Cameron Bren


David Michael Miller

Black-owned businesses are growing, but still lag behind their white counterparts. Several organizations in Madison are trying to help them make connections, get attention and raise money. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM News

Madison’s pilot composting project has been plagued by contamination of plastic and the city no longer has anywhere to process the waste. But officials insist city-wide composting will eventually happen. more

Jan 25, 2018 5:03 AM News 2 Comments


Cameron Bren

Longtable Beer Cafe is all about beer and conviviality. The new Middleton eatery and tap comes from the owners of Brasserie V. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Cameron Bren

In each of the past four years, the city has hauled more than 500 tons of garbage to the landfill during Hippie Christmas. The treasure may be tempting for scavengers, but the risks include bedbugs and mercury poisoning. more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM News


Cameron Bren

If awarded the contract at Judge Doyle Square, Freewheel would include a small retail area, but most of the space would be used for classes and workshops, including basic mechanics courses, safety education and classes geared specifically for women. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM News

The Republican-controlled Legislature shows little interest in allowing medical marijuana. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from pushing for reform. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM NEWS


Cameron Bren

Casetta Kitchen and Counter offers thoughtful pairings for dine-in or take-out. Co-owner James Juedes has a wide-ranging background in wines. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

For three years, Dane County has given a select number of addicts a chance to avoid prosecution, provided they complete a rigorous deferment program. The county is now looking to double the program’s capacity. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM News

Wisconsin officials dismiss claims that the state’s election system might have been hacked or manipulated. But they also agree a recount could be valuable in reassuring voters that the system works. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM News 1 Comments


Cameron Bren

A bloody fight on Oct. 4 put one “traveling dirty kid” in intensive care and another one in jail. The fight illustrates how dangerous the nomadic lifestyle can be. more

Nov 1, 2016 6:58 PM News


Cameron Bren

Every summer, a few self-proclaimed “dirty kids” show up in Madison to enjoy the city’s tolerant, laid-back atmosphere. Just who are these people, and what are they up to? Cameron Bren investigates. more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM News

The Jesus Lunch will return outside of Middleton High School this year, after the city’s Common Council failed to impose any restrictions. Many parents say officials are afraid of a lawsuit. And they worry about kids being proselytized. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM News 3 Comments


Cameron Bren

Founded in 1989, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative has been a leftist mainstay off of State Street. Struggling with declining sales and growing costs, the volunteer collective is struggling to survive. more

Aug 9, 2016 1:35 PM News 2 Comments


Cameron Bren

Housing cooperatives have been popular in Madison for decades, primarily with college-age people whose lives are in transition. A group of co-op veterans are forming Perennial Co-op on the south side, with ambitions of settling into the neighborhood. more

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM News

Although people at all income levels use marijuana, poor people suffer disproportionately from the high fines levied for possession. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging municipalities to lower the fines. more

Apr 20, 2016 11:20 AM News


David Michael Miller

With strictly imposed levy limits and declining state aid, many of Wisconsin’s school districts are struggling to make ends meet. Next Tuesday, 72 of them will ask voters for money. more

Mar 31, 2016 5:00 AM News