Dylan Brogan


Dylan Brogan

Andrew Handeland, while holding a meaty 8-year-old python named Godzilla, admits reptiles are an acquired taste. “The more time you spend around them, the more you realize they are just friendly little reptiles.” more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Dylan Brogan

Debate over what to do with Dane County’s outdated jail has dragged on for years. But condo owners in the historic Baskerville building say the $75 million plan to add floors to the Public Safety Building will leave them in the shadows — literally. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM News


Dylan Brogan

The vandalism was found on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. Holiday services are slated for Wednesday evening and Thursday. more

Sep 20, 2017 10:43 AM News 15 Comments


Dylan Brogan

There are half as many union workers in Madison as there were a decade ago. But support for organized labor hasn’t waned among local elected officials. more

Sep 7, 2017 11:00 AM News


Dylan Brogan

Reymond Blazys says he was terminated for reporting that his co-workers were drunk on the job at Roselawn Memorial Park. In one alleged incident, a concrete grave box and casket were cracked open by a backhoe, exposing a corpse. more

Sep 4, 2017 11:26 AM News

Before he wore a badge, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval was the most beloved badger of them all: Bucky. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


Philip Ejercito

Supv. Al Matano thought naming the City County Building after President Obama was a good idea. So did County Executive Joe Parisi (for awhile). But the proposal was doomed on arrival. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM News

Mayor Paul Soglin says a racist organization, decades ago, installed a “slab of propaganda” at the Confederate gravesite in the city’s Forest Hill Cemetery. more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Leslie Amsterdam

After calls for its removal, Mayor Paul Soglin ‏quickly orders Confederate monument removed from Forest Hill Cemetery. more

Aug 17, 2017 12:03 PM News 18 Comments


David Michael Miller

Civil rights lawsuits stemming from police shootings in Madison are raising the city’s insurance costs. The city’s share of just two recent multimillion dollar lawsuits cost taxpayers $600,000. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM News

After violence in Charlottesville over efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, some Madison residents and elected officials want a plaque calling Confederate soldiers “valiant” and “unsung heroes” removed from city-owned cemetery. more

Aug 16, 2017 9:04 PM News 29 Comments

For the first time in nearly a century, millions of Americans will have a front row seat to a total solar eclipse. But like most of North America, Wisconsin isn’t in line to be fully immersed in the moon’s shadow. more

Aug 10, 2017 12:33 AM News


Dylan Brogan

Although Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant had stopped processing meat in June, a skeleton crew of workers remained to clean the facility and put it to bed. They clocked out with little fanfare for the last time on July 28 around 2 p.m. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Incidents of “shots fired” are up 63 percent in Madison compared to last year. The city is on track for a record number of homicides. But officials don’t agree on how to stop the violence. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments



David Michael Miller

Our cover story this week is all about Monona. Staff writer Dylan Brogan talks to Mayor Mary O’Connor about what makes this small city tick. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Craig Winzer

From the meat to the bun, a great hamburger requires just a few simple tricks. First: start with the meat. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM , , FOOD & DRINK

Its antenna may be on the fire department’s hose drying tower, but 98.7 FM WVMO — The Voice of Monona — is making waves. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Mary Langenfeld

Madison hosted the annual, week-long tournament in early July. The best twirlers in the country traveled long and far to compete for a national title in competitive baton twirling. Meet one of the top male athletes pioneering the sport. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Angelique Thompson caters to both grownups and children with her professional face painting business. It all started with a Halloween party…. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis