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Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.

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Near east side gas station robbed at gunpoint

A gas station on Commercial Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The robber displayed a handgun and took cash from the till of Deon?s BP at 2301 Commercial Ave. around 11 a.m., police said. The robber fled on foot.

A police K-9 tracked the robber to the area of Demetral Field, but no one was found, according to the release.

The robber is described as a black man 25-30 years old with a medium build and clean-shaven. He was wearing tan pants, a black sweatshirt with ?Wisconsin? across the front in red letters, a dark-colored shirt and a Milwaukee Brewers baseball hat.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

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Rookie K-9 sniffs out escaped mental health patient

Rookie K-9 sniffs out escaped mental health patient

It was a rookie K-9 officer that helped police track down an escaped mental health patient in north Madison Wednesday night, police said Friday.

Wednesday at about 10 p.m., Madison officers were called to help Mendota Mental Health Institute staff find a patient who ran off while being escorted to a building on the MMHI campus.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said K-9 Frees and his partner Officer Nicholas Eull were part of the responding teams at the north Madison facility.

DeSpain said Eull used a sterile gauze pad to pick up the escapee's scent from the back of the vehicle in which the patient was transferred.

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Dog-bite incident reported on north side

Public health officials are looking for information on a dog bite that happened on Madison?s north side Thursday, according to a release.

The incident happened around 9 a.m. at the Demetral Field parking lot while a man was petting the dog, officials said.

The dog is described as a brown and black pit bull mix, according to the release.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incident to call 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Task force will research ways to protect Madison's honeybees

A task force will research the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, which directly affects honeybees and other pollinators, in the Madison area, according to a release.

The Madison Common Council adopted a resolution earlier this month directing the Madison Food Policy Council to lead the task force, which will be composed mainly of city staff, officials said. The task force will provide recommendations to departments and the common council on local solutions to protect pollinators.

Madison?s Pollinator Protection Task Force will monitor the progress of the federal task force, use best practices to inform its work and review relevant recommendations from the federal government, according to the release.

Mendota Mental Health escapee back in custody

An escapee from the Mendota Mental Health facility was found about an hour after he escaped from the north side Wednesday night, officials said.

Emergency officials issued a public alert message around 10:40 p.m. asking residents to remain indoors and refrain from answering their doors for any suspicious persons on foot.

According to the alert, the person may have been dressed in an orange institutional jumpsuit.

Around 11:15 p.m., Dane County emergency officials canceled the emergency alert, after the escapee was found in a wooded area near the facility.

Police said the patient was being transported from Douglas County and ran away while being escorted into Goodland Hall.