 Sometimes an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is exactly what you need. And if you’re in that kind of mood, and you’re anywhere near Fitchburg, hit up Haveli. The buffet—which will only set you back $8.95 per person—isn’t the largest in town, but it’s well done, with familiar dishes like palak paneer and chicken tikka masala, but also some surprises, like the coconut naan and goat curry. The food is on the mild side, but hot sauces of varying degrees are at the ready if you prefer your meal zippy. If you stop by for dinner, order the vegetarian or meat dinner for two to sample a little of everything. And for a real treat, opt for the silky-smooth mango juice. $$ Hong Kong Station 1441 Regent St., 661-8288 Hong Kong Station is one of those unexpectedly delightful restaurants that looks like a hole-in-the-wall on the outside but presents quite a different story within. The specialty here is Hong Kong–style noodles, and the possible combinations are astounding with a choice of more than ten different noodles, three different broths and twenty-one additional ingredients ranging from bok choy and chicken to pork intestines and whole unpeeled shrimp. Thankfully, staff members can help you navigate the options and find something you’ll like. Non-noodle options abound, too, if you’re more in the mood for beef tenderloin, sweet and sour pork or even a whole roasted duck. With all this authentic fare, the décor seems a bit (OK, a lot) incongruous, with retro beer mirrors, Coca–Cola posters and portraits of Elvis and Mel Gibson. But we’ll chalk it up to added charm. $ Itzza Pizza 2825 University Ave., 233-3500 Calling all Chicago-style pizza lovers in Madison! Your options now go beyond Uno’s! Itzza Pizza, occupying a small takeout and delivery space on University Avenue behind IHOP, serves up stuffed, deep-dish, hand-tossed and thin-crust pizzas in addition to calzones, pasta and sandwiches. The mouthwatering garlic Romano crust on the deep-dish pie is reason enough to order it, and it’s probably part of the reason it’s Itzza’s most popular item. Bonus: they deliver until 3 a.m. seven days a week for your late-night cravings. $ MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop 2804 Prairie Lakes Dr., Ste. 106, Sun Prairie, 318-8823 There’s a whole lot more than just mac and cheese going into the skillets at this Sun Prairie spot. Yes, you could order the original with just cheddar and mozzarella, but why not choose one of the eleven other indulgent flavors, like the buffalo chicken mac with provolone, mozzarella and blue cheese, or the jalapeño popper mac, with pepper jack, mozzarella, jalapeños, bacon and cream cheese? You get your pick of two sizes, meaning your outing to MACS can be as indulgent (with choice of the eighteen-ounce “mac daddy”) or guiltless (the twelve-ounce regular) as you wish. Not into noodles? MACS also serves six different sandwiches and three wedge salads. $ Magic Wok 2044 Atwood Ave., 244-7869 The Schenk-Atwood neighborhood has a strong and diverse food lineup, from Nepali to tacos to Thai. And when Wong’s Garden closed in early 2014, a Chinese food void emerged. Thankfully, Magic Wok soon took its place, offering Cantonese-style dishes for takeout, delivery and dine-in. For starters, try the aromatic hot and sour soup—it’s just the thing to warm you on a cold Wisconsin night. Entrée offerings are numerous and include both noodle and rice-based dishes. In the former camp, try the thick-noodled chow ho fun, with bean sprouts, onion and your choice of protein. The lunch special is a steal—your choice of entrée and egg fried or white rice, plus an egg roll or two crab Rangoon, all for only $5.75. $ Monsoon Siam 2045 Atwood Ave., 284-9282 Monsoon Siam has quickly made its way into the Thai-food-loving hearts of Madisonians with its bold flavors, high-quality ingredients and diverse menu. The small and understated dining room is packed on the weekends—even with Southeast Asian standouts like Lao Laan-Xang, Sala Thai and Ha Long Bay nearby—with diners enjoying curries, noodles and stir-fries. Among more familiar dishes, the papaya salad and red curry are tasty standbys, but if you’re looking for something you can’t usually find at local Thai outposts, go for the sun-dried beef appetizer and an entrée from the chef’s special section—maybe the river monster (a deep-fried whole tilapia) or the lemongrass chili tofu. $$ Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano ?704 S. Whitney Way, 661-9254 For a restaurant that seemingly transitioned from Mexican to Italian cuisine over the course of one night, Nonno’s has a lot going for it. First, it adds to a small list of locally owned restaurants in the area (Vintage and Takara are just on the other side of Odana Road, but there’s not much else). And second, the food shows real promise. Try the Margherita pizza or penne alla Genovese. The panino maiale, a hearty sandwich with pulled pork, carmelized onion and tomato and lettuce, is also a nice option. Nonno’s might not be the most exciting Italian restaurant in the city, but it’s an honest effort, and the atmosphere is warm and the service friendly. $$ OSS Madison 910 Regent St., 709-1000 A simple brat with some mustard is great, don’t get us wrong, but OSS proves that a sausage on a bun can be a vehicle for so much more. This Regent Street newcomer slings such inventive sausages as the egg roll with ginger Chinese pork sausage, sautéed cabbage and carrots, wonton strips, spicy mustard and sweet and sour mayo, and the doner kebab, a take on the Turkish street food staple that’s maddeningly hard to find around these parts. They also rock a mean báhn mì. Not into meat? They’ve got veggie dogs, too. Plus the cheese curds and craft beer list are killer. Need we give more reasons to pay this place a visit? $ Rare Steakhouse 14 W. Mifflin St., 204-9000 Waiters in white coats carry their own business cards bearing the title “dining captain.” Caesar salad and bananas foster are prepared tableside. The wine offerings number over three hundred. Steaks, massive and cooked to your liking, are dry-aged in-house. The dark mahogany walls and handsome leather booths drip with elegance. That’s the kind of place Rare is. It’s an old-school, big-city steakhouse that’s counting on your willingness to spend a leisurely three hours enjoying sumptuous food in a swanky setting. It’s a special place, worthy of a special occasion. $$$$ Rosie’s Coffee Bar & Bakery 4604 Monona Dr., 441-7673 This charming Monona Drive café serves the kind of crave-worthy treats that’ll turn you into a loyal customer after just one bite. Owner Coz Skaife is a baking expert, with gigs at the Ovens of Brittany, Hubbard Avenue Diner and the Elegant Foods on her résumé. Her cakes, doughnuts, fritters, cupcakes, cookies and other pastries are some of the best in town, but Rosie’s doesn’t stop there. A custom coffee bar boasts made-to-order coffee from JBC Coffee Roasters, and you can choose your preferred brew style: pour-over, Aeropress, Chemex, Japanese siphon or standard drip. And then there’s the breakfast and lunch menus, with from-scratch quiche, sandwiches, soups and more. This place has it all. $ Short Stack Eatery 301 W. Johnson St., 709-5569 Breakfast for eighty-eight hours straight? Brilliant! Short Stack Eatery is open from Thursday at 7 a.m. until Sunday at 11 p.m.—the whole time. It’s equally as satisfying as a late-night pancake pit stop on the way home from a night out downtown as a brunch spot with friends mid-morning. Heck, why not make it a dinner spot, just because you can. The Cajun biscuits with gravy and sweet potato oatmeal pancakes are creative must-orders, and the twenty-five-ingredient Bloody Mary may be one of the best in town. Ingredients come from local purveyors like Madison Sourdough and Carr Valley Cheese. And to the gluten-averse: rejoice! Even you can have pancakes at Short Stack, thanks to a special gluten-free batter recipe. $ The Statehouse at the Edgewater 1001 Wisconsin Place, 800-922-5512 There’s a lot to love about the recently reopened Edgewater: lake views, gorgeously appointed guestrooms, a spa, a public plaza and, of course, the various dining options. Chef Tom Welther, who spent thirty years at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, oversees it all (learn more about Chef Welther on p. 108). The Statehouse, the Edgewater’s elegant main dining room, features exquisite entrées like dry-aged steaks and Maine lobster for dinner, but also makes a tempting new brunch spot. If you go, the poached egg crostone is a must. The best part? You don’t have to be a hotel guest to dine at the Edgewater. $$$$ Sujeo ?10 N. Livingston St., 630-9400 Tory Miller’s long-awaited pan-Asian restaurant on the ground floor of the Constellation building opened in August to much fanfare, and for good reason. The acclaimed L’Etoile and Graze chef has a penchant for mixing unexpected flavors with local flair. That balance shines in Sujeo dishes like the bimbimbap, a piping-hot Korean rice bowl with vegetables, a rotating protein and fried egg, and the khao soi, a spicy noodle soup with chicken in a coconut curry broth that will appeal to both the adventurous eater and the uninitiated unsure of what to order. For a more intimate experience, snag a seat in the separate noodle bar space and plow into a big ol’ plate of the dan dan noodles. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a cocktail. Try the Tongue Thai’d—a zippy Southeast Asian take on a mango margarita. $$ Swad ?6007 Monona Dr., Monona, 819-6950 With an inviting interior space and friendly service, Swad sets itself apart from other Indian restaurants sprinkled throughout the greater Madison area by offering the whole dining package. Madan Shrestha, formerly of Majaraja, opened the Monona Drive restaurant in January and serves up standards like saag paneer and tandoor-baked breads. In the mood for something a little different? Give the excellent Manchurian-style calamari a try. $$ Tip Top Tavern 601 North St., 241-5515 With its recent ownership change and interior facelift, Tip Top Tavern has left behind its somewhat seedy reputation of the past and taken on a new identity as a hip but low-key pub. New owner Ben Altschul, whose Madison food roots run deep, with stints at Mickey’s Tavern and Lazy Jane’s, has created a revitalized neighborhood tavern that serves elevated comfort food. The tempura-fried pickles with Sriracha dipping sauce are a must, and you can’t go wrong with one of the burgers or the gourmet grilled cheese with sharp cheddar, Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, avocado and tomato. Tip: Bring cash. $ VIP Asian Cuisine 6718-6722 Odana Rd., 831-5555 One step into VIP Asian Cuisine and you’ll think you’re in some swanky downtown hotspot, not an Odana Road strip mall. Track lighting, granite bar tops, a sushi bar in the middle of the space, a traditional Japanese seating area and stellar service all give the impression that you really are a VIP here. The restaurant has both Japanese and Chinese menus, which at some places translates as master-of-none, but not here. Whether you’re craving sushi, hibachi, hand-pulled noodles or pork dumplings, this place does it and does it well. $$ Wendigo 121 E. Main St., Stoughton, 205-2775 Stoughton already draws in far-flung crowds for shows at the city’s Opera House, but with the opening of the terrific farm-to-table tavern Wendigo, there’s now one more reason to visit this historic town. With a handsome old-school bar up front and large paintings of owls, wolves and other animals hung on the exposed brick walls, the vibe is decidedly hip but far from pretentious. The menu has traditional pub fare—cheese curds, classic burger, mac and cheese—but why not upgrade to inventive entrées like the triple vinegar pork with scalloped potatoes, or the phorench dip, a Southeast Asian take on the classic French dip sandwich with pickled sprouts and jalapeños, Sriracha aioli and Thai basil (all classic ingredients of pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup)? Feeling ravenous? Try the cannibal burger, made with ground beef and pork, tenderloin and pork jowl. $$ We All Scream for Ice Cream There’s always room for more ice cream. Madison boasts custard and gelato and frozen yogurt joints galore, and now we can add Mexican ice cream parlors to the list of local dessert destinations. Two such spots popped up in 2014, La Michoacana (6712 Odana Rd.) and Sabores Michoacanos (3050 Cahill Main, Fitchburg), selling the Mexican variety that’s a bit softer and creamier than standard ice cream. Flavors at both shops range from typical (chocolate, strawberry) to nuanced (tequila, pine nut, goat milk toffee). Also check out the paletas, a Mexican popsicle, at both spots for a cool treat. Grace Edquist is associate/web editor of Madison Magazine. This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Madison Magazine.

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:20:34 GMT

Sheriff: Amish man run over by manure spreader, killed

An Amish man was run over by a manure spreader and killed Friday afternoon in the town of Elk Grove, officials said. Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley said in a news release that 22-year-old Amos King, of rural Cuba City, was operating a horse-drawn slurry-type manure spreading unit at about 2 p.m. on the 11900 block of Mine Road. Pedley said King became entangled in the unit, was dragged and eventually run over by one of the spreader's steel wheels. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lafayette County Chief Deputy Coroner Richard Ruf. Deputies, Cuba City EMS and fire crews responded to the report of the farm accident. 

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:57:36 GMT

Police: Man shot by robber in parking lot

A Madison man was shot by in the arm by a robber Friday night on Madison's west side, police said. Madison police said officers responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound at the hospital. The 22-year-old man told police he was in a parking lot off University Avenue, at 1313 Temkin Ave., when he was accosted by a man at 11:44 p.m. The man demanded money and was armed with a handgun. The 22-year-old told police he complied with the robber and shortly afterward heard gunshots. The man told police he was struck in the shoulder by a bullet and his girlfriend took him to the hospital. Officers found spent handgun casings in the Temkin Avenue parking lot area, according to the report. Lt. Eric Tripke said police were not able to locate witnesses or the girlfriend as of Saturday morning. The man was treated and released from the hospital. One assailant was described as black, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white sneakers and armed with a black semiautomatic pistol, police said. The second assailant was described as black, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and white sneakers.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:48:22 GMT

Teen driver severely injured in Amish buggy vs. truck crash

On Friday at 7:54 a.m., the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a pickup truck vs. Amish buggy crash on College Farm Road. The driver of the Amish buggy, Daniel K. Glick, 15, of Platteville, was taken by Med-Flight to a Madison hospital for severe injuries. Police said a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck was westbound on College Farm Road when it collided with the rear of a horse-drawn buggy, which was also being driven west on College Farm Road. The driver of the pickup truck, Jordan W. Prochnow, 21, of Cambria, informed deputies that he had taken his eyes off the road to use the windshield wiper fluid of his vehicle due to frost buildup. When he returned his vision to the roadway, he saw the buggy and was unable to avoid the collision. Glick was thrown from the buggy and was seriously injured. He was taken by Platteville emergency medical services to Southwest Health Center at Platteville and was later flown to a Madison hospital. Prochnow did not report any injuries. The buggy was totally destroyed, and the pickup truck received heavy front-end damage as a result of the crash. The horse sustained a leg fracture and had to be put down by a veterinarian who was called to the scene.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:13:27 GMT

Wheelchair helps those without mobility hunt

A new piece of hardware is helping those with limited disability take part in Wisconsin's hunting tradition. More than 300,000 people in the state have mobility issues and can’t easily maneuver through the rough terrain encountered during a hunt. Access Ability Wisconsin is offering a solution to that problem – an all-terrain wheelchair, purchased this month. The enhanced wheelchair will be located in Dane County and can help people with handicaps access the state’s outdoor activities, like hunting. It runs on tracks and can quietly maneuver through any type of terrain.   Monica Kamal, a co-founder of Access Ability, took the wheelchair out Saturday. "In a regular wheelchair, or if I had a cane or walker, being able to go around a terrain like this is very difficult,” Kamal says. Kamal is an avid hunter, despite a skiing accident 14 years ago that left her without motion. "My skis hit the slope, it drug me down, I hit a tree, broke my back and paralyzed myself,” she says. “I’m basically paralyzed from mid-waist to my toes.” Taking part in the hunt has been difficult for Kamal, as she was limited to a regular wheelchair. That wasn’t the case Saturday. “The important thing about the all-terrain wheelchair is I have independence,” she says. “For one of the first times, I was able to go around through the woods… and I didn’t have to worry about anybody. They didn’t have to push me over rocks or worry about me falling out – I would do it just like I was a walking person again.” Kamal hunted for white tail Saturday side by side with her boyfriend, Steve – something they haven’t been able to do before the all-terrain equipment. “The independence, the freedom and the not being dependent on someone, were really important," she says. “  They didn’t harvest any deer, or even see any Saturday, but Kamal says she’ll be out time and time again this week, thanks to the new wheelchair.

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:43:25 GMT

Firefighters in Beloit helped families get ready for the cold this winter with Operation Warm, a program that gives free new coats to kids at Merrill Elementary School Friday. Velena Jones reports.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:25:36 GMT

Wis. one of 6 states with better-than-half voter turnout

Only about a third of American voters cast their ballots in this year's midterm elections -- the worst showing in at least five decades. Turnout is historically low for non-presidential elections, and in November it was even lower than usual. But each year there are some states that are overachievers. This year, Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon all had voter turnouts of more than 50 percent. Experts said there are many reasons for relatively high voter turnouts. Especially controversial races and ballot measures drive voters to weigh in. In Oregon this year, a ballot measure calling for the legalization of marijuana helped persuade people to cast ballots. The pot measure passed.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:09:11 GMT

Badgers look to sew up Big Ten West at Iowa

Melvin Gordon's record-setting effort against Nebraska pushed Wisconsin one step closer to another Big Ten title. A repeat performance could send the 14th-ranked Badgers back to Indianapolis for the championship game -- and Gordon to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 16 CFP) still has a lot to play for on Saturday when it faces Iowa (7-3, 4-2) in its road finale, even if a spot in the playoffs is likely out of reach. A Badgers win, coupled with a Nebraska win over Minnesota, will put them in the league title game for the third time in four years. Gordon, whose 408-yard outburst in last week's 59-24 rout of the Cornhuskers set a new FBS mark, could solidify his Heisman candidacy by running for even half as many yards against the Hawkeyes. "There is nobody that has the ability to play with that explosiveness and to just all of the sudden, away he goes. It's amazing to see what he does," Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. The Hawkeyes can also win the West, even if that idea sounds deservedly far-fetched. Iowa's path to Indianapolis is actually quite simple: beat Wisconsin and Nebraska the day after Thanksgiving and hope that Minnesota loses one of its last two games. But the Hawkeyes have yet to beat an FBS team over .500 and are nearly a 10-point underdog against the Badgers. Meanwhile, Wisconsin has won five straight — and three of their last four victories were by at least 35 points. Here are some of the key points to consider as Iowa and Wisconsin prepare for their 88th meeting: FLASH GORDON: Gordon needs just 91 yards against Iowa to become the 17th player in FBS history with a 2,000-yard rushing season. Former Wisconsin star Ron Dayne's Big Ten rushing record is also within reach, with Gordon just 201 yards away from breaking that mark. "You can see he's got personality. He's a really enthusiastic, energetic player, and very strong-willed. And he's been able to stay healthy, too. That's no easy trick for a running back sometimes," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. IOWA'S OFFENSE: Iowa's offense, while inconsistent, has gone through stretches where it has moved the ball with ease. The Hawkeyes are fifth in the Big Ten with 32 points per league game, and last week they gained a season-high 587 yards in an easy win at Illinois. WISCONSIN D: Iowa hasn't faced a defense anywhere close to being as good as Wisconsin though. The Badgers lead the nation with just 244 yards allowed per game and are third at just 15.3 points an outing. "They're tough, aggressive guys. It's a battle of wills. You really have to be detailed with what you're doing. And realize, too, you're not going to get a lot of big plays. They do a good job of making sure that you don't do that. You have to earn whatever you get," Ferentz said. FOURTH-DOWN HAWKS: Iowa, which has a reputation for being conservative on offense, has embraced the concept of going for it on fourth down this season. The Hawkeyes have converted 11 fourth downs, the most in the Big Ten, with a pair of touchdowns. TROPHY GAMES: It's easy to chuckle at all the new trophies that have popped up in the Big Ten in recent years. But Wisconsin seemingly can't be beat with one of them at stake. The Badgers have won seven straight trophy games dating back to 2009. Wisconsin and Iowa have played for the Heartland Trophy since 2004, with each team winning it four times.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:33:57 GMT

Peppers enjoying life with the Packers

Well into his 13th NFL season and with his third team, Julius Peppers is enjoying life with the Green Bay Packers. "I haven't really had very much to complain about," Peppers said Friday. "I wake up, I'm happy to come to work every day. So that's a good thing. So far, so good." What has Peppers excited and still highly productive at age 34 is being part of a deep and reliable group at outside linebacker. "It's been great to have a group of guys that can rotate and a group of guys that you can trust to come in and get the job done," said Peppers, who has a team-high five sacks and returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns, including a 52-yard runback in a lopsided win over the Eagles last weekend. "I don't have one doubt or one problem coming off the field," Peppers added. "If I need a (rest), all I have to do is run to the sideline and know the next person that's coming in is capable and can get the job done when he goes in." The Packers expect Clay Matthews, their young star at the position, to play Sunday at Minnesota. He is probable for the game, Green Bay's first on the road in nearly a month. Matthews, whose switch to inside linebacker the last two games has been a boon for a previously struggling defense, has been dealing with a recurring groin injury. Matthews said Thursday he was a little sore after Green Bay's 53-20 rout of Philadelphia last Sunday. "Obviously we don't work on Friday, that's our rehab day," Matthews said. "(But) I feel good. So I don't think there will be any limitations going into this weekend." Matthews had to drop out of the Packers' Week 3 loss at fellow NFC North-leading Detroit and had a limited role the following week in a decisive road win over Chicago. Green Bay (7-3) might need to get more out of Matthews at his natural position in Sunday's game. After starting the last two games at outside linebacker in conjunction with the position change for Matthews, Nick Perry is questionable to play. Perry has a shoulder injury and hasn't practiced this week. "He's improving," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Just probably get (him) out there tomorrow and get through the practice. It'd be a limited participation if we get to that." McCarthy added Green Bay's plan going into the game against the Vikings and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would need some tweaking if Perry can't play. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has been using a steady rotation of Matthews, Peppers, Perry and converted defensive end Mike Neal at the two outside linebacker spots since early in the season. Depending on Perry's status, Jayrone Elliott could work into the mix. Elliott, who made the team out of training camp as an undrafted rookie, missed Green Bay's last game with a hamstring injury.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:32:19 GMT

Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it said eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, followed by an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher said the idea is to attack smells "where the action is." The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin-based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. When it comes to toilets, consumers can get seats with features such as slow-closing lids, heat and nightlights that typically add $20 to $100 to the cost. Kohler sees deodorizing technology as something that most consumers can connect with, Bougher said. "In terms of odor, everyone's experienced it." The seat turns on automatically when someone sits down. The fan emits a slight hum as it filters the offending odor. The air flows over a scent pack similar to air fresheners used in cars, and the masking smell builds gradually. Bougher's wife, Angela, said her husband installed a Purefresh seat in their home without telling her, and she noticed the scent "just before you would normally reach for a can of spray." Josh Pantel, 27, has a Purefresh seat in the Middleton home he bought about three months ago with his girlfriend, who works for Kohler. He too likes it. "If you have a visitor or someone at your place, it makes them feel more comfortable using the restroom," Pantel said. Kohler began selling the seats Nov. 10, in time for the Christmas season. They require two D batteries to operate, and Kohler says the batteries and carbon filters, which cost $6.99, should last six months. Scent packs, which must be replaced monthly, are sold three for $7.99. It is not the first company to make a no-smell seat. San Francisco-based Brondell introduced one in 2006 but pulled it from the market about three years ago because the manufacturing costs were high and demand "wasn't where we had hoped it would be," said the company's president, Steve Scheer. His company now includes deodorizing technology similar to Kohler's on its $600 Swash 1000 bidet seats. "Personally, I kind of view (deodorizing) more as an extra than as a core reason to buy the product," Scheer said. However, he said the market for specialty toilet seats is growing. "People are becoming aware of these kind of unique products," Scheer said. "And once they've used something like a bidet seat or a heated seat, there's no going back."

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:12:46 GMT

State's 9-day gun deer hunt off to a safe start

A Wisconsin tradition got off to a safe start. Department of Natural Resources officials told reporters they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Saturday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said officials have been hearing good reports from the field, although her own hunting party hadn't seen many deer. The DNR has sold nearly 590,000 gun-hunting licenses, down 4 percent from this point last year. But Stepp also said she's encouraged by the growing numbers of female and young hunters. DNR officials said the harvest will likely be down again in northern Wisconsin where two harsh winters have depleted the herd, leading to tighter riles for taking antlerless deer. The season runs through Nov. 30.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:45:47 GMT

Dry cleaning business robbed at gunpoint, police say

Police said a downtown Madison dry cleaning business was robbed at gunpoint Friday night. Madison police said officers responded to a report of a robbery at Klinke Cleaners at 6698 Odana Road shortly before 7 p.m. A man entered the store with a handgun and ordered an employee to the ground, according to the report. The robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash. A K-9 team attempted to track the suspect but was not successful, police said. The robber was described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a black jacket, dark jeans, black shoes and a black mask. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:42:35 GMT

Door County fish business subject of federal probe

A Wisconsin company that processes Great Lakes fish for sale worldwide has been caught up in a federal investigation into the illegal trafficking of lake trout, lake sturgeon, whitefish and walleye. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that court records show U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents set up a fake fish store in L'Anse, Michigan, recorded conversations, and raided Dan's Fish in the northeastern Wisconsin city of Sturgeon Bay in Door County. No criminal charges have been filed, but search warrants served as part of the investigation were recently unsealed. Kaye Hooker of the U.S. attorney's office for Michigan's Western District said several federal, state and tribal authorities are working "to maintain and safeguard a healthy fishery" but declined to comment further. An attorney for Dan's Fish declined to comment.

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:10:37 GMT

Pipes freeze early this winter

The quick cool-down this November is already wreaking havoc on homes whose owners weren't expecting winter so soon. Plumbers say they're already receiving calls for frozen and burst pipes. Lichtfeld Plumbing on Madison's east side said it received three calls for frozen pipes on Friday alone. "I did not think I would have frozen-pipe calls, not before Thanksgiving, usually not until January," said owner Melanie Lichtfeld. Lichtfeld says there are a number of things you can do to keep your pipes from bursting this winter, from investing in some heat tape to just making sure your basements and windows are sealed from the snow. She adds that hoses still hooked up can also cause a problem. "Go home, walk around the outside of your house and make sure those hoses are off the faucets," Lichtfeld said. Don't forget about the pipes inside your home, either. "If your pipes freeze and you know that they're frozen, when you go to work, leave your cabinet door open to allow the heat to get in there," Lichtfeld said. With the season's first frozen pipes hitting before the holidays, we might be in for a long winter ahead. Take this upcoming weekend to winterize your home before you return to a surprise yourself.   "Don't leave your house and go deer hunting this weekend and don't think your wife is going to take care of it," Litchfeld said. "Maybe she'll have a whole remodel done by the time you get home."

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:05:20 GMT

Area food pantries well short of Thanksgiving demand

Even as a delivery of fresh turkeys arrive on the loading dock of the Goodman Community Center, the Fritz Food Pantry that operates out of the center is not even close to meeting the demand.  They are trying to provide a Thanksgiving meal to 3,000 families.  They have only 2,100 turkeys and simple math tells you the problem. “Every year we have been able to give every family a turkey.  We have 500 more families than we’ve ever had in the past.  So we do need the communities support to make sure that those extra 500 families do receive a turkey for Thanksgiving,” said Amy Mach, a manager at the Fritz Food Pantry. While the Fritz Food Pantry is struggling to find the 900 needed turkeys to meet the demand they do have on hand something for each family that comes straight from the heart of the volunteers at the center: a homemade pumpkin pie.  The volunteers baked 2,500 pumpkin pies over the course of a few days.  Each pie carries a personalized note to the recipient family from the volunteer who baked it. The increased demand being seen at the Goodman Community Center is mirrored at other food pantries in the area.  “Since we moved in to this facility our food distribution has gone up 29 percent.  We’re going to exceed one million pounds of food this year if we keep on the pace that we’re going.  We’re distributing a little over 100,000 pounds of food a month now,” said Al Ripp, executive director of Middleton Outreach Ministries. The reason for the increased demand varies.  It is believed some can be attributed to decreases in food stamp benefits.  An aging population is also believed to forcing more people to rely on food pantries.  Whatever the reason, the food pantries are facing a challenge to meet the growing need. “It is a challenge making sure that there is enough of the fixings and turkeys that are on the shelves,” said Ripp. If you would like more information about these two agencies or would like to help, visit their websites at:

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:32:25 GMT