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Badgers game brings potential shoppers to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Madison saw an extra several thousand potential shoppers on the streets, thanks to the Badgers' final home game.

Whether that additional foot traffic benefits local shops, though, is up in the air.

Mary Carbine, executive director for Madison Central Business Improvement District, says every home game brings big business to small shops in the State Street area.

"What is so much a part of the Badger game experience for many people is visiting State Street and the Capitol square," Carbine said. "Badger athletics is terrific for downtown business and downtown shopping."

The outlook is a little different several blocks away, on Monroe Street. Carol 'Orange' Schroeder, the owner of Orange Tree Imports, says she would prefer home games don't fall on the same Saturday as the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season.

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Fans face off for Paul Bunyan's axe

Fans face off for Paul Bunyan's axe

The battle for Paul Bunyan?s axe is a longstanding tradition between the Badgers and the Gophers, but fans came prepared to fight Saturday.

Despite the home-field advantage it wasn't just the Badgers fans that came out to support their team, Minnesota brought plenty of reinforcements too.

"We don't come here to watch losing football," Gophers fan Chris Harder said.

You can ask fans from either side of the playing field and they will tell you about the longest-running rivalry in Division 1 football.

"It's going to be a close game, but we are going to win. We will get Paul Bunyan's axe and we will win," Badgers fan Ann Powers said.

The Badgers have dominated the gophers for 10 straight wins, but Minnesota fans came to Camp Randall Saturday hoping to break the winning streak.

"We've taken a few beatings over the years, but hopefully this is the year it all changes," Gophers fan Andrew Lovelett said.

Cooking oil, holiday lights can be recycled

Madison residents can recycle cooking oil used on Thanksgiving and holiday lights and extension cords that might be coming out of storage in the coming weeks.

Residents who want to recycle cooking oil are asked to take the oil to collection tanks at one of two drop-off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. It should not be taken to waste oil sites.

The oil can be turned into fuel for cars and trucks.

Old or broken holiday lights can also be taken to the drop-off sites and be put into special containers. The bulbs should be removed from strings of lights with the large bulbs. Bulbs do not need to be removed from strings of mini lights.

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Madison police question benefits of body cameras

As a growing number of police departments nationwide equip officers with body-worn cameras, Madison police are issuing a report that questions some benefits of the devices.

Police plan to present the report to the Madison City Council on Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The report notes that studies have shown departments that use the cameras have seen fewer citizen complaints. But it also said more research is needed to see if the cameras actually bolster trust in officers.

Capt. Kristen Roman said the report examined the pros, cons and costs of body cameras. She said officers are not taking a position on whether to support their use or not.

Some Madison officers will start wearing body cameras in 2016 as part of a pilot program.

23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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Water Utility Board delays rate increase decision

Wanting consultants to show greater detail on how a water rate increase would impact more Madison customers, the Madison Water Utility Board delayed a decision Tuesday on whether or not to send a requested rate increase to the Public Service Commission.

Water Utility officials said the increase is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements, like replacing water mains.

Based on the latest consultant presentation, if the current proposal is eventually approved, it would add about $40 per year, or $3.24 per month, to the average residential bill.

The proposal also includes what is called a conservation rate, recommending if residents use less than 6,000 gallons every month between June and September, their bills would be reduced by 20 percent.

However, for large water users, that would mean paying a much higher bill. Some board members equated that to a penalty fee.