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Eric Tadsen

"Simpson Street Free Press" has been teaching kids to write for more than 20 years. Now, amid concerns over the Madison's widening achievement gap, Simpson Street executive director Jim Kramer has become an evangelist for the program. more

Jan 23, 2014 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

If you can believe it, a world exists where Wisconsin's snowy winters are actually conducive to a growing season. Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac capitalizes on our state's notoriously harsh season by producing ice wine " a sweet dessert companion made from frozen grapes harvested in early winter. more

Sep 26, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Drinks

Developers working on a plan to transform Hilldale Shopping Center on Madison's west side into an outdoor plaza presented their vision to the Urban Design Commission Wednesday evening. more

Jul 25, 2013 10:35 PM News

The Urban Design Commission gave final approval with some conditions Wednesday for the "The Hub at Madison" -- a tall luxury housing and retail building proposed for the corner of State and Frances streets. It was the third time the commission heard the proposal, which some fear won't mesh well with surrounding structures along Madison's beloved State Street. more

Jul 25, 2013 8:19 PM News

After this week, "The Onion" will no longer be printed in Madison, where it was founded in 1988, and that's no joke. Capital Newspapers, which publishes the satirical newspaper locally, decided not to renew its contract with "The Onion", so the July 25 issue will be the last. more

Jul 22, 2013 8:13 PM News

Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too could be seen paddling on Madison's lakes and running across downtown with canoes over their heads on Saturday during the 34th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage canoe race. The feat is no easy task. more

Jul 22, 2013 4:14 AM A & E

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Core Campus

Madison's Urban Design Commission gave initial approval for a massive student housing and retail complex on State Street in a 4-2 vote Wednesday evening. The commission was expected to give its final approval on the project, but members were concerned about elements of the proposed building, such as a corner facade that some thought appeared "too industrial" in the plan. more

Jul 11, 2013 4:08 PM News

The city is seeking a consulting team that would begin to make a Madison public market a reality. It's an idea that has been imagined, researched and talked about for almost a decade. more

Jul 3, 2013 10:21 PM News

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Teddy Nykiel

Nestled on the southeast shores of Lake Mendota next to James Madison Park is the UW Lifesaving Station -- a concrete structure resembling a fortress. In many ways, the Lifesaving Station operates as a fire station does, except that its purpose is to more

Aug 16, 2012 2:00 PM A & E

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Kristian Knutsen

Hailing a taxi after bar time on State Street could get a whole lot easier if a new Madison ordinance amendment passes. The amendment would allow taxicabs to "cruise" the street looking for patrons between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Currently, no such cruising is allowed. more

Aug 9, 2012 11:52 PM News

Matt Silverman acknowledged the fact that he's not the top contender in this race. His opening statement began timidly but as the evening went on, he became more comfortable in front of the crowd, consistently cracking jokes about his rookie status -- "I see no one is wearing my stickers..." (he didn't print stickers) -- and the Republican Party. more

Aug 9, 2012 2:36 PM News

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Teddy Nykiel

Despite the drought and extreme heat across southern Wisconsin this summer, food prices haven't gone up much. "We purchase local, seasonally available vegetables right now, and we're not seeing any increase in prices," says Andy Johnston, the produce manager at Willy Street Co-op East. more

Aug 3, 2012 5:22 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Teddy Nykiel

Concerts on the Square, a weekly Madison summer favorite, is a chance to break out a bottle of wine, indulge in various cheeses and desserts, and enjoy a warm, breezy evening, all to a live orchestral soundtrack. more

Aug 1, 2012 8:44 PM Stage

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Amy Lynn Schereck

Metcalfe's Market, the family-owned grocery chain known for its sustainability practices and local products, is in the midst of a union battle after it increased meat department workers' health insurance premiums. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1473, filed charges against Metcalfe Inc. with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board citing "unfair labor practices" on June 22. The charge is still pending. more

Jul 31, 2012 5:14 PM News

Madison's Urban Design Commission unanimously approved plans for a new Meriter Child Care Center. The commission had already approved the project at an adjacent location in 2011, but Meriter Health Services determined the new location, on South Mills Street, would be a better use of space. more

Jul 30, 2012 12:24 AM News

Private well owners are concerned about city ordinance amendments that would require them to connect to the city's water mains. "I think there needs to be a logical transition from wells to city water," said Joe Grande, water quality manager for the Madison Water Utility, at an informational meeting Monday evening. more

Jul 24, 2012 4:16 PM News

Hundreds of canoes conquered Lakes Mendota and Monona -- along with a decent chunk of downtown Madison -- Saturday. A lot of landlubbers crossed their paths and shared the experience on social media. more

Jul 22, 2012 6:51 PM A & E

While neither the insect nor its larvae have been detected in Dane County, Karl van Lith, a member of Madison's EAB task force, says it's likely they're here. The task force has preemptively made four recommendations in an attempt to mitigate the imp more

Jul 17, 2012 7:00 PM News

David Maraniss traveled the world to write his new book, "Barack Obama: The Story" -- to Kansas and Kenya, Hawaii and Indonesia, and New York and Chicago. But on Thursday afternoon, the UW-Madison alumnus was back in town to support the local library system. more

Jul 12, 2012 11:35 PM Books

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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

This weekend, an estimated 150,000-200,000 people will crowd Capitol Square to attend the 54th annual Art Fair on the Square. The overall economic impact of the fair on the local community is estimated at $25 million, according to a 2011 Chamberlain Research survey. more

Jul 12, 2012 7:04 PM A & E