Dane County


David Michael Miller

There was little media attention last month when the Dane County Board quietly passed a new wheel tax. It’s a big subsidy from Madison residents to those who live in rural areas. more

Dec 12, 2017 5:01 AM Citizen Dave 8 Comments

What played out in Judge Josann Reynolds’ courtroom on April 24 was an epic clash, suggesting deep fissures between District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s office and some local judges. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM News


Madison Police Department

The Madison Police Department is hoping to get a slightly less imposing military vehicle by buying a BearCat from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and sending its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle back to the federal government. more

Apr 19, 2017 7:42 PM News 1 Comments

Weeks after a 700-page report outlined two comprehensive proposals for consolidating the jail at the Public Safety Building, County Executive Joe Parisi is asking for more options. more

Jan 12, 2017 4:31 PM News 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



The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is expected to get a new BearCat armored rescue vehicle in 2017. Sheriff Dave Mahoney says there is a “significant difference” between the BearCat and the MRAP military vehicle used by the Madison Police Department. more

Nov 23, 2016 2:58 PM News

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Carolyn Fath

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Bob Jambois doesn’t hold back when it comes to criticizing his boss, DA Ismael Ozanne. more

Aug 5, 2016 11:40 AM News


Sean Virtue

Coyote hunter Kurt Rausch made his initial appearance in Dane County court on felony charges for the fatal shooting of two dogs in a wildlife area. He is now out on bail. more

Apr 14, 2016 1:02 PM News 6 Comments


Andy Manis

Only four of 37 Dane County Board seats faced competitive races in Tuesday’s election. All three incumbents being challenged survived, including Mary Kolar, who defeated Rob Dz. more

Apr 6, 2016 9:21 AM News


David Michael Miller

The state’s Public Service Commission has approved MGE's community solar project, the first in Dane County. more

Mar 11, 2016 3:26 PM News


David Michael Miller

​Community solar projects are a popular trend around the country, but Wisconsin lags in building them. MGE has proposed Dane County’s first project in Middleton. But will the state’s Public Service Commission approve it? more

Mar 10, 2016 5:00 AM News

Dane County officials hope that a new data-driven criminal justice program will reduce crime, jail population and disparity in the pretrial period. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Amanda White

Small scale but effective, Housing Initiatives offers permanent housing for mentally ill people who are homeless. In 2016, it’s looking to add more housing with a $2 million fundraising campaign. more

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM News

Dane County proposes to cancel the contract with Tenant Resource Center, leaving the agency without a third of its budget. more

Sep 3, 2015 9:00 AM News

About 80 acres at the Dorn Creek Wildlife Area have become overrun with black locust and box elder, invasive trees that colonize and reduce animal habitat. Now Dane County, the state and federal governments will turn these trees into biofuel. more

Jul 27, 2015 12:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Republicans have gone out of their way to impose their will on Dane County with measures that target only jurisdictions here. more

Jun 4, 2015 7:30 AM Opinion


Carolyn Fath

Four people applied to fill a vacancy on the Dane County Circuit Court bench, but Gov. Walker rejected all of them. His appointees here have lost at the polls when challenged. more

Apr 9, 2015 8:00 AM News