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Forequarter, Heritage Tavern chefs finalists for national award

Restaurants in Madison are receiving nationwide recognition for their culinary creations this week.

Chef Dan Fox of downtown Madison's Heritage Tavern and Chef Jonny Hunter of Forequarter on the near east side are in the running for the prestigious James Beard Best in the Midwest Award. 

WATCH as Fox and Hunter describe what makes their cuisine award-worthy.

WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.

Madison Winter Festival to kick off

Madison Winter Festival to kick off

The annual Madison Winter Festival will kick off with sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, snow and ice carving and more in downtown Madison this weekend.

The festival will include the Frosty Kids’ Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. that's free to participate in.

The Movin' Shoes Frosty 1.5 Mile Dog Jog and Walk Saturday at 10 a.m. to benefit the Dane County Humane Society. There will also be a rooftop skating rink at the Madison Children's Museum. 

Also free is an ice sculpting exhibition Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and displayed all day Sunday at the top of State Street, according to the website. The sculpting is sponsored by Madison's Central Business Improvement District and the Greater State Street Business Association.  

There's no cost to be a spectator to the Madison Adaptive Winter Games Saturday and Sunday

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

Outside of the Marcus Point Theater on Madison's west side, Mary Jo Walters unloaded a piece of red poster board out of her trunk.

"The main thing is to show up at all. I think it's really important for us to go out into public and speak about women and violence," Walters said.

One hour before the first showing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Walters set up with her sign.

"A ban of the movie would be great," Walters said.

Based on a sexually charged book, Walters said the plot of the erotic novel is more like a horror story than anything romantic. She said the violence and abuse portrayed in it doesn't empower women or portray an accurate depiction of love.

"I don't think it should be promoted as a love story that's seen as a gift basket for Valentine's Day," Walters said.

On the other side of town, Ellen Barnard runs a small shop filled with lingerie and other items meant to add to someone's sex life. She also lectures on the touchy topic.

WATCH: Madison natives discuss current state of civil rights

As the nation celebrates Black History Month and honor those who fought for civil rights, the current fight for racial justice is also on many people's minds.

WATCH as News 3 Reporter Velena Jones sat down with lifelong residents of the Madison community to get their take on how we have improved in Madison and where the community needs to go next.

Area Girl Scouts ready for cookie sales season

Friday marks the first day of Girl Scout cookie sales.

News 3 Reporter Mary Jo Ola was at the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council Center on Madison's south side Friday to talk to the budding entrepreneurs, a group of Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and a Cadette Girl Scout, about the coming sales season.

Visit gsbadgerland.org for more information.

Longest married couple in Madison celebrates 76 years

A Middleton couple's marriage has withstood several decades and was recognized this week.

Veronica and Donald Harrop of Middleton are the longest-married couple in the Madison diocese. They received a certificate Wednesday noting their 76th wedding anniversary.

Donald Harrop said there are a few things that he believes has helped the marriage last.

"We believe in the Lord, go to church, and love each other," Donald Harrop said.