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Enjoy family fun at the Downtown Madison Family Halloween party

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the city of Madison will be hosting a Halloween party for families to enjoy.

The party goes from 3-6 p.m. at the corner of State St. and the Capitol Square.

There are many free and low cost activities for families and kids 12 and under to get involved with. Some include magic shows, hayrides, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, festive Halloween photos, kids' musical theater, trick or treat at participating businesses and more!

You can pick up a full list of activities and trick or treating locations on Oct. 29 at the Downtown Visitor Center, 452 State St.

Don't forget to show off your spooky costumes at the party as well!

Downtown Halloween fun continues through that week with additional programs at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and Madison Children's Museum. Visit the downtown Madison website for links and information.

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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:

Oct. 31

Police: Phone used to take pictures in tanning salon

A Madison man used a phone to take pictures of a woman changing her clothes in a tanning salon, according to a report from Madison police.

A 24-year-old customer of the suntan business on East Campus Mall told police a person in a neighboring booth slipped a phone into her tanning area on Oct. 3. She told police she believed the man used the phone?s camera to take pictures of her while she was undressed.

Benjamin J. H. Brossard, 28, was arrested on suspicion of representations depicting nudity.

Police said the business is cooperating with the investigation.

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.

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Spring commencement to stay at Camp Randall

University of Wisconsin-Madison commencement will continue in Camp Randall, the university said Wednesday.

In May 2014, for the first time in more than two decades, UW-Madison graduates gathered at the Badgers football stadium for the official graduation ceremony.

UW-Madison called the May ceremony a success and said spring commencement activities will stay in the stadium and not return to previous smaller ceremonies by area of study that were held at the Kohl Center for the last 25 years.

Graduates did not walk across the stage in the Camp Randall ceremony this year, but instead took part in another UW tradition. The university played House of Pain's "Jump Around," a song played at Badgers football games that invites the crowd to bounce between third and fourth quarters.

Study: Hottest, coldest places in Dane County 10 miles away

A new study is documenting the hottest and coldest places in Dane County.

The study, by researchers at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the first of its kind. Over the past three years, researchers have collected temperature data from 150 locations across Dane County.

The most recent data has found the hottest place is in downtown Madison on the isthmus.

Arguably most surprising about the data is that the coldest place is just about 10 miles away, outside the city limits, and is nearly 10 degrees cooler.

"We're honestly surprised at how big the differences were," graduate researcher Jason Schatz said. "For such a small area, that's within 5 or 10 miles, you can see a huge range of climates."

What makes the downtown area so much hotter than outside the city is its buildings, Schatz said.

Madison water customers could see rate increase, conservation incentives

Madison Water Utility is asking the Public Service Commission for a rate increase and changes to its rate structure to incentivize users to conserve water.

The utility wants to increase revenue by 30 percent by increasing rates, on an annualized basis, 7.5 percent per year for each of the four years since the last rate increase. The utility has not decided how the increase will be distributed among residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial and public authority customers.

General manager Tom Heikkinen said the increase is needed to replace aging water mains, improve water quality and make a payment in lieu of taxes to the city.

This is the first rate increase requested in four years, according to the utility.

If approved, Madison Water Utility will be the largest water utility in Wisconsin to offer a conservation rate for residential customers.

If approved, the new rates would go into effect in the spring of 2015 at the earliest.