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City workers prepare to battle bitter cold

City workers prepare to battle bitter cold

The cold had many people preparing to stay indoors the next few days, but that's not the case for everyone. For Madison Streets Division workers, it will be another day of work. 

City of Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley said any delays to streets pick up will put an extra strain on workers. 

"We pick up every day, so if we go two days without (service), the third day, it'll take us quite awhile to get caught up," Kelley said. 

Streets Machine Operator Leroy Grieshammer said the cold weather will create a few changes, but won't stop him or his coworkers from getting the job done. The team members shorten their outdoor rotation times from 30 minutes to every 15 to keep from getting too cold. 

"We can always get back in the truck and warm up for a little bit, then continue on," Grieshammer said. 

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Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Campus unions to close for winter break

The University of Wisconsin Union announced Memorial Union and Union South will be for the school's winter break.

The facilities will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 23. It will reopen Jan. 6 for the start of spring semester.

According to a release there is one exception. Union South, located on the corner of Dayton St. and Randall Ave., will be open Jan. 1 so students can watch college football bowl games from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will showcase the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Capitol One bowl play the South Carolina Gamecocks, the release said.

Library Mall, State Street reconstruction to be discussed at meeting

A public information meeting will be held Thursday on the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall, according to a release.

Design plans for the project are being developed by the city of Madison and the university, officials said. The design will focus on creating a special place at the intersection of State Street and East Campus Mall.

The meeting will start with a short presentation on the final design, followed by an opportunity for participants to provide comments and feedback, according to the release.

It is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. in Conference Rooms B-1A and B1-B in the Lowell Center at 610 Langdon Street.

For more information or to submit written comments, contact Jason DiPiazza at 608-242-7779 or jdipiazza@msa-ps.com.

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

A professional ice sculptor demonstrated his skill for onlookers on State Street Friday morning.

Maurie Pearson of Black River Ice Sculptures in La Crosse said he's not very good with a pencil and paper, but when he's carving a 300-pound block of ice, it just seems to come easily from his brain to his hands.

Pearson sculpted a sleigh our of ice in front of a crowd outside 452 State St. His demo was planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A local business group, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, sponsored the event as part of a series of holiday events Friday and Saturday.

Emerald ash borer found near Warner Park

Emerald ash borer found near Warner Park

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City officials confirmed Tuesday the emerald ash borer, a bug that destroys ash trees, has been found in Madison.

Dane County will now be under quarantine, meaning residents can't take ash wood products or firewood out of the county.

City of Madison officials said they plan to ramp up the sampling of ash trees and begin removing thousands of trees throughout the city this winter. That includes trees that are in poor condition, those under power lines and those under 10 inches in diameter.

News 3 was with a city crew in Berkley Park Tuesday morning where they found ash borer larvae in trees they were sampling in the park.