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Madison Children's Museum asks for donations

Madison Children's Museum is warning parents this week that without support, it will no longer be able to meet the needs of the community.

Directors said in a letter to families it is "extremely concerned" for its future, citing an ability to adequately address repairs because of $2.3 million in construction debt.

"We felt that people needed to know the reality of it, that it is a choice every day, what we spent our resources on," said executive director Debbie Gilpin.

Gilpin pointed to roofing issues and a need to resurface floors, both projects the museum can't set money aside for because of its construction loan. Expanding new exhibits is another hurdle, she said.

"We want to do more, and that's something we can't do without more funds," Gilpin said.

Now, the museum is asking for help from the community to pay off its debt and save on another four years of accruing hundreds of thousands in interest - more than $600,000, according to Gilpin.

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Madison Children's Museum is warning parents this week that without support, it will no longer be able to meet the needs of the community.

Little Free Library goes up in flames

A Little Free Library box was set on fire in a near west side neighborhood early Thursday morning.

Madison police said officers and firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Erin Street at 3 a.m. for a report of a fire. A nearby resident told police they heard a bang, looked out a window and saw her neighbor?s Little Free Library box on fire.

The library box and the books inside were damaged by fire and water.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Police: Angry boyfriend attacks homeless man on N. Frances St.

Police: Angry boyfriend attacks homeless man on N. Frances St.

A homeless man suffered bumps and bruises after he was attacked in downtown Madison Sunday night, according to Madison police.

The Madison Police Department said a 44-year-old made small talk with a woman on the 500 block of North Frances Street at about 9:15 p.m.

The man told police that an angry man who was thought to be the woman's boyfriend came over to where the 44-year-old was located and punched him, according to the report. The woman and another couple also punched the man. 

The 44-year-old told police he thought a woman fired a BB gun at him. Police said no BBs or pellets were found at the scene.

A witness saw the man getting attacked and said the assailants fled as the witness approached.

The report said the man was was not able to provide good descriptions of his attackers.

Road closures for Freakfest start Saturday afternoon

Crews will start closing streets that intersect with State Street Saturday afternoon for Freakfest, according to a release.

Crews will start closing roads at 4:45 p.m., and all streets that intersect with State Street will be closed by 5 p.m., officials said.

East Gorham Street will be detoured onto Blair Street, and West Johnson Street will be detoured onto Bassett Street, according to the release. The detours will last until around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Madison Metro will also be detouring multiple downtown bus routes.