Dane County


Carolyn Fath Ashby

Under Sharon Corrigan’s leadership, the Dane County Board of Supervisors saw more women supervisors and a greater level of cooperation. She is stepping down to move back to Illinois. Read more


In November the Dane County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into collections at the Henry Vilas Zoo. The concluding report finds no “criminal conduct” on the part of the Henry Vilas Zoological Society, the former fundraiser for the zoo. Read more


Dane County and the Henry Vilas Zoological Society reach agreement over some $8 million in funds raised for the zoo. Read more


Unable to get the Henry Vilas Zoological Society to turn over its donor lists, Dane County is asking regular donors of the zoo to contact county officials directly. The spat continues during #GivingTuesday, a key fundraising period. Read more

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The Henry Vilas Zoological Society blasts “thinly veiled allegations” from the Dane County Executive's office that the group might have mishandled cash from donation boxes. Read more

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Dane County officials are worried that hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by the public to the Henry Vilas Zoo may be missing. Read more


Bill Lunney is retiring after more than 50 years of environmental and government advocacy. His legacy will last for generations. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Former Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi argued for months over the reconstruction of Buckeye Road. Satya Rhodes-Conway was able to reach an agreement during the two weeks she was mayor-elect. What changed? Read more



Henry Vilas Zoo

Dane County is breaking up with the Henry Vilas Zoological Society, leaving many baffled as to why the relationship has soured. Read more

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Pines Bach attorney Susan Crawford defeated Shorewood Hills municipal judge Marilyn Townsend in a tight race for Dane County Circuit Court Branch 1. Read more



Donna Magdalina

A tight race on the east side and an ousted incumbent on the west side highlight an election that sends seven newcomers to the County Board. Read more



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. Read more

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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. Read more



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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more




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. Read more


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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. Read more



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. Read more

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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. Read more