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Madison Mallards will host Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the 'Duck Pond" this weekend

Madison Mallards will host Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the 'Duck Pond" this weekend

The Madison Mallards will host the free Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the "Duck Pond" April 4, according to a Mallards release.

Gates open at 9 a.m., and the hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. in the outfield grass. Kids of all age are welcome.

The hunt will be divided into the the three age groups 4 and under; 5 and 6; and 7 and above. Kids can bring their own egg collecting baskets, and the Great Dane will provide age appropriate gift bags

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Large consignment sale offers children's, maternity items

Bargain hunters will find a variety of used maternity and children's clothes for sale at a consignment event at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

The Just Between Friends sale, which opens at 9 a.m.,began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Items including clothes, books, toys, strollers, puzzles, games, shoes, nursing pillows, Diaper Genies, maternity wear and more can be found at the JBF sale.

Find more information online at danecounty.jbfsale.com.

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

Madison considers future restrictions of tobacco, vaping businesses

The city of Madison is considering an ordinance that would restrict the future locations of stores that primarily sell tobacco products and vaping supplies and paraphernalia.

The ordinance is currently being looked at by the city planning commission, and as it is currently written would apply to businesses where 20 percent or more of its display area is for the sale of tobacco products, vaping supplies or paraphernalia.

Businesses falling into that category would be restricted from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, health care facilities or residences. They would also be restricted from opening within 500 feet of other tobacco retailers.

Businesses falling into that category that are currently operating would be allowed to stay open and would be grandfathered in under the new ordinance. Those businesses could be sold to a new owner and continue to operate as long as there is not a 12-month gap in which they cease to do business.

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Mayoral candidates debate racial disparity, crime, homelessness

Madison mayoral candidates Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick debated topics including racial disparity, crime, job creation and homelessness in Tuesday night’s debate hosted by WISC-TV3.

In the candidates’ only televised debate, fireworks erupted between Soglin and Resnick, with Soglin lecturing Resnick on his policy positions and using the term "lack of understanding" many times.

Resnick emphasized a new police station needs to be built and prioritizing a crackdown on gang activity, but Soglin said dollars spent on a new police station are unnecessary and money should go toward real racial disparity solutions like job creation.

Resnick said the key to dealing with racial disparity is spending $250,000 more on early childhood care, scholarships and city resources.

Vera Court residents outraged to learn sex offender will move in this week

A sex offender’s community placement is sparking outrage for some north side residents, who say a loophole in a law will allow a man convicted of multiple sexual assaults involving minors to live within feet of dozens of children.

Vera Court residents say the sex offender, Jason Fenske, who the state warns could offend again, should not be living so close to their backyards.

One of the most tense moments of the community notification meeting Monday night was when residents learned, for the first time, that Fenske will be moving in this week.

Despite angry pleas from more than 75 Vera Court residents, Department of Corrections employees explained that under state law, they were only required to inform local law enforcement and not residents.

Neighbors upset over plan to house sex offenders

Plans for sex offenders to move into a rental property on Madison's north side have residents looking for a way out of the neighborhood.

"They want to put a whole building full of sex offenders. You're dangling our kids as eye candy," said Lori Hanson, who lives on West Karstens Drive.

It's a fear Hanson has never had in the eight years she has lived in the Vera Court Community with her grandson Xavier, but now she is thinking of packing her bags.

"What happens if one of them walks out the door one day and just happens to say, 'I want to grab one of them.' I'm not willing to take any risk," Hanson said.